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Free mulch at the Research Center.

Back by popular demand is the community mulch pile. This is coarse, organic wood mulch chipped from trees removed in the Las Vegas community.

This coarse mulch will not blow under high winds and allows good water and air penetration to the roots. It will decompose in a couple of years, adding organic matter to your soil, lowering the soil pH and encouraging soil microorganisms and worms.

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Organic compost pile at the Research Center.

Along with the mulch, organic compost is available $3 per 5 gallon bucket and $15 per tractor scoop. The Research Center and Demonstration Orchard is located in North Las Vegas.

Budget spelled out in blocksThere is no doubt that we are living in tough economic times. With the cost of gas increasing and grocery bills on the rise, families need to watch how they spend their dollars. The end of the summer means a flurry of shopping activity for many families as they prepare their children for the start of another school year.

The question is: how can families stretch their school shopping dollars? This is a good opportunity to help children understand how to determine their needs, make decisions, understand the value of money, and a few budgeting basics.

Twelve suggestions that may help families conserve their time, cash, and energy while shopping for back-to-school items.

Child using tabletIn the 21st century, babies to school-age children are digital consumers, often using TV, computers, gaming systems, even smartphones and tablets. From the time they can grasp an object in their hands, children begin to play with their parents’ smartphones or tablets. One can find more than 40,000 YouTube video uploads about infants or toddlers playing with such devices.

Professor YaeBin Kim researched and wrote a Fact Sheet about this topic.

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There is a lot of talk about organic gardening, yet people have different ideas about what this means. Some think it means using no pesticides at all, while others think it means using non-GMO seeds. When in reality, organic gardening is so much more. If you are interested in finding out what organic gardening really means to your home garden, this is the class for you. Dr. Angela O’Callaghan will teach you the principles of organic gardening and how they apply to the home gardener. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend.