Victory Gardens Program Expands In Its First Month

More than 2,600 Packets Distributed, Four More Counties Added

REYNOLDSBURG, OH (September 10, 2020) – A tremendous response to the just launched Victory Gardens campaign has resulted in an immediate expansion of the program. The program took off immediately and demand was so high for seed packets, four more counties were added: Fairfield, Licking, Mahoning, and Summit. Seed pick-up days and times for each office are available on the Ohio Victory Gardens website. The collaboration between the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Ohio State University (OSU) Extension Offices has delivered more than 2,600 seed packets to ten counties across the state.

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.

Seed packets were originally distributed through six OSU Extension Offices: Clark, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, and Washington counties.

The Victory Gardens Program will continue and expand with a larger seed distribution across the state in the spring. It also offers a full website with details on seed distribution, advice, and resources on every aspect of planting and harvesting produce.

ODA Asks Ohioans to Send in Unsolicited Seeds

The Public Should Report the Seeds and Submit the Packages to USDA

After increasing reports of Ohio citizens receiving packages of unsolicited seeds in the mail, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is again urging the public to report and submit any unsolicited seed packets to ODA. In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine Office, ODA is working to investigate the number of seed packets sent to Ohio, what type of seeds they are, and where they were mailed from.

The USDA-APHIS and ODA are asking Ohioans who have received these unsolicited packages not to open, plant, or throw them away. Instead, citizens should report receiving seeds here and then submit the packages to USDA using one of the following methods:

1. If possible, place the materials including the seeds, original packaging material and your contact information in a resealable plastic bag and mail them to USDA-APHIS at the following address:

8995 East Main Street, Building 23
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068


2. Place the materials including the seeds, original packaging material and your contact information in a resealable plastic bag and drop them off at your county’s OSU Extension Office during business hours. You can find the nearest extension office here: Please note that extension facilities may have COVID-19 specific signage detailing procedures such as wearing a facial covering that must be followed.

Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production. All foreign seeds shipped to the United States should have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet important requirements.

We will have the latest information regarding this investigation on our website.

Ohio 4-H Small Garden Virtual SPIN Club

Have fun in this virtual 4-H Special Interest SPIN Club learning how to make small gardens from easy to find items. Activities include seed starting, seed bombs, repurposing containers for the garden, herb and pizza gardens, terrariums, succulents, garden art, imagination gardens, and more!

Every Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm from May 28 to July 9

Location: ONLNE! Register at

Cost: FREE!

Details: Open to ANY youth grades 3-12. Limited to the first 25 to enroll

Contact information: Sue Hogan, Franklin County,

2019 Forestry and Wildlife Camp

The Fourth Annual Forestry and Wildlife Camp will be held at Canter’s Cave in Jackson, Ohio October 11-13, 2019. This camp is for youth ages 12-16 who are interested in environmental education. Camp participants will get to try new and exciting challenges, learn about and appreciate the natural world around them, while meeting experts in the field of Forestry and Wildlife Conservation. There is a discounted rate for the first 40 registrants, so don’t delay in signing up! Registration information can be found here.

River Round Up Poster Contest

We know that here in Licking County we have very creative 4-H members. Every year we get to see that creativity with your 4-H projects. We wanted to share an opportunity for members to use their creativity, with the chance of winning a cash prize and scholarship money for their school! See details below…

Youth are encouraged to participate in Licking County Soil & Water Conversation District’s (LCSWCD) River Round Up Poster Contest. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2019 and the winning individual receives $100 cash with an additional $500 in scholarship money!

The River Round Up Poster Contest is open to all school-aged youth in primary, secondary schools (public, private, and home school; K-12) or school-aged youth living in Licking County.

Posters should reflect water pollution awareness and encourage volunteer participation in the River Round Up. Prizes will be awarded to students and their respective schools. The winning individual will receive $100 in prize money and winner’s school will receive a $500 scholarship to use for advancing science and art programs. Up to two honorable mentions will receive a $250 scholarship each for their school.

The grand prize also includes having the winning poster used as the primary electronic marketing picture for the 2019 River Round Up. All entries will be displayed on the River Round Up Facebook page. Winning posters will be displayed at a River Round Up registration site on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

1. The poster contest is open to any K-12 student who resides or attends school in Licking County.
2. Posters should be between 8.5 x 11 inches and 18 x 24 inches and have flat artwork only. Do not fold or roll posters. No glitter.
3. All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019. Only one entry per student. Winners will be announced by Friday, March 1, 2019.
4. Attach an official entry form to the back of the entry; entry form must be filled out completely and legibly.
5. Mail or deliver entries to: River Round Up Poster Contest, c/o LCSWCD, 771 E. Main St., Suite 100, Newark, OH 43055.
6. All entries become the property of the River Round Up committee and will not be returned to artist.
7. Only original artwork with positive themes will be accepted. Winning artwork may be modified to suit marketing purposes.


Mail or deliver entries to:
River Round Up Poster Contest, c/o LCSWCD, 771 E. Main St., Suite 100, Newark, OH 43055


Licking County Master Gardeners 2019 Veggie Series

Are you looking for information on growing your own vegetable garden? Our own Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers will be hosting a vegetable gardening education series in 2019. The series of six classes will be held in both Pataskala and Buckeye Lake. The series is free to the public so be sure to check them out! This would be a great series for any 4-H member taking the vegetable gardening project or for anyone who wants to learn more about growing their own vegetables.



New Opportunity! 4-H D.A.W.N. Camp for Teen Girls

As the seasons begin to change we would like to unveil a new opportunity for older 4-H girls to camp and enjoy Ohio’s great outdoors this fall! D.A.W.N Defining Adventures for Women in Nature is a brand-new camp offered this year October 12-14th at Mohican Forest for girls 16-19 and still in 4-H. This camp is non-traditional in that it will truly be a 100% outdoor camping experience! These girls can come ready to enjoy activities like wilderness first aid, campfire conversations, autumn hiking, sleeping in a tent, outdoor cooking, and building connections with other outdoor-loving girls! A flyer and more information about this camp can be found at this link

Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations are due by October 1st.

2018 Licking County River Round Up

A Special Event for Everyone!
You don’t have to get wet or pick up garbage to participate!!!

This annual river clean up brings out hundreds of volunteers who pull tires, shopping carts and mountains of trash from 30 miles of rivers and streams.  Through this amazing community-based conservation effort, a river system that had all but been abandoned, has seen a beautiful rebirth of aquatic and bird life.

For more information or to register, please visit: