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4-H and Ohio State University Extension Franklin County invite you to tour some of central Ohio's finest school gardens around Franklin County. Enjoy gardens at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels that range from very large to small in scale. Learn about the journey each teacher took to get the garden up and running and how the garden benefits students at the school. The tour will take place Friday, June 14, 2019 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: CFAES
The Summer Sprout Program, a partnership between OSU Extension and the City of Cleveland, hosted the annual Garden Leader Kick-Off on April 6, 2019. At the event, representatives from each garden were invited to gather, network, review the previous season, and prepare for the upcoming season. Garden leaders received seed packs, signed city land licenses, and secured water hydrant permits. The event was led by OSU Extension staff with the assistance of Master Gardener Volunteers. They estimated there were 200 community gardeners in attendance from 108 of the gardens in the program. Summer Sprout was able to distribute 30 raspberry plants and 72 fruit trees throughout the participating gardens. Follow this link to learn more about the Summer Sprout Program. Sourced from: The Ohio State University 
Teams of three from 20 states participated in the first cohort group of Coming Together for Racial Understanding during the summer of 2018. The purpose of the training was to build capacity within Cooperative Extension Service (CES) to help communities engage in civil dialogues around racial issues. The week-long training was designed to prepare participants to build capacity within their home states’ CES, working across the borders of the Land-Grant Universities within a given state (where there are multiple Land Grant Universities). Follow this link to learn more about the course and to view participant survey results. Sourced from: ECOP
Cities, towns, and villages are places of innovation and solution finding. If you want to improve early childhood wellbeing, local leaders are key partners. The Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) Learning Community is a program of Boston Medical Center’s Vital Village. The learning community’s goal is to support local early childhood coalitions and build their capacity to work together with the broader community to improve the wellbeing of our youngest children, ages 0- to 5-years-old. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Cities Speak
A recent bill from the Ohio Legislature will help the lab do just that. Senate Bill 299, the Clean Lake 2020 Plan, was sponsored by state Sens. Randy Gardner and Sean O’Brien. It allocates up to $36 million in funding to water quality programs that help protect Lake Erie. Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab received $2.65 million of that funding, which will cover a new building and equipment for the Lake Erie laboratory, as well as monitoring equipment that will be placed in the Maumee River this spring. Clean Lake 2020’s goal is to offer potential solutions to the lake’s harmful algal blooms (HABs) and related issues. The blooms can produce toxins that lead to drinking water advisories, and an overgrowth of algae can lead to unsightly scums near the shore that can negatively affect tourism in the area. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Morning Ag Clips
Hear from guest speaker Meiny Prins, CEO and co-owner of Priva, as she discusses Sustainable Urban Agriculture. The prediction that 85% of the world’s population will live in urban areas was one of Prins’s inspirations that led to the vision called "Sustainable Urban Deltas." Cases in the Sustainable Urban Delta initiative show there are already many integrated and sustainable solutions in the field of food, water, energy, and mobility that contribute to solving the problems of the metropolises worldwide. The event is being held Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 10-11 a.m. at the The Blackwell Inn. This event is free, but registration is requested. Follow this link for registration information. Sourced from: CFAES 
Zoom is Ohio State University Extension's digital tool that offers HD quality video-conferencing with screen-sharing capability for hosting small committee meetings or even educational webinars. Zoom also allows you to record meetings and webinars so even those unable to join live can engage with your content. This webinar will offer best practices for using Zoom to host small video meetings and large educational webinars while showcasing built-in engagement tools like polling, whiteboard, and breakout rooms. The webinar will be held Monday, May 20, 10-11 a.m. Follow this link to register. Sourced from: The Ohio State University
The census is one of the most basic functions of our federal system, requiring a count of every person in the United States every 10 years. A precise count matters for city leaders because the results provide meaningful data for municipal operations as well as inform the allocation of more than $800 billion dollars of federal funding to state and local governments. Local leaders can support an accurate count by identifying which residents are least likely to participate and investing in targeted outreach to ensure they do. Hard-to-count communities vary from city to city but are generally populations that historically have been undercounted and/or do not self-report as well as others. Examples of hard-to-count populations include persons of color, recent immigrants, young children, renters, and low-income households. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Cities Speak
With reports of declining insect populations worldwide, or what George Monbiot calls an “insectageddon,” there is growing concern about the health of pollinators. This in turn has led to increasing interest in urban beekeeping, pollinator gardening, and urban bee advocacy. Yet there is also a growing backlash against urban honey bees. Some native bee advocates argue that in North America, honey bees, which were brought to the Americas by European colonialists, belong in the monocultured fields of industrial agriculture, where they are critical for crop pollination, not cities. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Morning Ag Clips
Local governments stand on the front lines of some of the most significant challenges of our day. From homelessness, the opioid crisis, barriers to justice, and redevelopment challenges, local governments are best positioned to meaningfully address these issues, even amidst their own uncertainties including parochialism, limited resources, and a shifting workforce. To fully realize the power of local government to improve communities, certain connections must occur. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Cities Speak