Expand Your Family’s Horizons by Hosting a Japanese Youth This Summer!

4-H Families:

Looking for some new fun and excitement this summer? Host a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks! (July 24 to Aug. 18) The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to families who have boys or girls aged 10-15, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn who their new family might be! The focus is on everyday family life. Special trips and activities are not required. Medical insurance is provided.

What’s Involved with Hosting?

Learn more about Hosting

Host Family Frequently-Asked-Questions

Who are the Japanese Youth? Scroll below for a representative list of youth needing host families (these are not actual youth coming in 2019). They have a wide variety of interests!

What are some ideas for the Homestay? Hosting is Easy and Fun!

Click here for more information!  http://www.ohio4h.org/international

How to Apply: Visit Application Form to complete an application which includes references, background check and in-home interview.

Contact: If interested, please act soon! We are making host family assignments as soon as possible. Please reply to this email (Mary Lynn Thalheimer at thalheimer.1@osu.edu).

Deadline: Applications are accepted until all youth are placed. The earlier the better, but please contact us regardless of when you receive this email.

(Please share this message with others who may be interested in this exciting summer program.)

JOIN US THIS SUMMER and SHARE YOUR WORLD!

Representative List of Japanese BOYS

Boy – age 12. Likes sports, soccer, running, kendo (Japanese fencing), camping, swimming, tennis, cooking, music and piano. Describes himself as curious, sensitive, cheerful, patient, talkative, sociable, tolerant, and diligent and laughs a lot. Favorite subjects: science and P.E. “I hope to have several siblings. I want to play soccer with my host brother and his friends.”

Boy – age 13. Likes handicrafts (especially wood-working), cooking (making sweets), soccer, swimming, camping, music, singing and traveling. Describes himself as tidy, curious, sensitive, sociable and laughs a lot. Favorite subjects: math science, music, technique and homemaking. “My goal for the homestay is communication with my host family, and helping them and cooking for them.”

Boy – age 14. Likes sports, camping, swimming, fishing, skiing, ping-pong, comics and animation. Describes himself as sociable, diligent, talkative and laughs a lot. Favorite subject: Social Sciences. “It’s nice to meet you! Let’s have fun together!”

Representative List of Japanese GIRLS:

Girl – age 12. Likes sports, camping, swimming, volleyball, playing with friends, cooking, singing, music, piano and dancing.  Describes herself as sociable, cheerful, talkative and laughs a lot. Favorite subject: P.E. “I’d like to teach Japanese cooking and learn American cooking. I’d like to see big American nature and the horizon. I’d like to experience horse-riding.”

Girl – age 13. Likes astronomical observations and taking photos of the sky. Also loves music (especially Disney!), camping, swimming, photography and clarinet. Describes herself as tidy, sociable and talkative. Favorite subject: science. “My goals are to never forget to say thank you, to smile, and to be a broad-minded person.”

Girl – age 14. Likes animals very much, especially big animals such as horses, cows and pigs. Also enjoys swimming, camping, singing and reading. Describes herself as tolerant, curious and sociable. Favorite subject: Japanese.  “I want to have friends in another country. I want to take care of many animals!”

Learn about other cultures without leaving home through Ohio 4-H!

Time to Get Moving!

During the winter months, it can be hard to get enough physical activity in, especially when it’s cold and icy!  But now, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the days are getting warmer.  Spring is finally here, summer is right around the corner and we can finally head outdoors and get moving!

How much physical activity is enough?  30 minutes, 45 minutes, 2 hours?  The recommended amount can vary.  For children, it is recommended that they get 60 minutes a day.  For adults, it is recommended that we get 2 ½ hours a week!  Those numbers may seem like a lot to do at once, but don’t worry, we can spread that time out throughout our day and week.

Choose activities that you enjoy by getting the whole family involved.  Enjoy a walk after dinner or a bike ride to the park.  Replace your coffee break at work with a brisk walk around the office.  Take a yoga class, shoot some hoops or walk the dog.  Clean the house or plant and care for a garden.  Join a wellness challenge or start one of your own!  Get up and dance, who says exercise has to be boring!

Don’t let a physical limitation get in your way of exercise.  There are many activities that can be adapted to our abilities.  Check out health.gov for ideas and more information.

Both nutrition and physical activity work together to increase our chances of living longer, sleeping better at night, having strong muscles and bones and lowering our risk of heart disease and diabetes.  When we add a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy, we can help our bodies stay even healthier!

If you’re like me, you may need a little push to get started, especially after a cold winter!  OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, is offering a FREE Wellness Challenge to help us jump start our spring!  To join the “Live Simply, Live Well: Refresh Your Wellness This Spring,” sign up at: http://go.osu.edu/ClerSp19

If you would like more information on living a healthy lifestyle, check out the website www.choosemyplate.gov.  For more information on our upcoming class, “Dining with Diabetes,” please contact Margaret Jenkins at jenkins.188@osu.edu.

Now, let’s get moving and make it a part of our everyday routine!

       

Clermont Pond Clinic

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The pond clinic is growing this year with more speakers, breakout sessions and a new location at the Cincinnati Nature Center.

Check out our agenda offering you guidance on owning and maintaining ponds:

  • Guest Speaker: Eugene Braig, Program Director of Ohio State University Extension Aquatic Ecosystems Program, will deliver the opening presentation regarding healthy fisheries.
  • Breakout Session 1APonds 101 Jake Hahn with Clermont SWCD brings 10 years of pond assistance tips and guidance. For those new to pond management or construction
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  • Breakout Session 1BFish Stocking with Jones Fish Hatchery. What fish will be most successful in your pond and what fish you should stock that you don’t know about.
  • Breakout Session 2APond Weed Control with Jones Fish Hatchery. Learn to ID and manage plants in your pond from those who deal with it every day.
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  • Breakout Session 2BThe Benefits of Riparian Buffers, and plants that are suitable for pond habitat and attracting wildlife with Olivia Espinoza of the Cincinnati Nature Center.

Come early for our pond walk with experts if you desire. Weather dependent 4 pm-5 pm. We will discuss what we find including plant life, pond problems and maybe look at some macro invertebrates. This will be an easy hike, but may include uneven terrain.

Cincinnati Nature Center- Rowe Woods
4949 Tealtown Road Milford, OH 45150
Tuesday April 9th, 2019, 5:30-8:00

There is no cost, but registration is required to gain free admission to the Cincinnati Nature Center. To register, call 513-732-7075 ext: 2 until April 7th. Clermont County Farm Bureau is providing snacks.

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Pollinator Education Series

 

March 12, 2019 Pollinator Advocate Certification

 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Clermont County Fairgrounds, 4-H Hall, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, OH 45160
March 12, 2019 Phenology for Beekeepers

 

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Western Brown High School, Community Room (back of the school), 476 W Main Street, Mt. Orab, OH 45154. Hosted by the Brown County  Beekeepers Association

March 13, 2019 Gardening for Pollinators 7:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.

Brown County Fairgrounds, 325 West State Street, Bldg. A, ‘Carpeted Room’, Georgetown, OH 45121

ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BUT YOU MUST REGISTER!

 

Whole Grains for a Healthy Life!

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  We have to agree, especially when it is filled with healthy and delicious whole grain pancakes!

Whole grains are an important part of our diet and provide a number of health benefits.  Grains are packed full of nutrients, such as fiber, B vitamins, and minerals.  Eating whole grains may help with weight management, help reduce the risk of heart disease and help reduce blood cholesterol levels along with helping our digestive system.

When shopping for whole grains check the nutrition label for the word “whole” at the beginning of the list and the whole grain logo.  Try swapping out white rice for brown and whole-grain bread in meatloaf.  Keep ready to eat whole grain snacks, such as popcorn and cereals on hand.  The ideas are endless to help get more whole grains in our diets!

Our group from the Clermont DD learned the importance of eating whole grains and how to make delicious whole grain pancakes!  We started by mixing together a Better Baking Mix and used that to make our pancakes!  They turned out delicious and were easy to make!  This Better Baking Mix can also be used to make muffins, cookies, biscuits and pizza crusts!  YUM!

For this recipe and more, check out the following website: https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov

 

New Year for a Healthier You!

I don’t know about you, but every year I seem to set the same New Year’s Resolution, to lose weight and get healthier.  I’m sure, this year probably won’t be any different!

We have 365 new opportunities in 2019 for a healthier me and you!  Getting back on track does not have to be difficult, especially when using MyPlate.

Once upon a time, starting back in the 1970’s, we had the Food Pyramid.  This Food pyramid was a nutrition food guide broken up into different sections to look like a pyramid.  Today we have MyPlate.  MyPlate looks like a place setting with a plate and glass.  It is the USDA’s updated guidelines for healthy nutrition to help make smarter choices with every food group.

MyPlate focuses on the 5 food groups: Fruits, Vegetables, Protein, Dairy and Grains.  When can use MyPlate to help us improve our healthy eating styles and sustain us for life!  Here are 10 tips to help us along the way.

  1. Choose from a variety of foods to get the nutrition and calories your body needs to be healthy.
  2. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Try fresh, frozen or canned fruits and veggies!
  3. Focus on whole fruits. Enjoy them as a snack or dessert and strive for 2 cups every day!
  4. Enjoy a variety vegetables. Enjoy them raw, steamed or roasted and strive for 2 ½ cups every day!
  5. Make half your grains whole grains. Look for the whole grain logo on your foods and look for foods that list 100% whole grain as the first or second ingredient.  Try for 6 ounces of grains a day.
  6. Switch to low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. Replace sour cream and cheese with low-fat yogurt, milk and cheese. Try for 3 cups of dairy!
  7. Vary your protein. Enjoy eggs, beans, nuts, seafood, lean meats and poultry.  Try for 5 ½ ounces a day.
  8. Drink and eat beverages and food with less sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.
  9. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Try adding strawberries, lemons, cucumbers, mint or lime to your water for a tasty beverage.
  10. Everything we eat and drink matters. Remember with the right mix of healthy foods we can help build a healthier me and you for now and the future.  Small changes really do add up!

So, with 2019 here, let’s make it a great year, by being healthier versions of ourselves!  Together we can do this!

For more information on this topic, check out the website www.choosemyplate.gov

 

New and Small Farm College – Registration is still open

OSU EXTENSION NEW AND SMALL FARM COLLEGE

The 2019 New and Small Farm College program will be offered in three Ohio locations. Each location will host an entire eight-week program focusing on topics to get the most out of your few acres. The program begins at 6 p.m. with a light dinner followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. The program concludes at 9 p.m. Click on a location below for more details and registration information:

Vinton County – McArthur, Ohio
Classes will be Jan. 15 – March 5, 2019
Enrollment deadline is Jan. 8

Adams County – Seaman, Ohio
Classes will be Jan. 16 – March 6, 2019
Enrollment deadline is Jan. 8

The New and Small Farm College is an eight-week program that introduces new and seasoned farmers to a wide variety of topics. Typically beginning in January, the program teaches participants how to set goals, plan, budget, and where to find resources if they choose to start a small farming operation. The course will lay out how to manage financial and farm records.

Extension Educators will illustrate many different enterprises that can be profitable on land as small as one acre. The educators will show the benefits and pitfalls of each enterprise so that the participant will be able to pick and choose what may work best for them and what suits their interest. To round out the experience, a tour will be held around area farms so that participants can see first-hand how small farm life works, and also make contacts of practicing farmers in the area.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Getting started in the planning process
  • Sources of assistance
  • Agricultural legal issues
  • Insurance considerations for the farm
  • Inventory of natural resources
  • Financial and production record keeping
  • Crops and horticulture production
  • Animal production
  • Marketing

Sample Course Outline

Class Dates: Thursdays (day varies by location)
• January – March

Class Times:
• Light dinner at 6:00 pm
• Classes are from 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Cost:
• Price includes one 3-inch binder of resource materials, meals and dessert each night, and 1 soil sample evaluation
• Additional family member discount available (does not include a notebook).

Sign up for the Small Farms Email list to receive notices about the Small Farm Team’s opportunities. This list is only used by the OSU Extension Small Farms Team to send relevant information to its stakeholders.

2019 Ohio Fairs Schedule Now Available

Ohioans can start planning visits to all of their favorite fairs across the state. The Ohio Department of Agriculture released the official dates for the 2019 fair season, which includes Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair.

The Paulding County Fair will kick off the 2019 fair season on June 10, and the season will wrap up on Oct. 12 with the Fairfield County Fair. 

In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping to assure the safety of fair amusement rides, monitoring livestock shows to help assure honest competition and coordinating animal health efforts with local veterinarians.

Click here to view the 2019 Ohio Agricultural Fairs schedule.