Southern Ohio Farm Show

In this week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show, we have an updated weather outlook with Dr. Aaron Wilson, and tax and succession planning with Richard Purdin. Tune in next week for another new episode!

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Are you a 4-H Alum?

Tell us your story! Did 4-H make a difference in your life? Do you get together with other 4-H alumni for an annual reunion or to collaborate on local projects?  Share your experiences with us and how they shaped your life by taking our alumni survey!

NOW’S THE TIME TO ENROLL IN CLERMONT COUNTY 4-H

4-H enrollment season is here! Registration for the Clermont County 4-H program is due by March 15.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is about having fun through experiential learning. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop skills, become leaders and assist in shaping their communities.

4-H gives youth a chance to pursue their own interests – from photography to computers to cake decorating, from building rockets to raising sheep.  4-Hers go places – to camp, to fairs, to state and national conferences and competitions. They learn to be leaders and active citizens.

Clermont County has nearly forty 4-H clubs, specializing in home economics, leadership, shooting sports and animal science. Through individual and group projects, 4-H instills integrity, service, leadership and personal growth in youth. To view a list of projects and resources, please visit ohio4h.org/familyguide.

To be a 4-H member, a child must be age 8 and in the third grade. For younger children (age 5 and in Kindergarten), Clermont County offers a program called 4-H Cloverbuds.  Cloverbuds participate in non-competitive activities exploring a variety of fun, hands on interest areas.  Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan.

To learn more about 4-H or to find a club in your area and advisor contact information, please visit our website, or contact Kelly Royalty,  4-H Youth Development Educator, at 513-732-7070 or email royalty.9@osu.edu.

Home Garden Vegetable Trial

Ohio State University Extension is conducting vegetable trials with home gardeners. We want your opinion as to what grows well in Ohio and what Ohioans prefer (including the taste). There will be two sets of trials this year; spring trials and summer trials. Each will have five vegetables to choose from. You may choose how many of these that you would like to try in your garden. For each vegetable there will be two varieties to test side-by-side.

Each vegetable trial will cost $3 (plus $8 shipping & handling) and will include enough seed to grow a 10 foot row of each variety, growing instructions with garden layout options, and row markers. You are asked to report your results either on the provided paper form or by using our online system. Additionally, we are asking you to submit photos for us to share with others in the project as we go through the season.

You may choose to participate in one or more of the vegetable trials. Because of incredible demand for seed from our suppliers, we cannot guarantee specific varieties for any of our trials. We will try to choose alternate varieties, if needed, that are as similar to those listed in the description. For this reason, we will have to stick to listed deadlines so that we may order seeds as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee that we will have additional seeds past the deadline. February 28 for guaranteed trials . March 15 final deadline (all trials may not be available)

All seeds in the trial are non-GMO . 

The trials are divided into:

  • Cool season vegetables
    • Broccoli
    • Lettuce
    • Kale
    • Spinach
    • Peas (Shelling)
  • Warm season vegetables
    • Tomatoes (slicers)
    • Cucumbers
    • Sweet peppers
    • Summer Squash
    • Green Beans (bush)

Register online at: go.osu.edu/veggies2021

Flyer and Veggie Descriptions

Vegetable Trial Website

 

Volunteer with 4-H Today!

No matter how much time you have, volunteering with 4-H makes a difference by helping youth explore and discover the skills they need to lead for a lifetime.  While there are many ways in which volunteers can share their time and talents, the most common in Clermont County is volunteering with a community club.  Individuals wanting to serve in the capacity of a club volunteer must complete the following:

 

 

1. Talk with the head advisor of your 4-H club
  • It is important to determine what the club needs and how they can best utilize your talents
2. Receive a position description 
  • Position Descriptions are included in the application
3.  Complete and submit an application by March 1.
  • Click HERE to complete the New Volunteer Application
4. Have references collected by Extension professionals
  • Please have the emails, phone numbers, and addresses of three references before starting your application.  Reference forms will be emailed automatically upon completion of the application.
5. Agree to and sign the volunteer standards of behavior form
  • The standards of behavior is included in the electronic application
6. Submit to a criminal history fingerprint record check
  • Background check results must be on file prior to an individual working with 4-H members.  A BCI is required for individuals who have lived in Ohio for five consecutive years.  A BCI and FBI background check are required for individuals who have lived outside of Ohio within the past five years.
  • Click HERE to access the instructions for completing the background check
  • It is important to note that Clermont County Sheriff’s Department requires an appointment for all background checks.  Click HERE to schedule an appointment.
7. Participate in an orientation/training program 
  • March 3, 6:00p.m., Zoom
  • Online Orientation – must complete by March 15
    • Click HERE to access the instructions for completing the online training
8. Complete an interview 
  • An signup will be emailed at a later date to complete volunteer interviews.

Start inspiring kids in your community by becoming a 4-H volunteer!

OSUE Clermont Now Offers Successful Co-Parenting Online

Successful Co-Parenting Online is an online educational class that familiarizes parents with information, skills, and techniques to minimize the negative effects of separation and divorce on children to promote positive adjustment during the divorce process. Backed by the online security of Ohio State University, SCP Online offers individuals a confidential, self-paced learning experience. A trained Extension professional will host each participant as he or she progresses through the program. These trained hosts will respond to questions as well as verify completion of the class.

Successful Co-Parenting is being offered in cooperation with the Clermont County Court of Domestic Relations and meets the co-parenting education requirement assigned by the court.  Participants need 90 minutes – 2hrs to complete the course.  A certificate of completion will be emailed to participants upon completion of the course. Registration is $35 per person and payable online by credit card through a secure registration site (Cvent). There are NO refunds issued for this course.

Registration

Southern Ohio Farm Show

This week on the Southern Ohio Farm Show we are joined by Dr. Tim McDermott for gardening tips, Dave Apsley helps us identify the pitch pine, information on sustainability, and supplementing beef cattle during the winter with Richard Purdin. Tune in next week for another new episode!  Watch Here

Complete QA at Ohio 4-H Conference

With more than 80 sessions over three days, volunteers and teens will get great ideas and activities for this year. If you need to complete QA training, this is a great opportunity to do so (Session 7) see details below.

Register today!   Hurry, registration closes at 5:00pm TODAY!

QA SESSION 7: 2:20-2:55pm

701   2021 Quality Assurance Youth Training (double session) Teens
Quality Assurance training is an annual requirement for youth livestock exhibitors to
complete in order to exhibit their projects at their county or at the state fair. This
session will go through a full Quality Assurance training. If teens attend this session
they will have completed their training for 2021 and receive a certificate of completion
to exhibit to their county professional. Limited to 40 participants. Presenters: Andrea
Rees & Elizabeth Share-Dulin

Heart Healthy Snacks

If snacking is a big part of your day, take a look at Health Source’s Heart Healthy Snacks Blog. It is all about snacking in moderation and lists lots of yummy foods ideas to tide you over until your next meal!

https://www.healthsourceofohio.org/blog/2020/february/heart-healthy-snacks/

Southern Ohio Farm Show

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. As chocolate is a popular Valentine’s Day gift, in this week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show we learn more about chocolate. Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider, professor of Food Science, discusses the process of making chocolate and how to conduct a chocolate taste test. Mechelle Frost, director of the Highland County Senior Citizens Center, provides a demonstration on how to make hot chocolate bombs. We also discuss sustainability practices to use in the kitchen.  Watch Here.