How to Store Food Safely

Storing foods properly can greatly impact their quality and safety over time.  For specific storage information at your fingertips, try the U.S Department of Agriculture Foodkeeper app. This recently updated app offers consumers information on how to avoid food waste by providing information on how to store food safely and information on how long certain foods last.  Click HERE to read more.

The Active Caterpillar

Head start students have been watching caterpillars in their classrooms eat, grow, and turn into butterflies.  As they learn from this process, they too need to eat healthy and stay active to grow and turn into “butterflies”.  Students watched and actively participated in a yoga story video called The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

Bee Help!

Have you discovered a bee swarm on your property?

Honeybees tend to swarm around the month of May.

The Extension Office receives many messages regarding bees and many questions about who can remove beehives.  A swarm of bees can often be easily moved. If the queen bee can be collected, most of the other bees will follow her into a new hive.

Agriculture and Natural Resource Educator, Gigi Neal, maintains a swarm list, which is organized by county, to help homeowners. Download the list here.

Visit Ohio Beekeepers Association for more information about apiary science (beekeeping).

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4-H Baseball with the Buckeyes

Play ball! It’s time again for 4-H Baseball with the Buckeyes. Bring your friends on April 29, as the Bucks take on Nebraska at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus. General admission tickets are just $5. It’s Youth Day at the stadium with games and inflatables. Pick-up tickets across the street at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center prior to the 3:05 p.m. game. Details at http://www.ohio4h.org/events/baseball-buckeyes

LOOK to Clermont Summer Leadership Experience

Summer Leadership Experience – June 19 to 23, 2017

The LOOK summer program will consist of 5 consecutive full days of leadership training. The primary focus will be on team building, personal finance, public safety, and community development. Embedded in this experience will be a service learning project; allowing students to put their leadership skills to action in furthering the Clermont County community. The experience will include a college visit to The Ohio State University main campus. At the end of this experience students will participate in a commencement exercise.  The LOOK to Clermont Summer Leadership Experience is June 19-23, 2017.  Cost is $300 and  includes meals and programming materials.   Download a registration form or contact OSU Extension Clermont County at 513-732-7070 to RSVP by June 1.

4-H Science in the Classroom

Meadowview Elementary (Milford) students are excited to begin their ChickQuest adventure.  ChickQuest is 4-H School Enrichment program that challenges youth to use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, students use a logbook to record data and observations.

Eggs were set in incubators today and are estimated to hatch on May 3rd.

Chocolate Stains Happen

With Easter baskets come the treats that children of all ages enjoy and the chocolate stains that they bring.  Chocolate on dresses and dress shirts seem to be inevitable.  Enjoy the holiday knowing that there is an easy way to get rid of those chocolate stains!

Check out this step-by-step approach from ACI for removing fresh chocolate stains or those that may ended up in the laundry hamper overnight.