Local Matters and the Godman Guild, both of Columbus, and CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, are co-hosting three upcoming workshops for people who farm in the city or want to. The topics are backyard chickens, keeping urban honey bees, and keeping the food you grow clean and safe. The theme is “Grow Your Own.” Details.
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Rattan Lal grew up on a small farm in India. Today he’s a world-renowned soil scientist (Iceland’s president is a fan, for instance) and a Distinguished University Professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. He works on three of the planet’s biggest (and mostly interconnected) issues: hunger, climate change, and water pollution. Ohio State “is a paradise for a researcher,” he says in a new video interview (2:14). “It provides an opportunity to do research globally.”
“In the years ahead, figuring out how to feed an ever-expanding global population without depleting our planet’s resources and degrading the environment will be critical,” says OSU Extension educator Mike Hogan, who says sustainable agriculture and local foods are part of the solution (video; 1:20).
Not coincidentally, he adds, sustainable agriculture and local foods have roots in all three Ohio State Discovery Themes: Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, and Food Production and Security. Learn more about the themes here.
Joshua Beniston, a doctoral candidate in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, presents “Assessing and Managing Soil Quality for Urban Agriculture” Feb. 21. It’s part of SENR’s spring seminar series.
Next in the “Grow Your Own” workshop series is “The Future of Producing Food in Urban Areas of Ohio” March 2. The program features recently retired CFAES researcher Joe Kovach, pictured, and a hoop house project developed by Columbus’s Godman Guild, Ohio State’s Knowlton School of Architecture, and CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. Co-sponsors of the series are the Columbus group Local Matters and CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension.
Link to a video about the hoop house in our next post.
There’s a second Ohio Small Farm Conference coming up. It’s on March 23 in Zanesville in northeast Ohio. Its theme: “Living Your Small Farm Dream.” It features more than 30 sessions by experts from industry and from CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. Get the event flier here (pdf). The first conference, “Opening Doors to Success,” is March 8-9 in Wilmington in southwest Ohio. A co-sponsor of both is the Small Farm Program of OSU Extension.