1. If I could do it all over again...

    If I could do it all over again...

    Dec 20, 2018

    This year marked my eighteenth year with OSU Extension and 28 years overall in public service. It seems like just yesterday that I started my public administration career as a 21-year-old administrative assistant. Now that I am considered one of the ‘more-seasoned’ professionals with the organization, I have had the opportunity to mentor a number of Extension colleagues. Reflecting on what I wish I’d have known when first starting out, for the benefit of our newer hires I have developed and shared a number of items, some of which are listed below.

  2. Help feed families in need

    A Deeper Dive into Food Security

    Dec 13, 2018

    It’s the holidays, and I’m sure you’ve already had a variety of requests from charities and non-profits asking you to help families in need this season. For some of us, food insecurity can seem non-existent because it is not our personal everyday experience and is often not visible. For others, it is an experience (even after overcome) that is a part of our everyday thoughts.

  3. Make It a Debate

    Make It a Debate, Not an Argument

    Dec 6, 2018

    Have you ever been paging through an article and stumble across a quote that just stops you in your tracks? Here’s one attributed to Adlai Stevenson that recently caught my eye. Stevenson was talking about political campaigns, but I think the idea can be applied to many situations. He said that the challenge was to not just win, but to win “without proving that you are unworthy of winning.” I think that sentiment speaks to integrity, grace, and fair-mindedness.

  4. Zero waste starter kit. Credit: The Green Bicycle Co.

    Lions, Tigers, and Bears Oh My! Have Nothing on the Plastics Invisible to the Naked Eye

    Nov 29, 2018

    Sometimes the scariest things are not haunted houses, the black bear near our campsite, or the Lake Erie monster roaming our shores, but rather the things we cannot easily see. If you have been watching the news lately you may be aware of these tiny particles called microplastics. Although tiny in size (5mm or smaller), they are causing a global crisis.

  5. South Jackson Community Gardens ground breaking.

    Ohio Land Exchange Project turns Vacant Land into Urban Garden

    Nov 28, 2018

    Ohio State University Extension and 14 community partners have accounced their plans to transform a vacant lot in Lima, Ohio into a community garden.

    This three-year initiative began with an OSU Connect and Collaborate Grant, and has evolved into the South Jackson Community Garden Project. It is also a result of the Ohio Land Exchange (OH/LEX) project, which included the city of Lima, Ohio State Lima, and OSU's Knowlton School of Architecture.

  6. Myra Wilson and Eric Romich discuss Extension's involvement in workforce development.

    Community Economics Programs for Ohio (and beyond!)

    Nov 26, 2018

    Read Greg Davis' blog article "Community Economics Programs for Ohio (and beyond!)". Topics covered include:

  7. Young man and tractor

    Mixing Agriculture in with Community and Youth

    Nov 2, 2018

    Read David Dugan's article "Mixing Agriculture in with Community and Youth". Topics covered include:

    A program done by Adams, Brown, and Highland Counties which focused on money managment and agriculture.  The results of that program and what it has evolved into today.


  8. SEAT buses

    Building Partnerships helps Communities offer Transportation Systems that Impact Rural Quality of Life

    Oct 31, 2018

    Read Gwynn Stewart's article, "Building Partnerships helps Communities offer Transportation Systems that Impact Rural Quality of Life". Topics covered include:

  9. Workshop

    Multi-University Collaboration for Sustainable Land Use Planning- A Tipping Point Planner Perrysburg, Ohio Case Study

    Oct 18, 2018

    Read Joe Lucente's article "Multi-University Collaboration for Sustainable Land Use Planning- A Tipping Point Planner Perrysburg, Ohio Case Study." Topics covered include:

  10. Raising money

    Growing Philanthropic Capacity in Your Community

    Oct 15, 2018

    Read Cindy Bond's article "Growing Philanthropic Capacity in Your Community." Topics covered include:

    Sustainibility in rural communities  Successful capital campaigns  Guernsey County YMCA and Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center