Ohio State University Extension Clermont County’s Family & Consumer Sciences Teen Board hosted a gardening clinic at the 4-H Hall in February.
The clinic, focused on growing herbs, opened with a game that involved matching pictures of herbs to their names. After the game, participants used tissue paper, yarn and glue to decorate small pots.
While the pots dried, participants listened to a presentation by Kim Chamberland, a Clermont County Master Gardener. She spoke about herbs and their many uses. She detailed the many ways that herbs benefit people through culinary arts, medicine and arts/crafts. The group learned many new things, such as the time it takes for a vanilla bean tree to produce a vanilla bean (around five years) and that black pepper is an herb.
After the presentation, participants had the opportunity to sample herbs in a dip and salsa. Lastly, the attendees planted herbs in the dry pots to take home.
Stay tuned for future clinics from FCS Teen Board by visiting http://clermont.osu.edu. The group has plans in May to begin a mentoring program to help 4-H members with their projects. The idea is to connect younger 4-H’ers with an older 4-H youth mentor.
OSUE Clermont County is a non-formal education branch of OSU. The office merges needs of local citizens with OSU’s research through four focus areas: Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development. For more information, please call 732-7070 or search Facebook for OSU Extension Clermont County.