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  1. UPDATE - Plans Underway for the 2022 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Lucas County

    Jan. 27, 2022

    Plans continue for the 2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Class. We have had to modify the originally planned start time that was scheduled to begin in Febraury.  While we hope to offer classes in person, we will be closely monitoring the situation and may have to do a hybrid model and/or online training with small group labs. Classes are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 22 and run through Tuesday, May 17. Class times are 9 am - 4 pm each Tuesday. Applications should be completed online or a hard copy completed and returned by Monday, February 28, 2022. 
  2. Avian Inflenza Update

    Jan. 19, 2022

    Information Shared from USDA APHIS

    WASHINGTON, January 18, 2022 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed two additional findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds – one in Colleton County, South Carolina and one in Hyde County, North Carolina. These finds follow confirmation on January 14, 2022 of HPAI in a wild bird in Colleton County, South Carolina. All three findings are H5N1 HPAI.

  3. Plans Underway for the 2022 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Lucas County

    Jan. 13, 2022

    Plans are underway for the 2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Class. While we hope to offer classes in person, we will be closely monitoring the situation and may have to do a hybrid model and/or online training with small group labs. Classes will begin on Tuesday, February 1 and run through Tuesday, March 29. Class times are 9 am - 4 pm each Tuesday. Applications should be completed online or a hard copy completed and returned by Friday, January 21, 2022. 
  4. 2021 Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Classes Begin In October

    Sep. 16, 2021

    The 2021 Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Classes are scheduled to begin this fall. Those interested in the program are asked to complete an application and return it to the OSU Extension Office at Toledo Botanical Garden at 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43615, or email a scanned copy of the application to Amy Stone at stone.91@osu.edu

    The class will be held on Fridays from 9 am - 3 pm at various Metropark locations throughout Lucas County. 

  5. 2021 Green Industry Summer Session

    Jul. 23, 2021

    For over 25 years, the Green Industry Summer Session was held in NW Ohio on the campus of Owens Community College. It has been and continues to be a partnership between Owens and Ohio State University Extension, Lucas County. Last year we took the year off, and this year we were waiting to see if we could pull it off once we heard word that we could offer face-to-face programming. 

  6. Summer Produce - Enjoy Fresh and Preserve for the Year

    Jul. 15, 2021

    It is the time of year when farm stands and vegetable gardens are full of the summer harvest. How do you enjoy your local produce? Whether you are a member of a CSA, grow your own or purchase from a local farmer, we can enjoy it fresh as well as consider the best ways to preserve it to enjoy at other times of the year. We invite you to read Using a Community Supported Agriculture Share to Plan Family Meals for your fresh produce.

  7. Freeze Warning - What Gardeners Should Do

    Apr. 20, 2021

    Temperatures have begun to fall and snow if falling. Weather forecasters are predicting that we could receive between 1 and 4 inches of the white stuff this afternoon, evening and into the early morning hours. That precipitation will likely begin to melt on Wednesday, but will be followed by some freezing temperatures that have gardeners worried. While we can't change Mother Nature, there are a few things gardeners could do. 

  8. Soil Testing Info

    Apr. 20, 2021

    A lot of people are asking about soil testing. Tis the season!

    Unfortunately, we don't have the capabilities to test soil locally in the office, but do have information that I hope you find useful. 

    Soil Testing Information

    Link to OSU Extension Soil Testing FactSheet - https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/hyg-1132 

  9. Fruit and Vegetable Coupon Program, Spring 2021

    Apr. 15, 2021

    Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is encouraging eligible families to enroll in this opportunity to add more nutritious produce into their diets!

    The Fruit and Vegetable Coupon Program helps make produce more affordable for Ohio families.  Eligible families receive a Fruit and Vegetable Coupon booklet worth $40, redeemable at the Toledo Farmers’ Market. Coupons are mailed directly to your home and must be redeemed by June 30, 2021.

  10. Overcoming Pandemic Paralysis - webinar series

    Mar. 03, 2021

    We’ve been living through a pandemic for over a year now. Have you at times struggled to find motivation, connection and hope for the future? Have you felt defeated, deflated, or depressed? If so, you’re not alone!

    Starting at the end of this month, Family and Consumer Sciences Educators from OSU Extension will host a series of online classes to share strategies for overcoming pandemic paralysis and steps you can take to improve your physical, mental, and financial wellbeing.

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