Women in Conservation
Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District recently hosted “Wild Game Cooking” – the third program in the district’s Women in Conservation series.
The program featured guest speaker Opie Rohrer, founder of Opie’s BBQ, who shared his humor, along with his culinary skills with the 15 women in attendance. Rohrer prepared Cream of Perch Soup, Turtle Soup, Goose Pepperoncini, Rabbit and Walleye Fettuccini Alfredo, Duck Rumaki, Grilled Frog Legs and Buffalo Marsala. Wine enthusiast Pam Ashley showed the women how to pair wine with each of the entrees.
In addition, a crew from “Wild Ohio” was on hand to film the festivities.
The Women in Conservation series will finish off with programs on “Pressed Flowers” in August, and “Life in the Marsh” in September.
For more information, call 419-898-1595.
Master Gardener class
An informational meeting for those interested in becoming Master Gardener volunteers in Lucas County will be held Aug. 22 at the Conference Center at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo.
The meetings, which are mandatory for potential volunteers, will be held at 2 and again at 7 p.m. Participants should choose one session. Information will be provided about the program, the application process, a fingerprint and background checks, course fees and more.
Class size is limited. To register or for more information, call 419-578-6783 or email
Wood ID program
Is a hardwood really “harder” than a softwood? What does it mean for a hardwood to be diffuse porous, ring porous or semi-ring porous? Thinking about remodeling and deciding between several woods?
A program entitled, “What is That Wood?” will be held Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo. The class is part of the Woodland Steward’s Program through Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Participants will learn how to identify various wood structural characteristics, including rays, tyloses, resin canals, and more. The historical benefits of these woods as well as their current uses will be discussed.
The class fee is $35, which covers educational materials and lunch. A kit of 24 wood species will be available for an additional $25.
Register online at http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu or by calling 614-688-3421.
Specialty crop forum
Harvesting fresh vegetables in February? Generating additional revenue due to new crop varieties? What about obtaining funding to make it happen?
These topics and new techniques will be discussed Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., when nationally-recognized scientists and industry representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) present during the Ohio Specialty Crop Forum.
Sponsored by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the USDA/ARS, the event will be held at Lorain County Community College, Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio.
USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen A. Merrigan will be in attendance to discuss the importance and relevance associated with connecting research with industry. A number of other national experts will also be among the presenters.
The cost is $20 payable to CIFT. RSVP by contacting 419-535-6000, ext. 140 or