1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Arctic and Antarctica Adventure - 4-H SPIN Club

    Jul. 13, 2020

    Calling all youth grades 6-8. Join us for the opportunity to see the Arctic and Antarctica through the eyes of real polar scientists who will share their experiences and research with you through engaging activities. Learn about Earth’s frozen landscape and become a polar scientist yourself in this exciting new 4-H SPIN Club offered via Zoom! The program will be July 27-31. The program will be held in the mornings Monday through Friday, and again in the afternoons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Space is limited and special considerations apply.

  6. Online Nutrition Education Available

    Jul. 07, 2020

    Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is offering a free online program for families who have limited incomes or receive food assistance benefits. Let EFNEP teach you how to make healthy food choices to improve the quality of the meals you serve your family. EFNEP offers a series of 30 to 45-minute workshops via live online Zoom meetings that offer opportunities for discussion, being physically active, and building food resource management skills.

  7. Sue Hogan: National Excellence in Urban 4-H Programming Award Winner

    Jun. 25, 2020

    We'd like to congratulate Sue Hogan, 4-H Educator, for winning the National Excellence in Urban 4-H Programming award. The award is presented by National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. Sue was awarded the honor for her work with In the Garden 4-H SPIN Club. The club is designed to engage urban youth in experiential gardening experiences over the summer, as well as helping them to become a part of positive youth development. First generation 4-H youth can become engaged in the program regardless of barriers that might prevent them from doing so.

  8. Beginning Gardening: WOSU Community Conversations

    Jun. 04, 2020

    We've worked diligently to find a way to continue to bring quality programming during our time working remotely. Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Tim McDermott, has done so through offering a series of virtual classes. He recently had th opportunity to be interviewed by WOSU for their Community Conversations series. Tim spoke about Beginning Gardening. You may watch here.

  9. Now Live: Food Business Portal

    May. 28, 2020

    An exciting new tool was introduced by Franklin County Commissioner President, John O’Grady, this past Tuesday. The Food Business Portal is a tool designed to be a one-stop hub of resources and services for Franklin County’s food economy. OSU Extension, Franklin County is partnership with the Small Business Development Center offers no-cost business advising through the Portal for food-related business owners and entrepreneurs.

  10. Motherhood and Mental Health

    May. 26, 2020

    Without a doubt balancing motherhood and the mental health challenges it raises is difficult. Franklin County Family and Consumer Scienes Educator, Jenny Lobb, joined a group of her colleagues to discuss motherhood and mental health, sharing personal experiences. You may watch the video here.