Growing ‘a sense of belonging’

Eighteen central Ohio veterans spent summer farming at CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. As participants in a pilot project called the Veteran Farming Program—organized by the Central Ohio VA Healthcare System and CFAES’ OSU Extension outreach arm—the veterans gained practice in farming and gardening while benefiting from the activities’ therapeutic aspects. They graduated from the program earlier this month.

“I used to farm when I was younger,” said Vietnam veteran Bob Udeck, 74. “It feels really good to get your hands dirty again—planting something, nurturing it, and watching it produce.”

Read the full story on our CFAES Stories site. (Photo: Mike Hogan, OSU Extension.)

Get expert advice on organic lawn care

“More people are asking for information regarding organic lawn care,” says CFAES’ “Natural Organic Lawn Care” fact sheet, which aims to answer any questions you may have about mowing, fertilizing, weeds, pests, and more. It even offers a spring-to-fall calendar of what you should do and when. Check it out. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Spring into 2 CFAES plant sales

Get a jump on planting this spring with help from CFAES’ two arboretums—and by doing so you can help them in turn.

The Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens at Ohio State’s Columbus campus and the Secrest Arboretum at the CFAES Wooster campus both have benefit plant sales slated:

  • Chadwick’s Plant Sale and Auction Fundraiser is May 10–11
  • Secrest’s Plant Discovery Day is May 11 (member presale, May 10)

You’ll find trees, shrubs, and more to buy and experts to answer your questions. Proceeds help support the two facilities.

Dig more here, here, and here.