About Pickaway County

Pickaway County was created by an act of the Ohio Legislature in 1810, and Circleville was designated the County Seat in 1811. The name "Pickaway" comes from the Native American word "piqua" meaning "man risen from the ashes." Pickaway County's land area is 502 square miles, and it remains a primarily rural farming area with approximately 80% of the land used in agriculture production. The 2010 Census reported the population of Pickaway County as 55,698.

OSU Extension, Pickaway County is one of the 88 county field offices of The Ohio State University bringing the knowledge of the university to your door. We fulfill the land-grant mission of Ohio State University by interpreting knowledge and research developed by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State and other land-grant universities, so that Ohioans can use the scientifically based information to better their lives, businesses and communities.

OSU Extension serves the residents of Pickaway County by sharing research based information in the following program areas:

  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Family & Consumer Sciences


2013 Pickaway County Highlights 


The Pickaway County OSU Extension office is grateful for the continued support of the

Harold Henson, Brian Stewart and Jay Wippel.




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County Achievement & Trip Award Winners
Congratulations to Pickaway County 4-H Award winners! Click "read more" for the list of winners...
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National Paper Clover Campaign Continues Support of Pickaway County 4-H Youth
The spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will take place April 23-May 4, 2014. Shoppers at the Circleville TSC store will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Pickaway County by choosing to purchase paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H youth development program activities in Pickaway County.
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The Second Annual School Garden Conference, "Cultivating Curiosity: The Teachable Garden" will be held on May 2nd on the Ohio State University Campus in Columbus, Ohio. The event is sponsored by OSU Extension, Franklin County.
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County News
2014 Live Healthy Live Well Spring Health Challenge
Join OSU Extension for the Live Healthy Live Well Spring Challenge from April 7 - May 18. This FREE challenge is open to any adult with an email account. Challenge Themes include: Vegetables and Fruits, Physical Activity, Sun Safety, Local Foods & Farmers Markets, Herbs and Gardening. Click 'READ MORE' for additional information
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Pickaway to Garden - February 2014
Family Feud by Paul Hang. What vegetable plant families can safely be planted year after year in the same location? Survey says! None!
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Pesticide Applications in Community Gardens
Originally published in the OSU Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program newsletter
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Keith L. Smith, Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration; Associate Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Director, Ohio State University Extension; and Gist Chair in Extension Education and Leadership.

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