Cooking Matters- Free Cooking Classes

May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, Final Class TBD

TIME: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Greenfield Area

Christian Center

912 N 5th St.,

Greenfield, Ohio 45123


Cooking Classes

You prepare new recipes each week, sample what is prepared, healthy food tips for you and your family, Take home groceries to practice with your family. Classes are provided at no cost, but please plan to attend all 6 sessions. Advice on making healthy choices on a limited budget.

For additional information on classes or to register contact the OSU Extension Highland County, 937-393-1918.


Morgan Campbell, OR Leeann McKamey,

SNAP-Ed Bright Elementary

Highland County SNAP-Ed is making a difference in the community with the nutrition program they are providing.

After teaching nutrition lessons at Bright Elementary I ran into a 3rd grade students’ mother at a basketball game. She said ‘I have to talk to you. My son told me he can’t drink sweet tea anymore. I thought this was odd because he only has a small glass at dinner. When it came dinner time, I got the sweet tea out and he said ‘No, I want water instead’. So I gave him water instead. Then right before bedtime he went in the pantry to get a snack. He usually gets a granola bar but this night he got an apple because he learned an apple was a better choice.’

Pop Tab Battle

Do YOU or club want to participate? Highland County Extension office will be collecting pop tabs until November 21st to help.

POP TABS- The sweetest way to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities

“It takes approximately 1,128 pop tabs to equal one pound. We typically receive between $0.40 to $0.50 per pound of pop tabs. This program brings in an average of $6,000 each year. Last year you donated over 13 million pop tabs! We accept more than just soda pop tabs. The tabs can come from energy drinks, soup cans, or anything with a metallic tab.”

See the iFarm Immersive Theatre at the 2021 Farm Science Review

Visit the iFarm Immersive Theatre, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau and Nationwide, at the 2021 Farm Science Review. The Farm Science Review will be held on September 21-23, 2021. There will be nearly 20 different virtual experiences you can see in the iFarm Immersive Theatre, ranging from equipment demonstrations, beekeeping, to wildlife habitats. There is something for everyone to see!
Farm Science Review tickets are available at the Highland County Extension Office. Tickets purchased in advance are $7. Tickets purchased at the Farm Science Review gate are $10. Contact the Highland County Extension Office for more information on purchasing tickets.

Farm Science Review is Back – Tickets available at the Highland County Extension Office

LONDON, Ohio — Ever want to climb into the cockpit of a plane and glide over a field? Or get an inside look at a beehive?

At this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 21–23, visitors will have that chance without leaving the grassy ground under them.

The upcoming, annual farm trade show will offer a series of virtual reality experiences such as operating a crop duster, high-tech planters, combines, and other equipment.

Sitting in the iFarm Immersive Theatre, similar to an IMAX-type theater or planetarium, visitors to FSR can watch videos projected on a domed screen around them. They’ll get an expansive view—a bit wider than peripheral vision—so they can feel as if they’re flying a plane. Or riding a high-tech planter. Or peering into a beehive.

To film the videos, Ohio State University Extension educators mounted cameras to various spots on planters, tractors, combines, and other vehicles, so viewers can get a perspective they wouldn’t normally get.

“It’s a little bit like having a bug’s eye view of all of these places,” said Dr. Brooke Beam, Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator in Highland County. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which hosts FSR.

One of the videos was taken by drones that flew over fields throughout the state to highlight the variety in Ohio agriculture: different crops, diverse soil types, and an assortment of terrain. Other topics include beekeeping, wildlife habitats, a variety of equipment demonstrations, and pigweed identification.

“Young people will find the technology really enthralling,” said Nick Zachrich, FSR manager. “But also, experienced farmers or producers will get a view they don’t normally get—a view of what someone else is doing. Then, they can see if it might be something useful for their own operations.”

Having an immersive theater experience is one of the new offerings at the upcoming, three-day FSR. Last year, the show was exclusively virtual as a result of the pandemic. This year’s show will be in person, but some talks and demonstrations will be livestreamed from the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. And many of the talks will also be recorded so people can watch them online as well from their phones, tablets, or laptops.

A new marketplace pavilion will offer visitors a chance to try products that smaller businesses in food and agriculture are promoting, such as a dairy that might be starting a type of ice cream or a specialty cheese.

In its third year, FSR’s Career Exploration Fair will be both in person and online. On Sept. 22, the in-person career fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. During the same time frame on Sept. 24, people can go to for a virtual opportunity to learn about careers in agriculture.

“Being able to be there on-site and part of a crowd will be very inviting to people,” Zachrich said of this year’s show. “It’s a good opportunity to get away from the farm for the day.”

FSR hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21–22 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets for the event are $7 online and at OSU Extension office in Highland County office. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free. For tickets and more information about FSR, visit For more information about the iFarm Immersive Theatre or OSU Extension programming, contact the Highland County Extension office at 937-393-1918.

Beef Quality Assurance Opportunity at Annual Chamber Ag Breakfast, July 16, 2021

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County


July 8, 2021


If you, or someone you know, has a BQA certification that needs to be renewed, there is an opportunity to recertify this coming Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Highland County Chamber of Commerce’s Ag is Everyone’s Business event. Tickets are $5 for presale, $7 at the gate. Tickets include a breakfast of either a sausage or bacon sandwich, donuts, and a selection of beverages. Tickets are available through the Highland County Chamber of Commerce at 937-393-1111.

Three years ago, we held several BQA certification programs in Highland County. In total, 811 beef producers attended these programs to learn about quality assurance practices in the beef industry. These certifications will be expiring later in 2021.

There may be additional BQA dates scheduled later this year or in 2022, but they have not been scheduled yet. Other options to recertify include taking an online recertification course via

In addition to BQA certifications at the Ag is Everyone’s Business event, there are other speakers who will discuss a variety of topics relevant to Highland County landowners and farmers. There are also workshops planned for youth who are exhibiting or are planning to exhibit livestock. This family friendly program offers something for agricultural producers of all ages.

For more information about the Ag is Everyone’s Business event, contact the Highland County Chamber of Commerce at 937-393-111. For more information about OSU Extension programming, contact the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918.



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