Marion County Extension Receives Community Engagement Program Award

Marion County Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences received a 2020 Community Engagement Program Award from the Office of Outreach and Engagement. “Heal, Repair, Restore” is a case study and story of land reuse and community empowerment. Here is an excerpt: “Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination against African-American farmers has led to their decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than two percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to healthy food. Marion County possesses no special immunity in this regard.” Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: The Ohio State University

OSU Extension Internship Program

OSU Extension is offering a paid internship this summer in some of our urban counties. Through this internship, interns work closely with local OSU Extension educators as they teach classes, work with volunteers and make a difference in the community. Interns will learn how to use their education to make a difference in people’s lives and realize what they are learning in college can have an impact on some of the most pressing issues facing Ohioans.

This year the internship is being offered in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Lucas, Mahoning, Stark, Putnam, Wayne, Columbiana, Portage, Greene, Ross, Fairfield, Washington, and Pike.

If you know of an interested student, please encourage them to complete an application.

Follow this link to learn more.

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eFieldbooks for Urban Extension

Are you looking for a collection of resources pertaining to Evaluation, Urban Extension, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, or Opioid Response? eXtension’s eFieldbooks, authored by Cooperative Extension professionals are a great place to start.

eFieldbooks are created with Department of Defense Advanced Distributed Learning technology and are interactive multimedia ebooks that help establish processes and assist with the delivery of new programs. These books work on mobile applications and can be taken into the field.

Through the eXtension Foundation, these eFieldbooks were created by Cooperative Extension professionals selected by their professional associations and appointed as eXtension Fellows.

New eFieldbooks in 2019 included:
Extension Evaluation Matters, Teresa McCoy, NAEPSDP
Urban Extension, Cynthia Pierfax & Jody Norman, NUEL
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Lindsey Lunsford, Tuskegee University

Follow this link to learn more.

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There’s Nothing Smeary About Lake Erie Anymore

In the Ohio Sea Grant education program office in 1986 (Ohio’s Year of the Lake) they were two graduate students who acted to make a difference. Students Claudia Melear and Marjorie Pless saw that children reading Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax were encountering a view that no longer fit the better environment. These students wrote and asked if Dr. Seuss would consider changing the line “…in search of some water that isn’t so smeary. I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie.” since it was not accurate. To everyone’s delight he answered and agreed to remove the line in future editions of The Lorax. He also thanked the writers “for the great Loraxian work you have been doing.”
Follow this link to learn more.
Follow this link to learn about the Lorax Project.

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Ohio Sea Grant;
Sandusky Register;
and Seuss, and Random House. The Lorax, 1971

Urban Agriculture and Nutritious Food Production

A living, vertical salad bar in the employee break room is more than just a novelty at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas. It is a small, and delicious, sign of the comprehensive urban agriculture research ramping up at the center in 2020. The purple-glowing installation arrived at Dallas with Genhua Niu, Ph.D., and Texas A&M AgriLife Research professor of controlled environment agriculture. Her research team represents one component of an overarching push by Texas A&M AgriLife to realize sustainable production of nutritious food within cities, the next frontier in commercial agriculture. Niu’s research is in urban horticulture specifically. This can conjure images of community and backyard gardens, or rooftop and balcony plant installations, but her focus is producing quality food in controlled environments. Her studies are especially relevant in Dallas, of which certain communities are urban food deserts and they carry promising implications for agriculture industries across rural Texas, too. Follow this link to read more.

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Think Beyond Summit: Urban Universities + Thriving Communities Presentations

Urban Universities + Thriving Communities Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish.

On January 28, 2020 Educators, industry, nonprofit, and community leaders at The Ohio State University gathered to exchange ideas and reinvigorate collective efforts toward strengthening and sustaining vibrant, inclusive communities. It was made evidently clear that communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish. Through thought-provoking presentations by world-renowned speakers and thoughtful discussions, summit attendees learned that when urban-serving universities and communities join forces, they can confront the complexities of education, healthcare, economic, and human development.

Follow this link to watch the presentations.

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North Central Region Network Conference – Call for Proposals


Share your successes and lessons learned by submitting your proposal for the NUEL North Central Regional Network Conference. Proposals are due Friday, February 28, 2020. The conference will be held May 18-19, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The five themes for the conference were chosen through NUEL NC Region’s listserv and are listed below with the highest-ranking theme listed first. These themes are intentionally Extension specific, to promote presentations highlighting cross-disciplinary work, and will also serve as presentation content areas.

  • Program Delivery in Urban Areas
  • Systemic Equity/Cultural Competency
  • Resources
  • Technology
  • Healthcare

Presentations will be innovative, interactive sessions in which participants learn about or use tools, techniques, and approaches applicable to their work. Presentations must involve participants, using formats such as; role playing, simulations, practice sessions, tool application, case studies, success/failure stories, and discussion to spur thoughts. Breakout sessions will be one hour and fifteen minutes in length to allow time for post presentation discussion. Presentations can be 30 or 60 minutes in length. Thirty-minute presentations will be paired in the same room with another 30-minute presentation discussing the same theme. Sixty-minute presentations will not be paired. Team presentations are encouraged for 60-minute presentations.

The deadline for Submission is Friday, February 28, 2020

Follow this link to learn more.
Follow this link to submit your presentation proposal.

Sourced from: NUEL


Strengthening Hamilton County 4-H: By Tony Staubach

The most powerful leaders are those who can exercise humility. This past month I was at a conference at The Ohio State University for Urban Serving Universities. The messages from all the speakers were robust and powerful but none more than a panel I attended on issues of poverty, race, class, and discrimination in our education system. The leaders on this panel all had different perspectives and views, but no one could deny the reality that humbling one’s self and exercising humility did the most to foster a mutually respectful and academically successful system.

My own experiences mirror this realization. As an educator I have found that bonds between the student and teacher should never be forged as a hierarchy. Rather the success of the student and teacher are linked in the ability to be vulnerable with each other. To share perspectives and thoughts. This great success has been modeled throughout history and is often replicated in higher education. It is not a mentor role (thought that does happen), it is not rooted in paternalism. It is a true bond of teacher and student. The reality is that we are all teachers and students at different times in our lives.

It isn’t a secret that I have learned a great deal from my students, I have probably learned more from them than they have ever learned from me. To teach is to love success. I am thankful every day for the amazing work of teachers, but also of the 4-H advisors, volunteers, and parents who humble themselves and exercise humility in their attempt to serve our youth as positive adult role models who foster a culture of success and service.

Tony Staubach

Learn more about Hamilton County Extension Below:

Partner Highlights:

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County:
The public is invited to take part in a series of free workshops on the ins and outs of being a landlord. This nationally recognized program discusses crucial issues related to managing a rental property. Topics discussed at each training include applicant screening and avoiding fair housing issues, crisis resolution and the eviction process, property maintenance and working with Code Enforcement, and the importance of a preventive maintenance schedule, fire safety and prevention.

Dates and locations:
Wednesday, February 26th, 9am-2pm: Main Library
Monday, March 9th, 6-9pm: Main Library
Wednesday, March 11th, 6-9pm: Main Library
Saturday, April 18th, 10am-3pm: Clifton Branch
Friday, May 15th, 10am-3pm: Corryville Branch
Tuesday, August 18th, 3-6pm: Pleasant Ridge Branch
Thursday, August 20th, 3-6pm: Pleasant Ridge Branch
Monday, September 21st, 6-9pm: Main Library
Wednesday, September 23rd, 6-9pm: Main Library
Saturday, October 17th, 10am-3pm: Corryville Branch
Monday, November 16th, 1-6pm: Oakley Branch

Follow this link to learn more.

Cincinnati Museum Center:
Grab your lunch and join us! Our popular Brown Bag Lecture Series take place at the Forest Park Senior Center. With an emphasis on Cincinnati history, these informative and exciting lectures will inspire you to be more curious about the community around you.

Brown Bag lectures are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but space is limited.
Lectures all take place at the Forest Park Senior Center, located at 11555 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio. Lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Friday of the month.

2020 Lecture schedule:
February 21: Union Terminal
March 20: Cincinnati and the Presidents
April 17: Up & Away to Mt. Auburn
May 15: Emery Family Legacy
June 19: USS Cincinnati Commissioning Foundation
July 17: The Cincinnati Story, 1788 to 1925
September 18: Cincinnati and the Miami & Erie Canal
October 16: Historic Hauntings
November 20: Industries that Built the Queen City
December 18: Architecture – The Art Deco Era – 1920 to 1940

Follow this link to learn more.

Hamilton County Farm Bureau:
Hamilton County Farm Bureau has multiple scholarship opportunities for students pursuing post-secondary education including FFA students.

Application Deadlines:
• Active Member Agricultural Scholarship – April 1, 2020
• Community Member Agricultural Scholarship – April 1, 2020
• FFA Scholarship – April 1, 2020
If you have any questions, contact 513-831-5870 or via email at

Hamilton County Community Fair: 
Thank you must continue to be extended to the Hamilton County Community Fair for their ongoing support of Hamilton County 4-H. Hamilton County 4-H has removed the county wide membership fee. 4-H members interesting in exhibiting at the Community Fair will have the choice to purchase a Community Fair membership which will admit them to the fair every day and provide them with other benefits throughout the year. Be on the look out for more info soon!

Volunteer Needs:
Looking to volunteer with Hamilton County 4-H? We are looking for adults to serve as club advisors at our afterschool sites.

Follow this link to learn more about the job description.

Chick Quest:
It’s that time of the year. Classroom Teachers can sign up for ChickQuest. This year we are asking for a $25 donation (or whatever you can afford) to support the program payable by cash, Credit Card or Check to OSU Extension, Hamilton County. The basic kit includes, eggs, incubator, teacher manual, a cardboard brooder box, and a light. Workbooks for students cost $5 each or $50 for 25 books. Eggs will go out the first Wednesday of each month beginning in February and continuing through April.

Follow this link to learn more or to sign up.

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Nancy and Colonel David Bull, we can enhance the impact of the 4-H program for generations of youth to come through the establishment of an endowment to be used exclusively for 4-H programming in Hamilton County. Nancy and David Bull have a deep sense of the community of philanthropy. They would like to leverage their gift of $50,000, half the amount needed to fund the $100,000 endowment, as a challenge gift to other donors who are interested in establishing support of Hamilton County 4-H. Their gift will match dollar-for-dollar to the first $50,000 raised to establish the Hamilton County 4-H Endowment.

Follow this link to learn how you can donate.


Follow this link to view the Hamilton County 4-H 2020 Calendar.

Auricle courtesy of Tony Staubach, Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development, Hamilton County