Learn about Growing, Using and Storing Herbs at the Fairfield County District Library


Tuesday, April 16 at NOON at the Library in Lancaster

Growing Herbs: Whether you have a backyard garden or a few containers on your patio, everyone can grow herbs that transform good food into a great meal. Join OSU Extension Educator, Carrie Brown, as we explore selecting and growing fresh herbs at home.

Class is Scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2024 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Fairfield County District Library, 219 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Lancaster, OH

Contact email: brown.2766@osu.edu for more details.

To register:  https://fcdlibrary.libnet.info/event/10147480



MONDAY,  APRIL 29 at NOON at the Library in Lancaster 

Cooking with herbs can be a quick and simple way to add interesting flavors to foods without adding salt, sugar, or fat. Join OSU Extension Educator, Shannon Carter, to learn tips on using, storing and preserving fresh herbs.

Class will be held Monday, April 29, 2024 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Fairfield County District Library, 219 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Lancaster, OH

For details:  Contact email: carter.413@osu.edu

To register:   https://fcdlibrary.libnet.info/event/10234758

NEW CLASS in the Jr. Fair  SHEEP SHOW at the Fairfield Co. Fair  –  Homegrown Market Lamb Division (new for 2024)

To be eligible, entries must be born from a ewe owned by the exhibitor prior to January 1st of the current year and raised at the 4-H/FFA member’s immediate family property or family property that adjoins the exhibitor’s residence (i.e. grandparents, aunt/uncle) in Fairfield County. Proof of ownership of the ewe will be in the form of registration papers, farm Scrapie tag, or Scrapie tag with an accompanying bill of sale.

Entry must be one of the exhibitor’s junior fair market lamb projects. Lambs must be born after January 1st of the current year.

The market lamb selected to be shown in the homegrown market lamb show will be included in the general market classes.

Homegrown market lamb class will be held separately – before the general market lamb show, and only one lamb per exhibitor will be permitted to show in this class.

The top five (5) places will be selected and receive an award. The Champion Homegrown Market Lamb selected will sell 6th in the overall sale order (unless it places either Grand or Reserve Grand Champion in the general market lamb show or the exhibitor is selected as the Sheep Premier Exhibitor).

Exhibitors must complete the Homegrown Market Lamb Intent Form (http://go.osu.edu/homegrownmktlamb) as soon as possible following the birth of their Homegrown Market Lamb(s). This will notify the Sheep Committee to make a farm visit within two weeks of lambing.


All entries must agree to a market lamb committee member(s) entering their barn/housing unit for visual inspection of animals. Failure to do so will lead to immediate disqualification.  Homegrown Market Lamb(s) must take part in June weigh-in at the fairgrounds. No exceptions.



Are you a baker ready to sell your home-baked goods? Are you a farmer looking for value-added opportunities for crops you’ve grown or livestock you’ve raised? Are you an entrepreneur aiming to use local agricultural products to make value-added foods? The new Food Business Central online course through Ohio State University Extension can equip you with knowledge and strategies to launch a successful farm-raised or home-based food business in Ohio.

Learn more and register at go.osu.edu/foodbusinesscentral


2024 Annual Sewing Smorgasboard at Sheridan High School

Don’t miss the 49th Annual Sewing Smorgasbord on Saturday, March 16, 2024.  Doors open at 8:15 a.m.  Over 30 classes for all ages will start at 9:00 a.m. – thru 3:30 p.m.  15 vendors on site.   NEW FOR 2024-Themed Raffle Baskets.  2 Fat Quarter Raffles – Bring a fat quarter, you’re entered.  Plus,  a sewing machine raffle, too!

A Fabricaholics Paradise..Clean out your fabric closets. Individuals wanting to SELL pieces of fabric 1/8 yard length .   Enclose an index card with your name, county, yardage, fiber content and asking price. We’ll sell your fabric and you get the proceeds. Cash Sales Only .    A 10% handling fee will be charged to all participants SELLING fabric.

The event will be held at Sheridan Middle School, 8660 Sheridan Road, Thornville, Ohio.  Cost: $10.00. No pre-registration.

For more information: contact 740-405-7891 or e-mail at crshuster1@gmail.com  Check out the Perry County Ohio Homemakers Facebook Page or Sewing Smorgasbord 2024 Events Page



 Sew Ohio Conference offered for 4-Hers

All 4-H project members interested in sewing should plan to join us for the Sew Ohio workshop on April 27 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. This event will feature sessions for sewers of all skill levels – from beginner to advanced. There will also be an adult track that will focus on helping youth get started with a 4-H sewing project.

A sewing conference is being offered at the Ohio 4-H Center for 4-hers to improve their clothing and textile skills on April 27. The goal is for 4-Hers to learn from sewing experts, no matter what your level of sewing experience is. Classes will be held for the beginner, intermediate, advanced and adult levels.  Registration can be handled through OSU Extension in Fairfield County.   Cost is $10.00 per person through March 2.  Late registration is $20 thru April 5.  No refunds. Box Lunch will be provided.  No supplies are needed, and a fabric fair will be offered for 4-Hers to obtain free fabric and materials for 4-H projects.   For additional details contact Pamela Montgomery at Montgomery.221@osu.edu.  The Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau Center is located at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH.


Pressure Cooker Workshop offered at Wagnall’s Memorial Library

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Wagnalls Memorial Library, 150 East Columbus St, Lithopolis, OH

Join Shannon Carter, Extension Educator and Sandy Bohl, Trained Instructor, with Ohio State University Extension Fairfield County, to learn more about the basics of using a Electric Pressure Cooker, including:  Parts of the cooker, Settings and what they mean

Safety and cleaning.  Register at 614-837-4765.

This class is sponsored by The Wagnalls Memorial Library.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs might be an unwelcome guest

If you’re finding brown marmorated stinkbugs in your home now, fact is,  they actually invaded your home last fall and have been spending the winter in wall voids and attics. As we move toward spring and have snaps of warmer temperatures, the BMSBs begin to emerge – some indoors and some outdoors.  Mechanical exclusion is the best method to keep stink bugs from entering homes and buildings. Cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia and other openings should be sealed with good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Damaged screens on doors and windows should be repaired or replaced.

Exterior applications of insecticides may offer some minor relief from infestations when the task of completely sealing the exterior is difficult or impossible.

If numerous bugs are entering the living areas of the home, attempt to locate the openings where the insects gain access. Typically, stink bugs will emerge from cracks under or behind baseboards, around window and door trim, and around exhaust fans or lights in ceilings. Seal these openings with caulk or other suitable materials to prevent the insects from crawling out. Both live and dead stink bugs can be removed from interior areas with the aid of a vacuum cleaner – however, the vacuum may acquire the smell of stink bugs for quite some time.

It is not advisable to use an insecticide inside after the insects have gained access to the wall voids or attic areas. Although insecticidal dust treatments to these voids may kill hundreds of bugs, there is the possibility that carpet beetles will feed on the dead stink bugs and subsequently attack woolens, stored dry goods or other natural products in the home.

Source:  Buckeye Yard and Garden Line