Professionals (JCEP) Board developed the Extension Leadership Conference to provide leadership training for professional association officers around the country. It has evolved into a premier conference for any Extension professional seeking leadership development, updates in national initiatives, and networking. The conference theme, A Vision For The Future, will be woven through the 32 concurrent and general sessions. The conference will be held February 12 -13, 2020, on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Follow this link to learn more.
A group of 40 volunteers spent the weekend in Hamilton winterizing a community garden, cleaning its raised boxes, tending to its berry beds, and trimming its trees and shrubs. The garden is part of the Hamilton Urban Garden System (HUGS). It donates all the food it grows to the Hamilton community, in Butler County, Ohio. The area around the HUGS garden is reportedly considered a food desert. The nearest grocery store is almost a mile away, leaving many in the area without readily available, nutritious food options. The HUGS garden aims to solve that problem – and it’s making a dent. Last summer, the garden reportedly produced 1,500 lbs. of fresh fruits and vegetables for the community. Follow this link to learn more.
Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities: “Strengthen Ohio by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections” will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Wednesday, January 29, 2020
To better understand and address:
Real-life context of Extension work in urban communities (scale, diversity, complexity, urban-rural interface);
Alignment with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Framework and Integration with university, college, and other converging interests;
OSU Extension’s strategies to be relevant locally, responsive statewide, recognized nationally; and
Strengthen Ohio by strengthening cities and urban-rural connections.
Who Should Attend? The event is open to everyone interested in how OSU Extension can better address Ohio’s urban influence and urban-rural interface.
Registration is $20 (includes morning refreshment and lunch). Please register by January 20. The registration fee will be waived if a short article and photo for the OSU Extension in the City blog are submitted to Michelle Gaston.firstname.lastname@example.org by February 20.
Join the Columbus Urban Farmer Networking Meeting Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building. Come learn about: New Columbus zoning code changes related to: food sales at residential locations, hoophouse structures, and composting. This meeting will be presented by Cheryl Graffagnino, Local Food Systems Strategies Coordinator, City of Columbus. There will be refreshments provided. No RSVP or registration required. Follow this link to learn more.
If the food system needs water and energy, then food policy should pay attention to these resources. Research into the interconnections, and possible trade-offs, between the three basic resources for human activities has boomed over the last few years. Because resources are flowing from the hinterland to the city, the authors insist that any resource planning should look beyond the city borders. In other words, urban infrastructure planning is no longer about planning for the city only. They highlight that “the impacts of cities outside of their immediate geographies and their relationship with Food-Energy-Water resources must be considered in the planning and policy.” Here, a key point is to pay attention to infrastructure, and, more specifically, to adopt an integrated approach to infrastructure planning. The more integrated the planning, the better. The authors quote Integrated Water Resources Management as a good example of a holistic approach to resource planning. So, to ensure their future food supply, cities should take a double step back, and understand that their urban food strategy is not only about food, and it is not only about the city. Follow this link to learn more.
Ohio State Extension, Franklin County and the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation are excited to announce the 2020 ExploreAg camps! ExploreAg is a unique FREE camp experience for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to explore various careers in agriculture. Students will interact with and learn directly from teachers, scientists, and researchers. Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business. In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and meet industry partners to provide a glimpse of various careers in related fields. There will also be sessions focused on soft skills such as interviewing, resume building, and public speaking to prepare participants for the workforce. Follow this link to learn more.
The Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities event will take place January 29, 2020 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio, following the OSU Sesquicentennial Think Beyond Summit, Urban Universities, Thriving Communities on January 28, 2020. The purpose is to better understand and address: Real-life context of Extension work in urban communities (scale, diversity, complexity, urban-rural interface); Alignment with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Framework and Integration with university, college, and other converging interests; OSU Extension’s strategies to be relevant locally, responsive statewide, recognized nationally; and Strengthen Ohio by strengthening cities and urban-rural connections.
Who should attend this event?
The event is open to everyone interested in how OSU Extension can better address Ohio’s urban influence and urban-rural interface.
Join Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau to spend time with vendors and community partners, an urban farmer panel, an educational presentation, and facilitated networking activities. Come as you are, arrive when you can.