Have you ever seen the name “Purdue Extension” on the sign by the recycling center on South Walnut and wondered why our rivals were infiltrating our town? Why is Purdue extending down into Bloomington? Secret plot to take over? We decided to investigate and what we discovered was an impressive bounty of free and low cost resources that every citizen could and should take advantage of (without having to pledge any allegiance to our black and gold friends to the North). I mean, the list of help the Monroe county office of the Purdue Extension can provide is so long, we barely made a dent in it during the show. If you don’t know what the Extension does, here’s where you should start! Going as far back as the 1800’s, Extension offices have played a key role in American life. Rural communities utilized them to help with everything from crop production to addressing war-related farm labor shortages at harvest time. Jump forward 100 years and Extension offices now assist communities with everything from food and nutrition classes to a citizen’s academy, where regular folks can get a clear understanding of how their county government works! Join us as we talk with Courtney Stewart, Health Educator with Purdue Extension in Monroe County, to learn more about the history of Extension and how it can be of use to you!
In our Facebook Follow segment we encourage listeners to follow The Wood Frog, a modern homestead located in Brown County. Get inspired to make your own cheese, can and preserve foods, raise chickens, wood work and more. And be alerted to Homestead tours, too! And in our REAL-List segment, we kept the theme of homesteading by flashing back to our REAL Real Estate Today show with Jill and Scott Stowers, the owners of The Wood Frog. We talk about how you can start homesteading, where you are with what you have, even if it’s not a large piece of land.