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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

New Feature: Events Calendar

Monday, March 04, 2013

You can tell it's almost Spring by the stack of seed catalogs on my desk and the tons of emails in my inbox about garden shows, seed swaps, tomato grafting, sheep shearing and a dizzying array of other events.  There are so many exciting opportunities just in March alone!  Here are just a few I'll be attending:

  • Worm Composting and Hot Compost Workshop (thanks to Christine @ TheDeadlyNightshade!)
  • Urban Fruit Production Seminar
  • Eat Local! Organic Expo
  • 2-part Webinar: Grazing Goats

A good friend of mine got me a "Farms and Barns" wall calendar for Christmas and I was trying to keep track of all these classes and workshops on it, but it quickly got untenable.  So then I started putting them all on my Google calendar so that my phone will alert me when something's coming up.

(I can't help it...I was watching "Despicable Me last night)
Maybe my readers would be interested in a calendar that shows all the events also?  By jiffy, what a great idea.

So I've done just that.  I've compiled a list of all the upcoming gardening\farming\livestock webinars, workshops, and classes that I know about into one place for you right here on the Cranky Puppy blog. Just click on "Events" on the menu bar up there.

You can change from "Week" to "Month" views by clicking in the upper right-hand corner of the calendar.  Click on "Agenda" to see a longer list of dates with the complete titles. 

Agenda view is easier to read.
Honestly, I like this view the best.

Double-click on an event to view more details about the event - I've included the original source, location and time, how to register, etc. Please note that some of these events require advance registration and are not free!  So, if you're interested in something, make sure you read closely and understand what's required to attend.

Finally, you can also click from the details page and add the event to your own calendar.  Easy peasy!

Before I end this post, I'd like to say one thing about the University extension offices.  They are a great wealth of information and many of their resources are absolutely free.  If you haven't checked out your local extension office, you should.  And you know what else is awesome?  You don't even have to be in the same state to register and listen to their webinars.  So think outside the box and look at some other extension offices in other states.  (Or wait and see what I put up on the new calendar!)

I hope you find this new calendar as useful as I have!  Oh...and if you have events that you'd like for me to add, please hit the "Email me!" button at the top of the blog.  Thanks!

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