Edible Landscape Program – 4/16

Edible Landscape – Rescheduled

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30 A.M.

Online – Zoom link will be emailed to registrants

Register at: go.osu.edu/ediblelandscape

Fruits, vegetables and edible flowers can all be incorporated into the home landscape.Fruit trees can be trained into an espalier.Grapevines can be trained into an arbor.Blackberry bushes can be planted as a hedge.Strawberry plants can be used a groundcover.Many vegetables have attractive colors.Numerous herbs look and smell great!Some of the flowers had edible parts.Edible landscaping is a way to tie them all together. Please join Dr. Gary Gao for an informative presentation how to add fruits, vegetables, culinary herbs and edible flowers into your home landscape so you can get your steps in and enjoy your wholesome harvest!

Dr. Gary Gao is a professor and an extension specialist with OSU Extension and South Centers.He is the editor and a coauthor of the award winning “Midwest Home Fruit Production Guide.”He received his Ph.D. and Master’s from The Ohio State university.He also authored many of OSU Extension factsheets.Dr. Gao has been working for OSU Extension since 1994.He also contributes to American Fruit Grower magazine on a regular basis.

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Weekly Article Update – 3/27

OSU Extension Greene County

Weekly Article Update for the Week of March 27, 2020

Agriculture and Natural Resources

During these unprecedented times for many of us, I thought it was important to start off this column by taking our minds off things even if it was for just a moment. While our physical office is closed, we are committed to continuing to conduct our work as fully as possible. We are teleworking from our homes and are ready to serve you. In recent years, OSU Extension has invested in the technology needed to facilitate effective teleworking for our organization; and we will utilize our resources during this challenging situation to remain engaged with you. Clients, stakeholders, and other community members should continue to connect with any OSU Extension staff member via phone or email as usual. As a matter of fact, if you call the Extension office, the call goes straight to our computers or cell phone and we can answer your call. If you need to contact me directly, please call me at 937-971-2544 or e-mail me at corboy.3@osu.edu.

I know there are many events and activities going on this time of year and many are in the process of being moved to a virtual setting. The best way to stay informed is by checking out our website at greene.osu.edu or by subscribing to our blog. Just type in this link (u.osu.edu/extensiongreene) and scroll to the bottom of the page to type in your email address then select subscribe! We post updates for 4-H, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Master Gardener Volunteers, educational events, and other opportunities available for all ages from youth to adult.

The heavy rain last week only compounded problems for our farmers. Nonetheless those that want to work in the yard and garden beds. With more rain forecasted, I hope this will soon pass and things start drying out. Animal and crop production are considered “life sustaining” by the government and needs to keep pushing forward. Hopefully the changing of the season and warmer temperatures will give us a good spring and allow the crops to get in the ground in a timely manner and allow the pastures and hay fields grow for our livestock.

Speaking of springtime ventures, now is a good time to test your soil. Our office can help in sending your soil off to the lab and then giving recommendations on successful growing. Even though we aren’t in the office, you can visit our website, pay online and get your soil sample to the lab. More information on this is at greene.osu.edu.

If you have a chance, take a few minutes to go outside and enjoy nature (but keep you distance from others). It is refreshing to see blooms start to appear as they did over this past week. Speaking of our current changes in life, it seems fitting to end up today’s column, with this quote from Anna Quindlen: “Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.” Have a great week and be safe.

4-H Youth Development

There are many 4-H books geared towards youth to learn basic home production.  Ohio 4-H has about 15 different 4-H publications geared towards natural resources and gardening.  For example, Ohio 4-H has a publication called “Canning and Freezing.”  This would be a wonderful publication to work through with children to learn the importance and the correct steps in canning and freezing foods.  In addition, spring is a perfect time to plan for a summer garden.  Engage youth in helping to design the garden and deciding what plants to grow for this coming summer.  To take a sneak peek at 4-H publications, please visit https://projectcentral.ohio4h.org/  If you want like to order any publications, please contact our office or email me at supinger.5@osu.edu.

There are opportunities for our Cloverbuds to be actively engaged in home production as well.  There are wonderful hands-on activities for youth ages 5-8 to participate in gardening activities.  Visit this blog for more ideas.  One of my favorite activities while planning the garden, is to have the youth eat a whole plant.  For example, carrots can be the roots of a plant.  Celery can be the stem.  Spinach leaves can be the leaves of the plant.  Broccoli can be the flower of the plant.  https://ohio4h.org/sites/ohio4h/files/d6/files/CBConnections/CBactivitypages/I%20Can%20Eat%20a%20Whole%20Plant.pdf

Enjoy this time home and take advantage of it as a learning experience.  Have fun.  Get dirty.  Make memories.

Home Horticulture

Helleborus orientalis: The Beautiful Harbingers of Spring by Kim Hupman

After what seems to be a long, grey and gloomy winter, the sight of my Helleborus orientalis (Lenten rose) beginning to bloom assures me that early spring is upon us.

Helleborus orientalis is a clump forming, evergreen shade perennial that typically grows 1 – 1 ½’ and blooms late winter to early spring. It has palmate, serrate, leathery, 8-16″ wide, glossy, dark green leaves (7-9 leaflets) are evergreen in mild winters but deciduous in extremely cold winters. Helleborus need to be sheltered from winter winds as the leaves may become scorched and tattered. The plant bears nodding or outward-facing, saucer-shaped, flowers, of white, pink, green, primrose, mauve or smoky purple in color. The flowers will remain for 8 – 10 weeks.

Helleborus is a low maintenance perennial who’s few needs include removal the scorched or winter damaged foliage and applying a slow release granular fertilizer around the time it blooms. The task does not take a great deal of time. Be sure to apply the fertilizer at the drip line of the plant (where rain drops from the end of the leaf and then falls to the soil) and not on the crown of the plant. Helleborus uses a lot of energy when in bloom as it is also producing new growth at the same time. Besides being a low maintenance plant, Helleborus are deer resistant They do best in part to full shade and well-drained soil with protection from the winter wind. They are an excellent border plant or make a great back drop for lower growing shade plants such as Hakonechloa macra “Aureola” (golden Japanese forest grass), Veronica umbrosa “Georgia Blue” (creeping veronica), and miniature hosta.

Helleborus orientalis is a wonderful low maintenance, deer resistant perennial and a beautiful harbinger of spring. Consider adding this plant to your shade garden.

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OSU Extension Internship Program – Greene County position available

OSU Extension Greene County is looking for a summer intern! See the details below.

2020 Progam Summary

Direct Application Link:

Through this paid internship, interns work closely with local OSU Extension educators as they teach classes, work with volunteers and make a difference in the community. As an intern, you will learn how you can use your education to make a difference in people’s lives and how what you are learning in college can have an impact on some of the most pressing issues facing Ohioans. Your intern work may include:

  • Planning, helping or teaching community classes, day camps, field days or fairs
  • Attending meetings with community leaders and volunteers
  • Developing news articles, exhibits, brochures, marketing materials, and resources for educational curriculum
  • Using social media and technology to share research-based information
  • Participating in field research, helping with literature reviews, and testing new methods and curriculum
  • Working with youth through 4-H activities, county fair, camps and project judgings

To Apply – complete the 2020 application here.

Review the chart below to determine the internship position(s) in which you may be interested. You may apply for multiple positions with one application. Due to the highly professional and autonomous nature of the internship, preference may be given to students who have completed two years of college by June 1, 2020.

By Wednesday, April 1, 2020 (11:59 pm), submit the following information.

  • Completed application survey
  • Upload to the application survey:
    • A cover letter
    • An optional letter of recommendation from a professor, current or past advisor, or past employer
  • When considering preference of location(s), please note that some positions will be directed in an area-wide format, where work may take place throughout a two-five county area, while others may be more geared to one specific county. Please be sure to carefully read the Area/County work plans to determine the design, and ask clarifying questions should you be asked for an interview.
  • Also when considering preference of location(s), please note that housing is not provided by the internship program, and interns are responsible for reporting to the correct work headquarters as instructed by the supervisor/mentor. Interns are not required to live in the same area/city/county as the headquarters, but must be able to report appropriately on a consistent basis (on time, correct location, etc.).

Intern Work Period ♦ June 3 to August 12, 2020
All interns work 38 hours per week and will be paid $11 per hour. Interns who are earning college credit during this period will work 28 hours per week.

Interns will work closely with the OSU Extension educator(s) in the area/location/county. This will include educators in agriculture and natural resources; family and consumer sciences; 4-H youth development; and community development.

Timeline for Review and Interviews
Interviews will take place the week of April 20, 2020 (via Zoom/phone/video). Successful candidates will be notified the week of April 27, 2020.

Internship Opportunities Available
For a visual of locations, see the 2020 Ohio State University Extension Internship Program Map.
For a downloadable version of the chart, see the 2020 Ohio State University Extension Internship Program Chart.

Each internship location has a slightly different focus impacting local residents. Each area/location hosting an internship is listed below with a more detailed work plan linked.

Click on “Intern Duties” for a description. When you click on the area/location name, you will be connected to the county office website where you can learn more about the staff and local programs. Click on the impact area titles to learn more about those areas.

Participating Areas/Locations:

Host Location
(office location)
Work Plan Area Number Mentor/Supervisor Impact Areas Program Areas
Lucas County
(Toledo)
Intern duties Area 2 Holly Ball Thriving Across the Life Span
Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities
Environmental Quality
CD, 4-H
Cuyahoga County
(Cleveland)
Intern duties Area 5 Margaret Rivers
Robin Stone
Thriving Across the Life Span
Sustainable Food Systems
ANR, 4-H
Putnam County
(Ottawa)
Intern duties Area 7 Jason Hedrick Health and Wellness
Workforce Development
ANR, FCS, 4-H
Wayne County
(Wooster)
Intern duties Area 9 Melinda Hill Workforce Development
Thriving Across the Life Span
ANR, FCS, 4-H
Mahoning County
(Canfield)
Intern duties Area 10* Eric Barrett
Yvette Graham
Health and Wellness
Workforce Development
Sustainable Food Systems
Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities
ANR, FCS, 4-H
Columbiana County
(Lisbon)
Intern duties Area 10* Audrey Dimmerling Health and Wellness
Workforce Development
CD, FCS, 4-H
Portage County
(Ravenna)
Intern duties Area 10* Ashley Hughey
Angie Arnold
Workforce Development
Sustainable Food Systems
ANR, 4-H
Stark County
(Massillon)
Intern duties Area 10* David Crawford
Heather Neikirk
Workforce Development
Sustainable Food Systems
ANR, 4-H
Greene County
(Xenia)
Intern duties Area 15 Amanda Bennett Thriving Across the Life Span
Sustainable Food Systems
ANR, CD, FCS, 4-H
Ross County
(Chillicothe)
Intern duties Area 16 Lisa Barlage Health and Wellness
Workforce Development
Thriving Across the Lifespan
ANR, FCS, 4-H
Fayette County
(Washington Courthouse)
Intern duties Area 16 Chris Bruynis Health and Wellness
Thriving Across the Lifespan
FCS, 4-H
Fairfield County
(Lancaster)
Intern duties Area 18 Shannon Carter Health and Wellness
Sustainable Food Systems
ANR, CD, FCS, 4-H
Washington County
(Marietta)
Intern duties Area 19 Pam Montgomery Health and Wellness
Sustainable Food Systems
Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities
ANR, FCS, 4-H
Pike County
(Piketon)
Intern duties Area 23 Tammy Jones Health and Wellness
Sustainable Food Systems
ANR, FCS, 4-H

 

To Learn More

 

Contact Jared Morrison at morrison.332@osu.edu.

OSU Extension Announces Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness: A Tournament of Education

Columbus, OHIO – Did your usual conference get canceled? Looking to fill the void of the big basketball tournament? Ohio State University Extension is here to help with a new virtual education program for farmers.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness: A Tournament of Education will include 64 educational events broken into daily brackets. Each day, a virtual educational session will be held at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. The education tournament is free of charge and will likely continue until mid-May.

“This effort is a direct response to providing a variety of useful and timely sessions for farmers across the state during Governor DeWine’s stay-at-home order,” said Jacqueline Wilkins, interim director of OSU Extension. “While our ‘tournament’ is being loosely tied to March Madness, it’s not a competition, and people can join in at any time for as many or as few sessions as they desire.”

The tournament opens on Wednesday, March 25 with the eFields 2019 Results webinar. Learn how the eFields program utilized modern technologies to help Ohio farmers learn new practices and techniques to improve farm efficiency and profitability. Tip-off is at 9 a.m.; and registration is required at go.osu.edu/eFieldsWebinar.

Also in this bracket is a March 25 noon webinar from Sam Custer, interim assistant director of OSU Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program, to discuss how educators are working remotely to continue serving Ohioans during these uncharted waters of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Tournament “brackets” will change daily. Topics will cover a variety of subjects and be presented in a variety of virtual platforms. When possible, question-and-answer opportunities will be included.

To find complete details on the tournament’s educational opportunities and other event and webinar links, visit go.osu.edu/agmadness.

The Agriculture and Natural Resources online tournament is just one example of how OSU Extension is employing its resources during this challenging time to remain engaged with Ohioans. “The intent is to reach the agricultural community in a time of high stress,” Custer said. “OSU Extension has also updated its Ag Crisis website to include a toolbox of resources related to COVID-19. Those can be reached at go.osu.edu/AgCrisis.”

OSU Extension has implemented a teleworking plan effective immediately, and all OSU Extension offices statewide are closed until further notice. The plan mirrors The Ohio State University’s decision last week to require all employees who can do so to work from home and to maintain only critical services on university property across all campuses.

Clients, stakeholders, and other community members can continue to connect with any OSU Extension staff member via phone or email as usual. To contact your local Extension office, visit extension.osu.edu/lao for office phone numbers and a direct link to each office’s website and staff directory. If you reach voice mail, please leave a message with your name and contact information, and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), and works to share knowledge with every county in Ohio. Its four major program areas are family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development, and agriculture and natural resources.

Virtual Backyard Poultry Production Class – 3/31

Are you interested in Backyard Poulty? If so, there is an online class that is perfect for you. See the details and Backyard Poultry Production Virtual flyer below.

Dr. Tim McDermott has been an Extension Educator in Agriculture
and Natural Resources for the past four years after twenty years in
private practice veterinary medicine and surgery. He lectures
state wide to audiences on poultry topics including nutrition,
husbandry, biosecurity, and disease management. He is a visiting
instructor to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary
Medicine teaching 4th year veterinary students the poultry
component of the Veterinary Preventative Medicine rotation.

Where: Virtual Via Zoom Follow this link to connect to the
class: https://osu.zoom.us/j/874349798

OSU Extension offices throughout Ohio will implement teleworking options for staff amid current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak concerns

March 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOCAL CONTACT: OSU Extension Greene County

OSU Extension offices throughout Ohio will implement teleworking options for staff amid current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak concerns

Columbus, OHIO – Governor DeWine recently issued a state of emergency for the state of Ohio, and along with the Ohio Department of Health, has implemented a variety of strategies to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). To do our part in reducing risk to Ohio State University Extension employees or clientele, we have implemented a teleworking plan effective immediately, and all OSU Extension offices will be closed to the public until further notice.

This mirrors The Ohio State University’s decision earlier this week to close university buildings and facilities on all of its campuses to “critical services” only (such as law enforcement and public safety; hospitals and health services; facility utilities; and a few others).

While our physical offices will be closed, we are committed to continuing to conduct our work as fully as possible. Our employees are prepared to telework and are ready to serve their local clients and communities. In recent years, OSU Extension has invested in the technology needed to facilitate effective teleworking for our organization; and we will utilize our resources during this challenging situation to remain engaged with Ohioans. Clients, stakeholders, and other community members should continue to connect with any OSU Extension staff member via phone or email as usual.

Reopening of any county office facilities will depend on decisions from the governor and the state of Ohio, as well as The Ohio State University. The exact date when normal operations are expected resume in county Extension offices is unknown at this time. Until then, OSU Extension office staff will be working remotely and will remain accessible and available via email and phone. The health and well-being of our stakeholders, event participants, and employees is of utmost importance.

Each OSU Extension office has developed a business continuity plan that outlines how Extension staff will operate during situations such as the coronavirus outbreak. All staff will continue to work and serve local clientele through normal office hours (as previously determined by each county), and they will remain accountable for program management needs.

Please note that most Extension-planned activities from now through April 20 are now postponed, scheduled to be held virtually, or cancelled. If you have not already been contacted about an event or activity in which you were scheduled to participate and you have a question, please check with your local contact for that event.

Thank you for your cooperation and collaboration related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Ohio State University remains committed to the health and well-being of our community; and OSU Extension remains committed to serving our communities in each county as this situation evolves. These are unprecedented times, and we sincerely appreciate your flexibility and support.

If you have questions, please contact your local OSU Extension office.
OSU Extension Greene County at 937-372-9971 or greene.osu.edu

You can also visit extension.osu.edu/lao for office phone numbers and a direct link to each office’s website and staff directory. If you reach voice mail, please leave a message with your name and contact information, and you will be contacted as soon as possible. For information on the coronavirus and how to prevent its spread, or learn how the state of Ohio and The Ohio State University are working to keep our communities safe, visit:

Ohio Department of Heath

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/resources/How-You-Can-Prevent-and-Prepare

 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

The Ohio State University

https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/features/coronavirus

 

 

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Home Food Preservation Program and Canner Lid Testing Information

2020 Home Food Preservation Program

Tuesday, June 30      5:30-7:30 p.m. $20.00
Pressure Canning and Green Beans Workshop
Deadline to register June 24

Tuesday, July 14      5:30-7:30 p.m.  $20.00
Water Bath Canning and Tomatoes
Deadline to register July 8

Tuesday, August 18  5:30-7:30 p.m.  $20.00
Jams and Jellies Workshop
Deadline to register August 12

Thursday, September 24      5:30-7:30 p.m.  $20.00
Freezing and Drying Fruits and Vegetables Workshop
Deadline to register September 16

Thursday, October 8       5:30-7:30 p.m.  $20.00
Once a Month Cooking Workshop
Deadline to register September 30

Click here for the registration form.  

The office also offers Canner Lid Testing
Cost $5.00 per lid

Testing Dates and Times
June 30 – 2:00-4:00 p.m.
July 14 – 2:00-4:00 p.m.
August 18 – 2:00- 4:00 p.m.

Any other time call to schedule an appointment. 937-372-9971 ext. 116