Purdue Extension
Making a Difference in Marion County


Workshops Help Gardeners Grow

The 2013 Spring Garden Clinic provided a variety of information to 261 home gardeners.

Over 99% of participants increased their knowledge of gardening:

  • 95% became better gardeners (“helped me with container gardening”)


  • 87% said they would change a gardening practice (“change practices in community gardens to reduce food safety risks”)

At the 2013 Urban Garden Clinic, 45 urban gardeners learned more about soil contamination and how it may affect produce, as well as how to create a healthy garden environment.

 
Students Learn Leadership Skills

Arsenal Technical High School students didn’t have access to leadership development classes. In partnership with Chase Legacy Center and Arsenal Tech, Purdue Extension created a series of skills workshops to help students become community leaders. Workshops included interpersonal communications, ethics, and managing conflict. Sixteen students were selected for the program; nine received completion certificates. Participants reported they now consider what is “right” when making decisions and walk away from potential conflicts.

“This program has helped me out very much to be stronger as an individual. Thank you!

 
Purdue Extension Delivers
  • Every $1 spent on the Indiana Family Nutrition Program is expected to create $35.75 in economic returns.


  • In a recent survey, 94% of Indiana 4-H participants graduating from high school planned to pursue post-secondary education.


  • In a similar Midwest state, an independent study concluded that every $1 invested in Extension yielded $15 in economic impact.


  • Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing workshop recipients received more than $7 million in grants to support community projects.
 
Extension Trains on Ethical Business Decisions

In a national survey, 45% of businesses reported seeing misconduct at work. A local non-profit organization realized they had ethical work challenges such as time sheet discrepancies, hiring family members, and personal requests to clients for services. Purdue Extension conducted a workshop on ethical decision-making for all 47 staff members.

Every participant indicated afterwards that the training increased their understanding of ethical dilemmas, the values to make ethical decisions, and how their own values influence their decisions.

  
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