Sustainability... On The Farm

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.

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.

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.

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.

Not so pretty in pink; or, ways to waylay wayward weeds

It’s pretty. And pretty hard to control. A class in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum will help you win your war on weeds. (Photo: Canada thistle by John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Bugwood.org.)

Devising climate-smart agricultural practices for the world’s dry areas

My name is Somanagouda B. Patil, and I’m an Indian citizen currently working at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas in Rabat, Morocco.

Since April, I’ve been a visiting scholar in CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center through the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program.

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Study: ​Where climate change is most likely to induce food violence

While climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, new research suggests the strength of a country’s government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings. “A capable government is even more important to keeping the peace than good weather,” said study co-author Bear Braumoeller, an associate professor of political science at Ohio State. Read the study in the Journal of Peace Research.

June 15: Natural? Organic? What food labels really mean

CFAES’s Direct Marketing Team is hosting a free public webinar called “Organic, Naturally Grown, Chemical-Free: What Do These Mean?” from noon to 1 p.m. this Thursday. Speaking will be Eric Pawlowski and Amalie Lipstreu of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

The webinar is part of an ongoing series being hosted by the team. See the complete series schedule.