Archive for May, 2017

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A pocket of Columbus has its own smaller pockets, and they’re rich with plants and wildlife.

The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program will explore these biodiversity oases and how residents are working to protect them.

Valuing Landscapes: The Ravines of Clintonville” is from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. June 8 in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, at Ohio State in Columbus. Admission is open to both EPN members and the public. Read More »

Scan your perch for science

If you go fishing on Lake Erie, and you catch a bunch of yellow perch, you can help your fellow anglers, fishery managers and the lake’s perch population as a whole if you scan your catch. (Photo: iStock.)

A refresher on how you can have the rot stuff

Got grass clippings to get rid of? Rotten radishes to remove? Dead daffodils to dump?

In the video above, Pam Bennett of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, says don’t waste them: turn them into soil-building, Earth-friendly compost.

Bennett, among other things, coordinates Extension’s statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program and is co-author of 2015’s Garden-pedia: An A-to-Z Guide to Gardening Terms.

Supporting students studying science

Fifteen high school students received scholarships to attend Stone Lab, Ohio State’s water-science-focused island campus on Lake Erie, at Ohio’s May 13 State Science Day.

Moo-re good reasons to attend

For the first time, the annual field day of CFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program will include organic dairy production.

The event is June 29 in Wooster.

Established in 1998, OFFER conducts scientific research on organic farming. It shares its findings with Ohio’s organic farmers and the state’s organic industry.

Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab offer new free curriculum on solar energy

A new set of lessons from Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab introduces students in grades 7-12 to the basics of solar energy via hands-on activities. The free curriculum is available to download and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Ohio’s Model Science Curriculum.

Stone Lab is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. The Ohio State-based Ohio Sea Grant program is part of the national NOAA Sea Grant network.

See what Stone Lab’s solar energy system is producing today. (Photo: Stone Lab’s 2016 solar workshop by Erin Monaco via Ohio Sea Grant.)

All hands needed on deck for Lake Erie: Ohio Sea Grant and its many partners

When the weather is good, charter boat captain Dave Spangler takes his boat out on Lake Erie almost every day. Using that time to help Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program solve the problem of harmful algal blooms is an obvious choice for the small business owner, whose love for the lake is evident as he speaks passionately about being on the water and helping his clients catch fish …

Stone Lab awards undergrad research scholarships; or, water them, watch them grow

Eight outstanding undergraduate students — four from Ohio State, including three from CFAES, and four from other Midwestern colleges — have been chosen for Stone Lab’s 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program.

Stone Lab is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. It holds classes and conducts research in a range of fields related to water science. (Photo: Summer 2015 Stone Lab evolution class by Madelyn Strahan [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Ohio Sea Grant.)

You said it

“Alternative energy and water resource management are two global issues of critical importance,” says Kris Boone, director of Ohio State ATI. “We’re proud to offer this first-of-its-kind program to our students.”

Sustainable farm tour series set

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has announced its idea-sharing, food-production-improving, healthy-food-celebrating 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, which runs from June through November.

CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a partner in presenting the series.

Download the series booklet.