News

  1. Holiday Assistance

    Dec. 11, 2020

    We understand this season particularly during COVID-19 is one that may cause hardship. For this reason, we're pleased to share opportunities being offered around Franklin County to assist families in need. You may view the event flyers here

  2. Families First Webinar Series

    Dec. 11, 2020

    OSU Extension, Franklin County and Central State University Extension invite Franklin County families with youth ages 10-14 to join them for a free webinar series focused on family. The program is based on studies that show children grow up best when parents/caregivers communicate, provide emotional support and practice consistent discipline.  Participants learn to make these concepts the foundation of their family life. Families will need two devices with video capabilities and internet to participate.

  3. One book - One Community book discussion

    Dec. 08, 2020

    OSU Extension Franklin County invites you to join us for a discussion of the book Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. We are reading this book as part of Central Ohio's Largest Book Club: Let’s Talk About Race: One Book – One Community hosted by Columbus Metropolitan Library and eight other central Ohio libraries. You can learn more about the book club and associated events at columbuslibrary.org/one-book.

  4. 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. As a resullt, the sale of soil test kits has been suspended. Any orders placed during the closure will not ship until the office is approved to reopen. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

  5. 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

  6. 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....

  7. 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.  

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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