Jun 17, 2019
Last week (June 9-12) many Ohio State University Extension Community Development professionals traveled to Asheville, North Carolina for the 15th Annual NACDEP Conference, ‘Homegrown to New Heights.’ The 3+ day event included mobile workshops, scholarly presentations, a variety of committee meetings, and networking receptions. Here are some highlights of our CD colleagues in action:
Jun 7, 2019
The South Jackson Community Gardens project grew out of an Ohio State University Connect and Collaborate Grant to reuse vacant land within the city to design and build a model urban garden and community space for food and health-related entrepreneurial activities. The project started in 2015 with collaborators from the city of Lima, Ohio State Lima, OSU Extension, and Ohio State's Knowlton School of Architecture. The goals of the project include fighting food insecurity, focusing on health and wellness, and developing vacant land.
Mar 4, 2019
Photovoltaic (PV) panels are an increasingly common sight at homes, farms, and businesses across the Midwest. Declining cost of PV solar installations makes installing a distributed solar electric system enticing for many farmers. Evaluating the financial investment in solar requires careful consideration of system costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs. Unfortunately, some proposals are hard to understand making it difficult to make fully informed investment decisions.
Feb 27, 2019
Come one, come all to the Germinate International Film Fest, featuring a diverse range of films highlighting agriculture and rural communities! The Highland County Office of Ohio State University Extension is pleased to announce the inaugural festival will be held on August 16 and 17, 2019, in Hillsboro, Ohio. Germinate means to grow and the purpose of this film festival is to grow knowledge about agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities.
Feb 7, 2019
A growing consensus among experts indicates that the climate in northeast Ohio is changing. Temperature extremes are becoming pronounced, with more heat waves in the summer and a greater frequency of extreme rain storms. Without action these trends will likely continue, exposing already vulnerable populations to increased natural hazards. The City of Cleveland is helping its residents adapt to the changing climate by engaging in climate action planning.
Jan 30, 2019
On January 24, during the annual OSU Extension Awards Banquet at the Ohio Union, Susan Colbert was presented the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award for her ability to develop and deliver multidisciplinary, evidence-based programs in collaboration with colleagues, stakeholders, private industry and state and federal funding partners that empower others to affect positive change.
Jan 24, 2019
In our fast-paced social media driven world, pictures and videos help tell the stories that are taking place around us every day. There have been many studies done that have shown that time on digital media has replaced time once spent reading.
Jan 18, 2019
As of the writing of this blog post (1/14/19) we are 24 days into the partial shutdown of our federal government. This is the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The next closest was 21 days in 1995-1996 under President Bill Clinton. I found myself wondering why shutdowns happen, what circumstances lead to them, when have they happened, and how long have they lasted. And, what impact does this have on people, communities, and the economy?
Jan 17, 2019
Do you know that it is generally recommended that housing expenses shouldn’t be more than 30% of what you earn, leaving 70% of your income for food, clothing, and other necessities?
Jan 10, 2019
Meghan Thoreau began her OSU Extension career just over a couple years ago in a new position in Pickaway County, charged with addressing “post-secondary achievement and workforce development and readiness by conducting programs to meet current and future needs related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in Pickaway County Schools.”