Coffee with gardeners continues

TROY — The fifth session in the Coffee with the Master Gardener Series being offered by OSU Extension Miami County Master Gardeners will take place on June 3 beginning at 10 a.m. This series is geared towards backyard gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts alike. June’s session will cover how to identify weeds in your flower and vegetable gardens.

Organizers will cover some of the most common species and some not so common weeds to look out for. Learn what works and what doesn’t when it comes to managing weeds and the reasons why. Then test your knowledge with a hands-on demonstration of weed identification.

The session will be held at in the extension meeting room on the ground floor of the Miami County Courthouse, 201 W. Main St., and will run from 10-11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required for refreshments, handouts and space. The cost is $10 per person. Registration deadline is May 27. Make checks payable to OSU Extension. You may mail form and payment to OSU Extension, 201 W Main St, Troy, OH 45373, or pay by cash or credit card in the office or over the phone.

Call (937) 440-3945 or email Amanda Bennett at for more information or to request a registration form. Interested, but still have questions? Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.

Education float offered

DARKE COUNTY — The Stillwater Watershed Education Float will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 17, beginning at Greenville Creek, and travelling from Arcanum-Bears Mill Road to Hahn Road.

The Miami and Darke SWCD is trying a new section this year and are hoping members of the community will join together along with the Miami County Park District as participants travel Greenville Creek within the Stillwater River Watershed. The journey will begin with registration between 8:15-8:45 a.m. at Arcanum Bears Mill Road, then participants will have a safety talk and if all goes according to plan, will get on the water a little after 9 a.m.

Participants will see all there is to see along the banks of Greenville Creek and then take out along Hahn Road, learn a little more about the Stillwater River Watershed and then enjoy a lunch, tentatively ending the day around 1 p.m. The cost for this day is $5 to pay for lunch. Please pay when registering by calling Darke SWCD at (937) 548-2410.

FFA hosts first Agricultural Awareness Day

WEST MILTON — Milton-Union MVCTC FFA hosted their first annual Agricultural Awareness Day for the Milton-Union Elementary, grades kindergarten through fourth grade.

The purpose of the event was to educate students on the topic of agriculture. FFA member and chapter reporter Jessica Leffew planned and designed the curriculum for the day. Her goal is to educate students in the surrounding area on the importance of agriculture in our daily lives. She hopes to continue this tradition and to watch it grow in the years to come.

Thirty-Four FFA members participated in the curriculum for nine agricultural-related stations, including: tractor safety, Project WILD (natural resources), Seed Germination, Horses, Cattle, Swine, Goats, Rabbits, and various Poultry. MOre than 400 students from Milton-Union were able to participate in the day’s activities. The elementary students were able to experience various aspects of the agriculture industry and enjoyed the opportunity to see and learn in a hands-on setting.