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Friday, July 1, 2016

It's Fun to Eat Outdoors in the Summer, but Keep Food Safe

By Mary Schroeder, Extension Educator -- Health and Nutrition

Summer is a great time to get together with family and friends and enjoy food outdoors. But hot weather poses special challenges to keeping food safe. You need to be sure your next outdoor summer gathering is remembered for fun and not because everyone got sick from the food! To do that, follow these simple tips to keep germs away from your outdoor party.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Growing Tomatoes, Even When You Don't Have a Garden

By Mary Schroeder, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition

With summer around the corner, I'm thinking about the joys of the season, including the tantalizing taste of fresh, home-grown tomatoes. But what if you don't have access to a garden? Don't worry! You can still grow tasty tomatoes in a container.

Here is what you need to get started.
  • A growing pot. Look for a pot that holds between 2 to 5 gallons of soil. The shape of the container does not matter, but you should give some consideration to the type of pot you use. There are several container options to choose from, including clay, plastic, or even wood. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but each works for growing tomatoes, as long as the bottom of the pot has holes to allow for water drainage. (For more information on types of pots to use in container gardening, check out University of Minnesota Master Gardener and University of Illinois Extension and resources below.)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Los pros y los contra de trabajar en la adolescencia

Por Jose Lamas, Asociado del Programa Comunitario

A medida que los hijos llegan a la edad de la adolescencia, muchos comienzan a pensar en trabajar y ganar su propio dinero. Para los adolescentes, las ventajas del trabajar son:
  • Crea un sentido de responsabilidad, buenos hábitos de trabajo y habilidades organizacionales.
  • Desarrolla las habilidades del pensamiento independiente y de la toma de decisiones.
  • Ahorra dinero para lograr las metas educativas a largo plazo.
  • Se obtienen referencias para futuros trabajos.
Por otro lado, hay dificultades dificultades de trabajar que su hijo debe evitar, incluyendo:
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