1. Pressure Canner Testing

    Jul. 17, 2020

    Getting ready to preserve your garden produce? Need to know how to preserve (can, ferment, freeze, or dry) that garden-fresh taste? You can find links to food preservation resources including fact sheets and recorded trainings by visiting

  2. Partial Reopening of Fairfield County OSU Extension Office

    Jul. 15, 2020

    Partial Reopening of Fairfield County OSU Extension Office

    The Fairfield County office of OSU Extension will be reopening on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 with limited hours by appointment only.

    The hours will be as follows: Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00am – 4:00pm. Appointments can be scheduled between 8:30am – 3:30pm by calling the office at 740-653.5419 or emailing

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  3. RESTART Ohio: Back to Healthy

    Jul. 01, 2020

    Join Ohio State University Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences educators this summer for a fun, educational, and free new learning series! RESTART Ohio: Back to Healthy is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of health and wellness topics, restart healthy habits, and learn more about what Extension and Family and Consumer Sciences has to offer you!

    Who: Anyone is invited to participate! Invite your family and friends to join you virtually for this fun and educational opportunity.

  4. Food Preservation

    May. 26, 2020

    Are you ready to learn about food preservation? Have questions?  We may not be able to meet in person but are offering a couple of opportunities to learn about food preservation.  You can register for just one or all of them.

    1. The Ohio State University Extension Food Preservation Team will be hosting Food Preservation Office Hours on Tuesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. Each date will present a different topic as listed below, please register at the links listed under each session.

  5. Junior Fair Update - May 19, 2020: Planning for the Fair Continues

    May. 20, 2020

    In spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fairfield County Agriculture Society (Senior Fair Board) is continuing to make plans for the 2020 Fair. Their goal continues to be to host the 170th annual Fairfield County Fair from October 11-17, 2020. However, realizing that COVID-19 is a fluid and ever evolving situation, at the very least, plans are being made that will allow Fairfield County youth to complete their projects this fall on the Fairgrounds.

  6. Watch Out for Termites When Cutting Firewood!

    May. 08, 2020

    Watch Out for Termites When Cutting Firewood!

    By Jerry Iles, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Fairfield County

    It is early May and I am still firing up my wood burning stove on chilly nights. Recently a tree was cut down on our land and it was mostly hollow and full of termites! (see photos)

  7. Spring Beauties...Native Dogwoods and Redbuds

    Apr. 28, 2020

    Spring Beauties…Native Dogwoods and Redbuds

    By Jerry Iles OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Fairfield Co.

    The spring of 2020 has not been as good as recent springs when it comes to my Redbud (Cercis canadensis) and Dogwood (Cornus florida) tree blossoms. Don’t get me wrong I’ve got some trees that are flowering very well but overall, the weather pattern has not been ideal and the trees are not quite as showy this year.

  8. Planting When the Soil Temperatures are Right!!

    Apr. 21, 2020

    Sunny days no doubt bring lots of gardeners out into the sunshine.  The calendar tells us we could be planting early spring crops in the garden but what does the soil thermometer tell us?  If you have never thought about the use of the soil thermometer you should!  Have you ever had crops that you planted in your garden that just “set” there and did not take off?  Perhaps you planted them in wet soils and perhaps you planted them when the soils were just too cold. 

  9. Fairfield County Extension Office - Office and Calendar Updates 04.14.2020

    Apr. 14, 2020

    April 14, 2020

    Dear 4-H Families, Volunteers and Supporters:

    It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you. Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all Ohio State University Extension in-person programming through July 6. This includes all 4-H programs, activities, and events. Additionally, Ohio 4-H has made the very difficult decision to cancel all 4-H camps thru August 31. Although in-person programming is cancelled, we will continue to offer virtual 4-H experiences.

  10. A Gourmet Dinner from the Woods

    Apr. 14, 2020

    A Gourmet Dinner from the Woods

    By Jerry Iles, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Fairfield County

    Spring is here and with it comes my favorite spring outdoor activity. I love to get outdoors and hike in the woods. While I’m at it I hike to spots where I’ve previously found that spring delicacy…morel mushrooms. (Morchella)