Food Preservation Office Hours

Are you interested in learning about food preservation?

Join us for these free webinars hosted by Ohio State University Extension. You are welcome to register for just one or all of them.

Tuesdays from 4-5 PM


Storing of Your  Home Preserved Foods……….August 3

Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products……….August 17

Canning Pie Fillings……….August 31

Preserving Hot Peppers……….September 14

Canning Winter Squash……….September 28

If you would like to attend one or all these dates, register at:

“Thank You Buyer” Poster Contest


4-H will sponsor the Buyer Thank You Poster Contest for members taking market animals.

1. Posters should be no bigger than 11”14”

2. It is suggested to use a foam board or laminate the poster since it is sturdy and easier to mount. Posters must be up by Saturday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m.

3. Posters must include first and last name as well as club name. Place or hang poster up.

Winning posters will be notated and  recognized by ribbons on their pens. Top 2 posters from each species will be chosen  and recognized with a ribbon and an additional 4-H prize. If you win, you must claim your prize at the OSUE Office.

Drug Use Notification Form (DUNF)

As with 2020, we will continue to use an Online Drug Use Notification Form (DUNF). This form will need to be completed by Friday, July 30, 2021 at noon if you already have your animals tagged. As a reminder, this form is REQUIRED for each MARKET/LACTATING animal. In addition, a few other species require it. If your animal will be tagged at weigh-in (poultry), please complete this after you receive your tag numbers.

Please review this document to help you complete this.


•Large Market Beef (steer/heifer)
•Veal Calf (not a feeder)
•Dairy Steer
•Lactating Dairy Cattle (cow not a heifer)

•Market Hog (barrow/gilt)

•Dairy Market (wether/doe) Must use scrapie ID#
•Meat Market (wether/doe) Must use scrapie ID#
•Lactating Dairy Goats (even if currently dry)

•Market Chicken pen
•Each Market Turkey
•Each Market Duck

•Market Lamb Must use scrapie ID#

•Meat pen

Tomatoes: What’s Eating Them Besides You?

We tend to think of tomatoes as easy-to-grow garden vegetables, but that isn’t always the case.  There are many different issues that can make an easy-to-grow plant into a nightmare! Learn to identify, avoid, and treat most common tomato issues from Garry Abfalter, OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardener Volunteer.

One of the most exciting parts of growing your own tomatoes is finally getting to taste the fruits of your labor. Laura Hallaway, OSU Extension Greene County Family and Consumer Science Educator will give some tips and recipes to make best summer favor from your garden-fresh tomatoes.

Date: July 29, 2021

Time: 12:00 Noon

Location: Virtually via Zoom


Cost: $7.00

Contact: Kim Hupman at or 937-736-7209

Backyard Vegetable Gardening: Butterflies 101

Butterflies are beautiful and interesting creatures which color our gardens and a joy to observe.  What makes butterflies so interesting? They undergo a process called complete metamorphosis during their life cycle. This means that the butterfly changes completely from its early larval stage, a caterpillar, until the final stage, a beautiful and graceful adult butterfly.

Please join Jane Worth, OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardener Volunteer and Project Leader for the Bellbrook Petrikis Butterfly Garden on Thursday, July 8th at Noon as she presents “Butterflies 101 – Butterflies in the Garden”. You will learn about our beautiful butterflies and the garden plants that sustain both adult butterflies and their caterpillars.

When: Thursday, July 8, 2021

Location: Zoom

Cost: $7.00


Pumpkin: The Super Squash

In the United States, pumpkins go hand in hand with the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Harvested in October, this nutritious and versatile orange fruit features flowers, seeds and flesh that are edible and rich in vitamins. Pumpkin is used to make soups, desserts and breads, and many Americans include pumpkin pie in their Thanksgiving meals. Numerous varieties, shapes, colors and sizes of pumpkins exist for fall decorating and carving as well as pie types suitable for baking.

Join Kim Hupman, OSU Extension Greene County Horticulture Program Assistant, and Laura Halladay, OSU Extension Greene County Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, on Thursday, June 24th at noon to learn tips and trick for growing and cook home-grown pumpkin. Kim Hupman will explore different cultivars and strategies for making sure your pumpkins mature later in the season. Laura Halladay will talk about preparing fresh pumpkin and using it to produce a home-grown desserts for the holidays.

When: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Location: zoom – To guarantee all paid registrants receive the Zoom link in time for the program, we close registration at 11:00 am on June 24th and cannot access registration after this time. If you have issues with the link contact Pat Zehring at

Cost: $7.00

Contact: Kim Hupman at or Laura Halladay at


Become a Master Gardener Volunteer


The Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office. You may have even seen our flyer around the community (check it out).  Feel free to print it and share it with your friends.  And for more information on Master Gardener Volunteers, click here.


The next Greene County training class will begin winter of 2022.  Applications will be accepted January 2021-August 20, 2021. The classes include but are not limited to: botany, entomology, woody ornamentals, native plants and pollinators. The program encompasses more than 50 hours of class room instruction and 50 hours of volunteer activities.

For more information and application process, click here.


Master Gardener Volunteer Spring Plant Sale

Master Gardener Volunteer Spring Plant Sale

OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardener Volunteers will hold their annual Spring Plant Sale at the OSU Greene County Extension Office. The sale will feature perennials, vegetable plants, succulents, house plants, herbs and more.

When: Saturday May 8, 2021

Time: 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Where: OSU Extension Office  100 Fairground Rd, Xenia

Social distancing and masks required.

ODA And OSU Extension Kick Off 2021 Ohio Victory Gardens Program

REYNOLDSBURG, OH (March 29, 2021) – It’s time to get your hands dirty and start growing! The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and OSU Extension Offices are kicking off the second year of the Victory Gardens Program. Due to high demand, the program is expanding from 10 to 25 counties across the state, with 8,300 seed packets available free to the public to get people planting.

“We have seen a revived passion for planting through our Victory Gardens Program, which has expanded to 15 additional counties this year,” said Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “Our Ohio Victory Gardens are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, from urban apartment dwellers, to those living in the country, and everyone in between. We hope this will inspire a new generation of gardeners who will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor for years to come.”

“We are excited to expand our partnership with ODA on the Victory Garden Program. Last year, we had an overwhelming positive response to the program, so this year, we will be expanding the seed distribution initiative to 25 Ohio State University Extension county offices,” said Dr. Cathann A. Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “No matter your level of gardening experience, our OSU Extension educators will provide expertise that will help your gardens thrive.”

Seeds will be available to pick up the first week of April at OSU Extension Greene County Office, 100 Fairground Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385.

Seeds will be available for pickup Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (April 5, 7, 8, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Planting resources and other information about gardening can be found at the Ohio Victory Gardens website.

Victory Gardens originated during World War I, an answer to a severe food shortage at the time. The idea was wildly successful, growing an army of amateur gardeners and serving to boost morale and patriotism. Although there’s no food shortage now, ODA and OSU Extension are reviving the effort and once again encouraging people to plant seeds, realize the fruits of their labor, and share with others if inspired.

Press Release


Backyard Critters Program – This Thursday

Thinking of adding a pet, hobby animal or poultry to your backyard? In this session, you will learn of things to consider and ways to manage your backyard critters. Add the tools to your toolbox to be successful in raising animals near the comfort of your property.

Presenter: Trevor Corboy, Trevor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for OSU Extension Greene County. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture focusing in Animal Science and Agribusiness and a Master of Science in Agriculture as well. Trevor has an extensive farming background and knowledge to translate his experience in an urban agriculture environment.

When: Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:30 pm -7:30 pm

Location: Online Zoom

Cost: $7.00

Register Online: