How (and why) to start composting

Connie Jackson, a Master Garden volunteer in the Erie County office of OSU Extension, CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, shows you how to get started with composting in an April 12 story in the Sandusky Register …
How and why to compost

How Ohio farmers are saving, gaining with solar

Reporter Todd Hill writes about Ohio farmers’ growing use of solar power in the April 12 Mansfield News Journal. He talks to, among others, Eric Romich, leader of CFAES’s Energize Ohio program, and Crawford County farmer Rick Niese, who has 200 solar panels on one of his barns.

“As of now, we’ve never received a power charge since we’ve put these in, so everything is apparently doing what it’s supposed to,” Niese said in the story. “If we had to do it again, we would do it. I’ve talked to people who said, even if there was no help out there with the government, they would still do it.” Give it a read.

Ohio’s farm nutrient law: Got questions? Get answers

Answers to questions on nutrient law

How will Senate Bill 1 affect Ohio farmers? CFAES’s Peggy Hall and Glen Arnold explain in a story in last week’s CORN newsletter. The new law takes effect June 21. It aims to cut nitrogen and phosphorus runoff from fertilizers and manure and the Lake Erie algal blooms the nutrients can cause. Read a related press release. (Photo: iStock)

Today at 3:30: ‘Why we don’t believe science,’ and what can be done about it

Why hide from science?Ohio State’s Climate Explorations series continues today at 3:30 p.m. with “Why We Don’t Believe Science: A Perspective from Decision Psychology.” Ellen Peters of the Department of Psychology is the speaker. The event flier says, “Examples in climate change and other politically charged domains will be considered along with evidence-based strategies that may help.” Get details. Also to be streamed. Also try this. (Photo: iStock.)

New life for spent foundry sands

Spent foundry sand as a safe soil amendmentSpent foundry sands are safe for certain soil-related uses, such as in soil blends for use around homes, a recent risk assessment has found. The sands are a byproduct from the metal casting industry. A CFAES study played a key role in the assessment. (Photo: iStock.).

2 green days coming

Things start turning green this month. Then get even greener on two special days. Earth Day, which celebrates the environment, is April 22. Arbor Day, which promotes trees, is April 24. Get details on Ohio State’s related activities, which in fact have already started, here.

(Sustainable) ice cream with breakfast

Jeni's Ice Cream pintsHere’s a scoop: The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program at Ohio State features Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The Columbus company, which is continuing to expand nationally, last year earned B Corp certification for its sustainability practices, one of only eight Ohio businesses to hold that distinction. Registration for the May 12 event includes breakfast and, yes, ice cream samples. (Photo: CSRwire.)

How to use high tunnels to grow longer, make more money

High Tunnel BenefitsCFAES has a workshop coming up on growing fruits and vegetables in high tunnels. High tunnels are a relatively low-cost, low-input way to extend the growing season into early spring, late fall and even winter. Extending the growing season benefits farmers, because early and late crops usually sell for more money — sufficient cash flow and profitability being keys to a farm’s sustainability. It helps consumers, too, by upping the availability of fresh, local produce, which is not just a way to eat better and be healthier but can cut the carbon footprint of one’s eating. Get more workshop details. (Photo: USDA-NRCS.)

Things worth saving; or, a preference to not be eft-bereft

Saving salamandersI remember my older daughter, who was 3 at the time, finding and gently holding a red eft like this one after a thunderstorm while camping in Pennsylvania. (Red efts tend to come out after rain.) That was 15 years ago. Today, red efts and all of North America’s salamanders are in peril. The threat of a deadly disease is looming. Tomorrow, you can hear about scientists’ efforts to protect them. (Photo: iStock.)

Thursday: ‘The emerging alliance of religion and ecology’

Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University, presents “The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the spring seminar series by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Attend in Columbus or watch in Wooster by video link.

Tucker teaches a joint master’s degree program between Yale’s Divinity School and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim; and served on the Earth Charter International Council. In the video above, she talks about the emergence of an “ecological theology.”