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Due to COVID-19 concerns Nebraska Extension in Thurston County staff are WORKING REMOTELY.

We are still available to help, answer questions, and serve Thurston County.

We will be stopping in periodically so if you have anything to drop off, put it in our DROP BOX. You can also CALL the office number (402-385-6041) as we have these calls forward to our remote phones. We are also always available through EMAIL:

Jennifer E. Hansen - Extension Educator: jhansen6@unl.edu

Stacey Keys - Extension Assistant: stacey.keys@unl.edu

Samantha Beutler - Office Assistant: samantha.beutler@unl.edu

Thurston County: thurston-county@unl.edu

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator (5/26/2020)

Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum, is an easy-to-grow perennial that lends a delightfully tart taste to pies, crisps and jams. The fact it is a perennial means there’s no extra labor to grow plants annually from seed like you do for the vegetable garden.  The edible part of rhubarb, the petiole (also called a stalk), is technically not a fruit, but its size relative to fruit trees makes rhubarb a nice fit for a smaller space.  The robust leaves, though poisonous, are eye-pleasing and make an unexpected addition into landscape plantings.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (5/19/20)

Woodland phlox, Phlox divaricata, also known as wild sweet William, is a shade-loving perennial that produces lavender blue five-petalled flowers in spring.  It has a wonderfully long bloom season. In my garden, it has been sending out flowers for a solid month now.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (5/11/2020)

“Foraging” refers to the gathering of wild edibles for food to grace our table. Historically, the human race began as hunter-gatherers, gleaning food from what was found, not raised. With the growing interest in fresh and local, there has been a resurgence of interest in foraging for wild food.


As things develop be sure to watch for more frequent newsletters on updates. This includes Fair plans and Summer Options.

We’re continuing to try to give you the latest information in a timely manner. If you have questions, always ask!

Take care and stay safe! 

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension in Dodge County (5/4/2020)


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