Author: Syme, Emily

Baby Food Making Class Series

EFNEP is running a new series for mothers with infants 6 months and older helping families learn to prepare homemade baby food. This program is in partnership with Walnut Hill Community Food Pantry. Each participating parent will receive a baby food making toolkit that includes a food processor and other essential cooking equipment. Each parent […]

4-H Youth and Biotechnology Video Games!

UConn Extension has a new USDA-NIFA funded project will develop cohorts of 4-H youth and create biotechnology video games. The games will convey fun and science-based information about biotechnology such as genetic engineering. They will also build public confidence in the safe use of biotechnology in agriculture and the food system. The project will also […]

Contaminants of Emerging Concern Project

Manmade chemicals known as PFAS and microplastics emerged as the top concerns of the 646 people who responded to a survey conducted in late 2021 by the Contaminants of Emerging Concern Project. The project is being led by the Connecticut, New Hampshire and North Carolina Sea Grant programs along with Lighthouse Consulting Group. Learn more about […]

NOAA designates nation’s 30th NERR in southeastern CT

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s announced that a network of state-owned properties in Lyme, Old Lyme and Groton, CT and portions of the surrounding waters has been designated as the nation’s 30th National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) worked in close partnership with NOAA, the University […]

Master Gardeners Making a Difference!

Congratulations to UConn Extension Master Gardener Program Holly Kocet and Barbara Thomas out of Extension’s Bethel office for making a difference in their communities! Both women worked to address native plantings for commercial projects. Check out this article:

USDA Crop Insurance Webinar Series

This winter sign up for a webinar series about USDA RMA and USDA FSA crop insurance programs. Livestock and Dairy Insurance Programs webinar – 1/26/22 10-11am FSA NAP Program Update webinar – 1/27/22 11-12pm Multi-Peril Crop Insurance & the NEW Direct Market Tomato Insurance Program webinar – 2/1/22 12-1pm New WFRP Micro Provisions Crop Insurance […]

Online 4-H Record Book using ZSuite

Have you started your 4-H record book for 2021-2022? This year you can record keep on your mobile device or computer through ZSuite, use printed sheets, and handwrite or download and type into the sheets. Please check with your club leader or local 4-H Office for more information on how record sheets will be reviewed […]

Take survey on Contaminants of Emerging Concern

A partnership of the Connecticut, New Hampshire and North Carolina Sea Grant programs is conducting a survey as part of a federally funded project announced in September 2021. Survey responses, which will be kept confidential, are due by Dec. 31. Contaminants of Emerging Concern are not well regulated and their impacts on human health and ecosystems […]

CT Sea Grant Fall-Winter Magazine

Connecticut Sea Grant has published their Fall-Winter 2021-2022 issue of Wrack Lines magazine. The theme is “Discovery, Rediscovery and Rebirth”. It can be found in print and online here.  The lead article package describes the Connecticut Estuarine Research Reserve (CT NERR), a collection of the waters and lands at the lower Connecticut River and the […]

Winter Riding Program with Department of Animal Science

The Department of Animal Science is offering the Winter Riding Program to the UConn community and public beginning December 13th and registration is now open!  Space is limited so reserve your spot today and share with anyone who may be interested!  Please visit for more information including registration forms.  

CT Sea Grant Research Projects

Connecticut Sea Grant has selected six research projects for the 2022-2024 funding cycle. Focuses of these grants include gaining an understanding of marine life amid changing environmental conditions, community’s perception and behaviors in response to flood risks, and human relationships with the marine environment and individuals’ “ocean identity”. The projects are slated to receive a […]

AG Mechanics Workshop Series hosted by Solid Ground

Solid Ground is excited to Announce our 2021-2022 Ag-Mechanics Workshop Series! (COST PER WORKSHOP $25 – Lunch included | SPACES ARE LIMITED! If the cost is prohibitive, you may request a stipend for lost wages and/or travel, by emailing Please contact us 2 weeks in advance with special needs (dietary, translation, accessibility, etc.) We’ll […]

CT Sea Grant Upcoming Talk

Connecticut Sea Grant is offering an upcoming talk titled “The New Lawn: Landscaping for Long Island Sound” on Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bill Library in Ledyard. Admission is free. The talk will be given by Judy Preston, the Long Island Sound outreach coordinator for Connecticut Sea Grant. For more information reach out […]

Faces of Extension

“What I find rewarding in my role as an Extension Educator is working with stakeholders to not only address barriers they encounter but to create resources to better inform various audiences,” Anoushka says, one of our Connecticut Sea Grant educators that specializes in seaweed. Learn more at     Meet Shuresh Ghimire, one of […]

Department of Animal Science UConn Beef Cattle to be Sold at Middlesex Livestock Auction

UConn beef cattle will be sold at the Middlesex Livestock Auction (488 Cherry Hill Road, Middlefield, CT 06455) on Monday, October 25, 2021. Sale animals are available for public viewing at the Cattle Resource Unit on Horsebarn Hill Road in Storrs, CT Monday through Friday between 10 AM and 4 PM. All animals will receive a […]

Interested in joining 4-H?

4-H provides youth with the opportunity to develop lifelong skills including civic engagement and healthy living. Programs are based in all eight Connecticut counties with clubs, after-school programs, and other opportunities. Learn more and enroll your child in the UConn 4-H program by reaching out to your local Extension Educator at Almost any interest […]

Danbury Farmers’ Market YouTube Page

SNAP-Ed has been a long standing community partner of the Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative (DFMCC) providing on-site indirect or direct nutrition education for the past 12 years. In the past 5 years, SNAP participants have benefited from direct nutrition education via a 30-minute bilingual nutrition presentation and cooking demonstration.  This year given COVID-19, only farm […]

CT Sea Grant publishes guidebook on Long Island Sound

In the early 1990s Connecticut Sea Grant published popular guidebooks of Long Island Sound called Living Treasures: The Plants and Animals of Long Island Sound and Tesoros Vivientes: Las plantas y animales del Long Island Sound. Accompanying the books, the Sea Grant educators also developed slide presentations, which provide a great overview of the plants and animals that live […]

Key questions about environmental contaminants to be addressed by CTSG, partners

Connecticut Sea Grant, in partnership with the New Hampshire and North Carolina Sea Grant programs, has been awarded an $850,000 federal grant to help unravel the complex problem of contaminants of emerging concern, or CECs, in coastal and freshwater environments. CECs are residues of products commonly used by people and businesses, including pharmaceuticals, personal care […]

USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Tropical Storm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of tropical storms that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help.  USDA partnered with FEMA and other disaster-focused organizations […]

UConn Native Plants and Pollinators conference

The third biennial Native Plants and Pollinators conference will be held Friday, November 5, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m., virtually via Zoom.  Register at! Early Registration $30.00, by Thursday, September 30, 2021 $35.00, after September 30, 2021 Students, $15.00 with valid school ID Join us for 4 hours of presentations featuring current science-based research and […]

Everyone’s Earth: Voices of National Leadership in Anti-Racism in the Outdoors

UConn Extension has been collaborating with partners at Cornell and UW Madison to host “Everyone’s Earth: Voices of National Leadership in Anti-Racism in the Outdoors”. This is a collaborative national event held on September 30 from 12:30 – 2 PM that will feature a panel discussion with three national leaders in outdoor equity. Join us […]