Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Let’s go to the hops

… on the first Fridays of May, June and July at CFAES’s Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon.

Watch: ‘We can pretty much grow year-round now’

Dana Hilfinger of Urban Farms of Central Ohio talks about using structures called high tunnels to increase food production — and how scientists with CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, helped make it happen — in the new video above.

Ohio State ‘getting serious’ about sustainable agriculture

Kara Holsopple of the The Allegheny Front radio program interviewed Brian Snyder for an April 1 story called “Ohio State Is Putting Big Money Into Sustainable Agriculture.” Read and listen to it here.

Ohio State University is getting serious about transforming the state’s agricultural system. How serious? Try $100 million serious. That’s what Ohio State President Michael Drake has pledged to a program called the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation, or InFACT. And they’ve tapped one of Pennsylvania’s own rock stars in the sustainable agriculture scene to run it.

Snyder, who’s the executive director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, will take the same position with InFACT June 1.

Brian Snyder joins InFACT leadership team

Image of Brian SnyderBrian Snyder, pictured, executive director of one of the leading sustainable agriculture organizations in the nation, will join the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation at The Ohio State University as it pursues its mission to create sustainable and resilient food systems for Ohio and beyond. Read More »

Wednesday: How to fight flies at organic dairies

Webinar imageResearchers Roger Moon and Brad Heins will describe “Unique Fly Control Methods for Organic Dairy Production” when eOrganic’s free organic farming webinar series continues at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 24. Register here. Moon and Heins work at the University of Minnesota.

Ohio State tapped to lead major IPM project in East Africa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJohn Cardina, professor in CFAES’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, along with collaborating faculty in the Office of International Programs in Agriculture and four other departments in the college, have been awarded a major Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovation Lab project titled “Vegetable Crops for East Africa.” Read More »

3 ways to celebrate Ag Day today

Ag Day graphicToday, March 15, is National Agriculture Day. See how CFAES is celebrating — by working to provide clean water, health and food security — here, here and here (and also on our Facebook page).

Wednesday: Good sense food safety practices for organic veggie farms

Webinar imageeOrganic’s free organic farming webinar series continues at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 16, with “Good Sense Food Safety Practices for Organic Vegetable Farms.” Chris Blanchard of Decorah, Iowa-based Purple Pitchfork will be the speaker. Blanchard raises 20 acres of vegetables, herbs and greenhouse crops and, as owner of Purple Pitchfork, provides consulting and educational services to farms and farm businesses around the U.S. and Canada. Register for the webinar here.

Low-cost high tunnels raise food security

CFAES, OARDC, High TunnelUrban Farms of Central Ohio, part of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, uses high-tunnel technology refined and shared by OARDC scientists to train new farmers and help feed the hungry. The relatively low-cost high tunnels make the growing season longer, even in sometimes chilly Ohio. In doing so, they produce more food in the course of a year. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. Read the story. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Today: ‘Working with Local Organic Grains’

Webinar imageA team including bakers and pasta makers from far-apart South Dakota and Brooklyn, New York, presents “Working with Local Organic Grains” at 2 p.m. today in eOrganic’s free organic farming webinar series. Register here.