Everybody's Got A Story.... What's Yours?

Join this 8-week workshop where you write your story as they guide you through the writing process!

No prior writing skills are needed. Nothing is collected. Write on paper or on a computer. It's as easy as that! Register today!

Click here to view the flyer!

SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement)

Hiking and Sustainability is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve.

To watch the video click the link below:

Link: https://youtu.be/icue46un3Ow

Join the Caregiver Support Network

Friday October 8 at 2 pm EST online via Zoom for a free webinar

Lets Talk about Caregivers and Mental Health

presented by Bridget Britton, Behavioral Health Field Specialist, OSU Extension

Learn about improving mental health in rural and other limited access areas, and how to concentrate on self-care when it is difficult to get away from your home or farm

What will the training focus on?

  • Concentrating on self-care when it is difficult to get away from the home or the farm
  • How to recognize our mental health needs when services are limited
  • Looking into local resources, when there is a lack of them in our rural communities

Who should attend this training?

  • Caregivers that live in a rural setting
  • Anyone working or living on a farm

Information: https://agrability.osu.edu/caregiver-support-network/2021-caregiver-workshops

Registration: go.osu.edu/caregiver2021_mental_health

Contact: Laura Akgerman at 614-292-0622 or akgerman.4@osu.edu

Attendees seeking an accommodation to participate in the webinar are encouraged to contact Laura Akgerman at akgerman.4@osu.edu. Requests made 10 days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. The webinar will be auto-captioned, recorded and posted at https://agrability.osu.edu/caregiver-support-network/caregiver-resource-videos

It's the beginning of May and the sunshine is calling!

Watch the Healthy Aging telecast on sun safety, featuring Pat Brinkman.


The Connection Café presents "Master of Memory"

Wednesday's 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

For more information click here!

Interested in creating safe/healthy original lunch recipes? The Partnership for Food Safety Education has a Young Cooks Recipe Challenge for 1st to 12th grade students. Submit entries no later than May 3, 2021. The online entries must be submitted by an adult. There are Individuals and Teams categories. See details at:  Young Cooks Recipe Challenge | Partnership for Food Safety Education (fightbac.org) A Grand Prize winner and three finalists will be announced as part of World Food Safety Day June 7, 2021.

Click here for more information:

Now scheduling free virtual Mindful Wellness classes for adults.  Select one or a series of 3 to 5 for your group.  Contact Pat at holmes.86@osu.edu or call 937-637-6537.

Classes include Introduction to Mindfulness, Mindful Foundations, Mindful Breathing, Mindful Eating, Mindful Living.

For more information, click here!

Dial-type canner gauges can be tested at our office by advancec appointment only.  Contact Pat at holmes.86@osu.edu or call 937-637-6537.

Due to COVID-19 you must wear a mask.  Dial-type gauges should be tested yearly!

Food Preservation / Fact Sheets

Food Preservation Office Hours / video recordings - Ohio State University Extension All recordings posted:  https://go.osu.edu/foodpreservationofficehoursrecordings

We are not holding in-person classes due to COVID-19; however, these FREE recordings of virtual trainins are available for you to view at your convenience:

Preparing for Canning

Jams and Jellies

Canning and Freezing Cegeta bles

Canning and Freezing Fruit



Dining with Diabetes E-Mail Challenge

Dining with Diabetes invites you to enroll in an e-mail Challenge.  This 4-week program will encourage individuals with diabetes to improve their diabetes selfcare behaviors and learn: 

What is diabetes?  What are carbohydrates and how many can I have? And much much more!

Click here for more information

2021 Fall schedule of Ohio Approved Virtual Early Childhood Opportunities FREE from OSU Extension for preschool teachers, Head Start, Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Providers needing hours of professional development.  (Directions are on the attachment.)

Click here for directions

This week's Teen Tip Video  

This week’s Teen Tip video was created by Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Whitney Gherman. It is called “How to Use Mindfulness to Settle your Body (and Feel Good!)” and is available at https://youtu.be/jiRBGEAefSo. Mindfulness is not about fixing life's problems -- it’s about noticing what is. "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Please share this video via social media platforms, with community partners, and any other youth serving organizations. A complete listing of the Tips for Teens video series is at fcs.osu.edu/news/tips-teens

Better Lives, Stronger Communities

OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) gives people the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make healthy, informed choices. We teach and promote safe food practices, better nutrition, better finances and better relationships – helping people acquire the knowledge and skills to make smart decisions in these areas.

Our family and consumer sciences professionals turn evidence-based, impartial, current research into useful information that can improve the quality of people’s lives. We work to make information accessible to all Ohioans.

You can count on FCS to provide reliable, evidence-based information to encourage – and empower – people to adopt practices and behaviors to improve their finances, build more positive relationships with friends and family, and embrace healthier, nutritious lifestyles.

Montgomery County consumers that have questions, or seek additional information may contact:

Pat Holmes, FCS Extension Educator, at the OSU Extension Montgomery County office via phone 937-637-6537 or email holmes.86@osu.edu

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences programs at http://fcs.osu.edu.

Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.