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The Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security and Long-Term Implications and Adaptations will be the fifth in a series of events on “Cities and Regions in the Post-Coronavirus Era,” initiating community conversations on what lessons we can learn from this crisis to create a more resilient and sustainable world. What are the Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security? What are the long-term implications? How can we learn from this crisis and find new adaptations to make our communities more food resilient and secure? The webinar is taking place Friday, September 18, 2020 from 12-1 p.m. EDT. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: CURA
Join higher education and civic leaders on Monday, August 31 at 1 p.m. for a webinar celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1890, which designated 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities with land-grant status. This legislation gave states funds to establish state universities for persons of color if higher education wasn't already open to all in the state. The celebration will kick off the week of August 24 and conclude with this celebratory webinar. The webinar will be a chance to participate in a discussion of the legacy and future importance of the 1890s, led by 1890s leaders, policymakers, and others. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: ECOP
"As a child I participated in a theatrical production about fire. The production has three movements. At one point we danced around a pile of TVs on stage to represent a large bonfire. Later we were asked to escape a burning building. When asked what I would take from my home in a fire I quickly answered car keys. Apparently at 8-years-old I was going to drive away from that burning mess." - Tony Staubach, Extension Educator, Hamilton County Follow this link to read more.
On a morning in early April, a line of people snaked around a Bronx city block. Normally a bustling borough, the area, on this day, was subdued, as most residents heeded the government advice to stay home to stop the spread of COVID19. And yet some 3,000 senior citizens -  the majority of them nervous, wearing masks, and keeping a safe distance from their line neighbors, found their fear of the contagious illness trumped by a more immediate human need: hunger. Their queue stretched more than a mile as they waited next to their shopping carts for a city councilman to arrive with the pantry staples he had promised to distribute. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Next City
During times of crisis, it’s not unusual to worry about things that feel out of your control. In the current pandemic, many of us are concerned about matters of health, finances, and even whether to send our kids back to school. You might be worrying about what long-term effects there could be for yourself, your team, or your family. These worries can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress. For some, they might lead to long-term problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress. But what about those individuals who come through difficult periods and experience growth afterward? This phenomenon is called post-traumatic growth. How is it that these individuals come through the trauma with a positive response? And, even more importantly, how can more of us experience this? Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: OSU Lead Read Today
Victory Gardens originated during World War I, an answer to a severe food shortage at the time. The idea was wildly successful, growing an army of amateur gardeners and serving to boost morale and patriotism. ODA and OSU Extension are reviving the effort and once again encouraging people to plant seeds, realize the fruits of their labor, and share with others if inspired. Advice and resources on every aspect of planting and harvesting produce are available at the Ohio Victory Gardens website. “At a time when many people are spending more time at home with their families, we saw revitalizing the concept of Victory Gardens as an enjoyable, interactive way to learn about growing your own nutritious food that can be made into meals everyone can enjoy,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda. “This is a great way for anyone to start a new hobby and to have a little fun while learning an important life skill.” Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Morning Ag Clips.
If you missed any of the Project for Public Space webinars, they are now available to watch on their website. Project for Public Spaces provides opportunities to learn from other placemakers, and can help can take your observation, community engagement, and implementation skills to the next level. PPS provides regular in-house trainings, conferences, and speaking engagements, as well as customized events, tailored to your community. Follow this link to watch the recordings. Sourced from: Project for Public Spaces
Urban Food Systems would like to invite students, as well as leaders in academic research and Extension, community organizers, and change makers in urban food systems and agriculture to register for the 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium held virtually on Wednesdays in October. Attendees will share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and their role in global food security. This symposium includes knowledge on: urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, climate change, nutrition, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Urban Food Systems

Are you looking for a place to post creative work that can count toward your promotion? We would love to host your article on the Extension in the City blog and feature it in the news digest (currently sent weekly). Here’s what you need to do:

  • Create the content and include a catchy title.
  • Word count should be approximately 300-500 words.
  • Contain science-based content with at least two references cited in the resource section.
  • Include at least one quality, copyright-free photo (include alternate text).
  • Have content reviewed by at least one of your peers (and note reviewer at the end of the article).
  • Turn in peer-reviewed article one week prior to publication date.

Articles are due one week prior to publication. Direct questions and articles to Michelle

COVID-19 has impacted the ability to deliver in person education; however, it hasn't stopped Extension educators from continuing to support backyard growers, community gardeners and urban farmers. Agriculture and Natural Resources educator, Tim McDermott, recently paired with Chef Katie and Chef Stephanie to provide the Ross Heart Hospital clients a virtual learning experience. The experience was originally set to stream from the demonstration kitchen of Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building; however, the weather was too nice to not take advantage of the Veggie Trials Garden. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: OSU Extension Franklin County