Christmas trees, and Christmas tree farms, give us green (the color), green (meaning farm income and economically quantifiable ecosystem services), and green (in terms of benefits to the environment). Read the story …
Archive for December, 2012
Sign up by Jan. 15 for a Feb. 8 workshop on high tunnels, which, by extending the growing season in early spring and late fall (and sometimes into winter) (without the need for supplemental heating) can increase a grower’s production and profits and so can make his or her farm more sustainable.
Early and late crops, such as the year’s first tomatoes or last raspberries, typically sell at higher prices, which people are typically happy to pay.
Co-sponsoring the workshop is CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. Read more…
Watch: Sustainably growing Buckeyes (video, 1:24).
Learn more, if you want to, about making maple syrup in “Sustainable Tapping Guidelines for Modern Maple Production,” a project of the Northeastern States Research Cooperative. Our own Gary Graham is one of the contributors. He’s head of OSU Extension’s Ohio Maple Program and coordinator of next month’s Ohio Maple Days workshop.
Traditionally, producing maple syrup is sustainable. We tap sugar maples for some of their sap. The trees stay healthy and growing, sometimes for more than a century. To help Ohio’s maple syrup producers prepare for the coming season, which can start in February, OSU Extension, our outreach arm, will hold its annual Ohio Maple Days workshop next month.
CFAES professor Allen Klaiber spoke yesterday (12/13) with WVIZ-TV, Cleveland, on the impact of shale drilling on nearby property values (includes link to audio). The story comes from Portage County in northeast Ohio. Read Klaiber’s co-authored paper, “Is the Shale Boom a Bust for Nearby Residents? Evidence from Housing Values in Pennsylvania,” here (pdf).
Ohio State will offer four new courses in the Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) curriculum starting in spring 2013. Their focus: Sustainable energy, sustainable economies, international conservation, and human biology and the nature of sustainability. Details on each of them here. Eager to study sustainability? These are classes and a major to put on your short list.
OARDC’s Dave Benfield talks about closing the carbon cycle by running cars on waste-produced, biogas-derived natural gas (video, 1:18), which OARDC is doing in a new demonstration project. Read the story.