This year’s Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series schedule has been announced. Download the booklet, which has details on the farms, topics, dates, locations, directions, etc., here (pdf). A co-sponsor of the series is CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team.
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CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is holding a four-part seminar series for gardeners, landscapers, homeowners, and others on invasive species, the problems they cause, and how to deal with them. Read the whole story. The stewards program is part of our statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension. (Photo: Invasive insects called hemlock woolly adelgids (the fuzzy white spots) on a hemlock branch by Nicholas A. Tonelli, Pennsylvania, USA, via Wikimedia Commons.)
Fun fact No. 1: There’s something called a beech aphid poop-eater. Fun fact No. 2: It’s one of the “Weird Things in Your Woods” that make up one of the 20 expert-taught sessions (pdf; scroll down) at CFAES’s first-ever Tree School May 18. It’s for anyone interested in knowing more about and growing trees. Sign up by
tomorrow (May 10) Monday, May 13, if you’d like to attend.
Fun sustainability-related fact via the linked-to Tom Volk’s Fungi website, which puts the fun in fungal: “Leaves covered in sooty molds [of which the beech aphid poop-eater is one] adsorb more polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals from air than clean leaves. Thus they may be more efficient at cleaning up polluted air.”
You may think there’s only one way to dig a ditch. But Andy Ward has a better idea. And farms, farmers, soils, plants, animals, and water are all better for it. Story plus video link …
A CFAES scientist has been honored for his work to keep rice sustainable — free of plant diseases and able to feed more than half the people on Earth. Read the story (with link to video).
People who manage parks, farms, trees, wildlife, landscape plants, commercial nurseries, and more for a living can get a detailed look at Ohio’s invasive species, including the possible new threats, at a workshop May 17. There’s an early registration discount if you sign up by May 3. The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, which is part of OSU Extension, which is the statewide outreach arm of CFAES, is the sponsor. Get the workshop brochure here (pdf). Feral pigs like the ones shown here are now in southeast Ohio.
Your Apple mobile devices can now fight invasive species (such as the Asian longhorned beetle shown here; not actual size). CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, has released an iPhone and iPad version of its Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app. (Photo: USDA-APHIS.)
“I was with the speaker [“Green Fire” guide Curt Meine]. We were walking toward the entrance when the evacuation began. We stood in the rain on the far side of High Street until about 8:10 and decided to pack it in, not knowing when the building would re-open and if anyone would still be around to watch it. Right now there are no plans to show it again, but we will consider that. For now, people can watch a slightly shortened version on WOSU TV Sunday [April 21] at 3 p.m.”
We’ve gotten some questions about last night’s “Green Fire” screening. The location for the screening, the Ohio Union on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, was evacuated from about 6-7:30 p.m. so police could investigate an unattended backpack that was found to be harmless. What we’re trying to find out is whether the screening was just delayed or was cancelled altogether … and if it was cancelled, whether it will be rescheduled. If you have any details, drop us a line. Otherwise, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.