Is there a little warm-up in our future? I sure hope so! I know there have been a few days recently that I could sense spring is right around the corner. Now is the time to make our list for things we want to do outside.
Until then, OSU Extension has some great programs for you during the month of March. Today, I would like to share details of workshops that will be sponsored by OSU Extension next week. Think spring, everyone!
OSU Extension and the Trumbull County Master Gardeners are offering a workshop titled "The Basics of Pruning Your Home Landscape Plants" on March 20 at the Trumbull County Extension Office, 520 W. Main St., Cortland.
Tim Malinich, OSU Extension educator in Erie County, will be the featured speaker. The morning classroom session will share the principles and techniques of pruning, how plant physiology affects pruning, how to properly maintain your pruning tools, and developing a pruning calendar for our home landscapes.
The afternoon session will be a hands-on practice in the landscape around the Trumbull County Ag Center.
Proper pruning enhances the beauty of almost any landscape tree and shrub, while improper pruning can ruin or greatly reduce its landscape potential.
The registration fee for the class is $20 per participant. Participants are encouraged to bring their pruning tools and to dress for the weather. The outdoor session will be held rain, shine or snow. Pre-registration is required by Friday so that program supplies can be purchased.
Registration is limited to the first 50 registrants. Call 330-638-6783 for more details.
Area farmers, local food supporters, community leaders and ag entrepreneurs are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday at the Ashtabula County Extension office, 39 Wall St., Jefferson, to learn more about "Mobile Processing Units."
In recent local food meetings, there have been discussions on the need for easier methods to process poultry, rabbits and fish in northeast Ohio. Mobile processing units could help producers who are looking to market poultry and fish to local restaurants, schools, grocery stores and farm markets.
Very few processing centers exist in Ohio to process poultry and fish products. Mobile processing units may help fill this processing void.
The goal of this meeting is to examine what it would take for an entrepreneur(s) to set up a mobile processing unit.
Michael F. Link Jr., assistant chief for the Division of Meat Inspection for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, will be on hand to discuss the regulatory requirements behind a mobile processing unit and how to sell homegrown poultry and fish legally.
Angela Caporelli from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will also share via an Adobe Web Connection how a small mobile poultry processing unit was built in Kentucky in 2001. Farmers use it on a rental basis to process poultry and aquaculture in Kentucky.
Jim McLaughlin from Cornerstone Farm Ventures Inc. in Norwich, N.Y., will answer questions via conference call on the costs and equipment which are needed in Mobile Processing Units.
Attend this meeting to learn about mobile processing units. Together we can work together to increase the availability of local foods in northeast Ohio.
This workshop is free and open to the public. However, pre-registrations are requested by Monday so that adequate program materials can be made. Call 440-576-9008. A registration flyer can be found at go.osu.edu/ne-events
Marrison is associate professor and extension educator, agriculture and natural resources, The Ohio State University Extension. He can be reached at 440-576-9008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.