Jody Green, Ph.D., knows a thing or two about bees. An Urban Entomologist and Assistant Extension Educator for Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties, Jody's buzzing to share her knowledge of these important pollinators to you! Join her on Saturday, January 11 at 9 a.m. for Bee There or Bee Square. Jody's specialty is helping people live in harmony with insects and appreciate the benefits they provide. The presentation will take place at the extension office and she will break down the facts of solitary bees, native bees that are not social but are the work horses of bees. Not to be confused with honey bees, there are more than 4,000 species of native bees and many are unique and fun to observe as they forage for food. There is a $5 fee taken at the door. For that and other details, please visit the Facebook Event Page.
You've gobbled up the turkey and stuffing, braved the Black Friday crowds and taken advantage of Cyber Monday's deals, now it's time for #GivingTuesday402. Powered by SHARE Omaha, #GivingTuesday402 is a metro-wide, do good takeover. Please consider supporting Friends in their efforts to support and enhance extension in the following areas:
Debra Brooks has been hired as fair manager of the Douglas County Fair. Brooks brings more than 20 years of marketing, graphic design and event planning to the role. The fair, now in its 161st consecutive year, is hosted by the Friends of Extension Foundation and includes educational exhibits, live music, a parade and livestock shows.
Douglas County Fair festivities kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 11 and run through Sunday, July 14, 2019. In keeping with the theme "Where Urban Meets Rural" for the second year the fair will be have a presence at two locations: Village Pointe which showcases interactive exhibits, displays and contests and Chance Ridge Event Center which showcases livestock and small animal events along with a petting zoo. Metro Community College's Elkhorn Campus will provide shuttle pick-up/drop off and free parking. For a complete schedule and list of activities, please visit: https://www.douglascountyfair.org/ .
In addition to her current role, Brooks also serves as the communications director and executive assistant at the Happy Hollow Club.
A huge thanks to the 32 generous donors who are helping support Nebraska Extension educational programs and services in Douglas and Sarpy counties as part of Omaha Gives! The 24-hour charitable day of giving, now in its seventh year, raised a total of $6.7 million to support community nonprofits including Friends of Foundation Extension. Thanks to you, we raised $2,855 to help in the following areas:
Please consider making a donation to Friends of Extension Foundation during Omaha Gives! Day, a 24-hour, online giving event organized annually by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the metro area (Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties). The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Omaha Gives! is based on other successful giving days hosted by community foundations across the country.
Nearly 70 friends were on hand for the Awards Recognition luncheon presented by Midwest Laboratories, Inc. The event, now in its second year, is sponsored by Friends of Extension Foundation and took place March 22 at Happy Hollow Country Club. Honorees included local organizations, non-profits and community members who give of their time and talents in support of Extension efforts in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Foundation President Mike Pallas kicked off the luncheon and introduced the 2019 honorees. Here's some photos and information about them:
We're joining in on Omaha's largest and longest Earth Day festivities at Elmwood Park on Saturday, April 13. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. come join us to learn more about who we are and what we do. There will be hands on activities including:
Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions about plants and vegetables. Plus we will have some information about the foundation which includes information about the Douglas County Fair taking place in July. Rain or shine! Learn more!
The 2019 Spring Grant Cycle is now open, please access the RFP and submit by April 30. Click here to access the RPF.
The Foundation invites grant proposals from Douglas and Sarpy County Extension and 4-H Staff (both paid and volunteer) and program participants, as well as from third parties who are directly partnered with Douglas and Sarpy County Extension and 4-H programs.
Grant proposals will be considered via the competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Grants will be awarded according to criteria that the application activity strengthens the capacity of Douglas and Sarpy Extension and 4-H to meet local community-based needs. Criteria details are listed under the section RFP Requirements, below.
Grants will be awarded in the following areas:
Grow a green thumb when you learn the secrets to growing vegetables in containers and small spaces. John Porter, Urban Agriculture program coordinator with the Nebraska Extension, will share his tips and tips during The Ultimate Urban Container Workshop taking place on Saturday, April 6. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Nebraska Extension Office at 8015 West Center Road. The cost to attend is a non-perishable food item or cash donation to Food Bank for the Heartland.
The seminar is sponsored by the Friends of Extension Foundation. The Master Gardeners annually host a horticulture seminar as part of their raffle efforts. Consider joining us at the extension office April 6.