3 ways to really get hopping

picture of hopsCFAES has three ways on tap (sorry) to learn about growing hops to make beer: Monthly “First Friday” tours in Piketon and Wooster; a Feb. 4 workshop in Wooster called Getting Started in Hops Production; and the Feb. 5-6 Ohio Hops Conference and Trade Show in Wooster, being held with the Ohio Craft Brewers Conference.

How to help Ohio students eat more fresh local foods

picture of apple and deskOSU Extension, CFAES’s outreach arm, will host a statewide Farm to School conference on March 5. It’s for farmers looking to sell their product to schools and for school officials (K-college), students, parents and others wanting to start Farm to School programs. Goals include helping both groups understand each others’ needs, helping the groups make new contacts with each other, increasing farmer’s sales and income, and helping young people eat more healthfully. Read more about it.

Ohio’s food insecurity ranking may surprise you

picture of sad hungry childFood insecurity in Ohio — basically, a measure of how many people don’t get enough to eat and how often — is higher than the national average, says a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report. “We’re not talking about people who skip a meal to drop a few pounds,” says Irene Hatsu, food security specialist with OSU Extension, CFAES’s statewide outreach arm. “They’re skipping meals because they can’t afford more food.” Can more Ohioans fill their bellies, while also doing it healthfully? Hatsu thinks so. Read how she and OSU Extension are working to make it happen. (Photo: iStock.)

How to build local and regional food systems: OEFFA conference preview

You’ve read about the urban farming efforts of Morgan Taggart, who works in the Cleveland area with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, here and here (related video above). Now you can hear from her about her experiences with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, and how you, too, can bring together diverse partners for a greater, food-connected good. “Building Coalitions to Support Local and Regional Food Systems,” Session I A, 9:30-10:25 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference.

We cheer you as you go

A tip o’ the acorn cap to Ohio State’s victorious football Buckeyes (Aesculus glabra) and to their aptly green-hued, fast-flying opponent, the University of Oregon Ducks (Anas sp.).

Why this duck, and the Ducks, should be frightened

alarmed little ducklingBuckeyes are toxic to most animals, including ducks, CFAES experts say …

No bed of roses, no pleasure cruise, this was a challenge that they didn’t lose

First, trees. Next, football? The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reports on yesterday’s tree-planting national championship by Ohio State.

Ohio State tree planting team beats the Ducks, now it’s on to football

Sent by Mary Maloney, director of CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum, late this afternoon: "I just received a text from the Chadwick Arboretum Tree Planting Team in Arlington, Texas, near the site of the pending College Football National Championship game, and our team placed first in the tree planting competition! Team member and Chadwick GIS Specialist Christine Voise said it was by a landslide. I thought that this might happen when our team was featured planting a tree in under 60 seconds with Channel 10’s Jeff Hogan [Columbus TV] on the noon-day report earlier today! "I have attached a photo of the plaque and the tree planting team. From the left: Mike Boren (father of the three Boren brothers who all play/played on the Ohio State foo...    Read More »

Buckeyes to face Oregon — in tree planting — Thursday

Ohio buckeye leaves for GB

A team from CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum competes in a tree-planting competition at noon Thursday (Jan. 8) in Arlington, Texas. Among the opponents: The Oregon Ducks (hiss!) (must be Muscovies). The event is part of the Playoff Green sustainability program surrounding the College Football Playoff National Championship. Details. (Photo: Leaves of the Ohio buckeye tree, Hemera Technologies.)

Organic crops have billions of helpers living in the soil: OEFFA conference preview

picture of soil profileThe first principle of organic farming? Healthy, biologically active soils mean healthy crops. In fact, microbes and other organisms living in the soil affect every aspect of crop production, from weed competition to pest resistance to a crop’s nutritional quality, says research by CFAES scientist Larry Phelan. He’ll share what he’s learned on such topics as how crop plants actually recruit soil microbes and how farm practices affect those microbes — and a crop’s health as a result. “Inside the Black Box: Understanding Soil Biology in Organic Farming,” Session IV, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference.