Events in February offers something for Everyone

Programs and Events include

  • Farm & Home
  • Forestry
  • Gardening
  • Farm Management
  • Specialty Crops

Farm & Home

2021 Tree and Wildlife Packet Sale

The Athens Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for the 2021 Tree and Wildlife Packet Sale! Orders will be taken until Friday, February 12, 2021. Tentative order distribution date is the last Friday in March. A postcard or email will be sent to confirm exact pick up date, location, and times. Be sure to include the number of packets ordered and your correct address and telephone number on the order form. Please complete the order form and mail it with your payment to: Athens SWCD 69 S. Plains Road The Plains, Ohio 45780.

Tree and Wildlife Packet Sale Brochure 
Ohio Pollinator Seed Mix and Ohio Pollinator (No Grasses) Seed Mix Information
Wildflower and Grass Seed Mix Information


Registration is now open for “Advice from the Woods” a Q&A session with professional foresters and wildlife biologists (February 12- 10 am)

Registration is open for our 2nd Virtual A DAY in the WOODS program for 2021,   “ADVICE from the WOODS”.

“ADVICE from the WOODS” will take place from 10 AM to noon on Friday, February 12 in the form of a Virtual question and and answer session with professional foresters and wildlife biologists including Stephanie Downs (ODNR-Division of Forestry), John Morton (ODNR-Division of Wildlife) and Dave Apsley (OSU Extension).  Other foresters and NR professionals will be recruited to assist depending on expertized needed to answer questions submitted in advance.

The program will be offered via ZOOM Webinar.  Click here to register!

Submit your forestry, wildlife and other natural resources related questions to Dave Apsley ( on on before February 5, 2021.


Backyard Wildlife – Backyards play an increasingly important role in wildlife conservation. Learn to help reduce the negative effects of habitat loss on birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife species in your area by creating a favorable landscape.

Marne Titchenell is a Wildlife Program Specialist with OSU Extension. She works to provide a variety of educational programs, workshops, conferences, and publications centered on wildlife ecology and biology, habitat management for wildlife, and managing nuisance wildlife species. 

When: Thursday, February 4, 2021

6:30 –7:30pm

Location: zoom

Cost: $7.00

Contact: Kim Hupman at


To guarantee all paid registrants receive the Zoom link in time for the program, we close registration at 4:00pm and cannot access registration after this time. If you have issues with the link contact Kim at


Witchhazels signal the arrival of spring at Secrest! Discover the numerous witchhazels in the Secrest collection. This virtual program will allow you to experience the beauty of these fascinating plants that bloom in winter.

When: Friday, February 12, 2021, 2 PM

Cost: Free

Register by clicking here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Sponsored by Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers & Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens

This year’s event dedicated with appreciation to Mary Maloney

The Day of Education has become a Month of Education. Every Saturday morning in February,

from 10 AM -12 PM, we will connect virtually to hear our speakers. This allows for us to be safe during the pandemic and optimize our ability to learn.

  • February 6 -“Dynamic Landscape Design and the Art of Observation”-Rick Darke, LLC
  • February 13 -“Climate Change: Perspectives on Landscapes, Native Plants and More…”

-Dr. Aaron Wilson, OSU Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

  • February 20 -“Top Ten Insects -Friends or Foes” -Amy Stone, OSU Extension Educator
  • February 27 -“Low Maintenance Top Ten Performing Annuals” -Pam Bennett,

Interim Program Director Chadwick Arboretum, OSUExtension Educator, Clark County

  • Chadwick Arboretum Updates will also be presented.

Registration is $20 for all presentations (there are no discounted rates for sessions not attended.)

Register at:

Farm Management

February 15, 22 & March 1, 2021 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom

OSU Extension will host a virtual three part“Planning for the Future of Your Farm”webinar series on February 15, 22 and March 1, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This workshop is designed to help farm families learn strategies and tools to successfully create a succession and estate plan that helps you transfer your farm’s ownership, management, and assets to the next generation.

Topics discussed during this series include: Developing Goals for Estate and Succession; Planning for the Transition of Control; Planning for the Unexpected; Communication and Conflict Management during Farm Transfer; Legal Tools and Strategies; Developing Your Team; Getting YourAffairs in Order; and Selecting an Attorney.

This workshop will be taught by members of the OSU Farm Office Team featuring Peggy Hall & Jeffrey Lewis, Attorneys from the OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program and David Marrison, Extension Educator for Coshocton County.

Because of its virtual nature, you can invite your parents, children, and/or grandchildren (regardless of where they live in Ohio or across the United States) to join you as you develop a plan for the future of your family farm.

Pre-registration is required as one packet of program materials will be mailed to participating families. Electronic copies of the course materials will also be available to all participants.The registration fee is $40 per farm family.The registration deadline is February 10, 2021. More information and on-line registration can be obtained at

Contact information: David Marrison, 740-622-2265 or

Farm Office Live

“Farm Office Live” returns virtually this winter as an opportunity for you to get the latest outlook and updates on ag law, farm management, ag economics, farm business analysis and other related issues from faculty and educators with the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Each Farm Office Live will start off with presentations on select ag law and farm management topics from our experts and then we’ll open it up for questions from attendees on other topics of interest.  Viewers can attend “Farm Office Live” online each month on Wednesday evening or Friday morning, or can catch a recording of each program. The full slate of offerings for this winter:

February 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm

February 12th 10:00 – 11:30 am

March 10th 7:00 – 8:30 pm

March 12th 10:00 – 11:30 am

April 7th 7:00 – 8:30 pm

April 9th 10:00 – 11:30 am

Topics to be addressed this winter include:

Outlook on Interest Rates

Tax Issues That May Impact Farm Businesses

Legal trends for 2021

Legislative updates

Farm business management and analysis updates

Farm succession & estate planning updates

Who’s on the Farm Office Team?  Our team features OSU experts ready to help you manage your farm office:

Peggy Kirk Hall — agricultural law

Dianne Shoemaker — farm business analysis and dairy production

David Marrison — farm management

Barry Ward – farm management and tax


Register at

We look forward to you joining us this winter!

Labor Management on Small and Medium-Sized Farms Seminar Series

March 9, 10, & 11, 2-3 pm ET Via Zoom

Labor is a critical issue for farmers seeking to scale-up production to supply emerging markets for their products and to meet business and family income goals. But in an environment of diminishing labor, escalating wages and narrow profit margins, finding, managing, training and retaining productive farm crews are proving to be an fluid puzzle with many moving parts.

This three-part, interactive seminar series will present highlights from recent research and extension projects focusing on labor management and decision-making on small and mid-sized produce and livestock farms across the US.

Sessions will feature information educators and technical consultants can use in your programs and work with farmer clients, and that researchers can use to inform future inquiry. Each session will also have time for questions and discussion, providing multiple opportunities to connect and share with other session attendees.

There is no fee to participate, but space is limited and advance registration is required.

Session details and registration information will be available at theFarm Labor DashboardEvents Page beginning February 1, 2021.

The seminar series is being organized by the University of Vermont Extension in partnership with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, The Ohio State University, the University of New Hampshire Extension and the University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems with support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, under award 201869006-28096.

Specialty Crops

The Ohio Hop Growers Guild is excited to announce, Bines to Steins, ONLINE, a new 6-part series of timely educational webinars to get our members and growers ready for the 2021 hop season. Webinars will feature monthly topics and answer grower questions in real-time. We’ll discuss it all, from preparing the yard through post-harvest, and everything in between! This series is FREE to all current OHGG Members (2021 dues paid). Not a member? Those interested in joining any or all of the educational webinars, can become a guild member by following this link:

We’ll be kicking off the series with our OHGG Annual Meeting with keynotes James Altwies and Gregg Baimel, from the popular Hopnology podcast!

  • February 21 @ 4pm: OHGG 2021 Annual Meeting, followed by Hopnology podcasters, James Altwies and Gregg Baimel

The remaining 5 webinars are the last Thursday evening of each month from 7-8pm. Here is our Bines to Steins, ONLINE topic line-up:

  • February 25 @ 7pm: Phenology, Records
  • March 25 @ 7pm: Pruning and Training, Weed Management
  • April 29 @ 7pm: Disease Management, Pesticide Labels
  • May 27 @ 7pm: Insect Management, Fertilization
  • June 24 @ 7pm: Harvest Timing, Drying

These webinars are included as part of your 2021 Ohio Hop Growers Guild Membership — Cheers! Haven’t paid your dues or want to learn more about membership benefits? Visit our website at Current paid members will receive an email invitation to join one week prior to each webinar – All webinars will be recorded so OHGG members can watch again later. Please direct any questions to

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