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Home and Garden Education Center’s new website a gateway to ag programs

by Kim Colavito Markesich - February 27, 2006

The Home and Garden Education Center has a new, user-friendly website. The eye-catching home page for the Center, a part of the Cooperative Extension System, serves as a gateway to many of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ programs.

Clicking on “Food Safety and Nutrition,” for instance, offers direct links to sites including Cooperative Extension Food Safety and Community Nutrition Programs.

Looking for the Master Gardener program? From the home page click on “Gardening and Home Grounds,” or type “master gardener” in the search box. Either route will take you to the page.

The “Home Environment” link leads to sites with information about residential water quality and healthy environments for children.

“Contact Us” on the home page gives phone numbers, addresses, and directions, and also links to information on how to submit a plant or insect sample or digital photograph for identification or diagnosis.

Robert Durgy, a program assistant in the plant science department, coordinated the site changes. “We wanted to not only make the website look nice, but also integrate it with all the College’s programs,” he says.

The Home and Garden Education Center homepage.

“Our mission is to provide horticultural support for the citizens of Connecticut, but we’re also a clearinghouse for the rest of the College,” Durgy adds.

“We answer questions concerning nutrition, water quality, and homeowner issues such as mold or lead paint.”

As part of the redesign, Durgy reviewed all the data and fact sheets on the site to ensure public access to the most up-to-date information.

Poshen Wang, of the College’s Office of Communications and Information Technology, did the site’s graphic design.

Visit the Home and Garden Education Center online.  

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