1. Take Charge of Your Diabetes During the Holidays

    Oct. 08, 2019

    Do you someone you love have diabetes? Preparing nutritious foods that taste good can be difficult at any time of the year, but the holidays present special challenges for those with diabetes. 

    Take Charge of Your Diabetes During the Holidays will provide you with tips for managing your diabetes during the holidays. You will learn how to prepare holiday favorites that are both nutritious and delicious. See live cooking demonstrations, sample healthy versions of holiday favorites, and take home recipes to try at your holiday celebrations.  

  2. Top Counseling Agency Recognition

    Sep. 16, 2019

     Lois McCampbell, was recognized along with Donna Green, Greene County Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Lois and Donna were given special recognition and acknowledgement for providing counseling to the most families among their OSU Extension colleagues, who provide similar counseling in eight other counties. Moreover, OSU Extension collectively counseled the highest number of families in the state of Ohio in comparison to other HUD certified agencies.

  3. Heroes Garden Graduation

    Sep. 10, 2019

    Eighteen active duty military veterans recently graduated from a five month farming and gardening training program called the Heroes Garden. The project was a collaboration between the Franklin County Office of OSU Extension and the Central Ohio Veterans Administration Healthcare System. Veterans participated in classroom sessions on urban farming and gardening topics in the early spring and then planted and maintained a vegetable garden at the new Extension Teaching and Learning Gardens at Waterman Farm on campus.

  4. Day in the Life with Avery Williamson

    Sep. 10, 2019

    A move to the country seven years ago along with her parents sharing their valuable 4-H and FFA experience sparked Joyona’s interest in agriculture. A once in a lifetime experience was spent with New York Jets linebacker and Tennessee 4-H alum, Avery Williamson at his Milan, Tennessee farm.

  5. Senior Series at the Well Beyond 60! Expo

    Aug. 05, 2019

    Spin that wheel could be heard across the green space just outside the Taste of Ohio Building at the Ohio State Fair. Loretta Sweeney, Senior Options Program Assistant, and Christina Byrd, Office Associate, spent July 30, 2019 at the Ohio Department of Aging’s Well Beyond 60! Expo. The duo invited visitors to spin the wheel for a chance at testing their food safety knowledge. In addition to the many community members who spun the wheel, the booth also welcomed Butters D. Cow (the Ohio State Fair mascot), state junior fair board members, Governor Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine.

  6. Love Gardening and Volunteering?

    Aug. 05, 2019

    Are you interested in being part of the group that donated $440,271 worth of volunteer hours in 2018? How about the group who raised and donated 20,004 pounds of fruits and vegetables in 2018? If so, we encourage you to attend the final informational session for the 2020 class of Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) to held at the Hilltop Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library on August 6, 2019 at 7PM. Interested parties must attend this session to receive an application. Applications are due September 3, 2019 and only available at the informational session.

  7. Farmers' Market Fun with SNAP-Ed

    Jul. 12, 2019

    Perhaps one of the best parts of summer is the bounty of local fresh fruits and vegetables. A great place to shop for fresh seasonal produce is local farmers’ markets. Our SNAP-Ed team is at the Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers’ Market every Wednesday, 3:30PM – 6:30PM to answer questions and provide assistance in selecting produce. They also have free recipes, cooking demos, and other fun activities.

  8. Local Food Champion - Tim McDermott

    Jul. 12, 2019

    Tim McDermott, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, was recognized by The City of Columbus, Franklin County Local Food Board, and the Franklin County Local Food Council as the Local Food Champion. Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson presented Tim with a resolution during the June 24, 2019 Council meeting.

  9. Partners for Healthy Living

    May. 31, 2019

    Franklin County Program Coordinator, Danielle Seidita, has partnered with the Community Housing Network to offer SNAP-Ed classes to residents. Community Housing Network is an organization that develops and manages affordable, permanent housing for people challenged by mental health conditions, substance abuse and chronic homelessness. SNAP-Ed hosts on-going classes at all Community Housing Network sites to provide nutrition education and to help participants gain basic cooking skills through hands-on cooking classes.

  10. 2019 Columbus Urban Farm Tour

    May. 07, 2019

    The 2019 Columbus Urban Farm Tour dates have been released! 

    The Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series is a joint project sponsored by the Franklin County Office of Ohio State University Extension, and the Columbus Urban Farmers Network. The goal of the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series tours is to demonstrate to the general public the many benefits of urban farms in Columbus.

    There is no fee or advance registration required to participate in these tours which are open to the public. Farm tours will be held rain or shine and participants should dress accordingly.