Apr. 12, 2019
After retiring as a kindergarten teacher in the Toledo Public School system, Judy Hanes knew she wanted to combine her passion for working with children and her love of gardening. She enrolled in the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program offered through The Ohio State University local county Extension office and promptly returned as a volunteer to Hawkins Elementary School where she spent so many years in the classroom. Judy created a garden outside the school doors which has turned into an outdoor classroom and garden club with Hawkins students.
Apr. 03, 2019
Interested in organics? OSU has a website called the Organic Food & Farming Education and Research or OFFER. OFFER's mission statement is to provide research and educational support for producers, processors, and marketers of organic foods with the goal of expanding the abundance, quality, and variety of certified organic foods available to consumers.
Recent updates have made to the site and include new articles and resources. This information is available on the OFFER Organic Food & Farming site.
Here are some highlights:
Mar. 07, 2019
City of Toledo accepting applications to provide water access for Community Gardens
The Community Garden Water Program is designed to provide access to water on urban lots where neighborhood organizations and non-profit partners help residents grow healthy fresh foods in community gardens.
Community organizations may apply now through April 1 to be considered to receive a water tap, curb stop, meter pit, remote-read meter, backflow prevention device, and a hose connection for gardens where water is not readily available. Estimated value: $2000.
Jan. 09, 2019
Last summer, many residents in Lucas County encountered the gypsy moth caterpillars in their landscapes and woodlots. Several areas within the county and across the state have qualified to be included in the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Gypsy Moth Program. Before treatment options will be made in the spring of 2019, ODA will be hosting several open houses to share treatment maps and answer questions residents may have. In Lucas County, the open house schedule will be as follows:
Monday, February 11, 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Jan. 09, 2019
Mark your calendars! The 2019 Fulton County Breakfast on the Farm will be held on Saturday, June 15. The event will take place on the Hendricks & Krieger Dairy Farm just west of Fayette, Ohio. The event is FREE but you must register to attend. The registration link is: http://go.osu.edu/fultonbotf2019register
Jan. 07, 2019
The OSU Extension Office will once again be part of the Toledo GROWs Seed Swap. This year the event will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Scott High School. The event has been tagged - the unofficial kick-off to the gardening season. The event is free and open to the public. Each guest will receive 5 tickets to swap for seeds. Gardeners are encouraged to bring seeds that were collected last year. All seeds need to be labelled.
Nov. 10, 2018
OSU Extension, Lucas County is excited to join thousands of families and numerous national organizations to celebrate "Dine In" on Family and Consumer Sciences Day, Decemeber 3rd. Anyone can take the national pledge online to commit to eating together as a family. “Dining In” can be as simple as planning to eat together as a family. Add these other easy steps for local resources as well as being counted as part of the national event (the national event is coordinated by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences)
Nov. 01, 2018
Serving people with Autism
Oct. 04, 2018
“Meet your Meat”: these are the words Tony and Michelle of Weber Ranch live by and is the exact experience individuals will get when they visit the farm. Located in Wayne, Ohio, Weber Ranch has been providing an authentic alternative to the meat industry by raising grass fed beef, free range eggs, and pasture raised chicken and pork. The spacious farm offers ample space for the livestock to roam free and keep moving which creates an environment where there is no need for antibiotics or hormones.
Sep. 04, 2018
Right off the road in Ottawa Lake, Michigan sits a roadside farm stand that is home to Gust Farms Summer Market and CSA. With multiple stands and wagons, patrons will find everything they need to satisfy their summer produce needs. Aside from strictly produce, Gust Farms offers fresh cut flowers, allowing customers to roam the lush rows of flowers in the garden to pick and arrange their own bouquet.