1. Free Seed Giveaway to Promote Ohio Victory Gardens this Fall

    Aug. 10, 2020

    ODA and OSU Extension Kick Off Ohio Victory Gardens Program

    Free Seed Packets Will Be Available for the Public

  2. Celebrate Local Foods Week

    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.

  3. 4-H is Building the Future You!

    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.

  4. June 2020 Pressure Canner Dial Gauge Testing

    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.

  5. Home Food Preservation series 2020

    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.

  6. 2020 Gardening During Covid-19

    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.

  7. Predictions of Frost on the Horizon

    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?

  8. Teacher Appreciation Day 2020

    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.”

  9. Tis The Season for Soil Testing

    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. 

  10. Celebrate with the May Day Challenge

    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.