News

  1. Master Gardener Volunteers Open Helpline from Home

    Apr. 09, 2020

    The current pandemic has many central Ohio families turning to their backyards for exercise, recreation, relaxation, and food. Interest in gardening, particularly vegetable gardening is on the upswing judging from sales of seeds and gardening supplies, and from requests for gardening information from local experts. Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator and Coordinator of the Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer program, Mike Hogan, has seen an uptick locally for requests for information about gardening. Of particular interest right now is vegetable gardening.

  2. History in the Making of Mango Salsa

    Apr. 09, 2020

    As part of our dedication to continue to bring programming to our valued residents, we’re adapting and finding new methods to continue to deliver high quality programming. Today, we hosted our first Facebook Live cooking demonstration. Congratulations to Nora Hesse, EFNEP Program Assistant, for being the star. She prepared a healthy and delicious mango salsa. You may watch the video here.

  3. Backyard Poultry Production

    Apr. 07, 2020

    If you're an aspiring backyard poultry producer, we encourage you to check out the Backyard Poultry Production information on Growing Franklin. Your first step should be finding out the regulations in your city or municipality that governs the keeping of backyard poultry and follow those rules carefully. You may click here to access a webinar on Backyard Poultry Production as well as links to several important fact sheets dedicated to poultry. 

  4. Spring Gardening Update

    Apr. 03, 2020

    Looking for a positive activity that benefits your health and wellness while you are maintaing social distancing?  Gardening is an outstanding family friendly activity with major health and wellness benefits including a source of fresh, local produce. Now is the perfect time to get a jump start on your garden. Please click here to read the Spring Gardening Update. 

  5. SNAP-Ed Challenge

    Apr. 02, 2020

    We know the stay at home order likely has many people tired of the same old recipes. For this reason, our SNAP-Ed team would like to challenge you to try a new healthy recipe. Take a photo and share it to our Facebook page or give us a Tweet.

  6. Winter 2020 Project Green Teacher Graduates

    Apr. 01, 2020

    Congratulations to our newest class of Project Green Teacher graduates! Project Green Teacher was started in 2014 and taught by OSU Extension personnel and area partners. We're proud to share that nearly 160 plus teachers and others interested in school gardening have completed the series. The series is open to educators and others interested in learning how to garden with children in school, afterschool and other settings. You may read more about the program here.

  7. Food Safety Fact Sheets

    Mar. 31, 2020

    The Coronovirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation.  Science-based information is availble and updated as new information becomes available at the CDC and Ohio Department of Health.  You may view resources specific to specialty crop producers, marketers and consumers on COVID-19 and food safety ...

  8. It's All About Time

    Mar. 31, 2020

    We'd like to invite you to join Family Consumer Sciences Educator, Jenny Lobb, for the Spring Wellness Challenge. You will receive two weekly emails beginning April 6th through May 18th. Topics will include Priority Time, Me Time, Sleep/Rest Time, Time to Move, Mealtime, Screen Time, Time to Recharge, Time to Connect and Quality Time, and even Party Time. Please visit here to sign up. Registration will close on April 6th. 

  9. Farmers are Open for Business

    Mar. 23, 2020

    It's never been easier to buy local and eat local. The Grow Eat Ohio guide focuses on food and farmers markets local to the Central Ohio community. We all know produce is in short supply in store. The great news is you are still able to purchase food directly from farmers. Buying and eating local benefits your family and the community in many ways including: access to fresher, more wholesome foods, greater variety of foods, support of local farmers and businesses, and up to $20 in free fruits and vegetables for those shopping with an Ohio Directions Card.

  10. Update on Office Closure

    Mar. 19, 2020

    Governor DeWine recently issued a state of emergency for the state of Ohio, and along with the Ohio Department of Health, has implemented a variety of strategies to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). To do our part in reducing risk to Ohio State University Extension employees or clientele, we have implemented a teleworking plan effective immediately, and all OSU Extension offices will be closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to work and serve local clientele through normal office hours through phone and email.

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