Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Hot August days: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Sustainable urban produceThe Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues this weekend in central Ohio. The Pasture-based Livestock and Poultry Tour is Saturday in Williamsport. The Sustainable Urban Produce Farm Tour is Sunday in Columbus. For details, go here and see pages 34 and 39.

‘Every option has trade-offs’

CFAES’s Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, also was quoted in the story “Why everyone who is sure about a food philosophy is wrong” in Sunday’s Washington Post.

Purple reign: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Farm tour features growing lavenderIn addition to the statewide Women Grow Ohio tours, the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is holding another event this Sunday, July 19: The Farming for Farmers’ Markets Tour at Jaybird Farms in southern Ohio’s Highland County. The focus should be a fragrant one: The farms grow lavender as a featured crop. Learn more here on p. 35 and on the farms’ website here.

Women Grow Ohio: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Women Grow Ohio farm toursNext in the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is a statewide lineup of Women Grow Ohio tours on Sunday, July 19. The tours will feature 17 women-run farms, gardens and homesteads in Athens, Fairfield, Franklin, Lorain, Muskingum and Perry counties. Registration is required for each site. Learn more here; scroll to p. 9. Get a map, details and registration contacts for all the sites here.

Organic Vegetables: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Organic Vegetable TourNext in the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is tomorrow’s Bring It Back Home with Organic Vegetables Tour at George and Mary Remington’s Morningside Farm in Medina in northeast Ohio.

In five years, on five acres, in five greenhouses, the Remingtons have demonstrated that more than 300 organic vegetable varieties can be profitably grown in Ohio. They also grow berries, herbs, and wild and tropical crops, all sold at farmers’ markets, to restaurants and through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

Click here and scroll to p. 8 for details.

Dairy herd health: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

dv455010The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series holds a Dairy Herd Health Workshop on June 29 at Othmary Farms in Maria Stein in western Ohio. Gustavo Schuenemann, DVM, veterinarian with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, will lead the program. Othmary Farms is a family-owned certified organic dairy farm. Find details here on p. 22. (Photo: Photodisc.)

Le Foll: 3 wins through ‘climate-smart agriculture’

French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll, who talks about how agriculture can cut carbon emissions this Saturday at Ohio State, spoke at the Climate-Smart Agriculture Conference in March in France. The website French Food in the US gives a good rundown. Climate-smart agriculture, the conference’s website said, is based on three conditions: a “triple win” of food security, adaptation and mitigation. Know French? You can watch Le Foll’s conference talk here.

Le Foll: Adapt food production, don’t cut it, to help fight carbon

A 2014 EurActiv article called “France backs agroecology to fight climate change” quotes French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll:

“The agricultural sector has a responsibility to reduce its emissions, but it can also offer solutions for greenhouse gas reduction.

“This is about considering the ecological challenge of the fight against climate change, the challenge to food production and the challenges of agriculture and forestry as one entity.

“The answer to the big environmental questions is not to reduce agricultural production, but to adapt.”

He speaks on his country’s carbon sequestration work this Saturday at Ohio State.

French agriculture minister to speak June 27 at Ohio State

Stéphane_Le_Foll_(2014)CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center hosts a free public talk by French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll, pictured, called “Research on Carbon Sequestration in Soils: A Priority for France,” at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, June 27, in 333 Kottman Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron will give welcoming remarks. The event flier says, “The theme of ‘carbon sequestration’ is extremely pertinent to addressing climate change and is the focus of the forthcoming COP21 meeting to be held in Paris in December.” COP21 is the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference. (Photo: StagiaireMGIMO (own work) licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.)

Successful urban farming systems: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Successful urban farmingBusy day: Also on June 28 in the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is Production Systems for Successful Urban Farming, a workshop in Dayton led by Mike Hass, an experienced farmer and the Findlay Market’s farm manager. He’ll compare and contrast different bed and production systems and share ideas for inexpensive postharvest handling setups. Find details here on pp. 20-21.