Recent Updates

  1. Controlling Non-Native Invasive Plants in Ohio’s Forests: Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

    Garlic mustard (Aliaria petiolata) is a cool-season biennial herbaceous plant first observed in the United States in the mid 1800s. It was introduced from Europe either accidentally or intentionally as a cooking herb. It is extremely tolerant of shaded conditions and is capable of establishing extensive, dense colonies in woodlands. In such situations, it out-competes and displaces native plants (wildflowers, trees, and shrubs) and the wildlife species that depend on them. 
  2. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Strawberries

    June is when Ohio strawberries are in abundance. Enjoy them in simple preparations to savor their sweet flavor.
  3. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Tomatoes

    Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Tomatoes are cultivated and used as a vegetable. Botanically, they are a fruit, being fleshy and containing many seeds that are not stones. Regardless of how you classify them, they remain an Ohio favorite because of their versatility and flavor.
  4. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Apples

    Summer and fall are perfect times to try the many varieties of Ohio apples. This year why not experiment with some specialty varieties? Ohio produces around 40 different varieties, some Ohio originals. Each of the Ohio apples possesses its own appearance, flavor, and texture characteristics. Select the variety according to its intended use.
  5. Helping Adolescents Cope with Grief

    Because they are often unexpected and traumatic, adolescent deaths profoundly impact communities. With the increase in school shootings and youth violence, there is a growing need for communities to develop and implement a response plan when traumatic deaths occur. Yet, often times school personnel, such as teachers, counselors, and nurses are rarely reported by survivors as being supportive. Below are ways in which schools, community professionals, and youth leaders can ease the trauma during future crises.
  6. Fathering Your Adolescent: Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship

    Adolescence can be a difficult time for both teens and their parents. In fact, research on parents of adolescents, especially fathers, report the lowest levels of well-being. Coupled with the adolescent's physical, social, and emotional growth are complementary changes for the parent. Parents must adapt to developmental concerns that overlap with those of their adolescents. For example, while teens are just entering a period of rapid physical growth, parents have increasing concerns about their own bodies.
  7. Gender Issues: Communication Differences in Interpersonal Relationships

    A lot of media attention has been devoted to the idea that women and men communicate very differently—in fact, it is sometimes stated that women and men communicate so differently from one another that they must come from different planets! Although at times differences in women's and men's communication styles seem to be constant and overwhelming, they are really quite minor. For example, both women and men can be nurturing, aggressive, task-focused, or sentimental.
  8. Gender Issues: Preparing Children for a Lifetime of Success

    For many years, people believed that girls and boys were born vastly different from one another—so different, in fact, that women had no business attempting to do "men's jobs" and men had no need to participate in "women's work." During the 1960s, however, this notion about women and men changed dramatically. In fact, during that era, many people began to argue that women and men are far more similar than they are different, and that no jobs or chores should be exclusively assigned to one sex or the other.
  9. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries

    One of the highlights of summer is enjoying the bounty of luscious Ohio berries. July is the peak month for blackberries and raspberries. Blueberries are in season from mid-July through mid-September.
  10. Selecting, Storing, and Serving Ohio Cherries

    The Ohio cherry season begins in June and runs into July. Cherries can be divided into two groups—sour/tart and sweet. Each can be prepared in a variety of delicious ways, not only as a dessert or snack, but as an ingredient in a main dish or main dish accompaniment.