Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

How to grow fresh food in winter, even in Ohio

Dog dressed with hat, scarf and sweater, sitting on snowThis workshop’s name says it all: “Season Creation — Pay for Your High Tunnel in Six Months Harvesting Food Through the Winter.” It’s from noon to 4 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Mustard Seed Market at Highland Square in Akron. There’s a fee to register. Space is limited. It’s part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Details …

How to grow grapes, make wine sustainably

Grapes on The VineThe Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20, with the Grape Production and Winery Tour at Slate Run Vineyard in Canal Winchester near Columbus. The vineyard grows 60 grape varieties on 4 acres. Plus it locally sources apples. Yield? Some 17 unique proprietary wines. Sample the details here on p. 27.

Farm sustainability review

A reminder that CFAES’s big Farm Science Review kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20. It goes through Thursday, Sept. 22. Of note are a number of talks related to sustainable agriculture and conservation in the Small Farm Center and Gwynne Conservation Area.

Century farm holds open house

Old wooden calendar with September 18.Carriage House Farm in North Bend near Cincinnati holds a free open house this Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. as part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The farm is a diversified Ohio Century Farm that was started in 1855. It produces grains, fresh produce, herbs and honey, which it sells locally through restaurants, retailers, farmers markets and its own on-farm market. Learn more here on p. 16.

Learn latest on soil balancing, see on-farm research

Old wooden calendar with September 16.Crumrine Farms in Nova in northern Ohio hosts the On-Farm Research Farm Tour this Friday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m., as part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The tour’s focus: Long-term sustainability of the soil. The long-time family operation grows certified organic corn, hay, straw and more. And it’s cooperating with CFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program on on-farm research on soil balancing. Learn more here on pp. 13-14.

One-stop local, sustainable fish and veggies

Image of tilapia 2“There’s a noticeable trend throughout agriculture for local, sustainable produce and fish,” says CFAES aquaculture specialist Matthew Smith. “This lets consumers know exactly where their food is coming from.” The “this,” in this case, is aquaponics. He’ll talk about how it works at CFAES’s Farm Science Review next week. (Photo: Tilapia via Pixabay.)

Big new ideas for Ohio’s small farms

Man Holding Large And Small Piggy Bank“We have farmers of very large operations come to these presentations. People are looking for ways to increase profitability no matter their size or scale.” So says CFAES’s Mike Hogan, organizer of the Small Farm Center and its more than two dozen sessions set for next week’s Farm Science Review trade show. Learn more and see the center’s schedule of talks.

Friday: How to see and grow your farm ‘as part of a complex living system’

green world in the heart handThe Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues this Friday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. with the Lessons Learned, Understanding Gained Farm Tour. It’s at Farm 153 in Jefferson in far northeast Ohio. Owners Tim and Barb Loya, the event description says, “see their soil, air, water and plants as part of a complex living system that they build up according to organic methods.” Attendees “will walk away with a list of resources, materials, practices to avoid and practices to embrace.” Details here on p. 32.

Tours of research on organic crops, soil health

Old wooden calendar with September 8.The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues this Thursday, Sept. 8, with two events: the Organic Crop Research Tour at 2 p.m. in Wooster, hosted by CFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) program and featured in a post last week; and the Soil Health Research Tour from 7-9 p.m. in Ottawa, hosted by Jim Hoorman, who until recently was an educator with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, and is now a specialist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The former takes place on certified organic land near CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. The latter is at Putnam County’s Soil Health and Research Plots (SHARP) site. Dig details here on pp. 26-27.

Sept. 8 field day on organic farming research

Tomato in gardener's handsCFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program is holding a free public field day, featuring its latest research on organic field crops, vegetables and more, on Sept. 8 near Wooster.