Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

New study on pipelines and farming

A study of how natural gas pipeline installations affect Ohio cropland productivity begins this fall thanks to a $200,000 gift from Kinder Morgan Inc. to Ohio State…

See unusual herbs, berries in Columbus

July 17.Take a Unique Kitchen Herb and Berry Farm Tour from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 17. It’s at Foraged & Sown in Columbus and is part of the ongoing Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Foraged & Sown is a growing and foraging operation that sells at the Clintonville Farmers Market and select retail outlets. See herb seedlings, culinary herbs, alpine strawberries, other specialty berries, a backyard-scale greenhouse and high tunnel, and more. Get details here on p. 34.

Grow your own quality dairy forage

July 15.The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues at 10 a.m. Friday, July 15, with the Quality Forages for Dairy Operations Farm Tour. It’s at the Heckman Family Dairy in Yorkshire in western Ohio. The Heckmans milk 80 cows, raise replacements and rotationally graze them on 340 certified organic acres. They also grow all their own feed. Learn more here on pp. 11-12.

No waste left behind; or, big doings soon in London

Holstein cowsThe 2016 North American Manure Expo is about to land in Ohio. The big event, covering the serious business of using livestock leavings to help grow crops, while doing it safely and greenly, is Aug. 3-4 at CFAES’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, about 25 miles west of Columbus. Read the story…

Near Columbus: Sustainable Beekeeping Farm Tour and Workshop

July 9.Also on July 9 in the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is the Sustainable Beekeeping Farm Tour and Workshop at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware near Columbus. This one’s a two-parter, too: The tour is from 10 a.m. to noon, the workshop from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The tour is free. The workshop is $10 and you have to sign up ahead of time. Get details here on pp. 10-11.

Near Cincinnati: Historic Farm Tour and Biochar Workshop

July 9.On July 9, Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale near Cincinnati hosts the next stop in the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. It’s a two-part event: There’s a Biochar Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a Historic Farm Tour from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The farm dates back to 1835. Biochar is a type of charcoal that can boost soil health and plant growth and help sequester carbon. The tour is free but you have to sign up in advance; participation is limited to 40 people. The workshop is $15, also is limited to 40 people and also requires pre-registration. Get details here on pp. 9-10.

Maybe they are, Lois. Maybe they are

Superhero kid“Super berries” could be super good for both the people who eat them and grow them …

Tonight: Get thee to Coshocton

June 30.The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues with the Regenerative Vegetable Farm Tour from 6:30-9 p.m. this evening at the Amish-run Blossom Acres Produce in Coshocton. The 15-acre farm produces vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits plus pastured eggs, chicken and more. Get details here on pp. 28-29. CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is co-presenting the series together with five other groups.

See what’s hot on Columbus’s urban farms

peppers with cucumbers in a wicker basketMike Hogan is stoked, really stoked, about urban farming in Columbus. He hopes to share that excitement in the second annual Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series, which starts at the end of July…

How to boost crop yields, protect water quality

CornfieldTwo field days on the best ways to use nutrients on farms are set for late July in northwest and western Ohio.

Both events aim to help farmers maximize their crop yields while minimizing nutrient runoff risk, says co-organizer Greg LaBarge, a field specialist with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension.

Doing that, he says, can lower input costs, raise profits and limit water quality threats such as harmful algal blooms. Read about both events. (Photo: Nelson A Ishikawa, iStock.)