Electronic labeling of GMOs: How well would it work?

A survey by CFAES researchers shows that some seniors and low-income individuals may have trouble accessing electronic product codes on food labels indicating the item contains genetically modified ingredients.

June 11: Mixed vegetables and information management

Rock Dove Farm in West Jefferson, about 20 miles west of Columbus, is hosting the Mixed Vegetable Production and Information Management Farm Tour from 2 to 6 p.m. June 11. Registration is $4 members of the National Young Farmers Coalition, $10 for nonmembers, and includes strawberries, pickles and salad. It’s another in the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Download the series brochure.

June 10: Snowville Creamery open house

In addition to the Growing Right Oral History Pop-up Tour in Columbus, there’s a second event set for June 10 in the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series: the Snowville Creamery Open House in Langville in southeast Ohio. The event includes a field walk, milking parlor tour, homemade ice cream and live music. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m.

June 10: Ohio’s roots in ecological farming

The 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series starts June 10 with a pop-up tour of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s Growing Right Oral History project at Columbus’s North Market Farmers’ Market.

Speakers will share “oral history excerpts, photography, multimedia pieces and print materials from OEFFA’s grassroots oral history and media arts project on ecological farming in Ohio,” the event description says. “Join us in listening deeply to the stories and places of Ohio’s diverse ecological farmers and food systems movement-builders.”

OEFFA, CFAES, Central State University and the Clintonville Farmers’ Market are co-presenting the series.

Download the series brochure.

‘Great opportunities for farmers’

As Ohio’s craft beer market continues to grow, it’s a prime time to tour a field of hops and learn what it takes to start one. (Photo: Hop cones and leaves, iStock.)

Organic farmer finds it ‘wasn’t as easy as I thought’ — then success

A biweekly diary by Canadian organic farmer Brent Preston, headlined “Leaving the city to become a farmer wasn’t as easy as I thought,” is now running in Toronto’s Globe and Mail.

Preston and his wife, Gillian Flies, who started their now-succesful farm in central Ontario in 2007, are the authors of a new book called The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution.

Where to launch and paddle around Lake Erie’s islands

A new guide by a partnership including Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program will help you explore Lake Erie’s islands by kayak, canoe and SUP. There’s a launch of it (that you can launch at) June 9.

Outdoor recreation represents a “major service by which the public identifies with and better understands natural resources,” a 2013 U.S. Forest Service report says, “even to the extent that it can foster environmental stewardship.” (Photo: iStock.)

So you’ve got lots of pots to get rid of …

CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens are hosting their annual Plastic Pot Recycling Event from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 10. You can drop off horticultural plastics (pots, trays and cell packs) and non-food-grade styrofoam. It’s free and open to the public in front of Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Court, on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus.

“We engage with partner Phoenix Recycling to keep these plastics out of the waste stream and landfills,” an article on CFAES’s faculty-staff website says, “and they render them into useful products.”

Visit the event’s webpage. (Photo: iStock.)

New meaning to rubbery eggs

CFAES scientist Katrina Cornish’s research on using eggshells to help make tires was recently covered by the UK’s 1.5-million circulation Daily Mail newspaper.

Cornish is CFAES’s Ohio Research Scholar Endowed Chair in Bio-based Emergent Materials.

Read a March 6 press release about her research.

Hoo’s there?

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 »