2022 Greene County Agriculture and Natural Resources - Upcoming Programs



Program Name 


January 20 - 6:30 pm - Zoom


Browning of Evergreens: The Insects and Mites

Speaker: Curtis Young, ANR Educator Van Wert County, Entomologist

Register at: go.osu.edu/browningevergreens

Conifers are a main stay in the home landscape. Although conifers generally require little care, they are occasionally damaged or killed by insects and spider mites in the landscape. Learn what pest may be interested in making a home in your evergreen!

February 10 -  9:00 am to 4:00 pm - Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Planning for the Future of Your Farm Workshop

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This planning workshop is designed to help farm families develop a succession and estate plan for their farm business. Attend and learn ways to successfully transfer management skills and the farm’s business assets from one generation to the next. Learn how to have the crucial conversations about the future of your farm.

TBD - Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Timber Marketing

Speaker: Dave Apsley, OSU Extension Forest Management and Forest Ecology

If you are thinking about selling timber or if you are approached with an offer to buy some of your timber, don't "jump too quickly." Taking time to find out what you have to sell, then choosing the appropriate method of marketing will usually result in substantially more income and satisfaction for the seller.

February 23 - 5:30 p.m. - Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Beef Quality Assurance Recertification

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In today’s market, it is important to take advantage of any and all opportunities that make our cattle more desirable to the buyer sitting in the stands. As of now, Wendy’s restaurant, Tyson Foods and multiple auctions have announced that they will require producers to be certified in BQA in order to market their cattle or serve their product.

March 8 - By Appointment - Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Test Your Soil and Well Water Event


Registration for appointments coming soon!

Bring in a sample of your well water for nitrate and 3 metals screening for just $10. Your confidential results take approximately 30 minutes.

Purchase bacteria kits for $35. Payment by cash or check ONLY if purchased at the event.

Additional metals screening may be purchased at the event.

FREE Soil Tests – Bring your sample with you to the event for lawns, gardens, orchards or small acreage, (5 acres or less), First 30 are FREE. Additional soil samples are $18 each. Results can take up to ten days.

To collect you well water sample properly:

Use a clean container (empty plastic bottle) that can be sealed and holds at least 1 liter of water

Fill your container with the first draw of water in the morning (or after 6 hours of non-use)
REFRIGERATE the sample until your appointment time. All results are CONFIDENTIAL

March 14 - Greene County Extension Office



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12:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

OSU Extension Greene County

1 Hour Fertilizer Recertification

Category 15 - 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

3 Hour Pesticide Recertification

  Categories: CORE, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

  - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


100 Fairground Road

Xenia, Ohio 45385


Pesticide Recertification: $35.00

Fertilizer Recertification: $15.00

Total for both: $35.00

March 25 - 2:00 pm - Zoom

Companions Plants in the Vegetable Garden  


Speaker : Laura Carroll, OSU Extension Greene County Master Gardener Volunteer

Gardeners know that a diverse mix of plants, from annuals and perennials to flowers and vegetables, makes for a healthier garden. Companion planting is growing two (or more) crops near each other with the theory that they help each other in nutrient update, improved pest management and reduced pesticide use, enhanced pollination and higher vegetable yields.

April 6 - 5:30 pm Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Growing Paw Paw Trees in the Home Landscape


Speaker: Brad Bergefurd, ANR Educator, Assistant Professor and Specialty Crops Specialist

If you have heard of the pawpaw tree, it’s likely because of its fruit. Asimina triloba, or pawpaw, is a small understory tree native to moist, rich bottomland forests, wooded slopes, and stream banks throughout much of the eastern United States. Learn some of the ends and outs of growing this native in your backyard.

April 13 - 10:00 am – Zoom


Backyard Garden to Table: Asparagus/Peas/Rhubarb


Speakers: Laura Halladay, Family and Consumer Science Educator, OSU Extension Greene County; Kim Hupman, Horticulture Program Assistant, OSU Extension Greene County

The Garden to Table series will focus on specific vegetables: how to grow, harvest, and prepare to eat. Our first program will look at some perennial vegetables and garden pea. The main benefit of perennial vegetables is long-term harvests. Plant them once, and you can harvest them year after year. Garden peas are cool-weather plants that can withstand frosts and light freezes, so plant pea seeds as early in spring as the ground can be worked. Learn the skills needed to incorporate these plants into your vegetable garden.

April 20 - 5:30 pm - Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Correct Tree Planting & After Care

Speaker: Richmond Pearson, Horticulture Program Assistant, OSU Extension Clark County

It’s important to remember that proper tree care starts when you select a tree. And what you do to your tree in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its lifespan. Understand the techniques you need to be successful in caring for your investment!

April 26 - 5:30 pm - Greene County Extension Office Buckeye room

Raised Beds: A Complete Guide 

Speakers: Trevor Corboy, Educator ANR

Kim Hupman, Horticulture Program Assistant,

Jim Jasinski, OSU Extension, Professor, IPM Program Coordinator

Gardening is a challenging and rewarding activity. Raised bed gardening can help overcome some of the challenges of traditional in-ground gardening. We will discuss how to construct, fill, and best practices for raised bed gardening.

May 14 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Rock Gardening


Speaker: Joseph Tychonievich

Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style for Today's Garden. Learn the techniques and methods specific to creating and maintaining a rock garden. The Woodland Garden. A woodland garden can provide a more relaxed and natural look to your landscape, and many of the plants require little maintenance.

     May 9 - 8:30 am  


June 13 - 8:30 am   


July 11 - 8:30 am

Location TBD

Health in the Garden Series


Instructor: Siobhan Fagan, MEd, AT, ATC, CSCS
Kettering Health - Athletic Trainer

Gardening is one of those hobbies that you can do throughout your lifetime, but we find ourselves having to adjust as our bodies change. Here are some ways you can make gardening easier on your body as you age to help you avoid injury and help you to continue enjoying the gardening experience.

                               June 6 - 8:30 am

– James Ranch

June 20 – 8:30 am – Wartinger Park

Mindfulness in the Garden Series

Instructor: Siobhan Fagan, MEd, AT, ATC, CSCS
Kettering Health - Athletic Trainer

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment without judgement. Research has shown that practicing mindfulness is effective in reducing stress-related symptoms such as worry, depression and physical tension, and may be helpful in managing chronic conditions such as cardiac disease and diabetes. We will explore some mindfulness basics such as breathing, eating and moving in nature.

August 18 - 6:00 pm at Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Fall Cover Crops for the Home Vegetable Garden

Speaker: Trevor Corboy, Educator ANR, OSU Extension Greene County


Using cover crops in the home vegetable garden can help prevent soil erosion, reduce cool season weeds, and improve soil structure. Cover crops help improve the macro and micronutrients which help improve production in the upcoming year.

September – TBD

Farm to Table Event


September 1 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Backyard Garden to Table: Sunflowers/Kohlrabi/Cauliflower

Speakers: Laura Halladay, Educator Family and Consumer Science, Kim Hupman, Horticulture Program Assistant, OSU Extension Greene County

The Garden to Table series will focus on specific vegetables: how to grow, harvest, and prepare to eat.  Sunflowers are traditionally grown in the garden or as an annual flower. Learn when and how to harvest and use the seeds. What is kohlrabi and what do you do with it? Growing kohlrabi couldn’t be easier. Kohlrabi plants prefer cool climates, which makes them ideal veggies for harvest in fall. Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species, the genus Brassica, which is in the Brassicaceae (or Mustard) family. It is an annual plant that reproduces by seed. Typically, only the head is eaten – the edible white flesh sometimes called "curd" (with a similar appearance to cheese curd).

October 1 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Greene County Extension office


Removal at James Ranch - Lunch at Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Managing Backyard Invasives

Speakers: Jared Merriman, Naturalist, Greene County Parks & Trails; Kim Hupman, Horticulture Program Assistant, OSU Extension Greene County

Do you know what plants are growing in your yard? Ever notice a strange vine growing in your backyard, plants appearing along your hillside or other newcomers to your property? In our backyards invasive plant species alter the ecosystem by crowding out our native plants that support pollinators and birds. Learn some of the invasives that may be in your backyard and how to remove then replace them with non-invasives. This program will include a removal at James Ranch Park with a  lunch at the Greene County Extension office after the removal.

October 8 - 1:00 pm -  Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Bulbs as Companion Plants

Brent and Becky Heath of Brent and Becky Bulbs

Brent and Becky Heath, own a 28-acre farm in Gloucester, Virginia. They are flower bulb suppliers, garden writers, photographers, lecturers, consultants, and educators. Over 8 acres of the property is devoted to educational gardens.

October 27 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Greene County Extension office Buckeye room

Porch Pots: Transition from Fall to Winter


Babs Sabick; Landscape Plants for Winter Display

Kim Hupman, OSU Extension Greene County

We spend a lot of time and energy creating beautiful fall displays in our porch pots. Transitioning from fall to winter display takes a little know and ingenuity. Learn the how arrange plants from your own landscape to create a beautiful winter display.