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The five recipes featured in the demonstrations include herbed pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes, roasted Kentucky Proud vegetables, a broccoli frittata, strawberry lemonade muffins and soy and sorghum glazed chicken wings with carrots and celery sticks. Many of these recipes are from the Plate it Up Kentucky Proud program.

Plate it Up Kentucky Proud is a partnership project between the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences. This project provides healthy, great tasting recipes using Kentucky Proud products for the people of Kentucky. You can find these recipes along with many others at the Kentucky Proud website: . Kentucky Proud is the official state marketing program for agricultural products.
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First Lady Jane Beshear and Nancy Cox, Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, are proud to announce Plant, Harvest, Eat – a cooking demonstration series for elementary and middle school students.
Plan, Harvest, Eat will be available for viewing in the Capital Education Center, located on the capitol grounds and right here on YouTube.
Plant, Harvest, Eat features the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Chef Bob Perry with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students from Hartstern Elementary in Jefferson County, as well as, students from Jessamine, Garrard, and Calloway counties. The cooking demonstration series features students preparing easy and delicious recipes, using Kentucky-grown, raised and value-added food products.
“I am extremely excited that we are able to utilize the renovated, Capitol Education Center as a classroom to teach Kentucky children about locally-grown foods and healthy eating,” said Mrs. Beshear. “One of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s roles is to educate our youth and we were honored to have them as a partner in this initiative.”
“It was a pleasure for the college to work with First Lady Jane Beshear on a project that makes choosing and cooking food fun for kids,” said Dean Nancy Cox. “Our role in the college is to educate not only our students on campus but all the citizens of the state whether that is youth through 4-H or adults through the Cooperative Extension Service and other programs. We are particularly interested in helping people learn how to grow fruits and vegetables and in encouraging children and adults to enjoy fresh, locally produced products.”

In 2013, Gov. Beshear and Mrs. Beshear officially opened the Capitol Education Center (CEC) to serve as an interactive, energy-efficient educational space for the more than 60,000 annual student visitors to the Capitol campus. All demonstrations were filmed in the center’s fully-functional kitchen equipped with GE Energy Star appliances. The CEC also serves as home to one of the six Governor’s Gardens that is used to promote products which are grown and produced in Kentucky. Additionally, the CEC is used to educate the public about the health and economic benefits of gardening and utilizing locally grown foods.

First Lady Jane Beshear and Nancy Cox, Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, are proud to announce Plant, Harvest,…

Harvest plant

Although a jeweler’s loupe can make trichomes appear bigger, sometimes it’s not big enough. I know I end up squinting a lot when I’m trying to use one, but they are a heck of a lot better than nothing!

These buds still have many weeks to go!
We’re waiting for most of the white hairs to darken and curl in. S ome of the pistils are starting to turn color on the following buds, but there are still too many white pistils. These buds have at least a few weeks to go before they’ll reach their highest levels of THC. The good news is your buds will get bigger and denser in that time!

Note: It’s usually a good sign to see lots of trichomes, but trichome production doesn’t always indicate quality. Many classic strains give you outstandingly potent buds even though buds aren’t dripping in trichomes. On the flip side, there are some strains that grow frosty buds yet have low potency. Trichome-encrusted strains are extremely popular these days, especially in the USA, but many of my favorite strains (like Liberty Haze or LSD) produce incredible effects even though you only see a moderate amount of trichomes. It’s tempting to want to grow the “prettiest” strains, but I highly recommend choosing strains for effects rather than appearance!
As buds mature, trichome heads turn milky white. They kind of look like plastic. These white trichome heads indicate the highest level of THC and CBD.

  • Jeweler’s Loupe – This is the cheapest and most low tech way to get the job done. Unfortunately, it is still difficult to get the best insight into how your buds are doing unless you have really great eyes, though the one I linked to is the best that I’ve tried. Will definitely get the job done in a pinch!
  • Your Camera Phone – Many modern smartphones have excellent cameras that can take clear pictures of trichomes. Try to use lots of natural light, hold the phone very still, and zoom in for the best images.
  • Digital Microscope– A digital microscope is one of the best tools to determine the right harvest time. A digital microscope costs a bit more than a loupe and many models need a connecting laptop, but they will get you face-to-face with your trichomes and allow you to take video to re-examine afterward or get a second opinion. You’ll be almost uncomfortably close to your trichomes!

Jeweler’s loupes are relatively cheap to buy online, at a hardware store, or sometimes a jewelry store.
Here’s a guide breaking down when to harvest marijuana buds based on color of trichomes.

Cloudy trichomes indicate the highest levels of THC and CBD

Harvesting cannabis at the right time is just as important as how you grow the plant. Harvest marijuana buds too soon and you lose potency and yields; too late and you can end up making a batch of sleep medicine. Learn how to harvest at the perfect time, every time! Here's what you need…