February 2020
"Knowledge for Life"
Looking for a location for your next meeting, or event? We offer event spaces and meeting rooms to make your next event a success. The Sedgwick County Extension Education Center is the home for Extension educational programs for the citizens of Sedgwick County. When 4-H Hall and meeting rooms are not being used for Extension programs and activities, they are available for rent. See rates here

4-H and Youth
2020 4-H Food Challenge
The 2020 4-H Food Challenge was held at the Cargill Culinary Institute on Jan. 25th, 2020. Similar to many of the cooking shows on TV , the 4-H Food Challenge was fun, fast-paced, and challenging. Youth gained a better understanding of nutrition, public speaking capabilities, and teamwork. Great job to everyone!

Results
Jr. 1 st place overall – Fantastic Foodies (Felicity Gear, Bridget Gear, Clara Seiler, and Sophia Sauber)
Jr. 2 nd place overall – Colwich Clovers (Zander Dole, Becca Durler, Anna McCurry, and Zoe Beussing)
 
Sr. 1 st place overall – Maize (Madison Beemiller, Cassandra Onwugbufor, Alexander Pham, and Julian Shamasko)
Sr. 2 nd place overall – JAC (Carlie Schill, Aubrey Gill, Kalea Gooch, and Emily Cotton)
Sr. 3 rd place overall – Country Kids (Avery Schill, Carlee Lill, and Jurney Yung)
Sr. 4 th place overall – Andale Jets - Hillary Niemann, Emery May, Quinn Moore
 
Creative Cuisine Award – Colwich Clovers
Most Flavorful Creation – Andale Jets
Food Safety Champion Award – Julian Shamasko, Maize
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Award – JAC (Carlie Schill, Aubrey Gill, Kalea Gooch, and Emily Cotton)
Chef Extraordinaire Sr. – Carlee Lill
Chef Extraordinaire Jr. – Felicity Gear
Learn more about 4-H here.
Aging and Medicare
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Your Medicare Options
If you are approaching age 65 or considering going on to Medicare, you need to understand the choices you have with Medicare. The decisions you make now could impact your health and finances later. The Medicare maze is complicated.

The Sedgwick County Extension office offers Medicare Options classes throughout the year. Our next class is scheduled for February 25 th at 5:30 p.m. in the Sunflower room at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W 21 st St N. Attendees will learn the basics of Medicare, understand why you might need a Medicare supplement, a Medicare prescription drug plan, or a Medicare Advantage plan. The class is $10.00 for participants (fee waivers are available). Sign up on our website at www.sedgwick.ksu.edu .  
Agriculture
Agriculture
Farm bill
The deadline for the first election of the 2018 Farm Bill is approaching. Farmers and landowners are in the process of evaluating and selecting programs before the March 15th deadline. 

Despite hearing or seeing the term “Farm Bill” in numerous media sources, many may not know exactly what it is. The official name of the bill is the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. A straightforward definition of The Farm Bill is a multiyear law that governs a variety of agriculture and food programs. The first Farm Bill was passed in 1933 and was known as the Agricultural Adjustment Act. This bill provided incentives for farmers not to overproduce, in hopes of stabilizing the market.

Since then, the Farm Bill has gone through some changes. The 2018 Farm Bill, which covers years 2019 – 2023, contains 12 titles. These titles address several issues, including Nutrition, Rural Development, Research, Energy, and others, along with the ag-related programs.

Despite “farm” being in its name, the majority of the spending is not for farm-related programs. Of the $428 billion set for the 2018 Farm Bill, over 76% of the allocated spending will go towards nutrition programs. Nutrition programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), and others.

This bill offers farmers and landowners the choice between three programs, providing income assistance in different income lowering situations. Farm Bill programs are designed to help farmers through tough years. 

Sedgwick County farmers and landowners looking for assistance in selecting a program can visit  Sedgwick County Extension’s Farm Bill webpage K-State’s AgManager.info , or call Jeff Seiler, Ag Agent, 316-660-0153.
Children and Families
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Home and Family Life
Family Life is a research-based program offered to all Kansas families. It focuses on healthy family functioning and provides a primarily preventive approach. The goal of Family Life workshops is to teach and foster knowledge and skills to enable individuals and families to function optimally. Strong, stable, and resilient families are crucial to the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and society.

Family Life education offers many different workshops:
Great Beginnings for Families - Parents with children 0-5 yrs old
Responsive Discipline - Parents with children 3-16 yrs old
Stepping Stones for Step-families - Understanding the new family
Internet Safety for Parents - Keep your child safe
Budgeting Basics
Bonding Thru Board Games
Childcare Provider Training
Women Investment Education Program (WIEP) - Basic investment concepts
Community Vitality
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Strengthening communities: Grant writing workshop planned
Do you know how that playground equipment at the park down the street was purchased? Or the new sign leading visitors to a local landmark? How about initial money for a festival? In any community, chances are that someone, or a group of individuals, wrote a grant proposal and received funding to help with the project.

Individuals and community groups can learn more about writing successful grant proposals at a workshop planned in Sedgwick County on February 25th. The workshop is presented by Nancy Daniels, a community vitality specialist with K-State Research and Extension and the author of many grant proposals. The Nonprofit Chamber of Service (NPCOS) is co-sponsoring this event. The training will be at 610 N. Main in the Envision building from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and includes lunch. The cost to attend is $89 for NPCOS members and $109 for non-members on or before February 9, 2020. After February 9, the cost is $99 for NPCOS members and $119 non-members.
 
“This workshop is for everyone, whether they’ve never written a proposal before and have no idea where to start, to those who have experience but are looking for ways to improve their approach,” Daniels said. “The magic that happens in a local community when people find out they don’t have to wait to get something done, that they can do it themselves, is incredible.”

Participants also learn from each other, Daniels said, adding that even experienced grant writers pick up tips and are re-energized after coming together with peers in their communities. Participants are encouraged to bring their grants or grant ideas to share.
Workshop topics include:
  • Sources of data for community needs - where do you find the numbers to back up your request?
  • Where to find grants
  • The five common elements of a great grant proposal
  • Practicing grant writing elements
 
More information and registration is available by going to www.nonprofitchamberks.org
Gardening and Landscaping
We have a range of gardening and lawn care classes, workshops, and events throughout the year. The majority of our programs are held between January and June, usually on Saturdays or weekday evenings at the Extension Education Center. Current classes and events can be found on the right sidebar. For more information on our free public events, visit our Public Events and Tours page on our website. Staff or Extension Master Gardeners are also available to speak to groups.
Health and Nutrition
Register for Dining with Diabetes today!
 Do you struggle with choosing healthy foods to manage your blood sugars better? If the answer is yes, we can help! Dining with Diabetes is a 4-session class taught by a Registered Dietitian, which includes:
  • Planning meals & snacks with inexpensive, delicious & healthy recipes.
  • Cooking demonstrations & food tastings.
  • Motivation & support.
  • Ideas for being more active.
  • An understanding of how diabetes affects your overall health.
This class is for those with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and caregivers of those living with type 2 diabetes. Our next class is on March 3rd, March 10th, March 24th and March 31st from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian Ave. The class is FREE, but you must call and preregister at (316) 337-9119.
Federal food programs
The USDA sponsors the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and is implemented by K-State Research and Extension. Lessons are provided in basic nutrition, food preparation, food budget management, and food safety in settings convenient for you.
Kansas SNAP-Ed is a nutrition education program provided at no cost to Kansas families with limited resources. Our goal is to provide nutrition education to individuals and families who receive assistance or are eligible to receive food assistance. Read more
Local Food
There is more to growing local food than planting a few seeds. To have a thriving local food business, it is necessary to have modern business and marketing skills to compete in the marketplace. The Local Food Producer Entrepreneurship Workshop on Feb. 7 th is designed to help aspiring and existing local food producers gain those skills. The Regional Farmers Market Vendor Workshop on Feb. 8 th will provide training for vegetable and fruit production and market regulations. Register now at sedgwick.ksu.edu/events
Growing Growers ICT
 Growing Growers ICT, an innovative farmer education program based at K-State Research and Extension – Sedgwick County, is entering its second year of providing new and experienced fruit and vegetable growers with fresh energy and new ideas. The program is open to all types of people interested in starting their own fruit and vegetable farms and accepts all kinds of growing styles and approaches. Learn more and apply for apprenticeships here: ictfoodcircle.org/growinggrowers 
Volunteer Spotlight

David W. Van Sant
"It is fun to help other people get the information they need."
David has been a Master Food Volunteer for the past three years; he began volunteering because he was interested in learning more, and it gave him the ability to help others.
When David is not volunteering, he likes to fix things for his four children and nine grandchildren.
Thank you, David, for all you do!
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to match your passion? Become a Master Gardener, 4-H Leader, SHICK Volunteer, Plant a Row for the Hungry, or a Master Food Volunteer. Do you have a specific talent you would like to share? Please contact us to learn more about how you can make a difference in your community.
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Healthy Recipe
Garlic - Parmesan Asparagus - Heart Healthy Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
Directions:
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Combine oil, garlic, pepper and salt in a large bowl; add asparagus and evenly coat. Spread the asparagus in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
Step 2- Toss Parmesan, panko, and walnuts together in a small bowl; sprinkle over the asparagus. Roast until the panko is golden and the asparagus is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition information per serving:
149 calories; 11.6 g total fat; 2.3 g saturated fat; 6 mg cholesterol; 235 mg sodium. 271 mg potassium; 8 g carbohydrates; 2.7 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 5.4 g protein; 1128 IU vitamin a iu; 8 mg vitamin c; 161 mcg folate; 87 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 23 mg magnesium; serving size 6-8 spears. Source: Eating Well
February 1, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Design & Grow Gardening Workshop will be packed with ideas and information for beginning and longtime gardeners, alike. It is an opportunity to learn from the pros, garner ideas for your garden and landscape, and find inspiration in new plants and gardening experiences. Keynote speaker, Brie Arthur, will inspire audiences featuring her leadership in the suburban Foodscape movement. 

February 4, 2020 8:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 Topics include: Managing Insects in Industrial Hemp, Best Management Practices for Preventing Diseases, Hemp & High Tunnels: The Olathe Story, K-State Olathe CBD & THC Testing Services, and more.
 
February 5, 2020 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Get ready to embark into the world of Medicare. Each paid participant will receive a copy of the program materials. Plan to attend several months before you become Medicare eligible. Cost is $10.00 fee per registrant, registration is required.

February 7, 2020 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Local Food Producer Entrepreneurship Workshop
Join us for a series of speakers and breakout sessions that will help you grow your local food business. Sessions include business resiliency, business planning, social media, and e-commerce. 

February 8, 2020 8:45 a.m. - 4-15 p.m.
Wichita Regional Farmers Market Vendor Workshop
Gain production and marketing skills to benefit your business at a local farmers' market. Topics include farmers' market food safety and vendor training, mechanical weed control and mulching, introduction to fruit production, and high tunnel growing. 
February:
1 Design & Grow Gardening Workshop
4 Industrial hemp Conference
4 Step Stones for Step-families -Spanish
5 Medicare Options
5 Step Stones for Step-families - Spanish
7 Local Food Producer Entrepreneurship Workshop
7 Growing Growers ICT Apprentice Meet and Greet
8 2020 4-H Club Day
8 Wichita Regional Farmers Market Vendor Workshop
11 Step Stones for Step-families - Spanish
12 Step Stones for Step-families - Spanish
14 Growing Growers ICT Apprenticeship Applications Due
16 2020 4-H Citizenship in Action
18 Step Stones for Step-families - Spanish
19 Step Stones for Step-families - Spanish
25 Medicare Options
25 Basic Grant Writing Workshop
March:
3 Dining with Diabetes
11 Medicare Options
18 Youth Lawn Mowing Clinic
23 Medicare Options
24 20 Top Vegetable Garden Pests & Problems
26 20 Top Vegetable Garden Pests & Problems
28 Bonding thru Board games - Mega Event
31 Tree-Mendous Trees!

April:
4 Tree Fest / Tools & Treasures Sale
6 Medicare Options
7 Tips for Shade Garden Plants
9 Tips for Shade Garden Plants
14 Designing Drought Tolerant Landscapes
16 Designing Drought Tolerant Landscapes
21 Introduction to Container Gardening
23 introduction to Container Gardening
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