Summer 2017 FCS Events

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted.

June FCS Calendar

5 Homemaker Executive Board, 9:30 a.m.
8 Canning Boot Camp, 6:30 p.m.
9 Canning Boot Camp, 10:00 a.m.
13 FCS Council, 10:00 a.m.
16 Homemakers Club Reports due to Extension Office
21 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
30 Homemaker Volunteer Hours due to Extension Office

July FCS Calendar

4 Office closed for Independence Day
10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
19 Wednesday Quilters, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
19 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
24 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
25 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 9:00 a.m. – noon
31 County Fair Entry Day (Culinary), 9:00 a.m. – noon

August FCS Calendar

1-5 Oldham County Fair
6 County Fair Entry Check Out, Oldham County Fairgrounds, noon – 2:00 p.m.
8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
16 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
TBA Homemakers Council

Summer 2017 Ag Events

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at extension offices.

June Ag Calendar

1 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
8 County Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
8 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
8 Equine Farm & Facilities Expo, Lexington, University of Kentucky Extension Forages
9 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
12 Green Thumbs, contact office for details
15 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
20 Ag Development Council, 7:00 p.m.
24 Master Gardener Association Meeting and Rain Garden Work Day, 9:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension Pavilion

July Ag Calendar

4 Office closed for Independence Day
6 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Henry County Extension
6 I Love Roses, 6:30 p.m., Oldham County Public Library, La Grange. Guest speaker Janet Miller of the Louisville Rose Society. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
10 Green Thumbs, Contact office for details
14 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
17 How Flowers Flirt and Flourish, 6:30 p.m., Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Goshen. Guest speaker Tavia Cathcart Brown, Wildflower Expert and Author. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
18 Oldham County Cattlemen, 6:00 p.m.
20 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Shelby County Extension
31 Ag Exhibits Entry for County Fair, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., (NEW LOCATION: Oldham County Extension office)

August Ag Calendar

3 Late Summer/Early Fall Gardening, 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker Jeff Wallitsch, Wallitsch Nursery and Garden Center. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
3 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
10 Rinse & Return for Pesticide Containers, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
11 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
16 Master Gardener/Green Thumbs Outing, Streamcliff Farms

Summer 2017 4-H Events

The following 4-H Youth Development calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

June 4-H Calendar

2-4 District Horse Show
5 All 4-H Camp Forms Due
5 Teen Conference Orientation
6 Project Day: 2-Point Perspective
8 Project Day: Leaf Printing
8 Extension Council & District Board
9 Project Day: Making An Electromagnet
12 Robotics Club
12-15 Teen Conference
16 Project Day: 4-H Clover Photography
15-16 State Horse Contest
20 Camp Leader Orientation
22 Camper Orientation

July 4-H Calendar

2-8 State Horse Show
4 Office closed for Independence Day
8 State Communications Day
10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
13 4-H Council Meeting
14 Head Lice Checks for Camp
17-21 4-H Camp
27 Fair Project Entry Day

August 4-H Calendar

2 4-H Fashion Revue
1-5 Oldham County Fair
11 State Fair Projects to Office
12-13 State Fair Dog Show
17-27 Kentucky State Fair

Oldham County Dog Show details to be announced.

Drink Up For Good Health

The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter and in the March 7, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

Drink Up For Good Health

We should drink water for good health, but some of us may not know why it is so important.

More than two-thirds of our bodies are made of water. It helps lubricate our joints, and without water, our organs could not properly function. Water is also essential in helping us remove waste from our bodies.

If you don’t consume enough water, you run the risk of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can cause headaches, mood changes, fever, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and kidney problems among others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests adults consume between 91 and 125 fluid ounces of water each day on average. Individuals who choose water when they are thirsty and at meal time usually have no problem drinking enough daily. Water may also be consumed through healthy food choices like fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that your daily intake amount can fluctuate depending upon your weight, age, sex, activity level, and certain medical conditions. You will also need to consume more water if you are in a hot climate, are physically active, running a fever, or losing fluids through vomiting and/or diarrhea.

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Below are some suggestions on how to increase your and your family’s fluid intake.

  • Keep a bottle of water with you.
  • Eat more foods with high water content like fruit and vegetables.
  • Add fruit to water for flavor.
  • Give children water when they are thirsty.
  • Choose water over sugar-sweetened beverages when eating out. Not only will you consume fewer calories, but water is free in most restaurants.

Check out this Kentucky Proud Strawberry Green Tea recipe that could help you increase water intake.

KY Proud Strawberry Green Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 13 cups water
  • 13 green tea bags, regular size
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 lemon, optional
  • Yield: 16, 8 ounce servings

    strawberry green tea recipe

    Directions: Wash strawberries and remove the tops. Chop the berries with a hand chopper in a large pot. Add water to the chopped berries and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let mixture cool for five minutes. Add tea bags and submerge. Steep tea for two to three minutes. Strain the tea through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth-lined colander into a one gallon pitcher. Add honey and stir until dissolved. Chill and serve. Garnish with a lemon slice or fresh strawberry if desired.

    Nutritional Analysis: 70 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 0 g protein, 30% Daily Value of vitamin C

    Source: Heather Norman-Burgdolf, University of Kentucky Extension Specialist in Food Nutrition

    Healthy Lettuce Tacos Recipe

    The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Lean Green Lettuce Tacos Recipe

    healthy lettuce taco recipe

    Ingredients:

  • 8 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 ounce packet low-sodium taco seasoning
  • 4 ounces low sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • Yield: 8 servings

    Directions:

    Wash and dry lettuce leaves. Prepare rice according package directions. Cut corn off cob. Drain and rinse black beans. In a skillet, heat the oil to medium; add ground beef and begin to cook. When beef begins to brown, add zucchini, corn and black beans to skillet. Continue to cook until vegetables are tender and beef is done. Do not overcook. Add in taco seasoning and tomato sauce and heat through. Add cilantro and lime juice to the cooked rice. Place equal amounts of rice mixture and taco mixture into lettuce leaves. Top each taco with chopped tomato and onion.

    Nutritional Analysis: 180 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 12 g protein

    Source: Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud, University of Kentucky Extension

    2017 State Homemaker News

    The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    State Homemaker Meeting News

    Six Oldham County Extension Homemakers attended the 2017 State Annual Meeting in Owensboro: Clarine Anderson, Dottie Crouch, Faye Korthaus, Carol McKinnon, Angela Morris, and Paula Pascal. Oldham County was honored to receive third place in International Fundraiser, Coins for Change.

    state homemakers meeting news

    Carol C. Russ, a new Poplar Grove member, received third place for her short story “My Mother’s Shoes.” Rebecca Starry won two grand champion ribbons in Beading and Jewelry. Pat Honaker received grand champion in Crochet. Kelly Boyd, Linda Kiekhefer, Faye Korthaus, Barb Lynch, Angela Morris, Barbara Lynch, and Peggy Townsend all received blue ribbons for their Cultural Arts entries.

    keha cultural arts

    Save the date! The 2018 KEHA State Annual Meeting will be May 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport. In addition to competition in the State Cultural Arts contest, the KEHA State meeting is a great time to meet members from all over the state and learn lots of wonderful things.

    2017 Master Gardener Classes

    The following Agriculture & Natural Resources article printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Master Gardener Classes Begin in September

    Master Gardener classes will be offered Fridays, beginning September 1 through November 17. Classes will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the extension office. The cost for this program is $100 to cover class materials. Registration forms are available in our office as well as online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/OC-Master-Gardeners.

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    What is a Master Gardener? A Master Gardener is someone who has successfully completed Master Gardener classes offered by an extension office. Classes provide research-based information on core subjects ranging from botany to soils to plant pests. Trees, turf, and landscape plant growing principles are also covered. Master Gardener volunteers take the knowledge learned through these classes and put it to use in their communities – sharing knowledge informally with others, teaching, and doing various gardening-related work in public areas.

    How do I become a Master Gardener? Complete classes offered at the extension office and complete 40 hours of volunteer service within one year of course completion. Volunteers complete 20 service hours annually in subsequent years to maintain active Master Gardener status.

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    Where can I volunteer? There are several ongoing volunteer opportunities at Yew Dell Gardens and Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, plus one-time opportunities that are announced throughout the year. Participants may help with an existing project or begin their own. A project can be as simple as helping plant or maintain your church’s landscape or providing plant recommendations for a neighborhood association common area. The possibilities are endless.

    Landscape Help Publications Available

    The following Agriculture & Natural Resources and Horticulture articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    New/Updated Landscape Publications Available

    New and updated publications covering landscape topics are now available. These Kentucky Extension publications and others covering lawn care, flower gardens, vegetables, and fruit are accessible online at www.uky.edu/hort/home-horticulture and at the extension office.

    kentucky landscape help

    Soil Percolation, A Key to Survival of Landscape Plants’ details the effect of soil quality on the success of your landscape planting, covering ways to evaluate and improve your soil as well as the importance of selecting of the right plant to fit your soil type.

    Planting Container Grown Trees and Shrubs’ covers information about handling containers grown plants and proper planting technique to insure the success of your landscape.

    Planting Bareroot Trees in Your Landscape.’ Planting bareroot trees has always been a technique used to move young trees in landscapes and fruit orchards. This publication covers the proper handling and planting methods of bareroot plants for success.

    ‘After Your Ash Tree Dies, Making an Informed Decision on What to Replant will give you resources to decide what tree varieties mature similar in size to the ash and provide diversity to your landscape.

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    ‘What is Your Tree Worth?’ Landscape trees can add to the value of your property if undamaged, healthy, and planted in an appropriate location. This publication describes how to have your trees evaluated to determine their value in your landscape.

    Get Help With Pond Weeds

    A common problem for pond owners is control of weedy plants. Correctly identifying the plant is the first step in managing it. Scoop up problem weeds in a bucket and bring to our office for identification and control tips. Keeping pond weeds in water helps preserve them for accurate identification. An open container is best because it keeps the sample fresher. A closed container can be used for same day delivery to our office, but plants will begin decaying if kept enclosed multiple days, especially in a hot environment.

    Ag Clubs Update: Cattlemen, Green Thumbs, Master Gardeners

    The following Agriculture & Natural Resources articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association News

    The Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association will meet on July 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the extension office. The meeting will feature guest speaker Jim Akers of Blue Grass Stockyards. The association welcomes new members – pick up an application at our office or join online at www.kycattle.org. Annual $35 membership dues cover membership to both Oldham County and Kentucky Cattlemen’s Associations, a subscription to Cow Country News, and meals at county meetings.

    oc cattlemen's association

    Charlie McDonner of Whayne Supply was a guest speaker and sponsor of the Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association March meeting. Members elected officers for the current year: Maynard Stetten as president, Paul Bradshaw as vice president, and Jerry Bennett as secretary/treasurer.

    Plant Sale & Auction Benefits 4-H

    For the second year in a row, the Green Thumbs Garden Club held a spring plant sale and auction to benefit Oldham County 4-H. Green Thumbs and Oldham County Master Gardeners collected plants, containers, garden sculptures, and other garden decor for the event. This year, the clubs raised a total of $1,284, roughly a hundred dollars more than last year! This generous donation will be used as scholarships to send Oldham County children to 4-H camp in the summer.

    Thank you Green Thumbs and Master Gardeners for your continued support!

    Enter the 2017 Oldham County Fair

    The following 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Science articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    4-H at the County Fair

    Oldham County 4-H Fair

    Don’t wait until the last minute to finish those 4-H fair projects! The 2017 Oldham County Fair is August 1 through 5. 4-H fair registration forms are due to the office by July 5. Early registration allows staff time to print entry tags for easy distribution on entry day. Projects will need to be delivered to the extension office between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. Projects will be judged July 28, and entries will be transported by 4-H staff and volunteers to the fairgrounds on Monday, July 31. Judging early will enable us to meet the State Fair registration deadline.

    oc 4-h county fair

    The Oldham County 4-H Fair catalog is now available online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-fair. A printed version of the catalog is also available at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office. All 4-H projects will need to be picked up on Sunday, August 6, between noon and 2:00 p.m. at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

    Sign Up Today for the Fashion Revue

    The 4-H Fashion Revue promotes skills in construction, selection, and coordination of clothing. 4-H members will have the opportunity to model clothing in the Sewing and Fashion Magic categories. The Sewing category allows 4-H’ers to model clothing they have entered in the 4-H Fair. In Fashion Magic, 4-H members model outfits and accessories they have purchased and assembled.

    oc 4-h fair fashion revue

    The 2017 Oldham County 4-H Fashion Revue is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Centerfield. For more information on entering, contact the extension office via (502) 222-9453 or amy.logsdon@uky.edu.

    Enter the County Fair

    Home & Family Arts Department

    The 2017 Oldham County Fair is set for August 1 through 5. Department categories and rules are available at the extension office as well as online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/oldham-county-fair. All Home & Family Arts Department entries will be taken at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension office.

    Check in nonperishable entries on Monday, July 24, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. or Tuesday, July 25, between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Judging follows at 12:30 p.m.

    Perishable entries will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. and noon on Monday, July 31.

    At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, the Family & Consumer Science Agent will begin arranging entries for display in the Home & Family Arts Building at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

    Entry check out is between noon and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

    oc fair

    Volunteers are needed to help register entries, assist judges, and arrange displays for the 2017 Oldham County Fair. Contact Chris Duncan via (502) 222-9453 or crivera@uky.edu to volunteer your time.