Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

How to keep your berries warm

berriesCan growing blueberry, raspberry and blackberry plants in containers (large pots and the like) help keep the plants safe in winter? Especially in a dread polar vortex? CFAES’s Gary Gao wants to know. (Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS.)

CFAES prof co-edits new book on ‘Soil-Specific Farming’

Speaking of Rattan Lal, he’s also the co-editor of a recently released CRC Press reference book called Soil-Specific Farming: Precision Agriculture. “Faced with challenges of resource scarcity and environmental degradation,” the book’s description says, “it is important to adopt innovative farming systems that maximize resource efficiency while protecting the environment” — in other words, that are sustainable. Check out the book’s webpage.

So this is REALLY hands-on: How to process your own chickens

The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues this Sunday, Oct. 11, with a Poultry Processing Workshop at Tea Hills Farms in Ashland County. “Take control of your food by learning to efficiently and humanely process your own chickens,” the series booklet says. “The day will begin with a hands-on training in start-to-finish poultry processing, with students directly participating in each step. … At the end of the day, each attendee will be able to take home two fresh chickens.” Also featured will be pasture tours, shelter designs and on-farm research by CFAES scientists on growing naked oats as poultry feed. Get details here on p. 25. Limited to 15 people.

5 events this weekend in Sustainable Farm Tour Series

The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series has another big weekend ahead with five events on the schedule. Get details in the series program booklet. Saturday, Sept. 26: Lamb Pasture Walk, Meigs County (p. 14); Alpaca Farm Tour, Stark County (p. 36); On-Farm Processing and Agritourism Tour, Monroe County (p. 37). Sunday, Sept. 27: Off-Season Farm Production Tour and Workshop, Muskingum County (p. 15); Steel in the Field Workshop, Montgomery County (p. 24). CFAES is a co-presenter of the series.

Ohio State faculty build capacity of researchers in Ghana through soil science workshop

rafiqWarren Dick, professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Rafiq Islam, research scientist and soil and bioenergy program leader at the college’s Ohio State University South Centers, traveled to Ghana from Aug. 27 to Sept. 5 to deliver an innovative workshop titled “Climate change, sustainable agriculture and soil health” at the University of Cape Coast. Read More »

4 more organic, sustainable farm tours this weekend

The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues this weekend with four events. Check out the series booklet here and the page numbers given for the details: Saturday, Sept. 19: Sustainable Living Farm Tour, Wood County, p. 36. Sunday, Sept. 20: Organic Weed Management Farm Tour, Madison County, p. 14; Carriage House Farm Open House, Hamilton County, p. 18; Sustainable Fruit Orchard Management Tour, p. 28.

Growing food greenly: Field day is Thursday

Organic field dayNext in the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is the Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Field Day. It’s from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at CFAES’s John E. Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Site at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation in northwest Ohio. Free admission and meal. Featured will be projects by CFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program, or OFFER, including research studying organic grain crops, organic pest control and zeolite as a soil amendment. Get full details here (PDF) on p. 28.

Sustainable farms, food, communities? Come share your ideas, plan action

It’s about growing green farms. Building sustainable communities. And helping keep more people fed. Ohio’s ninth annual Stinner Summit is Oct. 16 at Malabar Farm State Park near Mansfield, and anyone interested in healthy land and clean water — including such issues as local food, urban farming, food security and sustainable agriculture — is welcome to attend. Read about it …

Cover crops: Guide on how to grow them

Even more about cover crops: CFAES experts helped write the latest Midwest Cover Crops Guide, and you can read about it, including how you can get a copy, here.

Cover crops: Cleaner water, healthier soil

More about cover crops: “Farmers who add cover crops to their fields not only can help improve Ohio’s water quality, they can also cut input costs and improve their soil’s health,” said a 2014 CFAES press release.