Grassland program revived
The 2009 deadline for applications for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is June 26.
Ohio Farm Service Agency announced the GRP was revitalized as a part of the 2008 Farm Bill, with a goal of enrolling 1.2 million acres nationwide.
The purpose of GRP is to assist landowners and farm operators in protecting grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving and restoring grassland resources on eligible private lands.
Victory Garden series
Lucas County Master Gardeners’ Speakers Bureau will present their second session in the Victory Garden Lecture Series June 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Toledo Botanical Garden’s Conference Center, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo.
The program, “Keep on Growing,” is a follow-up to the first session on getting a vegetable garden started. Topics to be covered in separate workshops include growing herbs; themed gardens (i.e., a pizza garden), permaculture (perennial agriculture), recipes, nutrition, cold frames for extending the season, composting, calculating yield and sharing your bounty with others.
The lecture series, which is open to the public, has a $15 entrance fee or pay $25 fee for this session and a third session to be offered Sept. 9. Call 419-578-6783 to make a reservation. Payment may be made at the door.
OSU Extension at Toledo Botanical Garden have started their own vegetable garden, working with Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s office in getting the word out on Kaptur’s challenge to have 1,000 registered Victory Gardens. Gardeners are being asked to register their gardens and to donate excess produce to local food banks or pantries. When a donation is made, the gardener will be able to notify OSU Extension online to let them know the amount of produce (in weight), and where the produce was donated.
To register a garden, visit http://victoryinthegarden.osu.edu or call 419-578-6783.