Connecting Connecticut
Soil Quality and Testing

Soil Quality and Testing

June 2, 2021

Healthy soils = healthy plants. Join us as we talk with Dawn Pettinelli, an Associate Extension Educator and coordinator of the UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory and UConn Home and Garden Education Center. In this episode Dawn discusses soil quality and why it is important to test soils, how we test soils, and what a good soil test can teach us! 

To learn more about programs Dawn mentioned please check out the links below! To learn more about extension or get involved as a volunteer go to https://cahnr.uconn.edu/extension/.

Soils Laboratory: https://soiltest.uconn.edu/sampling.php 

Home and Garden Education Center: http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/ 

Master Gardener Program: https://mastergardener.uconn.edu/ 

 

 

Discussion with the Dean

Discussion with the Dean

May 19, 2021

Join us in this episode as we talk with Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources and Director of the Connecticut Cooperative Extension System. Dean Chaubey discusses the goals and initiatives underway at CAHNR and Extension as well as why he believes UConn stands out! 

If you want to find out more about CAHNR or the Storrs Experiment Station see the links below, to learn more about UConn Extension please go to https://cahnr.uconn.edu/extension/

UConn CAHNR: https://cahnr.uconn.edu/ 

Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture: https://rhsa.uconn.edu/ 

Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station: https://cahnr.uconn.edu/research/saes/ 

 

 

Water Quality and Testing

Water Quality and Testing

May 5, 2021

Let's talk about water a resource we can't live without! Here in Connecticut, a water rich state, we often take it for granted. In this episode we are discussing the state's water quality, stormwater, how private well owners can get their wells tested and why that is important! Join us as we talk to Dr. Mike Dietz and learn all about water. 

If you are interested or want to learn more about the programs Mike discussed please check out the resources below! As always if you are interested in learning more about UConn Extension please go to https://cahnr.uconn.edu/extension/!

 

CT NEMO: https://nemo.uconn.edu/ 

CT Institute for Water Resources: https://ctiwr.uconn.edu/ 

CTIWR Newsletters: https://ctiwr.uconn.edu/links-2/ 

DPH Private Well Testing Info: https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Environmental-Health/Private-Well-Water-Program/Private-Well-Testing 

UConn CLEAR: https://clear.uconn.edu/water.htm 

 

Community Development

Community Development

April 21, 2021

Community & Economic Development is designed to provide information, education, and assistance to community and economic development leaders and decision makers to help them best respond to local needs and opportunities! In this episode we talk to Extension Educator Laura Brown about community development here in Connecticut. If you're interested in getting involved with Extension go to https://cahnr.uconn.edu/extension/ . To learn more about the programs Laura discusses check out the links below! 

 

UConn Extension CED: https://communities.extension.uconn.edu/ 

PATHS Program: https://cttrails.uconn.edu/paths/ 

Trails 101 video series: https://cttrails.uconn.edu/trails101/ 

On the Trail Podcast: https://uconnextension.podbean.com/ 

 

 

 

UConn 4-H

UConn 4-H

April 7, 2021

Learn about 4-H a program that has been teaching its members to make the best better since 1914! 

In this episode Nancy Wilhelm, Jen Cushman, and Matt S. help us better understand what 4-H is, how the program works at UConn and across Connecticut, and what it means for members! To learn more about UConn 4-H or how to join go to http://www.4-h.uconn.edu/!

 

UConn 4-H Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UConn4H  

Auerfarm 4-H Center: https://auerfarm.org/educational-programs/4-h/        

National 4-H: https://4-h.org/ 

Master Gardener Program

Master Gardener Program

March 24, 2021

In this episode we talk to Sarah Bailey and Cheryl Cappiali about UConn Extension's Master Gardener Program! They help guide us through what the Master Gardener Program is, who can join, and its impact on people and communities across Connecticut! If you want to get involved in the Master Gardener Program or simply want to learn more check out https://mastergardener.uconn.edu/! If you are interested in working with or learning more about UConn Extension go to https://cahnr.uconn.edu/extension/!

 

Master Gardener Locations: https://mastergardener.uconn.edu/locations/ 

To Donate: https://www.foundation.uconn.edu/give-online/ 

 

Health, a Collaborative Journey! (2)

Health, a Collaborative Journey! (2)

March 10, 2021

“We are only as healthy as the least healthy person, community, or group in our society”-Dr. Valerie Duffy

Health is a Collaborative Journey! It isn’t just the food we eat, but how we eat it, when we eat it, and where it comes from! Join us as we talk to Dr. Valerie Duffy of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Healthy Family Connecticut about how we can better our communities by looking at health through multiple lenses. If you're interested in the programs she talks about check out the links below! To learn more about UConn Extension go to: https://cahnr.uconn.edu/extension/

 

Healthy Family CT: https://healthyfamilyct.cahnr.uconn.edu/ 

InCHIP: https://chip.uconn.edu/ 

Information on SNAP: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/uconnhealthyfamilyct 

 

 

 

Ep. 3(1) Nutrition and Health

Ep. 3(1) Nutrition and Health

February 24, 2021

Nutrition is health, no exception! Whether you are enjoying ice cream, a pot roast or watermelon they all attribute to health. Join us as we talk to Dr. Michael Puglisi, an Extension educator with CAHNR Nutritional Sciences as we discuss how nutrition is at the center of health and what UConn Extension is doing to make Connecticut healthier!

To learn more about UConn Extension or to become a volunteer go to: https://cahnr.uconn.edu/extension/

If you're interested in the programs Dr. Puglisi mentioned feel free to check out the links below! 

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program: https://efnep.uconn.edu/ 

SNAP-Ed: https://news.extension.uconn.edu/tag/uconn-snap-ed/ 

Community Nutrition: https://communitynutrition.cahnr.uconn.edu/recipes/ 

Healthy Kids: https://efnep.uconn.edu/healthykids/ 

 

 

 

TRAILER: Connecting Connecticut

TRAILER: Connecting Connecticut

February 22, 2021

How do I test the soil in my garden or the water in my well? Where can I find resources to prepare nutritious affordable meals? What is Connecticut doing to combat climate change?

The questions and more will be answered in our new podcast Connecting Connecticut from UConn Extension. Join us every other Wednesday as we chronicle our journey through all 169 Connecticut Communities! 

Crafting a Resilient Connecticut

Crafting a Resilient Connecticut

February 10, 2021

In this episode of Connecting Connecticut we talk to Extension Educators Dr. Juliana Barrett and Bruce Hyde about what UConn Extension is doing to craft a more resilient Connecticut in the face of a changing climate, more severe and frequent storms, and scarce resources. If you want to learn more about the programs they discussed check out the links below! To learn more about UConn Extension go to https://cahnr.uconn.edu/extension/

 

Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR): https://clear.uconn.edu/ 

Connecticut Sea Grant: https://seagrant.uconn.edu/ 

The Land Use Academy: https://clear.uconn.edu/lua/index.htm 

Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA): https://nrca.uconn.edu/ 

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