Secrest has secrets. Here’s a chance to see them

Discover Secrest Arboretum’s “far corners and hidden treasures”—plants and places that visitors rarely see (including the distant “back 40”)—on a tour called “Hidden Gems of Secrest” set for Wednesday, Oct. 23. Hours are 1-3 p.m. Admission is free but registration is required. The arboretum is part of our CFAES Wooster campus.

Find out more and register. (Photo: Getty Images.)

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.)