This month’s article has been tricky for me. Considering current events, especially the regulations imposed on movement, it has been difficult to decide how best to use the space I have been privileged with in this publication. What is the most useful information that I can impart in five hundred-ish words?
I’ve decided the best use of this space is to get back to the roots of my job: getting information in the hands of the people that need it. Therefore, the following is my guide to finding scientifically accurate information and some beneficial entertainment to ease us through this next month.
The first place I would ask you to look is grayson.agrilife.org. Our county website has links to Department of State Health Services and other organizations that have published verified virus information and prevention tips. Using scientifically backed information is the best way to avoid making rash decisions out of panic, and Extension only publishes research based, unbiased information. Our county website also has our contact information for any questions you have about almost anything.
The next place is our county Facebook page, Grayson County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (@GraysonAgriLife). We post our own educational materials as well as those from other research-oriented organizations that are useful for maintaining your health, lawn, garden, or agricultural production. Often, we will share posts or videos from other Extension personnel who have expertise in areas other than our own. You will also find links to my podcast, Grayson Ag Talk, which I use to cover the basics of various topics in a couple of minutes that tell you everything you need to know about getting started on a new project or practice. You can also listen to my podcast online at anchor.fm/graysoncountyagrilife.
For those of you with kids at home, check out the GraysonTX4H (@GraysonTX4H) Facebook page and the Texas 4-H (@texas4h) page for educational materials to help supplement their schoolwork and keep them entertained while you’re working remotely. Our county is videoing one cycle of our “Hatching in the Classroom” curriculum where we cover the biology of incubating chicks with new content daily for 21 days.
My last little tidbit will be some advice — go plant something. If you have space for a garden, that’s fantastic. You still have time to plant radishes, pumpkin, peas, sweet corn, cucumber, eggplant, squash and tomato transplants, among other things. If you don’t have the space, that’s fine. Everyone has a sunny spot on the porch or next to a window you could put a container garden in. My podcast has an episode on container gardening.
If you’re having trouble getting the information you need, look up my contact information on the website and let’s talk. Stay positive and continue to wash your hands!
Marshall Tolleson is a county extension agent for the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. The AgriLife office is located at 100 W. Houston St., Sherman. For more information, visit www.Grayson.AgriLife.org.