4-H Open House

4-H Grows Here logoJoin us on Saturday, February 15, at 4-H Hall from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm for a 4-H Open House We’ll have information about completing your 4-H projects, 4-H Camp, 4-H Enrollment, county & state fair winning projects will be on display, junior fair livestock registration and much more!

Spread the word and bring a friend!

If your club would like to participate, or if you have a 4-H project or camp/trip poster you would like to display, please contact Sharon Francis at 513-332-4897 or jfrancis@cinci.rr.com.

4-H Open House flyer

Celebrate American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both American men and women.  Why not both wear red and eat red fruits and vegetables to both promote and practice healthy eating.  Here are a few red food facts…

  • Red vegetables get their color and nutrition boost from lycopene and anthocyanin. Lycopene is an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce heart disease risk, protect the eyes, fight infections, and protect against damage from tobacco smoke.
  • Choose red bell peppers, tomatoes, tart cherries, cranberries, raspberries, rhubarb, pomegranates, or beets, all these healthy fruits and vegetables are positively packed with antioxidants such as vitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin C, manganese, and fiber.

Increase RED fruit and vegetable intake…GROW A GARDEN

We are one month into the new year and new decade.  Many of us set new health and wellness goals so we can do more and feel better in 2020.  We have increased our steps by walking more on a regular basis.  We are drinking more water and selecting more nutrient dense foods when grocery shoppingThe OSU Extension Clermont County staff has even engaged in daily fitness challenge breaks ie: Squats.

What can we do to increase our intake of fruits and vegetables in February?

Why not plan a summer garden so you can have fresh vegetables and fruits available right outside your doorstep.   The current eighth edition of USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends:

  1. Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan
  2. Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount
  3. Limit calories form added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake
  4. Shift to healthier food and beverage choices
  5. Support healthy eating patterns for all

First planning and then planting a garden will help us address all five of these guidelines with one action.

How efficient and satisfying is this!

Ohio State University Extension Clermont County is your Go-to-Resource for all the information you need to accomplish the task.

2020 OSU Extension Gardening Resources include:

Planning for the Garden

Master Gardener Clermont County Library gardening classes

4-H Youth Development Project Books:  
Grow Your Own Vegetables

Growing with the Seasons

For more information on growing food and food production best practices, living a sustainable lifestyle, preparing youth for success and eating healthy throughout the lifespan visit www.clermont.osu.edu.

 Fewer than 1 in 10 US adults and adolescents eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Wear RED and eat RED fruits and vegetables in support of American Heart Month!

Winter Gardening Classes in Clermont County

The OSU Extension Clermont County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) are out and about this winter conducting horticulture education classes for the public at the county libraries and civic centers. And for those who happen to be members of community garden clubs, they might be stopping in to visit your meeting too. MGV’s are an outreach arm of the OSU Extension Clermont County Office and volunteer their time, education and talents to educating the Clermont community about multiple facets of horticulture education.

The public classes are open to anyone who has an interest or enthusiasm for learning about horticulture, gardening, pest management and more. Please contact the host location to register for the upcoming programs. 

Feb. 10 Monday 7pm

  • Soil: Test, Prep & Mulch
  • Miami Township Civic Center

Feb. 26 Wednesday 7pm

  • Tuscany & Barcelona
  • Miami Township Civic Center

Mar. 7 Saturday 2pm

  • Seed Starting
  • New Richmond Library

Mar. 11 Wednesday 7pm

  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
  • Miami Township Civic Center

Mar. 14 Saturday 10am

  • Soils
  • Bethel Library

Mar. 21 Saturday 1pm

  • Animal Deterrents
  • Clermont Library–Buckwheat Road

2020 4-H Volunteer Training

Volunteer training is essential so that volunteers not only understand the expectations of their role but have the skills, competencies, and information necessary to be successful.  Each year, all returning volunteers are required to attend ONE training in order to remain active.  We will be offering the online training again this year.  Both the in-person and online training options satisfy the training requirement.  Please note that at least one volunteer from each club must attend an in-person training to obtain a club packet.  Below are the in-person training dates as well as the link to the online training instructions.  The deadline to complete the required training is March 15.

2020 4-H Volunteer Training Schedule
January 29, 10:00 a.m., 4-H Hall
4-H Club Advisor Update

  • State-mandated Policy 1.50 training, important dates and information

January 29, 6:30 p.m., 4-H Hall
4-H Club Advisor Update

  • State-mandated Policy 1.50 training, important dates and information

March 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Warren County Career Center
Multi-County Volunteer Training

  • Overview for new volunteers
  • State-mandated Policy 1.50 training
  • Break-out sessions

March 14, 2019, Columbus Convention Center
Ohio 4-H Conference
Registration due: February 7

Not able to attend an in-person training? Take advantage of the online training option!  Below are the step-by-step instructions for completing the online training.

*Please note: You must re-enroll yourself as a 4-H volunteer before you are able to access the online training modules.

Online Volunteer Training Instructions

Clermont County Pork Producers Offering $500 Scholarship

The Clermont County Pork Producers are excited to announce that they will be offering a $500 scholarship to a high school senior or college/technical school student that is active in Clermont County 4-H / FFA. This scholarship has been talked about for many years and the committee is now able to put their plan in action.  The goal is to assist young adults in achieving their goals by helping further their education.  This scholarship is open to any 4-H/FFA member; it is not limited to swine exhibitors.  Applications are due by March 15th.  The scholarship will be awarded during the Clermont County Fair.

Clermont County Pork Producers Scholarship Application

Scholarships Available to Ohio 4-H Members

Ohio 4-H recognizes and rewards individual excellence, whether it is in project work, leadership, citizenship or community service. Ohio 4-H Scholarships were established in 1976 in order to help young people become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. There are currently 36 statewide 4-H scholarships being offered.

Criteria, Instructions, and Application

In addition to personal information, before beginning this 4-H Scholarship Application please make sure you have the following items available.

  • Academic honors you have received
  • If you are or will be an Ohio State student, your OSU username.# and ID# can be found on your receipt of admission application email
  • Information about your current or anticipated college or university (name, city, state)
  • Intended academic major
  • Detailed information about your major 4-H leadership roles; you should know the names of the roles, the years, level(s), duties and accomplishments
  • Detailed information about major 4-H honors that you have received
  • Information about your educational, career, or personal goals and what impact 4-H has had on those ambitions
  • Personal statement explaining why a 4-H scholarship would be important to you achieving a college education AND how 4-H has contributed to your personal development, leadership and other skills and to your likely success in life

College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences scholarship information and online application

College of Education and Human Ecology scholarship application information

Brief Descriptions of Ohio 4-H Scholarships Available

4-H Filmmakers Wanted

FIlm CrewIf you’re a teen interested in videos and filmmaking, you’ll want to apply to be part of the 4-H Film Crew! The crew will develop their skills in video production, editing, sound and writing to film 4-H youth from all over Ohio, and share their stories. Our first meeting is February 8, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and we’ll get together throughout the year, both virtually and in-person. Find the details at go.osu.edu/4hfilmcrew and apply by January 30.

Jerry Krebs Received Friend of Extension Award

At the Ohio State University Extension Annual Conference, Jerry Krebs was awarded the Joint Council of Extension Professionals and Epsilon Sigma Phi Friend of Extension.  Jerry has been an active 4-H volunteer for 50 years in Clermont County.  His dedication to 4-H and Extension is unprecedented.  His involvement in the county 4-H program includes being the head advisor of Goshen Boosters 4-H club as well as the coordinator for 4-H CARTEENS and serves on the 4-H Advisory Committee.  He also supports Ohio State University Extension through his service as an OSU Extension Advisory Committee member, Assuring Quality Care for Animals Committee member, Safe Communities Coalition member and Junior Fair Consultant.

Jerry is deeply committed to the development, promotion and success of the Clermont County Youth Development Program through his leadership and volunteerism.  We appreciate all that Jerry has done and continues to do for OSU Extension.

Don’t Miss Out! Apply for State & National 4-H Camp/Trip Scholarships

The Clermont County 4-H Committee is accepting applications for 2020 State and National 4-H Camps and Trips.  4-H camps and leadership trips are excellent opportunities for youth to expand their knowledge, develop new friendships, and learn exceptional leadership skills.  The 4-H Committee is providing scholarships for Clermont County 4-H members to attend 14 different state camps and national trips.  All youth who apply for a scholarship must complete the 2020 State and National Camp/Trip Scholarship Application and attend an interview.  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020.  Interviews will be held on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension Office.

2020 State & National Camp/Trip Scholarship Application