1. Kudos, Master Urban Farmer grads!

    Nov. 16, 2016

    Congratulations, graduates! OSU Extension, Franklin County recently celebrated the graduation of 41 individuals from the 2016 Master Urban Farmer program. Former Columbus mayor Greg Lashutka delivered the ceremony's address, held in early November. This 10-week urban agriculture workshop series provides participants with an in-depth knowledge about growing, producing, and marketing a variety of foods in an urban setting.

  2. Kids learn the power of nutrition facts labels

    Nov. 01, 2016

    Healthy snacking isn’t always a fun topic to talk about, especially when you’re teaching a group of elementary school children, but that doesn’t mean the message won’t stick! In fact, for one young participant in a recent OSU Extension, Franklin County SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) program, that lesson led to chucking a bag of Cheetos in the trash.

  3. Learn to use Microsoft Excel in November

    Oct. 27, 2016

    Join us for this two-part computer training course and learn how to use Microsoft Excel, including how to enter and edit data, modify and format worksheets, and use basic functions and charts. The class will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 and Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Godman Guild (303 E 6th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201). Participants must attend both classes to receive a certificate of completion.

    Cost is $40 for first person, $20 for second person. Payment is accepted by check or money order on the first day of class (Nov. 19).

  4. Our Community Development team is moving: Nov. 21

    Oct. 19, 2016

    Our OSU Extension, Franklin County Community Development team will be moving to a new office next month! For the past several years, this branch of OSU Extension, Franklin County has been housed within the Schoenbaum Family Center in Weinland Park.

  5. Learn to preserve fresh herbs - for free!

    Oct. 10, 2016

    Join us on Monday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. for a free workshop to learn how to freeze, dry, and use fresh herbs at home. All attendees will receive a free seed packet. The workshop will be held in the second floor classroom of Reeb Avenue Center (280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, OH 43207). 

  6. Learning life lessons, one grocery cart at a time

    Oct. 05, 2016

    For many youth, making healthy food choices is a lesson learned over time by watching their loved ones shop for groceries, cook meals, and make selections when dining out. But for some, learning to make good decisions in the grocery store and at the table doesn’t come so naturally.

  7. Watching the Weinland Park transformation from your front porch

    Oct. 04, 2016

    For Charles and his wife Melody, community pride runs deep. The two have lived in and around the Weinland Park area for years, and in the last decade they’ve watched as the neighborhood has begun to steadily shift – from boarded-up, graffiti-tagged houses to newly-built and renovated homes. But as longtime renters, the two never believed they could be part of the revitalization. “Owning our own place here just wasn’t something we thought we do could,” Charles said.

  8. A Message from our County Director: The Future of OSU Extension, Franklin County

    Sep. 01, 2016

    An exciting future is on the horizon for OSU Extension, Franklin County. As a result of a recent $5 million gift provided to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, OSU Extension, Franklin County will soon have a state-of-the-art office and call the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory our home.

  9. Farm Science Review tickets

    Sep. 01, 2016

    The largest agricultural event in Ohio is just a month away, and we've got discounted tickets available at our OSU Extension, Franklin County office and online ($7/ticket; $10 at the gate). The annual Farm Science Review, held at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, offers farmers and guests the opportunity to learn about the latest agricultural innovations from experts from Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

  10. ChickQuest: From egg to chick in the classroom

    Sep. 01, 2016

    School is back in session, and with it brings the sounds of children chatting, pencils sharpening... and chicks peeping, at least in some classrooms! ChickQuest: A Classroom Journey through the Life Cycle of Chickens, is a curriculum that challenges students to use science, engineering, and technology to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. Whether monitoring eggs or observing fluffy chicks, students will participate in a number of activities designed to pique curiosity, encourage collaboration, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences.