1. Office Closed: Working Remote Effective November 20, 2020

    Nov. 20, 2020

    Due to Franklin County being on a level 4 emergency as well as in accordance with and in support of the “COVID-19 Health Advisory for the City of Columbus and Franklin County” issued jointly by Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health on November 20 our office has transitioned to telework. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. At this time all staff are continuing to serve clientele remotely during normal office hours (M-F, 8am-4:30pm) via phone, email and voice mail messages.

  2. Keep Your Victory Garden Growing Into Winter

    Oct. 13, 2020

    Fresh harvested vegetables don't have to end with summer. You can extend your growing season into fall and winter. Check out this Spectrum News 1 story with Tim McDermott, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, for information on extending your growing season. You can find more information on how to garden on Tim's blog, Growing Franklin

  3. Fall Food Preservation Webinar Series

    Oct. 12, 2020

    Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season's bounty by preserving fruits and vegetables and meats at home.  Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences teach the basics of home canning and preservation through a virtual series called “Food Preservation Office Hours”.  These online classes emphasize the science behind preservation so that everyone who preserves fruits, vegetables, and meats understands why certain procedures must be followed precisely to ensure a high-quality, safe product that they and their family can enjoy....

  4. How to Grill Sweet Corn

    Oct. 01, 2020

    Who doesn't love a nice ear of grilled sweet corn? Tim McDermott, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, and Jenny Lobb, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, partnered to work on a project that pairs their respective program areas to bring you a great video on grilling sweet corn. You may watch the video here.  

  5. Take A Break! Live Healthy, Live Well

    Sep. 23, 2020

    Join Jenny Lobb, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, for the Take A Break! Live Healthy, Live Well fall email wellness challenge. The challenge will begin the week of October 19, 2020 and run through November 25, 2020. Participants will receive two email messages weekly with tips and encouragement on topics such as play, rest, creativity, nourishment, and more. You may view the event flyer here

  6. Create Your Own Victory Garden

    Aug. 25, 2020

    While COVID-19 has presented more than its share of hardships and struggles, we have seen a return to gardening which is great for reducing stress, adding physical activity, and providing fresh produce to your table. Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Mike Hogan, had the opportunity to speak with Spectrum News 1 about the return to gardening. You may view the article here

  7. Talking Tomatoes and Panzanella in the Veggie Trials Garden with the OSUMC James Mobile Kitchen Team

    Aug. 11, 2020

    COVID-19 has impacted our ability to deliver in person education; however, it hasn't stopped us from continuing to support backyard growers, community gardeners and urban farmers. ANR Educator, Tim McDermott, recently paired with Chef Katie and Chef Stephanie to provide the Ross Heart Hospital clients a virtual learning experience. The experience was originally set to stream from the demonstration kitchen of Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building; however, the weather was too nice to not take advantage of the Veggie Trials Garden.

  8. Soil Testing Kits: Pay Online Available

    Aug. 11, 2020

    We're happy to share that you're able to order and pay online for soil test kits. Soil testing is an inexpensive way to gather helpful information that will help you maintain good plant health in lawns and landscapes, and maximize vegetable and fruit crops productivity. Testing is available for gardens, home lawns, farm fields, and commercial horticulture operations. For more information please visit here.

  9. We're back! Office opening Monday, July 27th

    Jul. 23, 2020

    We're happy to announce that we've been given permission to reopen our office on a limited basis on Monday, July 27th. The office will be open by appointment only Monday - Thursday, 8:30AM - 4:00PM. We have reserved the first hour to serve those who are in the at risk population. In the interest of health and safety for our guests and staff, the building will remain locked and all surfaces will be disinfected between appointments. Masks will be required to enter as will maintaining social distance. If you're not able to wear a mask, we'll be happy to assist you curbside.

  10. Growing Mushrooms for Food and Health

    Jul. 13, 2020

    Join us on Tuesday, July 28 at 7PM for an informatie workshop on growing mushrooms for food and health. Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer Intern, Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, will talk about the life cycle of mushrooms, identifying different types of mushrooms, the mushrooms easiest for home growers, and mushroom growing technologies. You may view the complete event details here.