Aug. 04, 2020
OSU Extension Lucas County partners with partners across Northwest Ohio to celebrate Ohio Local Foods Week. (#localfoodsOH)
August is a great time to celebrate Ohio Local Foods Week because of the availability of a wide vareity of Ohio-grown fresh produce. However, we encourage our community partners to purchase and promote local food throughout the year. Even during wintertime, Ohio local food is available. Whether it is fresh produce grown with season extension or baked, canned, frozedn, and dried foods, there are opportunites to enjoy Ohio food throughout the year.
Jun. 23, 2020
Join Lucas County 4-H during next month as we share tips and best practices about applying for college, resume building, and preparing for your future job. Every week we’ll host a Career Ready SPIN Club meeting, a virtual field trip to either a factory or a college, and as a bonus we will be hosting 2 Real Money, Real World virtual financial literacy programs. Fill out the registration below and get an email every week with the details on how to join that week's programs. Open to ANYONE in grades 9-12. You DO NOT have to be a member of 4-H to join.
Jun. 15, 2020
Home canning is a relatively simple process, but many variables can affect your finished product. There are so many resources with unsafe information that it is important to make sure you are following the most recent safe home canning guidelines. One guideline for home canning foods safely is using a pressure canner to process low-acid foods, such as vegetables, meat, poultry, and fish. These low-acid foods must be pressure canned at the recommended time and temperature to destroy Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes botulism food poisoning.
May. 15, 2020
The statewide OSU Extension Food Preservation Team is offering live “Office Hours” events to be held bi-weekly through the end of July. As we expect home food preservation to be a big topic this year, we really want to get people started off right, even if we can’t meet them face-to-face.
May. 11, 2020
New to vegetable gardening? While we would love to announce an in-person class this spring or remind you to visit your local library for books, we currently cannot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. OSU Extension, Lucas County is committed to serving you during this time as our physical office(s) are closed.
May. 07, 2020
Sounds like a frost or two might be in our futures.
Temperatures predicted for Friday evening (May 8) and early next might deep below the freezing mark. Some say we might even see some snow - no accumulations are expected.
But want will those temperatures do to the plants in our landscapes and gardens?
May. 05, 2020
May 5th, 2020.
Today is National Teacher Day and it lands during Teacher Appreciation Week. The Ohio Department of Education reminds us that, “this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week finds our state's educators navigating a new set of challenges and showcasing their ever-present instructional resilience, ingenuity and creativity.”
May. 04, 2020
We have been receiving a lot of questions about soil testing this spring. Here is some information that we hope you find helpful!
Does your office test soil? Unfortunately our office does not have the equipment to test soil in the office. In fact, the lab at OSU that used to test soil no longer provides that service. There are many public and private labs that do test soil. Here is a link to a FactSheet that is very informative about how-419-, why, and where you can get your soil tested.
Apr. 28, 2020
This Friday is May 1st - also known as May Day.
Has anyone ever celebrated May Day? While this day of celebration has a long and assorted history, many celebrations and festivities have been observed worldwide, with many designed to welcome the changing of the seasons and to celebrate spring. Here in the United States (US), May Day took on an additional meaning and was referred to as an International Workers’ Day which grew out of the labor movement and an 8-hour workday in our country.
Apr. 20, 2020
We would like to welcome Jordan Beck to OSU Extension.
Jordan is the Water Quality Extension Associate for Lucas, Fulton and Williams Counties. Jordan will be working on farmer demonstrations, research, and outreach with impacts on water quality. Jordan has interest in livestock/manure management, nutrient use efficiency, and cover crop demonstrations and trials. Prior to his water quality position, Jordan has worked as a livestock nutritionist and has experience in livestock management and marketing.