Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Into your woods: OEFFA conference preview

picture of trees in woodlotRemember your woodlot when managing your farm. That’s the advice of Pete Woyar, a professional forester, and Dave Apsley, a CFAES natural resources specialist. Woodlots, they say, while often neglected, offer ecological services and income potential. The two experts will talk about ways to manage your woodlot, how to do a forest inventory, and how to use that inventory to develop a plan and timetable for reaching your goals. “Sustainable Woodlot Management,” Session I B, 10:35-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference. (Photo: Wavebreak Media.)

SARE’s sustainable ag grants, and tips on how to get one: OEFFA conference preview

SARE_NorthCentral_RGBThe North Central Region office of USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program offers a number of grants to people who work in, study and/or teach about sustainable agriculture. You can learn more about them — what they are, who can apply for one, how to create good proposals and more — from Mike Hogan, who is an educator with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, and is SARE’s Ohio coordinator. He’s available, too, for later one-on-one help with proposals. “Turning Your New Ideas Into Successful SARE Grant Proposals,” Session III B, 10:35-11:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference.

Growing greener: OEFFA conference preview

picture of apple and money“Sound economic decision-making helps organic farmers ensure the long-term sustainability of their business.” So says the blurb for a session by CFAES’s Subbu Kumarappan at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference. You’ll get the lowdown on basic economic principles, will see how to determine optimal input levels and prices, and will get a hands-on lesson on using a spreadsheet to show the financial impacts of different management decisions. “Tips for Economic Decision-Making on the Organic Farm,” Session II B, 2:50-3:35 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. (Photo: iStock.)

How and why to be a food citizen: OEFFA conference preview

picture of woman at farmers marketHow does government affect what you grow? How about what you eat? Ohio State’s Jill Clark (leader, Ohio Local Food Policy Council Network) and Granville, Ohio, farmer Bryn Bird will fill you in. They’ll encourage you to take a more active role in your food system. “Food Citizens: Engaging in the Intersection Between Food and Policy,” Session II A, 1:45-2:40 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference(Photo: USDA via CC BY 2.0.)

‘An ethical obligation’ to farm animals

picture of Monique Pairis GarciaMonique Pairis-Garcia, who hails from the wonderfully named town of Idyllwild, California, recently joined OSU Extension, CFAES’s outreach arm, as its animal welfare specialist. “We recognize that we have an ethical obligation to (farm) animals because they are providing resources for us,” she says. “We want to manage them as humanely as we can.” In her work she’ll teach students and serve as a resource for farmers. Get to know her.

By the way, that chicken ROCKS

OEFFA conference bannerYou’ve seen mentions here (and here and here, too, for example) of sessions slated for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s annual conference. Now a new press release takes a wider look, including with a list of the 19 speakers from Ohio State. Get details on all the event’s speakers — some 100-plus in all — here (PDF).

Knee deep in clover: OEFFA conference preview

picture of cow in pastureWant amazing grazing? That leaves your farm in sound condition in terms of the green and the green — economics and the environment? Bob Hendershot, retired Natural Resources Conservation Service grazing management specialist, and Jeff McCutcheon, an educator with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, will share what you should know in a series of detailed sessions. “Pasture for Profit I-IV,” Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference. For more on the series, click here (PDF; p. 1 for times, p. 8 for session descriptions).


2 good reads on growing hops

Want to keep learning about hops? For starters, try CFAES’s Hops in Ohio: Beneficial Arthropods fact sheet (sustainable ways to manage pests) and Michigan State University Extension’s Sustainable Hop Production in the Great Lakes Region (PDF). (Also see our previous post.)

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.