Life Outside the City Limits

March 2015

Chick Brooder Starter Kit - How to set up a brooder and raising chicks, by Cackle Hatchery.

Sheep Shearing Tools - Penn State University Extension staff explain sheep shearing tools, their use and maintenance.

Sheep Shearing Practices - Mike Fournier, Penn State Extension Bucks County demonstrates how to shear sheep. Demonstrates the six sheep shearing positions.

Fresh and Frozen Seafood: Selecting and Serving it Safely - Fish and shellfish contain high quality protein and other essential nutrients and are an important part of a healthful diet. As with any type of food, however, it is important to handle seafood safely in order to reduce the risk of foodborne illness, often called "food poisoning."  Following these basic food safety tips for buying, preparing, and storing fish and shellfish —you and your family can safely enjoy the fine taste and good nutrition of seafood.

Monthly Features

Spring Affair Plant Sale and Garden Event

The Spring Affair is the Midwest's largest gardening plant sale and event. Admission to the Saturday plant sale is free. The plant sale; plant talks; educational booths; and vendors of garden art, sculptures, furniture and other items are all in the Lancaster Event Center's Pavilion I, with plenty of parking north of the building. Spring Affair will be April 25th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Event Center, 4100 North 84th Street, Lincoln, NE.

More than 500 different varieties of plants will be offered at the plant sale, with plants, educational talks and garden vendors all under the same roof. 

The ticketed Preview Party is Friday, April 24 from 6-9 p.m.  

To volunteer or be a vendor, call 402-472-2971 or email For more information contact Karma Larsen, 402-472-7923, Spring Affair is sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.

Drought Resources

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has created a new website that offers resources for those dealing with drought.

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