The NFL, in partnership with Ohio State University Extension and the City of Cleveland’s Summer Sprout program, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and NFL partner Verizon hosted an event on April 28, 2021, to build a community garden and create a pollinator garden and learning area at William Rainey Harper School. The community garden will be a source of hands-on education for students, teaching them basic plant science while actively demonstrating that growing your own produce can be fun. The garden will help to address food insecurity and access to healthy options. Food grown at the garden will be donated to the local community and will support snack time at the school. OSU’s Summer Sprout and several master gardeners led the garden build, with the help of students, parents, and teachers. Follow this link to learn more.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a money crunch for many families (Bhutta et al., 2020). Reduced work hours, furloughs, and unemployment threaten financial livelihoods, forcing families to reevaluate normal habits of spending and saving. Additionally, increased hours at home have left some families searching for ways to fill their time. The University of Tennessee (UT) Extension consumer economics leadership team, responded to these new realities created by the pandemic by developing a series of money management videos. The primary purpose of the videos was to provide research-based financial information during this time of financial hardship. In this article, they highlight the process used to develop the video series. They share their methods for developing the videos and disseminating them via social media so that Extension educators in other states can replicate this idea during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social media metrics demonstrating the wide reach of the videos conclude the article. Follow this link to read more.

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Christopher T. Sneed The University of Tennessee Extension,, Ann A. Berry The University of Tennessee Extension, Shelly N. Barnes The University of Tennessee Extension, Donna D. Calhoun The University of Tennessee Extension, and Tracy V. Hagan The University of Tennessee Extension.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented extreme challenges to families and children facing elevated levels of food insecurity. Understanding nutritional need levels is important for local and federal policymakers to determine where, when, and how to provide support to families. But getting a handle on these needs has been made difficult because of a lack of data to compare to the pre-pandemic period and to examine changes during the pandemic. Creating accurate data visualizations is also important because, for some, it will be the only way they interact with the topic, and for others, it will help them decide whether to read the full research. Follow this link to learn more.

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Across the country, Black city-builders are imagining and building more just and beautiful communities. What are they learning and dreaming?

Join Orlando P. Bailey of Urban Consulate for a new series of candid conversations rooted in radical truth, joy, and love. In this one-hour virtual premiere event, Bailey welcomes three featured guests from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and Cincinnati to delve deep into key themes and invite audience reflection and action. The conversation is being held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 1 EDT. Follow this link to register. 

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Walk around your neighborhood and count the house or building colors you see. Four million hues of grey? Check. Lots of tans and browns? Definitely. An abundance of white and off-white? Absolutely. The occasional red door? You got lucky. Even many beautiful brick buildings are muted canvases just waiting for a touch of hue and vibrancy—opportunities in the window frames, doors, and accents. Follow this link to read more.

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In May 2020, Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research (WCMER) and National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) hosted listening sessions related to NIFA developing an Urban and Emerging Agriculture grant program. The Western Experiment Station and Extension Directors have formally created a development committee with a charge to establish a Western Urban, Indoor, and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative to facilitate and promote multi-state research and extension projects. Anyone, including those outside the Western Region, interested in joining this effort (all aspects of the food system including production, marketing, distribution, access, equity, and resource recovery) are encouraged to do so. Follow this link to learn more.

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Thousands of people in the Miami Valley don’t know where their next meal is coming from, according to a report from the nonprofit group Feeding America. The report; called Map the Meal Gap, details food insecurity across the nation using U.S. Department of Agriculture data, including data from the Dayton area, which is reportedly worse off than the national average. According to the report, A household is considered food insecure, if there is not access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Follow this link to learn more.

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This month, 32 Extension directors and administrators gathered on Zoom for Learning for Leaders - Urban Agriculture: Needs, Opportunities, and Actions. A panel of experts joined ECOP Chair Chris Watkins (Cornell University). Strategies were presented that support the sustainable development of commercial and community-focused urban agriculture. Follow this link to learn more
Follow this link to view the YouTube recording. 

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Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County, a program of The Ohio State University College of Social Work, entered the AARP and World Health Organization international network of Age-Friendly Communities in 2016. This network defines a five-year process for communities across the globe to assess, plan, and implement needed improvements through the lens of older adults. Each community is given access to resources and guidance for how to complete the work, but is also given the flexibility to cater the process locally. December of 2020 marks the first round of improvements in Columbus and Franklin County-defined by five years of robust discovery and innovation with older adult residents and those who serve them. Follow this link to learn more.

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An old East Coast port city building community trust and redefining its image. A rural Kentucky county opening new doors for families. A Bay Area city cultivating local leaders to drive long-term change.

These three places may look different—by geography, by demographics, by culture, by opportunities—but they all have something in common: residents who love their communities and want to make them better. In the past, though, their ideas weren’t always heard, or no one asked in the first place. Promise Neighborhoods in Camden, New Jersey; Perry County, Kentucky; and Hayward, California (as well as a dozen others across the United States) have been trying to change that. Follow this link to learn more.

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