The "Berry Good Question" column is being re-launched as a joint Cornell/Penn State effort.
Q: Each year I question whether I'm putting straw mulch on my strawberries too early. Some years, I've waited too long (usually due to hunting season) - then we get snow and I can't get it on at all, so I'd like to mulch as early as I can. I've seen an assortment of recommendations – what should I go by? Thanks.
Horticulture is defined as the art and science of growing plants. Avid gardeners may yearn to grow the tastiest tomato, the largest pumpkin, or an unblemished rose. Growing plants well requires meeting their cultural needs, and the scientific language of horticulture can be confusing.
January 27-February 2, 2014 is National Drug Facts Week. The campaign was started in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to raise awareness about drug abuse among teens and shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse.
Kudzu is a relatively new weed to our area, and along with it, there are also potential problems caused by the insect pest associated with this plant.
How do you know if ice on a pond or lake is safe to walk on? I like to ice fish in the winter, but I always feel uneasy the first time on the ice because I don’t know how thick the ice is.
It is a well-worn trend to start any new year with resolutions: things we want to do, should do, and even some bad habits we want to break...
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions because they are a great way to help us determine what we want out of life. They encourage us to think and act differently to make positive changes.
Welcome to 2014!! This is the time of year when most people focus on new plans and promises. However, I’d like to buck this trend and begin this issue of Penn State’s “Ideas for Intergenerational Living” newsletter by looking to the past. In the “In Memoriam” section, we remember and honor four exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to the intergenerational studies field. Although they are no longer with us, their legacies of innovation and leadership live on and continue to inspire us.
[Note from the editor:] In the following 4 sections, we remember and honor several exceptional individuals: Janet Sainer - innovator and advocate for numerous programs and policies that support grandparent caregiver families, Ed Krentzman - who helped frame and expand the FELLOWS program in Hawaii, Pat Rosini - the driving force for the Intergenerational Nutrition Greenhouse in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and Bob Kasey, Jr. - founder of Creative Grandparenting and Creative Mentoring in Wilmington, DE. Beyond noting their contributions as practitioners and innovators in the still-young intergenerational studies field, we acknowledge their impact as mentors and supporters for the many people they have inspired and who follow in their footsteps. On a personal note, I had the great pleasure of getting to know Janet and Ed. Their life stories provide resounding support for the idea that even one individual can truly make a difference!!
The following remarks were shared at the Third generations United Janet Sainer Luncheon, sponsored by the Brookdale Foundation Group (August 1, 2013).
From Suzanne Roig’s Honolulu Advertiser article: “Ed Krentzman, Beloved Grade School Volunteer” (February 9, 2005):
From Rob Wheary’s Newsitem.com article: “NCCT greenhouse named for its ‘driving force’”:
The following information is from Leah Bradley, Program Director, Generations United. [Ed: Leah interned at Creative Grandparenting while in college. In fact, it was Bob who first introduced her to Generations United. Bob passed away in 1999.]
By Kendra Taylor, Graduate student, AYFCE (Applied Youth, Family, and Community Education M.Ed.) program, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education
Twenty-six residents of The Village at Penn State, a State College retirement community, receive Skype lessons from volunteers Amanda Gresh, undergraduate student in health policy and administration, and Courtney Polenick, graduate student in human development and family studies.
A video on “Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress” was produced by the PA Department of Aging as part of its caregiver educational series. It features Dr. Steven H. Zarit, who is a Distinguished Professor at Penn State University and renowned researcher in caregiving. In the video, Zarit provides information about how to effectively manage stress for caregivers and how to care for a loved one with memory loss.
We are pleased to report that the 2nd edition of the FRIDGE curriculum (2013) is now available online. The current html format is far more user-friendly than the old, large pdf file previously posted on the FRIDGE webpage. Other changes to the curriculum include: updated resources and references (mostly to reflect the latest Food Guidance System - from MyPyramid to MyPlate), streamlined activity instructions, handouts with improved graphics and larger text, and strategies for conducting the program in other settings such as farms and residential camps.
At a National Press Club (Washington, D.C.) event on December 10, 2013, Generations United and The Generations Initiative unveiled a jointly sponsored report, Out of Many, One: Uniting the Changing Faces of America. The report is based on findings of a new poll Generations United and The Generations Initiative commissioned from Harris Interactive. Among the report findings: Americans of all generations are aware of the country's changing age and race demographics and the vast majority are accepting of them, dispelling the "generational conflict narrative." So much so that 72 percent of older and younger respondents believe that publicly funded programs targeted at specific age groups such as K-12 education or Social Security aren't burdensome responsibilities, but investments that benefit all generations.
[The following summary of this research from AARP comes from the Caregiving Policy Digest (FCS), Vol. 8, #8, Sept. 12, 2013.]