Learn how to name that bee

CFAES is co-sponsoring a bee biology and identification workshop on four dates in August in northeast and central Ohio.

The workshop is called Bees in Your Backyard … and the Plants They Visit, and the instructor will be Olivia Carril, biologist and co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Register for the workshop online.

June 24: Turning vacant lots into ‘beautiful, bountiful’ urban CSA

Next in the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is an Urban CSA Farm Tour on June 24 in Cincinnati. It’s at the Urban Greens CSA farm. Urban Greens, the event description says, “turns vacant properties into beautiful and bountiful gardens” and relies on an “extensive network of like-minded farmers, who provide them with the best variety and quality.” The tour is free and open to the public. There’s an optional farm-to-table dinner that’s $20 and requires registering in advance.

Download the series brochure.

Just announced: Call for HABRI pre-proposals

Ohio Sea Grant is requesting pre-proposals for one- to two-year research projects from Ohio colleges and universities as part of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative.

A blue lake means green for the economy

A clean Lake Erie is vital to Ohio’s economy, a panel including Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab Director Chris Winslow told U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) Monday in Toledo.

June 22: Get fertilization answers, certification

You can get your crop fertilization questions answered — and your state-required fertilizer applicator certification — at a CFAES-sponsored field day on June 22 in Canfield.

June 22: Port of Cleveland sustainability leader to speak at Stone Lab

The next event in Stone Lab’s 2017 summer guest lecture series features James White, director of sustainable infrastructure programs for the Port of Cleveland. It’s this Thursday, June 22. Also speaking will be International Joint Commission environmental advisor Victor Serveiss.

The port’s “innovative, environmentally friendly” dredging solution, which White introduced, was featured recently in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Stone Lab, pictured, is Ohio State’s island campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but you’ll need to pay for a ferry ride to Put-in-Bay and a water taxi ride to the lab. There’s an option to watch online. (Photo: Lisa Aurand Rice, via Flickr.)

Lake Erie algal bloom research at risk

A June 14 Great Lakes Today story by Elizabeth Miller said the proposed 2018 federal budget would “cut all federal funding for Sea Grant programs, including Ohio’s.” At risk, among other things, would be crucial health-related research on harmful algal blooms.

Miller, for example, interviewed two Ohio Sea Grant-funded researchers, Stuart Ludsin and CFAES’s Jiyoung Lee, who are trying to determine if toxins produced by harmful algal blooms can get into food — specifically, into fresh vegetables irrigated with bloom-tainted waters and fish such as walleye that swam in such waters.

Here, there be hidden jumpseed … for now

On a certain summer day in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum — July 6 — you can learn how to spot, ID and give the heave-ho to weeds.

June 20: How to grow ‘superior quality, nutrient-dense’ organic vegetables — and also conduct on-farm soil research

Artisan Acres near Wooster is hosting the next stop in the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Called the On-Farm Research and Organic Vegetable Farm Tour, the event starts at 9 a.m. June 20.

Artisan Acres provides “superior quality, nutrient-dense vegetables to customers … while at the same time increasing the health of their soil by applying minerals, rotating cover crops and mulching,” the tour description says. The tour will also look at soil balancing research being done on the farm in conjunction with CFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program.

Download the series brochure.

Get on the boat; or, water great way to spend an evening

Stone Lab, Ohio State’s water science-focused campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, has announced its 2017 summer guest lecture series. Admission is free and open to the public. But you’ll probably need to pay for a short but usually pleasant ride by ferry, water taxi or both to get there.

The series starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, featuring Mark Noark and Brent Repenning of Kent, Ohio-based Davey Resource Group and a research brief by Audrey Sawyer of Ohio State’s School of Earth Sciences called “Hidden chemical exchange due to lake-groundwater interactions.”

See the series schedule. There’s also an option to watch online. (Photo: Stone Lab scene, Jill Bartolotta, via Flickr.)