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August 25, 2020

Shout Out: Local Foods Transdisciplinary Team and the Communications Team

Submitted by Gregg Hadley

This week’s Shout Out comes from SNAP-Ed specialist Chuckie Hessong and is sent to the Local Foods Transdisciplinary Team and the communications team that worked together to develop the K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) “Homesteading 9-1-1” series. Chuckie wrote:

I would like to offer a Shout Out to the Local Foods Transdisciplinary Team and the Communications Solutions team that facilitated their effort! We have completed the KSRE 9-1-1 series of 10 webisodes over 10 weeks with 130,070 people reached through Facebook and many more through other social media platforms. KSRE staff and a few non-staff put themselves on camera to ask or answer great questions to provide information to Kansans.

The communications team was exceptional to work with and made our videos look amazing and got them to as many people as possible. We covered a variety of topics including:

• Starting a Garden/Choosing a Space.
• Chickens for Meat and Eggs.
• Choosing Productive, High-value Garden Crops.
• Buying Local at the Farmers’ Market.
• Gardening with Children.
• Buying Meat from the Farm.
• Cost and Reward of Gardening.
• Food Preservation: Freezing.
• What’s in Season and When at Kansas Farmers’ Markets.
• Food Preservation: Canning.

The transdisciplinary team gives an opportunity to build deeper relationships with KSRE staff outside of normal silos and brings depth to the work of local foods. A special shout out to the video Q&A teams: Rebecca McMahon and Tonya Hackett, Jo Argabright and Ryan Flaming, Londa Nwadike and Sue Sing Lim, Tristen Cope and Austin Argabright, Liz Boyle and Lyndsay Feather, Elizabeth Kiss and Tonya Hackett, Karen Blakeslee and MacKenzie Blakeslee, Tom Buller and Kathy McEwan. Also to the communications team including Jason Hackett, Taylor Kennedy and Nathan Leatherman.

Thanks for all the work you each put into this project!

Boy, to list everyone again would take a lot of ink. Suffice it to say thank you all for the work you do for the people of Kansas, your colleagues, and K-State Research and Extension.

If you know of a colleague or a team of colleagues who have done great work, why not give them a Shout Out. Simply send their name(s) and the reason for the Shout Out to ghadley@ksu.edu.