Learn how to cut down a tree safely, and actually get to do it

When it comes to using a chainsaw, there are things you want to cut, like any of Ohio’s millions of still-standing dead ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer pest, and things you don’t want to cut, like … anything not a tree.

A class you can take on Aug. 3 will help you keep them straight. (Photo: iStock.)

Tours of urban farm, produce farm Saturday

The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues on Saturday, July 22, with two events.

CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series.

Download the series brochure.

They took a paved not-so-paradise, and put up an urban farm

Dayton’s Urban Renewal Farm, which is turning an abandoned factory into an urban farm, will host a free public tour this Thursday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The farm grows food in raised beds set on the old factory’s parking lot. There are plans, too, to turn the factory itself into a year-round growing facility. Admission to the tour is free. Preregistration is encouraged.

It’s part of the ongoing Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series and is the specific presenter of this tour.

Download the series brochure.

More’s a-poppin’ Friday

The Growing Right Oral History Project pop-up tour, which will be at the Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers’ Market in Columbus today, also will be at the Keller Market House and Lancaster Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday. Lancaster is about 30 miles southeast of Columbus.

Ecological farming pop-up tour is in Columbus today

The Growing Right Oral History Project pop-up tour, a look at the history of ecological farming in Ohio, appears today from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers’ Market in Columbus.

It’s part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series.

Download the series brochure.

How Ohio communities can handle pluses, minuses of oil and gas work

A July 27 event at Ohio State will look at how Ohio communities can experience the most benefits — and fewest problems — from oil and gas work in their areas. Read More »

NOAA forecast: Western Lake Erie due for significant harmful algal bloom

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its research partners, which include Ohio State, are predicting that western Lake Erie will experience a significant harmful algal bloom this summer.

NOAA announced the forecast at a July 13 event and webinar co-hosted by Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program. The event took place at Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. CFAES Agronomic Systems Field Specialist Greg LaBarge was one of the speakers.

Watch and listen to a video of the webinar above.

Ohio educators: Explore 2 ‘amazing’ resources for teaching about nature, the environment

A July 18-19 workshop on Ohio State’s Mansfield campus — called A Walk Through Ohio’s Forests: The Good, the Bad and the Invasive — will feature two helpful tools for teaching students about nature and the environment. Co-sponsors of the event include CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and OSU Extension outreach arm. Register by Friday.

Volunteer naturalists are certified, celebrated and ready to serve

Twenty-one central Ohioans received their Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program certificates at a May 30 celebration at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio. Read More »

New report out on Ohio’s algal bloom efforts

Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of Ohio State, the University of Toledo and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, has released the second-year research progress update for the statewide Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative. (Photo: Lake Erie algal bloom, NASA.)