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2023 Small Farm Conference Announced – March 11, 2023

The OSU Extension Small Farms Team is excited to announce that the registration for the 2023 Small Farm Conference is open. The conference will be held on March 11, 2023 in Mansfield, Ohio. The theme this year is “Sowing Seeds for Success.”

Conference session topics are geared to beginning and small farm owners as well as to farms looking to diversify their operation. There will be five different conference tracks including: Farm Office, Horticulture and Produce Production, Livestock, Agritourism/ Marketing, Natural Resources. Some conference topic highlights include how to purchase our family farm, food animal processing, bee keeping, sweet corn, blueberry and pumpkin production, small ruminant nutrition, agritourism laws, fruit tree pruning and cut flower diseases.

Anyone interested in developing, growing or diversifying their small farm is invited to attend including market gardeners, farmers market vendors, and anyone interested in small farm living. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse a trade show featuring the newest and most innovative ideas and services for their farming operation. The conference provides an opportunity to talk with the vendors and network with others.

The Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Mansfield OSU Campus in Ovalwood Hall, just minutes from I-71 and US Rt 30. For conference details and registration call OSU Extension Morrow County 419-947-1070, OSU Extension Knox County 740-397-0401, or read more online at: https://go.osu.edu/2023osusmallfarmconf.  Cost for the Full Conference is $100.00

Final Fertilizer and Pesticide Recertification will be held in Fairfield Co. on February 8   

Stan Smith-OSU Extension-Fairfield County 

The final session of Fertilizer and Pesticide Recertification will be an evening session on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center, located at 831 College Avenue, Lancaster, OH. Cost is $25.00  Fertilizer recertification will begin at on Wednesday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Cost will be $10.00 for the fertilizer session only.   Please bring your current card with you to the training.  Snacks will be available.  Please Note: Upon completion of the class, the license fee of $30 must be sent directly to the Ohio Department of Agriculture with the renewal application.

For more information or to register online go to: http://go.osu.edu/PestFert   If you have additional questions or need more information, please call OSU Extension in Fairfield County at 740-653-5419.

NEED to take the Pesticide or Fertilizer Test?

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be hosting a Pesticide and Fertilizer testing opportunity in the Fairfield County Ag Center Conference Room on February 28, 2023. There will be an informal and optional study session hosted by OSU Extension-Fairfield County beginning at 10 a.m. and ODA will commence the testing session at 12 noon. If you would like to reserve a seat, please call OSU Extension in Fairfield County at 740-653-5419.

For more details be sure to click on the link below to listen into the 88.9FM WLRY Saturday morning interview with Stan Smith of OSU Extension in Fairfield County.

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Are you dreaming about your summer color palate in your garden?

Check out The Gardener’s Book of Color!!

I tend to stick with a cool color pallet in my garden beds. I use pink and not red, peach and not orange. I so admire those  “hot” color gardens but I find this  choice the most pleasing for me. The Gardener’s Book of Color by Andrew Lawson caters to every one of these tastes and to every mood. It explores soothing gardens based on varying hues of greens and restrained color palettes and describes how harmonies and contrasts create a combination of stimulating, pleasing color.  Lawson describes the importance of foliage forms, how the shapes of plants and plantings to contribute to an effective garden design, and how plant choices extend to the color of their foliage, stems, bark and berries. The chapters on individual colors feature plant directories with recommendations for a variety of seasonal plants. The notes include brief descriptions of the plant, it’s cultivation requirements, and botanical and common names. The author is also a noted garden photographer and the illustrations in this volume are stunning.

Do you know the 2023 Pantone color of the Year is “Viva  Magenta” – a bright pink red!!

Source:  Barbara Kochick, Fairfield Co. Master Gardener Volunteer Class of 2013

Last Chance for  Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification 

The final session Pesticide Recertification session will be an evening session on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center, located at 831 College Avenue, Lancaster, OH. Cost is $25.00  Fertilizer recertification will begin at on Wednesday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Cost will be $10.00 for the fertilizer session only.   Please bring your current card with you to the training.  Snacks will be available.  Please Note: Upon completion of the class, the license fee of $30 must be sent directly to the Ohio Department of Agriculture with the renewal application.

For more information or to register online go to: http://go.osu.edu/PestFert   If you have additional questions or need more information, please call OSU Extension in Fairfield County at 740-653-5419.

Keeping your New Year’s Resolution with Healthy Snacks

Healthy snacks are a part of a balanced, healthy eating plan by offering extra nutrients that may be missing from your meals, as well as providing an energy boost and satisfying midday hunger pangs. The key is to choose a snack that will be beneficial to your overall health and diet. And that takes some planning. For example:

You could prep your favorite  veggies ahead of time: Store sliced vegetables in the refrigerator and serve with dips like hummus or low-calorie dressing.

How about a quick Pizza snack?   Top half of a whole-wheat English muffin with spaghetti sauce, chopped vegetables, and low-fat shredded mozzarella and melt in the microwave.

Or Mix it up: Mix dried fruit, unsalted nuts and popcorn in a snack-size bag for a quick trail mix.

Make a smoothie!!! Blend plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt with 100 percent fruit juice and frozen peaches for a refreshing smoothie.

Try to snack on lean protein: Choose lean protein foods such as low-sodium deli meats or unsalted nuts. Wrap sliced, low-sodium deli turkey around an apple wedge. Hard-boiled eggs also are a good choice.

If you’re at work or another place away from home where you find that the only handy option is what’s available in the vending machine, you can still make healthy snack choices. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers the following suggestions:

A small bag of pretzels, peanuts, almonds or trail mix.

Fat-free or reduced-fat popcorn.

Whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter or cheese.

Whole-grain granola or cereal bars.

Graham or animal crackers.

100-percent fruit or vegetable juice.

Dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries or apricots.

Microwaveable soup or oatmeal. However, be careful to watch your sodium and added sugar intake.  Remember, healthy snacking isn’t supposed to be the size of a full meal – know how much is enough. The American Dietetic Association suggests choosing a single-serve container for your snack or putting a small helping in a bowl or a snack-sized bag rather than eating directly from the container. And lastly, snack when you are hungry – not because you are bored, frustrated or stressed.

Source:  Ohio State University  Chowline

 

 

Pesticide Testing Opportunity offered in Fairfield County…

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be hosting a Pesticide and Fertilizer testing opportunity in the Fairfield County Ag Center Conference Room on February 28, 2023. There will be an informal and optional study session hosted by OSU Extension-Fairfield County beginning at 10 a.m. and ODA will commence the testing session at 12 noon.