June FAST Update in the Community Garden

What is in harvest?   What bugs are we seeing in the garden right now?  What is coming up in June and Summer weather?  Check out this two minute FAST Update in the Community Garden to see what is happening right NOW.

Cosecha de Espinacas para una Ensalada Saludable

As we continue to make videos we want to make sure we include as many of our client-residents as possible.  Big Thanks! to OSU Extension Franklin County’s Nora Hesse for her awesome translation skills.


Spicy Radish Pickles

Radishes are one of my favorite vegetables to grow.  Easy, early and tasty, they signal spring harvest.  They make dynamite pickles and are a great way to use fresh harvested radishes from your garden.  Jenny and I are at it again with a quick and easy two-minute video to show you how to grow, harvest and prepare spicy radish pickles.

Container Gardening Class THIS THURSDAY! May 20th, 6pm, @ the Hildreth Community Garden with the OSUMC James Mobile Educational Kitchen Team

Sorry for the short notice but you are invited to an in person container garden class at the Hildreth Community Garden this Thursday May 20th @ 6pm.

The James Mobile Educational Kitchen Team will be serving up some healthy snacks as well.

Location: 1201 E. Hildreth Avenue on the near East side.  

Great Weather!   Community Gardening!  Snacks!   No charge, bring your friends and your questions.

Backyard Poultry Production Webinar on Tuesday May 25th, 2021 @ 6:30pm

There will be a free Backyard Poultry Production Virtual Clinic held in partnership with the Harrison/Jefferson Co. Extension ANR and 4H programs on Tuesday May 25th @ 6:30 pm.  The clinic is geared towards youth but youth of all ages are invited.  The class is free but registration is required so check out the registration link below and bring your friends and your questions.

For questions contact Erika Lyon.194@osu.edu or Angie Allison.325@osu.edu

Hi there,

You are invited to a CarmenZoom webinar.
When: May 25, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Backyard Poultry Production

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Walk Behind Tractor Training Opportunities

There are two upcoming opportunities to learn how to operate a walk behind tractor. There is no charge to attend these trainings.


For questions please contact Dana Hilfinger @ dhilfinger@centralstate.edu

CLICK HERE to view, download or print the flyer —>  2021_Walk Behind Tractor Training-1

May 2021 Update in the Community Garden Recordings Now Available

Last nights May 2021 Update in the Community Garden is ready to view.  A big thanks to Ms. Paula and the Charles Madison Nabrit Memorial Garden for partnering for this program.

Here is a recording of the full class:

If you want a rapid and engagin two minute update see the May FAST Update in the Community Garden at just under two minutes!

Grant Opportunity on the Near East side (43203 and 43205)

There is a grant opportunity for organizations  such as community gardens, urban farms, schools,  or food education groups to receive up to $10,000 in funding to support their work.  This is for work done in the 43203 and 43205 Zip Codes.  Do not delay!  This is an outstanding opportunity.  RFP’s due May 9th


PLEASE review the Grant RFP and details closely and note this has a very short time frame in order to disburse remaining grant funds to meet end of grant time lines. The grant aligns with the Food for a Long Life project that OSU Extension County, Family and Consumer Sciences participates in. 


CLICK HERE for a LINK to the RFP and grant application template and timeline.



Good Luck!

Harvesting a Healthy Spinach Salad

Jenny and I were back in the garden and the kitchen to create a healthy and delicious salad made from home grown spinach planted last fall, grown over winter and harvested fresh from the demonstration garden.  The spinach salad can be topped with any number of different fruits, nuts and cheeses as well.  Enjoy!


Lots of other fun and healthy growing and preparing videos can be found on our OSU Extension Franklin County YouTube channel.

Would you like to learn how to grow over winter?  Here is a virtual class recorded this past fall that will demonstrate the technique so that you can harvest homegrown spinach in the late winter and early spring.