Author: Syme, Emily

CT Agriculture Expo 2022

Register today for this ag expo showcasing the latest in ag innovation, farm equipment, tractors, farm implements, seed & crop protection products, farm supplies & services. This event is happening on Friday November 18th in Southington at the Aquaturf from 10AM till 4PM. Registration includes – Trade Show – State-wide Networking – Buffet Lunch – […]

Greenhouse Biological Control Conference in August

UConn Extension is hosting a Greenhouse Biological Control Conference on August 16th. Hosted by: Leanne Pundt and Rosa Raudales, UConn Extension Target audience: Commercial growers producing ornamentals or vegetable transplants in heated greenhouses. Location and Parking Information: Jones Auditorium, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT. The entrance to Jones Auditorium is on the north […]

UConn Extension Attends National Urban Extension Conference

UConn Extensionists Mary Ellen Welch, Jacqueline Kowalski, Jeantyl Norze and Heather Peracchio attended the National Urban Extension Conference at Rutgers Camden May 23-26. Educators and directors from across the country came together to share best practices in Extension and vision the future of Urban Extension. Norze led a presentation on “Academic Structure Versus Urban Extension […]

Northeast CT Farm and Food Guide

Grown ConNECTed has released a new Guide to Farm Fresh Food in Northeastern CT  for 2022. This guide is an attempt at creating a comprehensive listing of farms selling directly to consumers in the Northeastern CT region and that your constituents can use to find local food, grown and raised in Northeastern CT.  A digital copy […]

Public comment sought on CT Shellfish Restoration Guide

Connecticut Sea Grant, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are seeking comments from the public on a discussion draft of the Connecticut Shellfish Restoration Guide. The Guide is the state’s first and most comprehensive plan to lay the foundation for shellfish restoration in Connecticut’s navigable waters and […]

CT Sea Grant featured on WNPR talk show

WNPR’s “Where We Live” show on June 10 focused on Connecticut’s kelp industry, with host Lucy Nalpathanchil interviewing CTSG Aquaculture Extension Specialist Anoushka Concepcion, Stonington kelp farmer Suzie Flores and David Standridge, executive chef at the Shipwright’s Daughter restaurant in Mystic, where kelp is on the menu. Listen to the show here.    Post taken […]

CT Blue Heritage Trail launched with installation of 8 signs

The Blue Heritage Trail, a collaborative initiative developed by UConn Maritime Studies faculty and students with guidance and support from the Blue Heritage Trail Advisory Committee, has launched with the installation of eight informational signs at key sites in southeastern Connecticut. The eight signs that were installed June 8 and 9 in Groton, New London […]

Educational Program Assistant position open!

The UConn Extension Center located in Farmington, CT is seeking applications for one Educational Program Assistant 1. The full-time position is responsible for supporting and helping implement high-quality, comprehensive, Extension programming at different program sites throughout the region, with specific support to Forest Resources, EFNEP, Master Gardener, and 4-H programs. The Educational Program Assistant will […]

Long Island Sound teacher workshop planned for May 21

Come tour and learn about Copps Island Oyster Company, Sheffield Island Lighthouse, the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge and how to take your students on an interdisciplinary field trip that incorporates NGSS, history and science into an unforgettable educational experience for all grade levels. Please see the flier attached here for details! Date: May […]

Webinar by CLEAR

UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research is hosting a webinar on “Planning and Funding Brownfield Site Investigations” on Wednesday June 1st at 1pm. This webinar will provide an overview of the different phases of site investigation (typically called Phase I, II and III), typical costs for each and potential funding sources, how to […]

Raising awareness to help sturgeon make a comeback in CT

UConn and Connecticut Sea Grant will unveil a sign at Hammonasset Beach State Park at 10 a.m.  on May 7 to raise awareness of conservation efforts for the endangered Atlantic sturgeon. The ceremony will take place at the beach house at Meigs Point. The ancient and iconic Atlantic Sturgeon were once common in Connecticut waters. However, […]

National Lyme Disease Awareness Month

It’s National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Before you venture outside, learn about the precautions you should take from @uconnladybug newest blog post linked below. The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science offers tick testing. Visit here for more info:  @uconnladybug blog post: One early spring afternoon three years ago […]

‘Handbook for Increasing Ocean Literacy’ now available

A Handbook for Increasing Ocean Literacy: Tools for Educators and Ocean Literacy Advocates, developed by the National Marine Educators Association, with the support of NOAA, is now available to help educators and other ocean advocates teach, learn, and communicate about the ocean. CT Sea Grant Education Coordinator Diana Payne is one of the editors of the […]

EFNEP/4-H Special Interest group with Danbury Public Schools

UConn Extension in Fairfield County is leading a EFNEP/4-H special interest group with Danbury Public Schools at Rogers Park Middle School.  EFNEP educator Heather Peracchio is engaging students with Teen Cuisine curriculum and hands-on activities in grades 6-8th. During National Nutrition Month in March students enjoyed learning about MyPlate healthy eating and made a Colorful […]

Canter Curriculum

Interested in learning about horse nutrition? Sign up for Canter Curriculum. This asynchronous course will cover topics such as the digestive system basics, nutrients needed by horses, how to feed different types of horses, supplements, feeding guidelines, and common questions and myths.         Sign up at Reach out to Dr. Jenifer Nadeau, […]

Part Time Biotechnology Grant Project

UConn Extension has two part-time positions open on a biotechnology grant project. These positions are both four-year appointments through the grant period. Program Assistant (15 hours per week) Program Coordinator (15 hours per week) The grant will create 4-H clubs focused on teaching teen members about biotechnology and encouraging them to pursue it as a […]

Job Posting Assistant/Associate Extension Educator in Water Quality

The Department of Extension in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Extension Educator in Water Quality. We seek an individual whose professional skills and abilities can foster the integration of extension with research to address local and regional water quality issues such as urban stormwater and agricultural runoff. […]

Dig Deeper Into Your Garden

Dig Deeper Into Your Garden! Learn the fundamental concepts of horticulture, as taught by UConn Extension educators and specialists. Based on UConn Extension Master Gardener Program curriculum, this four-part, online series can be taken at your own pace, at times that work for you. Choose just the modules you’re interested in or complete all four […]

Master Gardner Community Garden

Several of our 2021 Master Gardener interns from Litchfield County worked on community gardens that helped provide not only food, but much needed outdoor learning environments.  Rebekah Chestna spearheaded the creation of an outdoor classroom garden in Watertown, CT that donated over 200 pounds of food to the Watertown Food Bank. Carolyn Morin worked with […]

DEEP Recreational Trails Program Grant

The Connecticut Trail Census Program by UConn Extension received funding from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental. The DEEP awarded $3 million in grant funding through its Recreational Trails Grant Program. These funds will be used for locally supported trails and trail systems, bikeways, and multi-use paths. More information can be found at—2022/DEEP-Announces-3-Million-in-Trail-Grants-For-20-Projects-Across-the-State 

Know Your Farmer Fair

Know your farmer fair event is occurring on March 19th. More information can be found at or at the Facebook event page . This is the 7th year this event is happening but the Grown ConNECTed program is now partnering with the organizers this year to hopefully make it even more successful. 

EFNEP Baby Food Making Class

UConn EFNEP hosted a baby food-making class which was a success!  9 parents register and picked up baby food-making kits. Three mothers with infants attended consistently, for one mother English was a second language, and another mother was from a family of 7 with her youngest just 7 months.  They discussed how to make homemade […]

Fact sheets help local leaders navigate climate change questions

Questions poured in by the dozen after the morning session of the 2015 Adapt CT legal workshop—six pages worth, in fact.  “After the lunch break, we asked people to put questions into a box, and we got through some of them in great panel discussions in the afternoon,” recalled Juliana Barrett, Connecticut Sea Grant coastal habitat specialist […]

Advancing 4-H Careers in Food and Agriculture via Biotechnology and STEM (FANE) Job Openings

Job opening! UConn Extension Hartford County is looking for a program assistant to work under the direction of the FANE Grant Team. For full consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to Jen Cushman,(, with the email subject FANE Coordinator Position. More information can be found at

Apply for Program Assistant Job

The Office of Outreach and Engagement is searching for a Program Assistant. Apply at The job centrally oversees and supports public engagement initiatives at UConn through outreach, community-based learning, engaged scholarship, and grant development. O&E strengthens UConn’s activities in particular fields of regional engagement and fosters collaboration with the University’s academic divisions to stimulate the […]

High Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the U.S.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States since 2020. Avian influenza does not present […]

CT Dairy Anaerobic Digester Panel Discussion

CT Dairy Anaerobic Digester Panel Discussion is occurring on Thursday, February 17th from 2:00-4:00 pm EST. Most everyone is aware that CT has 2 active anaerobic digesters operating on dairy farms. What you may not realize is that several other dairy-based anaerobic digesters are also being developed. This panel discussion will provide an opportunity for […]

USDA Announces $1 Billion Investment in Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today at Lincoln University that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is delivering on its promise to expand markets by investing $1 billion in partnerships to support America’s climate-smart farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. The new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities opportunity will finance pilot projects that create market opportunities for U.S. […]

2022 CT Sea Grant Fellowship for Underrepresented Undergraduates Announced

The goal of the Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) Undergraduate Research Fellowship is to broaden participation of underrepresented/underserved students in marine and coastal professions by providing early career experience, training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision makers, and marine industry professionals. The application deadline is March 14, 2022. Fellowship selections will be announced […]

2022 FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Remote Grower Training Course

The registration date is quickly approaching for the 2022 FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Remote Grower Training Course! Register at This course is designed to provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices knowledge that includes emphasis on co-management of food safety and environmental management goals, while outlining the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act […]