"Knowledge for Life" September 2020 eNews
4-H Youth
School and After School Resources

4-H curricula are excellent supplements for teaching academic knowledge and life skills, and they correspond with Kansas Education Standards. Contact us to learn more about available 4-H programs in Sedgwick County.
Visit the SCA ScoutCard Publication and the Sorghum Insect Management Publication, or call Jeff Seiler (316) 660-0153 for additional information.
Aging and Medicare
Annual Notice of Change letter arriving in September
If you are on Medicare and have a Medicare Part D or Part C, you will receive an Annual Notice of Change letter (ANOC) by September 30th. The ANOC includes any changes in coverage, costs, or services that will be effective in January. Review any changes to decide whether the plan will continue to meet your needs in the next year. If you don't get this important document either by mail or email, contact your plan.
Open Enrollment is from October 15-December 7, the time you can make changes to your plan for the next year. If you would like help reviewing your plan, call the SHICK program at the extension office to discuss your plan review options. Call: 316-660-0126
Community Vitality
Speaker encourages small town economies to be ‘idea friendly’
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The economic pain being felt in small towns across the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic is not something most people want to talk about. But Becky McCray will.

“I wish we didn’t have to talk about this, but it’s something that’s on all of our minds right now,” said McCray, co-founder of Save Your Town, a consulting business that guides people toward making their small towns a better place to live.

“All small towns are facing the challenge of rebuilding their local economy. And the advice we hear is often meant for cities or big business districts. It doesn’t meet our small-town reality.” Read more
Home and Family
Online challenge offered to get yourself, family better prepared
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Whether it’s reviewing insurance coverage or putting together a grab-and-go kit, preparing for any kind of disaster will make recovery easier. And Kansans know a thing or two about disasters. Flooded basements, fires, tornadoes or ice storms, we have them all and much more.

To help Kansans become as prepared as possible for emergencies, K-State Research and Extension is offering the Prepare Kansas Annual Preparedness Challenge. It’s a free weekly online challenge through September that includes activities individuals and families can accomplish each week. By the end of the month, participants will be better prepared to withstand and recover from emergencies.

Prepare Kansas aligns with National Preparedness Month, with a theme in September this year of “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” Read more
Health and Nutrition
Pressure canning done right
by Karen Blakeslee

During this pandemic, more gardens were planted and now they are producing some great crops! So when those tomatoes all ripen at the same time, what can you do? Preserve them!

Pressure canning is used to preserve vegetables and meat, including many tomato products. Vegetables and meat are low acid foods and require pressure canning to destroy C. botulinum, the pathogen that causes botulism. It is critical to follow the directions in using pressure canners. Always read the instruction manual for your canner. Do a practice run with water in the canner to learn how to use it and how it works with your stove. Check your stove manufacturer to be sure canning is recommended. Some glass top stoves are not suitable for canners as they can crack under the weight of a heavy canner.

Learn more about safe pressure canning in the  How-to Guide to Pressure Canning. It is also available in Spanish.
Local Food
What we’re harvesting
by Lyndsay Feather

“The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures.”

This quote from Luc de Clapiers perfectly sums up harvest in the Demo Garden! Our wonderful team of Extension Master Gardener volunteers has figured out how to navigate the difficult circumstances due to COVID and still have a very beautiful, productive garden. The fruits of our labor are gratifying to see and it is rewarding to pass on the fresh produce to those in need – more on this later!

So, what’s being harvested right now? Cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers galore and more! This past week in the garden, I picked a small sample to bring home and taste test. Read more 
Grant funds available to increase the capacity of Kansas' local food systems in the wake of COVID-19

Under Phase 2 of the CARES Act, the Kansas Department of Commerce has grant funds available to increase the capacity of Kansas' local food systems in the wake of COVID-19. The application opened on August 19th and funds will be awarded on a rolling basis until all funds have been expended.
A wide array of farms, food businesses, non-profits, and other organizations are eligible for the grant funds, and funds can likewise be used on a wide array of expenditures, including reimbursements for costs incurred to adapt to COVID-19.

To learn more or apply for grant funds, visit kansascommerce.gov/covidrelief, then click to view the second option, "Securing Local Food Systems Grants."

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grants are now open for proposals, with funds available in four categories:
·    Research and education: for researchers and educators to explore environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and fiber systems.
·    Partnership: to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and farmers for on-farm research, demonstration, and education related to sustainable agriculture.
·    Youth educator: for educators to provide programming to youth introducing and encouraging youth toward sustainable agriculture practices.
·    Farmer rancher: for growers to explore sustainable solutions for problems on their farms through on-farm research demonstration and education.
Growing Growers ICT

Growing Growers ICT is a beginning farmer education program, pairing a season-long apprenticeship with a workshop and farm tour series to train individuals interested in starting fruit and vegetable farms. The program facilitates hands-on farm experience and one-on-one mentorship, and provides technical growing knowledge and business management information. Learn more
ICT Food Circle

Looking for a local a local food source? Search the ICT Food Circle directory to find a local farmer, business, restaurant, non-profit, farmers’ market or community garden.
Is your favorite missing? Encourage them to submit a listing!
Healthy Recipe
Chicken Picadillo Recipe
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Lawn and Garden
September lawn care tips
Tall Fescue Lawn
For Tall Fescue lawns, fall is the most important time of the year to be thinking about turfgrass health, and no month is more important for lawn care than September.

Tall Fescue performs best in the cool weather of the fall and spring, and as a result, the right care now can help improve your lawn for the rest of the year. Tall Fescue is normally fertilized two to three times a year. The most important fertilizations are done in September and again in November, often with a fertilizer high in nitrogen. If fertilizer is only applied once per year, fertilize in September for best results. This promotes healthy root growth, earlier green-up for your lawn in the spring, and improved plant health for the rest of the year. Check out our Lawn Fertilizing Guide for more information about Fall Fertilization.

Other September lawn care activities for Tall Fescue include:

Core aerate lawns to relieve compaction and increase soil drainage - Publication
Plant new lawns, or over-seed thinning lawns - Publication
If you are not planting or over-seeding, consider weed control - Publication
Spray dandelions or other broadleaf weeds - Publication
Apply pre-emergent to prevent winter weeds - Publication

For more information on Fall Lawn care, visit our Tall Fescue Publication.
K-State Garden Hour
Enjoy free weekly gardening webinars with K-State Garden Hour

The K-State Garden Hour continues this fall with a great lineup of new gardening webinars. Join K-State Research and Extension for their new gardening webinar series called "K-State Garden Hour." The free weekly series is every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

This virtual series provides information on a variety of horticultural topics, as well as highlights educational topics related to plant selection, entomology, plant pathology, and integrated pest management.

Whether you are new to gardening or have some experience, you are sure to learn something new. Discussions will be led live by K-State Extension Professionals throughout the state and can accommodate 1,000 participants each week. Pre-register for each session or visit recordings of past presentations here.
K-State News
University-community partnership eases COVID-19 testing shortage, receives commendation from state of Kansas

MANHATTAN — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has recognized Kansas State University faculty and administration and Community HealthCare System for their commitment to work with the Northeast Kansas Healthcare Coalition to successfully fill the supply chain gap of nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing in the region.

The group was recognized in a virtual ceremony of commendation with Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, on July 31.

"On behalf of KDHE, I want to thank Dr. Montelone and Dr. Kim for their contributions in helping solve a problem that we had during this pandemic of COVID-19: a short supply of a particular item, the nasal swabs," Norman said.
"It really is very illustrative that something kind of minor can really stop the presses. The Northeast Kansas Healthcare Coalition, Community Healthcare System and K-State met this need in a very creative way, which provided these much-needed swabs — not just to KDHE, but to hospitals, clinics, etc." Read more
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Dr. Brantley, PhD, Extension Director, Sedgwick County 316-660-0105

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