1. Take a Break! Email Wellness Challenge

    Oct. 01, 2020

    Do you need a break? Us too! We have been spending so much time with technology, worrying about online school or staying healthy that it’s been hard to make time for play, wellness, and celebrations. Educators with Ohio State University Extension are ready to help. Join us for the fall email challenge and explore how to take the break you deserve.

  2. "Retirement... Here I come" -a note from Jerry Iles

    Sep. 30, 2020

    Retirement … Here I Come

    a note from Jerry Iles, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator – Fairfield County – (12/2014—9/2020)

  3. Renovate your lawn; How to, step by step

    Aug. 24, 2020

    n the brief and to the point videos embedded here, Dr. Zane Raudenbush, turf grass scientist at The Ohio State University, gives a six step presentation on lawn renovation. If you are considering a renovation of your lawn, it needs to begin immediately and be completed by mid-September.

  4. 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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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. 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.