Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Good place to hatch new ideas

Image of OEFFA conference posterRegistration is open for the 2017 annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Feb. 9-11. It’s the largest sustainable agriculture conference in Ohio, and this year it moves to a larger venue: the Dayton Convention Center. Read OEFFA’s press release here. Check out the conference website here.

CFAES scientists part of honored corn-climate change project

Corn Tassels Up Close in an Iowa FieldA major project aimed at making corn production more resilient in the face of climate change, whose partners included scientists from CFAES, has been honored by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Thursday at 4 p.m.: Future of Waterman Farm in Columbus?

Aerial image of Waterman FarmWhat’s a sustainable future for CFAES’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory (pictured) in Columbus? Faculty members from Ohio State’s Knowlton School of Architecture and CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources will share their ideas in a seminar called “The New Waterman: At the Intersection of Productive Research, Education and Community Engagement.” It’s today, Thursday, Nov. 17, from 4-5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. You can attend in Columbus, watch by videolink at OARDC in Wooster, or watch online on your computer or mobile device. More. (Photo: CFAES.)

Don’t fence me in. Unless you’re a perennial source of food

Black dog's nose poking through a hole in the fenceThe final event in this year’s Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is ironically in Kentucky. “Edible Fencing for the Urban Garden” is this Sunday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. It’s at the Watkins Alley urban farm run by the Yogi and the Farmer wellness initiative in Covington, just across the river from Cincinnati. Sniff out further details.

Starting, sustaining business

Two high-tech companies based on research done at Ohio State have been named among 2016’s “Best University Startups.” Neurxstem Inc. and 3Bar Biologics Inc. are two of the 36 startup companies to be honored by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer.

3Bar Biologics has developed a unique delivery system for beneficial microbes that provides farmers a natural, biological way to increase their crop yields while potentially lowering costs and improving sustainability of the land. The company was co-founded by Brian McSpadden Gardener, who was a former professor in CFAES’s Department of Plant Pathology and former director of the college’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program. Read more.

Learn to grow veggies in winter … in Ohio … when it’s often rather cold out

Basket of vegetablesThe 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series presents its penultimate event this Thursday, Nov. 10. “Season Creation: Pay For Your High Tunnel in Six Months Harvesting Food Through the Winter” goes from noon to 4 p.m. at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale near Cincinnati. The focus is on using high tunnels and grow rooms to produce a year-round supply of fresh veggies and more. Advantages include higher off-season prices, less competition, year-round cash flow, and less or no need for off-farm income. There’s a fee for this one ($80 or $100), preregistration is required, and space is limited to 35 people. Learn more.

Should be boon to beer biz boom

Buckeyes — CFAES scientists — are breeding better barley (scroll down). Barley’s used for brewing beer. Background.

Still a few seats left for tonight’s talk by Todd Wilkinson

Still a few seats left — 25 at last count — for tonight’s talk by Todd Wilkinson, “Ted Turner: How His Amazing Life Story Ultimately Informs Western Lands, Wildlife and People Management.” Learn more and find a link to register here.

What’s ahead for CFAES’s organic farming program? Come share your ideas

CompassCFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program will hold a public listening and planning session on Nov. 9 in Wooster. Organic farmers and others are invited to attend.

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Registration open for Oct. 14 Stinner Summit

Stinner Summit flierThe 10th annual Stinner Summit, whose theme is “Working Together for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities,” is Friday, Oct. 14 at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio. When you register, you’ll be asked to suggest issues for discussion at the summit. Then, during the event, working with the other participants, you’ll propose, discuss and eventually decide specific projects for funding in the year ahead, with the funding coming from CFAES’s Ben Stinner Endowment, the summit’s sponsor. For details, go here. The life, work and vision of the late Ben Stinner touched farmers, the land, and his friends and colleagues in CFAES. Read more about him here.