As many of you know, I have a tiny boutique nursery called Savory Le Jardin. Since I plan to expand this summer, I went searching on my state extension service site for publications and courses and found, of all things, a Master Nursery Producer course. It has 21 modules chock-full of extremely detailed information. Now, not everyone among you might need a Master Nursery Producer course, but I do want to commend to you the good work and good information provided by your local extension offices. They develop and disseminate information to help farmers, gardeners, and families live well. To find your local office, Google "extension service mystate mycounty."
As you can see by the topic list, your extension service provides information not only for farmers, but for homeowners and families. My local office will pressure-test my canner at the beginning of the season, and even offers canning classes. Master Gardener classes are available, too, and our local Master Gardeners are very active. Our local 4-H is run out of this office, too.
The University of Tennessee Extension Service also has a web site from which you can download all sorts of publications with detailed, reliable information. While you might have to pay for paper copies, virtually all downloaded publications are free. I have my eye on a few hoop house designs.
If you're looking for publications from an even broader area, do check out Extension.org. This allows you to search through publications from many states, and even has an "Ask an Expert" feature.
So, you can see that I haven't been idle this winter. I've been growing my knowledge, and I expect my business to grow as well.
What about you? How are you living your Savory life?