Extension Office Basics

[Music] Help! I’m gardening! Extension office
basics. I know that Google and of course hashtag askCori have a ton of
information out there to help you be successful. However, I’d like to point out
another resource that may be available to you. This hidden gem is your local
Extension office. What’s an Extension office? It’s
literally an Extension of a land-grant university. Historically, land-grant
universities were set up in each state to help with best practices in
Agricultural Sciences. Today, those Extension offices are there for you and
your questions. At the EXO, they can help you with identifying plants, identifying
diseases and treatments, pests and teach you proper mitigation, take soil samples,
fertilizer and watering requirements, gardening tips, various pruning tips,
pollinator information, various recipes and canning information, you can buy
seedling trees, you can get turfgrass recommendations, beekeeping, how to raise backyard chickens, stinging and biting insects, and high-altitude preparation.
And if there happens to be a zombie apocalypse? They may be able to help with that too. And here’s the best part! Most of the services they offer are
absolutely free! They do have their limits. They will not do a project for
you, but that’s the fun part anyways. So, next time you run into a snag or you’re
looking for a few good ideas, call or visit your local Extension
office. You’ll be glad you did! [Music]

1 thought on “Extension Office Basics

  1. What this short video does not mention is what makes Extension (or is supposed to) make Extension unique is that it provides reliable, relevant, research based solutions.
    I have see na lot of Extension information that is not peer-reviewed, no materials are cited, and you may be lucky if you even know who the authors are. Information is often dated, sometimes as much a decades since it was authored or reviewed and updated and therefore, of questionable reliability.
    I often see information that is not scientifically based or sound promoted by Extension. Why? Because it is what they say people needed, or wanted, based on stakeholder feedback. This undermines the mission and purpose of Extension to provide reliable research based information, aka, mission creep. Hopping on woo wagons is an example of sacrificing reliability in the name of relevancy, which in the end, costs both.
    Extension, if you are going to remain relevant into the next decade and beyond ,stop creating content just to be a presence. Stick to your purpose, and in your impact stories share what makes Extension unique:
    Share hare the programing and outreach you offer is unique and how it is not being replicated by other organizations which do not receive public funding. For example, you offer free gardening information and workshops. So do many garden centers and retailers. How is yours different? Repeat this with youth development. What makes 4-H unique. Would I be able to find replicated youth development impacts among other youth development organizations? What makes FCS unique? Can I get canning information from other resources, like the LDS church for example?
    If your programing is not unique, share why and share how the impacts and outcomes of the services offered by Extension are unique and not replicated by the same programming offered by non publicly funded sources.

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