1. Sharing best practices with local produce growers

    Jul. 06, 2016

    Nearly 35 urban fruit and vegetable growers learned how to safely produce, handle, and market their produce during a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop, hosted by the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team.

  2. Franklin County SNAP-Ed highlighted in INSPIRE

    Jul. 06, 2016

    Last month OSU Extension, Franklin County and two of our SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) program assistants, Lindsay Blum and Brooke Moeller, were featured in The Ohio State University's college of Education and Human Ecology’s INSPIRE magazine. The article highlighted our work to serve even more low-income children and adults in Franklin County, teaching them how to eat well and save money, thanks to funding through the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education grant.

  3. It’s never too late for learning

    Jul. 06, 2016

    Earlier this year, 100-year-old Columbus resident Lillie Smith added an unexpected milestone to her list of life accomplishments – she went viral.

  4. Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour 2016

    Jun. 23, 2016

    Join the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series! Held from June 7 through Nov. 13, this annual series of public tours features 32 organic and ecological farms and businesses in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, providing unique opportunities for farmers, educators, and conscientious eaters to learn about sustainable agriculture and local foods on the farm from growers and producers with years of practical experience.

  5. Real money, real world, real decisions

    Jun. 02, 2016

    “It was fun, but it’s a lot of work being an adult!” said one local middle school student who recently participated in the OSU Extension signature program Real Money, Real World. This is a pretty common takeaway from participants of the program, which is made possible through a partnership with OSU Extension personnel in Franklin County to bring the program to schools and other organizations that provide education to youth in grades K-12, teaching financial literacy skills through classroom lessons and an interactive spending simulation. 

  6. New Columbus Local Foods Guide is here

    May. 26, 2016

    It's never been easier to buy and eat local in Columbus! Check out our 2016 Local Foods Guide for a list of community farmers’ markets, on-site farm stands, and CSAs where you can buy fruits, veggies, meats, eggs, honey, and other items directly from local farmers and food producers. 

  7. Nurturing local gardeners' green thumbs

    May. 26, 2016

    Earlier this spring, local gardeners learned new horticulture skills at two hands-on workshops hosted by OSU Extension, Franklin County. Nearly 25 gardeners learned techniques for grafting fruit trees, including how to reproduce heirloom and other fruit tree varieties that are no longer available commercially. In another workshop, more than 50 gardeners learned to successfully incorporate different Hydrangeas in their gardens and landscapes, including how to properly prune, plant, fertilize, and propagate the plants, and they received a Hydrangea to take home.

  8. Kids pedal their way to tasty treats

    May. 26, 2016

    To celebrate the end of a 6-week long Youth Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), taught by our OSU Extension, Franklin County staff, more than 70 fourth-grade students from Groveport Elementary School used their pedal power to make fruit smoothies! After helping prepare the ingredients, the students took turns riding the 4-H Smoothie Bike, which powered an attached blender. This interactive activity also helped to reinforce what they had just learned about healthy food choices and the importance of daily physical activity. 

  9. Franklin County 4-H shines at Cloverbot Challenge

    May. 26, 2016

    Last month at the Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge, Franklin County 4-H had the largest participation of Cloverbud members, bringing Cloverbud members in grades kindergarten through second grade from 11 clubs to the event. With the goal of bringing youth together to solve a problem using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills, each year the Cloverbot Challenge selects a central theme and asks participants to team up to research the topic, build a working model of their proposed solution, and create a poster to illustrate their findings.

  10. Connecting a Columbus mother with a helping hand

    May. 26, 2016

    An unforeseen change in circumstances can throw any family for a financial loop, especially if they experience more than one unexpected setback. Last year for Natalie, being thrown for that loop nearly meant losing the rental home that she shared with her 10-year-old son, despite her best efforts to regain stability.