Clermont County Food Preservation Workshops

Clermont County Food Preservation classes are in full swing this year. Last week’s workshop allowed attendees to make water bath salsa. Vegetables used to make the salsa were provided by the Clermont County Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens and consisted of onions and peppers of all varieties. Workshops take place on the fairgrounds, located in the 4-H hall kitchen, and are hosted and taught by OSU Extension Clermont County’s Family Consumer Science Educator, Margaret Jenkins. Be on the lookout for future Food Preservation Workshop Dates. To register for a Food Preservation Workshop use the registration link below. For questions about future workshops or food preservation contact: Margaret Jenkins, Clermont County FCS Educator, or 513-732-7070.

Food Preservation Workshop Registration 

Clermont County Master Gardener Volunteers Weekly Garden Update

This week the Clermont County Master Gardener Straw Bale Demonstration Garden has again provided a wonderful harvest. More zucchini, cucumber, and peppers were harvested. This week onions, tomatoes, and banana peppers were also harvested. The green beans are close to being harvested, tomato vines are full of tomatoes, and the pumpkin vines have produced pumpkins of a decent size that will soon be ready for harvest. Harvests from this week will be used for an upcoming Food Preservation Class hosted by the Clermont County OSU Extension Office. The garden is continuing to be monitored for Japanese Beetles and other types of pests. With the recent rain we have received it has also flourished the growth of several weeds. The MGV’s have been hard at weeding out all their gardens this week. Pictured below is how the MGV’s store their daily garden notes and any other materials they need to have while at the garden. The MGV’s are continuing to keep a weekly schedule on maintaining the gardens and keeping track of their findings, tasks, and accomplishments within the gardens.


National Agricultural Law Center Free Webinar


The National Agricultural Law Center’s next free webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 21st at 12 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. CDT, and will provide an overview of legal approaches to dealing with noxious weeds on farmland.

Farmers and ranchers are familiar with noxious weeds—those invasive weeds that pose threats to the environment, people, and animals. Noxious weeds have always been a concern for agriculture due to their ability to affect crop yields, soil, and livestock health. Nearly all states in the U.S. have enacted laws that list prohibited noxious weeds and assign responsibility for eradicating prohibited noxious weeds in certain circumstances.  These laws aim to reduce the potential of noxious weed invasions to neighboring lands. Even so, noxious weed problems appear to be on the increase, raising questions about noxious weeds and the laws that attempt to control them.

Join us to discuss the factors that may contribute to increased occurrences of noxious weed problems on farm and ranch lands, such as herbicide resistance, changing weather patterns, and seed transference. The webinar will present different approaches to controlling noxious weeds and compare state laws addressing noxious weeds in agricultural areas. The speakers will also compare various approaches for reconsidering noxious weed laws, discussing changes that may be necessary to adapt to evolving noxious weed issues. Lastly, this webinar will highlight two upcoming publications for the National Agricultural Law Center: a state compilation of noxious weeds laws and a report that reviews and recommends legal approaches to dealing with noxious weeds and their impacts on farm and ranch lands.

The presenters for this webinar are Peggy Kirk Hall and Dr. Mark Loux of The Ohio State University.

For more information or to register for this webinar, click here.

If you have any questions regarding our webinar series, please contact Will Clark.

Hydroponics/Aquaponics Field Night August 5th

A special event aimed at aquaponics and hydroponics farmers is coming to The Ohio State University South Centers in early August. Aquaponic/Hydroponics: Impacts and Opportunities will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. This is a free event made possible by a USDA grant, and a light meal will also be provided.

Please see the attached flyer for more details.


Anyone wishing to attend will need to preregister no later than August 1, 2021. We encourage everyone to early as soon as possible, as we believe there will be a high demand for this field night and space will be limited.

To register for this FREE event, visit the link below and fill out the short registration form:



Master Gardener Volunteers Weekly Garden Update

The Master Gardeners are continuing to have success with their many gardens located here on the fairgrounds. Bountiful harvests continue for the MGV’s. You will see pictured a recent harvest from this week containing: Banana Peppers, Parsley, Radish, and Rosemary. The squash growing in the garden is growing rapidly and producing long and strong roots. The potato blooms are full and open and showing that the potatoes are growing. Many creatures/bugs/insects have been spotted around the gardens such as: Japanese Beetles, Monarch Butterflies, Dragonflies, Gardener Snakes, and more! The gardens continue to be a great success this year. The rain this weekend will surely create more beautiful harvests for next week.


InitiativeThe influence of Municipal Pruning Practices on Urban Forest Health and Storm Resilience

Wednesday July 14. 2021 | 1:00 – 2:15pm ET

Municipalities across the U.S. are increasingly challenged to fund and perform systematic tree pruning activities that enhance urban tree health and longevity, maximize ecosystem service benefits, improve climate and storm resilience, and minimize public risk. Only (46%) of 667 U.S. communities surveyed in 2014 reported completing tree pruning on a systematic basis. Dr. Richard Hauer will share the benefits of systematic pruning and the status of pruning in U.S. cities. Dr. Leslie Brandt will spotlight tree maintenance practices, innovations and challenges from 10 case studies in the U.S. Through analysis of decades of systematic pruning data in Milwaukee, Randy Krouse will demonstrate the importance of pruning cycle/forest structure alignment on forest health and resilience, tree maintenance capacity, storm resilience and public safety. Finally, Paul Johnson will wrap up the discussion by highlighting current and emergent resource aids for improved urban forest management.



Richard Hauer, UW-Stevens Point

Leslie Brandt, USDA Forest Service

Randy Krouse, City of Milwaukee

Paul Johnson, Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Photo by City of Milwaukee


This webinar is open to all. We are seeking 1 CEU with the International Society of Arboriculture. Check our website for updates and to watch recordings of previous webinars.

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Presented by the USDA Forest Service National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team

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Master Gardener New Volunteer Class – Butler County


Butler County
Starts in September 2021

The Master Gardener Volunteer Program trains volunteers for The Ohio State University Extension in their county to help further the mission of engagement and outreach.  Volunteers are trained in consumer horticulture including annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, soil, botany, turf, insects, diseases, and more!  After receiving over 50 hours of education, each intern must complete 50 hours of service to OSU to become fully certified Ohio State Master Gardener Volunteers.

Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV’s) become leaders and educators in the community tasked with sharing their new knowledge and gardening experience with the public through presentations, informational booths, offering workshops and fun events, and always providing RESEARCH-BASED, UNBIAS RELIABLE INFORMATION.


To Become a Master Gardener:

  • Complete 50 hours of training in the area of soils and fertilization, annuals and perennials, fruit and vegetable production, etc.
  • Volunteer 50 hours of horticulture assistance to the community on approved projects. The county in which you hold membership in Ohio. You can take the class in another county and volunteer in Clermont.
  • Application Deadline: August 25, 2021
  • Note: $50 non-refundable deposit required with application.


$150 ($50 paid with application, $100 due by the first class), plus the cost of a web-check fingerprint background check.

Mandatory Orientation Meeting:

August 25, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Class Schedule:

Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Classes will be held on the following dates, Mondays, starting September 20, 2021 to November 15, 2021.

Class Location:

OSUE, Butler County, 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, OH 45011


J.T. Benitez, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources
513-887-3722 or

2021 MGV Class Flyer

2021 Precision Ag Day

On August 11th, OSU Extension Henry County and Northwest State Community College Agricultural Department will be hosting the 2021 Tri-State Precision Agriculture Conference. Registration and Trade Show exhibits will open at 8:00 am. The conference will be held at Northwest State Community College, 22600 OH-34, Archbold, OH 43502. Registration is $20 if submitted by August 2, 2021 or $30 the day of the event; FFA members get in free. For more information and to register see the link below for  event flyer and registration. Contact Alan Leininger, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension Henry County – (419) 592-0806, for any questions you may have.




Growing Plants in Unique Places

It is time for the weekly Clermont County Master Gardener Volunteers Garden Update. Did you know that you can grow plants almost anywhere? Lumber has drastically sky rocketed, making it hard for people to afford to purchase. There are alternatives to using wood for your raised bed gardens. The Clermont County Master Gardeners have used several unique alternatives in their demonstration gardens here on the fairgrounds. Some of the things used are: tires, logs, straw bales, and even a sink! The MGV’s have continued their amazing teamwork to ensure that their gardens flourish. Many of the plants on the fairgrounds are blooming nicely and are creating vegetables to be harvested. The MGV’s have created a schedule amongst themselves to care for the gardens daily and they continue to take notes of their findings, duties, and observations. Pictured below you will see many of the different unique planting options and the abundant growth of all the vegetables and flowers located in the different gardens located on the fairgrounds. The MGV’s also had a big harvest this week of Radish, Lettuce, and Zucchini.





Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture

The National AgrAbility Project is pleased to present Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture.

All sessions are free. Those already registered for the 2021 AgrAbility National Training Workshop Virtual Sessions are automatically registered for the veterans’ conference. Register by Thursday, July 22. Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Monday, July 26.

The current conference agenda includes the following sessions: (Sessions will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET)

•July 27: “Conference Introduction” by Cindy Chastain, National AgrAbility Project, and Jeanette Lombardo, Farmer Veteran Coalition, plus “One Veteran’s Journey from PTSD to Farmer” by Sarah Creech, Blue Yonder Organic Farm and Indiana Farmer Veteran Coalition
August 3: “Celebrating Veteran Total Farmer Health” by Linda Emanuel and Shay Foulk, AgriSafe Network
•August 10: “Programming for Veterans in Agriculture: How Maine Does It” by Anne Devin, veteran outreach specialist with Maine AgrAbility
August 17: “Update on USDA’s support for Veterans” by Bill Ashton, USDA Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison
August 24: “Panel Presentation on State/Regional Programs for Farmer Veterans” moderated by Cindy Chastain, National AgrAbility Project