Posts Tagged ‘food production’

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.

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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.

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.

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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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June 12: Certified Organic College Farm Tour

Seminary Hill Farm at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio is holding the Certified Organic College Farm Tour from 5 to 6 p.m. June 12. The school is in Delaware north of Columbus. The farm raises heirloom vegetables, fruit and chickens. Visitors will interact with the farmers, “explore season extension techniques, learn about their young farmer apprentice program and meet their bees,” the event description says. The tour is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series and is the specific presenter of this event.

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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.

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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.