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Cool Cat launches ‘puurrfect’ publicity service for charity sector

first_img  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 30 June 2006 | News Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “Having worked for attractive and vibrant charities such as Air Ambulances as well as charities dealing with not so attractive subjects such as mental health I fully appreciate the communication challenges facing the charitable sector, she said.“There are many ways in which charities can communicate their message and the majority of messages can be tied into a fundraising appeal.”center_img Cool Cat launches ‘puurrfect’ publicity service for charity sector Essex-based fundraiser Simone Robinson has opened Cool Cat PR Ltd, a PR and marketing consultancy providing a full communications service to all business sectors including the voluntary sector.Cool Cat PR has already been asked to provide fundraising advice and support to the Helen Rollason Heal Cancer Charity.Having worked as a fundraiser, including most recently as a head of fundraising at an Essex charity, Simone knows well that, with virtually no other advertising budget available to them, most voluntary sector organisations need to have good connections with not only local but national media. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

‘Tater’ Time

first_imgIt’s time to plant potatoes or “taters” as Southerners say. Unlike many spring vegetables, potatoes can be planted as early as four weeks prior to the last frost of the season.Irish potatoes are my favorite garden vegetable, and one of the best to grow in Georgia. Other potato varieties that do well in Georgia include white- or red-skinned types as well as those with yellow, pink or purplish flesh. Thick, russet skinned potatoes that are sold in the grocery store do not grow well in the South and should be avoided.Plant from seed potatoesMost gardeners purchase seed potatoes for planting because it’s the cheapest route. To prepare for planting, cut the seed potatoes into pieces containing one to three eyes each. Each seed piece should weigh about 1.5 ounces. Plant the potatoes in rows 15 inches apart with 24 inches between each row. Seed potatoes should be planted 4 to 5 inches deep in the soil with the eyes facing up. Gently firm the soil over the top of the newly planted seed and cover with a few inches of straw or other mulch. Apply a complete fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 at a rate of 1.5 pounds per 100 square feet of garden.To help prevent pieces from rotting after planting, cut the potatoes a few days before planting and allow the pieces to heal in a warm place. In the absence of a soil test, fertilize with 4.5 lbs. of 5-10-15 fertilizer per 100 feet of row. Apply in a band along each side of the row. There is still time to get a soil test to determine fertility needs. Three weeks after the vines appear, side dress with 12 ounces of ammonium nitrate or 25 ounces of calcium nitrate per 100 feet of row. Apply in a band on either side of the row. During cultivation, pull soil up to the plant.Harvest when flowers appear or leaves turn yellowBegin harvesting young new potatoes when flowers first appear on the plant or when the potatoes turn yellow. Carefully dig into the side of the mound and remove larger potatoes. Be careful not to puncture the tubers. If done carefully, this will not reduce the total yield of the potatoes. Leave the rest of the crop to mature for harvest later. After harvest, spread the potatoes on dry ground for several hours to allow them to dry off. Do not wash potatoes until just you plan to use them. Washing potatoes early can cause them to rot. Store potatoes in a dark, cool place out of direct sunlight.Sweet potatoes can also be grown in backyard gardens but they are a warm-weather crop. The soil temperature should reach 70°F before they can be planted in the garden. This can occur in mid-April in south Georgia and the first part of May in the mid- to northern part of the state.For more advice on growing backyard potatoes, see the University of Georgia Extension publication at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more