Oftentimes when I tell people that I work for Purdue University I get shocked expressions and questions such as “do you travel from Purdue to here every day?” For those wondering, the answer is no, I do live in Knox County. Did you know that Purdue University actually has extension offices in all 92 counties in Indiana? All of our programs are slightly different because all of our communities are different, but our mission is the same and that is to deliver practical, research-based information that transforms lives and livelihoods.

Let’s take a closer look at Purdue Extension in Knox County.

We have three extension educators with three different program areas: Tonya Short, health and human sciences; Mitch Wagoner, 4-H and youth development; and myself , agriculture and natural resources. Many times the next question I get is “what exactly does this mean?”

Our overall goal is to address the needs of Knox County in these areas. Short’s programming can cover topics such as money management, nutrition/cooking, food preservation, safe food handling, and mental health. Wagoner’s programs will target youth and teaching work force development, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), leadership, and life skills. My programming covers farm, gardening, land use, natural resources, and conservation. We also partner with many community members and organizations to offer programming. As you can see, the sky is the limit in programming.

We also will answer many day to day questions that the community may have. For example, some common questions that I receive are: What is wrong with my tree? What is this plant/insect/disease? And how do I manage wildlife? If you have any questions that would relate to our program areas one of us will likely be able to help, so feel free to call.

If you would like to learn more about us we will be having our annual extension meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 via Zoom. Please register by Jan. 20 by visiting https://bit.ly/2KKLai4 and we will send you the connection information.

You can also visit our website, https://extension.purdue.edu/knox, find us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also contact us directly at the Purdue Extension-Knox County office by calling 812-882-3509 or via e-mail, which can be found on our website.

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