Great Apple Crunch

This week, we have a special announcement! We are SO excited to announce that Ohio’s first Great Apple Crunch virtual event will be held on Facebook live on October 8 at noon! Just tune in to the Ohio Farm to School Facebook page on October 8 at noon to learn where and how apple trees grow and how Ohio apples get to your plate!

For Apple Crunchers to get the most out of this event, we encourage Crunches in grades K-5 to complete the NEW apple-based lesson plans available to all Apple Crunch registrants! We all know that flexibility is the name of the game in 2020 and we are SO excited because these lesson plans can be done in OR out of the classroom. Special thanks to Columbus City Schools and Ag in the Classroom for creating them!

  • Link to K-2 lesson plan
  • Link to 3-5 lesson plan

After completing the lesson plans, let us know what Ohio apple questions you have and an Ohio apple grower will answer them during the virtual event on October 8 at noon. Send in any questions about how Ohio apples, how they grow, how they get to your school or anything else you are wondering HERE.

Reach out to with any questions.

Happy Crunching!

This collective Apple Crunch encourages and celebrates the use of healthy, Ohio-grown foods in cafeterias across the state. We Crunch together to support our local farmers, to grow healthy eaters, and to build strong communities across our state and region. All Ohio participants can register here:

4-H Achievement Form Workshop

Are you interested in attending and participating in a state 4-H trip?  Are you looking for scholarships?  Youth need to complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form to do this.  It is never too early to start!

Teen Leadership Council will again be hosting two different Achievement Form Workshops for 4-H members statewide!

  • October 7, 2020 (7:00-9:00 p.m. on Zoom): An informational session will be held, providing a basic overview of the Achievement Form, giving introductory tips for completion, and sharing about potential opportunities available to members who complete and submit their forms.


  • November 14, 2020 (5:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom): A more in-depth session will be offered for those who have completed or made significant progress on their form; small group coaching will be available for members to receive personalized feedback.


Exploring Agriculture Program

Our 2020-2021 Exploring Agriculture Program is set to kick-off on Tuesday, September 29th with Hord’s Family Farms at 6:00 p.m. virtually via Zoom.

For more information and how to register, please see Exploring Agriculture Flyer

2019 was this post’s inaugural year, which focused on introducing students to agricultural careers that are ‘In Demand Jobs’ by visiting area agricultural businesses. This is in hope of sparking student’s interest in working in great jobs in their community.

The 2020-2021 season will continue with that exact same mission with meetings being conducted virtually to ensure safety during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Exploring program offers students aged 14-20 the chance to learn life and career skills through immersive career experiences and mentorship, facilitated through Ohio State University Extension. The Exploring Agriculture Post, based in Seneca County, but accepting all interested students, is designed to introduce youth to careers in agriculture throughout our region. Students can expect to “explore” agricultural careers via a series of monthly virtual meetings from September 2020- April 2021. Each meeting will include visiting an area business or representative that serves the agricultural community and allows students to learn not only about what they do, but also about the jobs needed for that business to thrive.

This year students can expect to explore businesses like Hord’s Family Farm, Heritage Cooperative and Mennel Milling, as well as presentations about career paths in agriculture.

Hallie Williams, OSU Extension Agriculture Educator says, “Northwest Ohio is a very strong agricultural community and as our ag businesses grow, we need to make sure we have individuals ready to fill those positions. Our hope is that Exploring Agriculture will not only encourage our local youth to identify a career path that allows them to work in agriculture, but more importantly to keep them in the community.”

The Seneca County 4-H Program within Ohio State University Extension is strong with nearly 1,000 youth participating. Katie Cole, 4-H Educator states, “We see the passion and commitment to the agriculture industry with many of these youth. With that being said, career development within the agriculture industry is definitely a topic that our youth have been inquiring about. This is our chance to make that happen right here in Seneca County.”

Ohio 4-H STEM in Ag Schedule

So many great topics -literally at your finger tips!

Although you are not able to make the trip to London, Ohio for the annual Farm Science Review (September 22-24), there are still lots of tremendous educational opportunities!

Follow the instructions and get signed up!  Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn.

Ohio National Virtual Poultry Show

This year’s Ohio National Poultry Show, the largest poultry show in the nation, has gone virtual! This gives open and junior exhibitors a new way to compete and still be a part of the Ohio National. Information, including the catalog, can be found on their website at and on Facebook at

The entry deadline is Saturday, October 17, with Class Champions announced Saturday, November 14 and the Show Champion announced Sunday, November 15. Show awards will be mailed the week after announcing the champions.  There is no cost to enter.

For Open Show questions contact Tim Johnson at or Newt Long at For Junior Show questions contact Tim & Mary Neviska at or Clell Agler at

You’re Invited Agriscience Education Info Session

Have you been “tagged” to teach ag?

Join ACEL faculty, staff and students to learn more about the agriscience education major on National Teach Ag Day – Thursday, September 17, 2020.

From 2-3pm, high school students will learn about the requirements and opportunities of the major, an overview of The Ohio State University and our application process and converse with a current agriscience education student in small groups.

This info session is virtual. Register at


September 2020 4-H Greene Clover Newsletter

Please take time to review the latest September 2020 4-H Greene Clover newsletter.

 We have updated a lot of information including information about including information on updates to the Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings and Events, thank you note reminder, upcoming 4-H SPIN Club, 4-H STEM Challenge, 4-H Virtual Run/Walk, Project Showcase, Farm Science Review Educational Opportunities, K-12 Teacher Assistance, and 4-H membership eligibility.

Don’t forget to download the 4-H Now App for the latest info too!

 Our latest newsletter, Greene Clover, is posted on our website.  Please review and share with all.

 Thank you!  As always, please let Brenda or I know if you have any questions or concerns.


Blast-off to Mars with Ohio 4-H and join the 4-H STEM Challenge

We’re launching a trip to Mars Base Camp and want to help you get there! The 2020 4-H STEM Challenge explores sending a mission to Mars and what it takes to sustain life in space. The Mars Base Camp kit includes activities that use STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture.

We want Ohio 4-H families to join in and thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation and Google, you can receive an $8 discount on the Mars Base Camp family kit. The family kit is available at for $15.95, plus shipping, but with the Ohio 4-H discount and the $5 discount available on their website, your final cost is just $7.80 + tax.

Want to learn more?


And to help you on your Martian journey, the Ohio 4-H STEM Team is hosting a week of virtual, space activities from Oct. 4-10. Details at . Get ready to blast-off!

Let’s Start Cooking 4-H SPIN Club

Interested in learning how to prepare healthy snacks and learning how to cook? If so, register now for this fun 6-week 4-H SPIN Club, starting September 17! Let’s Start Cooking!

This begins Thursday, September 17.  You can pick either 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OR 4:30-5:30 p.m.  This is perfect if you are doing distance learning or in person learning this fall!  We have a time for both of you.

Join me in helping to lead this session!