Deadline Approaching for Junior Fair Board Applications

Do you want to learn more about leadership, public speaking, teamwork, and more? Do you have a skill for creativity, engineering, or just a plain hard worker? Do you like to be involved and help make a difference? Do you want to help organize and conduct a county community event? Then you need to be part of the 2022 Clermont County Junior Fair Board!

Current and NEW members need to register before October 17, @ 11:59 pm.

2022 JFB Application:

2022 Personal Reference Form:

  • Members must be at least 13 years old on 1/1/21 and not older than 19 years on 1/1/2021
  • 1st-time applicants must submit 1 personal reference; current members do NOT need to
  • Reference form link should be emailed to their reference to fill out
  • Applications are online-only this year
  • Applications and references must be submitted/received by 11:59 pm Friday October 17th @11:59PM
  • Questions: contact

Seeking Nominations for Clermont County 4-H Advisory Committee

Are you looking for a new way to become involved with the Clermont County 4-H program?  The Clermont County 4-H Advisory Committee is accepting nominations for members to serve the 2022-2024 term.  Members of the 4-H Committee assist in determining the priorities and direction of the local 4-H program, are responsible for planning and conducting 4-H events, assisting with fundraisers and promoting the 4-H program.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve on the committee, please click here and complete the nomination form before Monday, October 25. Members must be approved 4-H volunteers or agree to complete the 4-H volunteer process. Current 4-H Committee members whose terms are expiring in December 2021 may be nominated.

Clermont County 4-H Advisory Committee Nomination Form

Become a Certified UAV Pilot

Purdue Extension UAV Technology Program

Hosted by Ohio State University Extension, Butler County

FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Test Preparation Course Topics

 FAA Test Preparation
 Flight Instructions
 Camera Settings
 Flight Plans and Record-Keeping
 Data Management
 Image Quality & Troubleshooting
 Sensors & Artificial Intelligence
 Emergency Preparation


Ohio State University Extension

1802 Princeton Rd

Hamilton, OH 45011

Dates & Time

Oct 21, 2021 8:00 am—4:30 pm

Oct 22, 2021 8:00 am—4:30 pm

Cost:  $200 per person



“Tending Your Woodland” offered by “A DAY in the WOODS” to woodland owners in SE Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on October 8th.

McArthur, OH – Like a garden, your woodland will likely provide more benefits if you give it some attention. “Tending Your Woodland”, an interactive outdoor learning opportunity for woodland owners in SE Ohio, will help you to understand the various practices that you can use to improve your woodlands.   This program is offered on October 8 at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest near McArthur and will include the opportunity to tour numerous field sites demonstrating various practices that have been established since the early 1950’s.   Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore crop tree management (CTM), a technique that can increase the growth rate of trees to produce more wildlife food, timber, and other benefits
  • Learn about Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) and how it can help your woodland become more productive
  • Understand various techniques that can be utilized to enhance oak regeneration in your woodlands.
  • Become aware of the wide array of options available to woodland owners who are contemplating a timber harvest.
  • Know where to get the advice and resources that will help you tend your woodland

“Tending your Woodland” will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur on October 8, 2021, from 9 AM to 3 PM.

A registration fee of $12 per person (payable on the day of the event by cash or check to Vinton SWCD) entitles participants to program materials and a box lunch.  Registration is required.  Please RSVP on or before October 4 by emailing Dave Apsley at, or by calling Cheri Porter or Dave Runkle at the Vinton SWCD (740-596-5676).

We plan to hold most of this program outdoors in the woods.   We will follow the COVID-19 protocols that are in place at the time.   Please bring a face covering to use when:

  • you are indoors and not fully vaccinated
  • it makes you comfortable

The Vinton Furnace State Forest is in a very remote portion of Vinton County.  Signs will be posted on the morning of the event along the route from both entrances. For a map and directions to help you find the training center at the Vinton Furnace State Forest, visit

For more information contact Dave Apsley (

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, USDA-Forest Service (Northern Research Station, State, and Private Forestry and the Wayne NF), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Vinton-Hocking-Athens Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central State University Extension, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Ohio Forestry Association Foundation and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee. Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered nearly 80 programs with more than 100 presenters for nearly 4,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.


Spotted Lanternfly Information and Workshop

Spotted Lanternfly infestation found in Ohio at 3 different locations. What can you do? SCOUT!


Spotted Lanternfly Workshop:  Monday, November 15, 2021

Commercial Growers Program: 2:30 – 4:30 PM

General Public:  5 – 7 PM


OSU Extension, Butler County

1802 Princeton Road

Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Cost: Free to attend         Flyer

Register at

Contact information:

Maria Smith ( or Amy Stone (

3rd Annual Tree Survival School

Thursday, October 21st 2021   10:00am – 3:30pm

Little Hocking Riverfront Park
Baker Road one mile north of Rt. 7 on State Route 555, Little Hocking, Ohio

If you purchase, plant, or care for trees, Tree Survival School is for you. Participants will gain knowledge and hands-on experience in how to grow a tree for the long term. The course is divided between classroom and hands-on outdoor learning experiences. Landscapers, arborists, tree commission members, cemetery workers, professional groundskeepers, school groundskeepers, and homeowners will find this workshop beneficial and worthwhile. Please dress for the weather and bring gloves.

The cost is $35 which includes snacks, lunch, and educational handouts

10:00 – 11:00: 101 Ways to Kill a Tree – Ed Brown, OSU Extension
11:00 – 12:00 Managing Wildlife and Deer in the Landscape – Marne Titchenell, OSU Extension
12:00 – 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 – 3:30 Hands-on Demonstration and Educational Stations

• Station 1: Mulching Trees Dos and Don’ts – Hannah Swope, Washington County SWCD
• Station 2: How to Make Tree Cages – Marcus McCartney, OSU Extension
• Station 3: Proper Tree Planting – Ann Bonner, ODNR
• Station 4: Birds of Belpre Township – Mike Wren, Athens Bird Club

ISA CEUs will be awarded

For more information contact: Ann Bonner at 740-589-9910 or Marcus McCartney 740-376-7431

Master Gardener Volunteer Demonstration Garden Update

Susan Grodecki, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of September 16

The Demo Garden was full of activity Tuesday. The flowers look beautiful in both the Demo and Sensory Gardens with many pollinators buzzing about. The tomatoes seemed to be ripening on the vine in front of my eyes and I harvested them (10#) along with green beans (.45oz), thyme (1.6oz), and parsley (4.3oz). There are still many more tomatoes, as well as blooms on the plants. They definitely love the straw bales and that location.

Between the wind, the hot sun, and the high temperature, the plants were quite dry. The water was on out by the bales, though it did not appear to be by the Sensory Garden. The Sensory Garden looks fantastic and the plants have really filled in the space nicely.  (photos 1-6)

Wednesday it rained so I didn’t visit the Demo Garden, and when I returned Thursday the rain gauge indicated almost 2” of rain had fallen and no watering was necessary..

As pictured, there are also peppers of all varieties that are on the plants, and I picked each type Thursday; though there are quite a few green peppers that were not yet ready to pick. Many of the seeds are ready to harvest … sunflower, chives, zinnia, and dill are ready, and basil will be very soon.

Thursday’s harvest and a copy of my journal entries are pictured in photos 8 & 9 below.

Barbara, you may want to bring a bag to collect the harvest. There are many cherry (grape?) tomatoes that are continuing to ripen and I found they can be quite elusive if you try to hold them in your hands along with the rest of the items. I also had pruners in my car and found them to be helpful for the herbs.

Barbara Mustoe-Monteith, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of September 18

There was 2″ of rain in the rain gauge, but some bales still seemed dry, so I watered. Harvested 3 pounds of tomatoes and 8 ounces of green beans. It was 82 degrees and sunny on Saturday, September 18. Watered the entire garden thoroughly. No harvest today, but should be ready for some more producing tomorrow.

Bill Dolle, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of September 23

Cardinal Flower is evidence that flowers are still blooming in the Sensory Garden.  The straw bale garden is also still producing, but the produce is not as pretty as earlier in the summer.  There are still green beans, green peppers (pictured), jalapeno peppers, one cucumber, several different herbs, and tomatoes.  Red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes (all pictured), and 3 lbs. of cherry tomatoes (not including the split ones I ate).  Also spotted a Monarch Butterfly passing through on its way toward Mexico.

Susan Givler, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of October 2

The cherry tomatoes just don’t stop producing along with the beans and peppers.  One surprise this week was the discovery of carrots among the tomatoes- a nice companion vegetable. This is all happening in the straw bales, but I would like to put some focus on the container garden.

There were two potatoes popping their heads out in one container, after more digging 15 nice-sized potatoes were harvested -total weight was over 4 pounds.  With further investigation, the rosemary and lemon thyme was overwhelming their pots. Hopefully, these can winter over.  The sage also looks healthy. All vegetables were donated to Owensville Commons senior apartment complex.

Daffodils, irises, and rose of Sharon bushes were planted in the sensory garden near the 4-H hall. A watchful eye will be kept on the weather and the threat of frost as we will need to harvest all vegetables and break down the bales and prepare all gardens for winter. We will continue to gather flower seeds.


2021 National 4-H Week Photo Contest

Share your 4-H photos in celebration of National 4-H Week October 3-9, 2021!  OSU Extension Clermont County is hosting a Facebook Photo Contest.  Share a different photo(s) each day of the week  with #Clermont4H for a chance to win fabulous prizes.

  • Monday – Leadership
  • Tuesday – 4-H Camp/Trips
  • Wednesday – Find Your Spark
  • Thursday – 4-H Alumni
  • Friday – Clermont County Fair

To qualify for prizes and to make it easier for our daily National 4-H Week Photo Contest judge, we will create a Facebook thread for each theme/day. Post your pictures in the comments of the appropriate theme/day (posted daily) with #Clermont4H. For every submission except Thursday, only current photos from 2021 will be considered for prizes.

A winner will be chosen each day and the five daily winners will be posted on Facebook for fans to vote on the top, grand prize winner!