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Are you looking for a guest to do a presentation or educational program for your club/organization/class? I would be happy to volunteer! Call or visit me at the Noble County Extension Office (740)-732-5681 to arrange a date and topic.

News from Noble County

Dear Readers,

Spring is here and we have a variety of upcoming programs to offer the region. My colleagues and I strive to provide our clientele with timely and helpful information in a variety of formats. We welcome your suggestions for future programs, articles, factsheets, and outreach. Please let us know how we can better serve you.


Christine Gelley

Noble County OSU Extension ANR Educator

Upcoming Programs:

Save the date for April’s Farm Talk Breakfast program in April 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the Noble County Extension Office. The topic will be “Gardening in Wet Spaces”. The program is free to attend, but RSVPs are required by April 19. Email or call 740-732-5681.

The Caldwell Community Seed Library Program will host their third meeting of 2023 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on April 25 at the Noble County Extension Office. RSVP by calling 740-732-5681 or emailing The Caldwell Community Seed Library is a partnered program with the Caldwell Public Library, the Jon N. Bates Memorial Little Free Library, and the Samaritan House to provide free access to seeds, gardening education, and ideas for ways to use fresh garden produce in your meals. The seed library features over 220 varieties of vegetable, fruit, and flowers that can be successfully grown in our community. We hope you will use the seed library as an opportunity to grow something that you have never tried before. The seed library will officially open on April 26, 2023.

New Opportunities:

A New Teacher Joins OSU Extension

In December 2020 a new teacher joined the Noble County OSU Extension team. She began her career in Alberta, Canada with the mission of helping veterinary students practice appropriate beef cattle handling. Specializing in reproductive health and dystocia assistance, she will be an influential addition to our county and state community for years to come.

Cow #122, now known as “Belle”, is a bovine simulator cow crafted by hand to be as close to a real cow as possible. Specially designed to mimic a full-sized pregnant Hereford cow, she comes with a fifty-pound calf replica- named Charlie, that can be inserted into an internal uterine bag in various positions to model common and difficult calf presentation during labor and delivery. Along with a functional birth canal, Cow #122 also has a functioning udder, a set of vaginal, ovarian, uterine, embryotic, and fetal models, and calf assistance tools to help teach good cattle handling, palpation, artificial insemination, and dystocia assistance.

Bovine simulators like Belle are rarely found outside of colleges with veterinary medicine programs. It is truly special that Noble County OSU Extension was able to acquire this simulator. Although she will be featured in state and regional reaching programs, Cow #122, her calf, and all of her accessories will only be used in Noble County under the supervision of the Noble County OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator and the Eastern Agricultural Research Station.

This new teaching tool opens the door to a multitude of learning opportunities that will complement existing education for beef cattle producers and expand programmatic opportunities to climb to new heights.

Questions about Cow #122 can be directed to Christine Gelley at or 740-305-3173.

Noble County Master Gardener Volunteers Looking for New Members:

Are you an avid gardener that enjoys sharing your gardening tips and tricks with others while learning more yourself? If you answered “Yes!”, then you may be a perfect candidate to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. Master Gardeners are direct volunteers of The Ohio State University and thus are subject to approval of a background check prior to membership. To learn more about the Noble County Master Gardeners visit our county website or state website for more details. If you are interested in joining now, contact Christine at or 740-305-3173.