Ohio State hosting talks on famous grizzly bear, Ted Turner’s green impact in West

T. A. Moulton BarnTwo special events at Ohio State will look at two big personalities — a famous grizzly bear and media mogul turned environmentalist Ted Turner, who was born in Ohio — and the mark they’re making on the American West. Read More »

Earthkeeping Summit is Saturday

Columbus-based Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, which is in Delaware near Columbus, are teaming up to co-sponsor the 2016 Earthkeeping Summit, which is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 24, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. It’s a chance, the event publicity says, “to discover how we can work together, with hope, for climate and social justice.” Learn more and register here.

Americans’ growing love for animals, including big fierce ones

Great white shark fings and teeth“Americans love animals more than they used to — even ‘scary’ ones,” says the headline of a Sept. 20 story in the Washington Post. It’s on a recent study by CFAES scientists called “Changes in attitudes toward animals in the United States from 1978 to 2014,” which the journal Biological Conservation recently published. Americans’ changing attitudes, the scientists wrote, “may be indicative of growing concern for the welfare of animals — both wild and domestic.” The scientists are with the Department of Animal Sciences and the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read their study here. (Photo: Great white shark by Ramon Carretero from iStock.)

Buckeyes’ behind-the-scenes members of the team

Up to 95 percent of the garbage tossed, dumped but hopefully not thrown in Ohio Stadium during Ohio State football games is turned into compost or recycled. Which is fantastic. So who does the good, hard, Earth-helping work of all that recycling? WOSU’s Esther Honig says the answer may surprise you. (Also, see who makes the compost in this story.)

Good news, everyone: Not a cruel summer for Lake Erie

Satellite image of Lake ErieNOAA scientists predicted a smaller algal bloom this summer in western Lake Erie. Tom Jackson of the Sandusky Register reports that the good news is, “Apparently, they were right.” (Photo: Recent Lake Erie satellite image via NOAA’s Lake Erie HAB Tracker.)

The fruits (and vegetables) of growing school gardens

Mother and son outdoorsSchool gardens can be magical places for kids. And “peaceful, interesting and exciting,” too. So says CFAES’s Sue Hogan, a 4-H educator who’s coordinating the fourth annual Ohio School Garden Conference on Oct. 7 at Ohio State in Columbus. It’s for teachers, administrators, after-school program staff and interested members of the community. Details.

How to grow fresh food in winter, even in Ohio

Dog dressed with hat, scarf and sweater, sitting on snowThis workshop’s name says it all: “Season Creation — Pay for Your High Tunnel in Six Months Harvesting Food Through the Winter.” It’s from noon to 4 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Mustard Seed Market at Highland Square in Akron. There’s a fee to register. Space is limited. It’s part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Details …

How to grow grapes, make wine sustainably

Grapes on The VineThe Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20, with the Grape Production and Winery Tour at Slate Run Vineyard in Canal Winchester near Columbus. The vineyard grows 60 grape varieties on 4 acres. Plus it locally sources apples. Yield? Some 17 unique proprietary wines. Sample the details here on p. 27.

Farm sustainability review

A reminder that CFAES’s big Farm Science Review kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20. It goes through Thursday, Sept. 22. Of note are a number of talks related to sustainable agriculture and conservation in the Small Farm Center and Gwynne Conservation Area.

Century farm holds open house

Old wooden calendar with September 18.Carriage House Farm in North Bend near Cincinnati holds a free open house this Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. as part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The farm is a diversified Ohio Century Farm that was started in 1855. It produces grains, fresh produce, herbs and honey, which it sells locally through restaurants, retailers, farmers markets and its own on-farm market. Learn more here on p. 16.