Get the 411 on QGIS

Conceptual keyboard - GIS (blue key)Learn the ABCs of using QGIS — in this case, to map tree cover, land use and similar data — in an Aug. 17 workshop in Mansfield. QGIS is a free and open-source geographic information system, or GIS. It works on operating systems including Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows. Sponsoring the event is CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards program. Read more.

Make your yard your happy place

happy Father and little girlWhat can be greener than grass? The speaker at the Aug. 9 breakfast of the CFAES-based Environmental Professionals Network will show you some options…

How to do triage on trees

Green leafs eaten by insectCheck it out if your work involves trees or landscaping: CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is holding a workshop on diagnosing tree problems — from holes in leaves to galls on twigs, thinning crowns to dying branches — on Aug. 5 in Mansfield…

New study on pipelines and farming

A study of how natural gas pipeline installations affect Ohio cropland productivity begins this fall thanks to a $200,000 gift from Kinder Morgan Inc. to Ohio State…

See unusual herbs, berries in Columbus

July 17.Take a Unique Kitchen Herb and Berry Farm Tour from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 17. It’s at Foraged & Sown in Columbus and is part of the ongoing Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Foraged & Sown is a growing and foraging operation that sells at the Clintonville Farmers Market and select retail outlets. See herb seedlings, culinary herbs, alpine strawberries, other specialty berries, a backyard-scale greenhouse and high tunnel, and more. Get details here on p. 34.

Grow your own quality dairy forage

July 15.The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues at 10 a.m. Friday, July 15, with the Quality Forages for Dairy Operations Farm Tour. It’s at the Heckman Family Dairy in Yorkshire in western Ohio. The Heckmans milk 80 cows, raise replacements and rotationally graze them on 340 certified organic acres. They also grow all their own feed. Learn more here on pp. 11-12.

No waste left behind; or, big doings soon in London

Holstein cowsThe 2016 North American Manure Expo is about to land in Ohio. The big event, covering the serious business of using livestock leavings to help grow crops, while doing it safely and greenly, is Aug. 3-4 at CFAES’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, about 25 miles west of Columbus. Read the story…

The changing state of algal blooms in Oregon

Harmful algal blooms are on the upswing in Oregon — in part due to climate change, Beaver State experts say — and CFAES scientist Jay Martin, head of the college’s Field to Faucet initiative, spoke on Ohio’s bloom background in a June 30 story in the Bend (Oregon) Bulletin.

‘Interdependent, interconnected, indivisible’

water deeply imageIncreasing organic matters levels in the soil, through farming practices such as growing cover crops, not only benefits the soil and food crops but sequesters carbon and retains moisture. So said CFAES scientist Rattan Lal in a June 6 story by the Water Deeply media project, which is covering California’s drought. Sequestering carbon helps fight climate change; retaining moisture helps against drought. Lal is a Distinguished University Professor of soil science in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. “The health of the soil, plants, animals, people and ecosystems,” he said at the end of the story, “are interdependent, interconnected and indivisible.”

Near Columbus: Sustainable Beekeeping Farm Tour and Workshop

July 9.Also on July 9 in the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is the Sustainable Beekeeping Farm Tour and Workshop at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware near Columbus. This one’s a two-parter, too: The tour is from 10 a.m. to noon, the workshop from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The tour is free. The workshop is $10 and you have to sign up ahead of time. Get details here on pp. 10-11.