OSU Receives Grant for “Living Laboratory”

A $5 million gift will extend the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The gift creates the Franklin County Extension Building Capital Fund, which will be used for construction and maintenance of new Franklin County Extension offices and learning spaces on Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. Waterman consists of 261 acres of farmland located northwest of West Lane Avenue and Kenny Road.

Waterman is designated for a major renovation into a research, learning and outreach hub. Bringing Franklin County Extension to Waterman will put cutting-edge research at the extension office’s front door. The new office will engage the community in demonstration gardens, large urban farm enterprises, nutrition kitchens and day camps. Pending approval from the Board of Trustees, construction will begin in 2017.

The donation comes from a longtime Ohio State supporter who wishes to remain anonymous.
Currently, the Waterman site houses dairy cows in a fully operational milking facility, as well as numerous faculty and student projects.

OSU Extension provides research-based education programming and has offices in all 88 Ohio counties. The state office will remain at the Agricultural Administration Building on Fyffe Road.