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The NFL, in partnership with Ohio State University Extension and the City of Cleveland’s Summer Sprout program, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and NFL partner Verizon hosted an event on April 28, 2021, to build a community garden and create a pollinator garden and learning area at William Rainey Harper School. The community garden will be a source of hands-on education for students, teaching them basic plant science while actively demonstrating that growing your own produce can be fun. The garden will help to address food insecurity and access to healthy options. Food grown at the garden will be donated to the local community and will support snack time at the school. OSU’s Summer Sprout and several master gardeners led the garden build, with the help of students, parents, and teachers. Follow this link to learn more.

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Apportionment is the process of dividing the 435 memberships, or seats, in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states. At the conclusion of each decennial census, the results are used to calculate the number of seats to which each state is entitled. Each of the 50 states is entitled to a minimum of one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The 2020 Census apportionment population includes the resident population of the 50 states, plus a count of the U.S. military personnel and federal civilian employees living outside the United States (and their dependents living with them) who can be allocated to a home state. The population of the District of Columbia is not included in the apportionment population. Follow this link to learn more.

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From what was once Singapore’s largest prison complex - the Queenstown Remand Prison, housing about 1,000 inmates at its peak; an 8,000 square meter urban farm, Edible Garden City (EGC), now bursts with colorful vegetables and fragrant herbs. Co-founded by local resident Bjorn Low in 2012, EGC is one of Singapore’s first urban farming initiatives and is located inside the former prison compound. It is one of several efforts in the city-state to strengthen the island’s food security at a grassroots level. “Our goal was and is to encourage more locals to grow their own food and thus help strengthen the city’s food resilience,” says Sarah Rodriguez, EGC’s head of marketing. Follow this link to learn more.

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The Penn State Extension Urban Forestry Team will be offering free monthly webinars on various community forestry topics starting in June. These hour-long webinars will be offered at 12 p.m. ET each month. One ISA Certified Arborist CEU will be offered for each webinar, pending approval. Certificates of attendance will be provided upon request for landscape architects and others needing proof of attendance. Follow this link to learn more.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a money crunch for many families (Bhutta et al., 2020). Reduced work hours, furloughs, and unemployment threaten financial livelihoods, forcing families to reevaluate normal habits of spending and saving. Additionally, increased hours at home have left some families searching for ways to fill their time. The University of Tennessee (UT) Extension consumer economics leadership team, responded to these new realities created by the pandemic by developing a series of money management videos. The primary purpose of the videos was to provide research-based financial information during this time of financial hardship. In this article, they highlight the process used to develop the video series. They share their methods for developing the videos and disseminating them via social media so that Extension educators in other states can replicate this idea during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social media metrics demonstrating the wide reach of the videos conclude the article. Follow this link to read more.

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Christopher T. Sneed The University of Tennessee Extension,, Ann A. Berry The University of Tennessee Extension, Shelly N. Barnes The University of Tennessee Extension, Donna D. Calhoun The University of Tennessee Extension, and Tracy V. Hagan The University of Tennessee Extension.

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You’re invited to the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Virtual National Urban Extension Summit which is being held Wednesday, May & Thursday, May 20, 2021 

Participation is free and open to all interested Extension professionals. Follow this link to learn more.

Follow this link for a printable version of the agenda.

To say that controlled environment agriculture is drawing a lot of interest and dollars from the investment world would be an understatement. Austin Webb, co-founder, and CEO at Fifth Season, a vertical farm operation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, estimates that over $3 billion has been invested in the CEA industry during the last four years alone, excluding debt and merger and accusations activities for greenhouse operations. Follow this link to read more.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented extreme challenges to families and children facing elevated levels of food insecurity. Understanding nutritional need levels is important for local and federal policymakers to determine where, when, and how to provide support to families. But getting a handle on these needs has been made difficult because of a lack of data to compare to the pre-pandemic period and to examine changes during the pandemic. Creating accurate data visualizations is also important because, for some, it will be the only way they interact with the topic, and for others, it will help them decide whether to read the full research. Follow this link to learn more.

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Although green roofs are considered as a no-regret adaptation measure that helps to address various impacts of climate change, they are still rather rare. This paper explores three major European cities that have policies in place that are supposed to facilitate the installation of green roofs. The authors ask what approaches were chosen by local authorities to promote green roofs and which factors facilitated their implementation. Follow this link to read the article. 

Sourced from: Journal of Urban Affairs