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.
Mike 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…
Two 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.)
The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues this weekend with four events. Details are in the series booklet here. Scroll to the page numbers given for each.
Saturday, June 25
• Sunny Meadows Flower Farm Open House, 1 p.m., Columbus, p. 16.
• Pasture-Raised, Rotationally Grazed Livestock Tour, 2 p.m. at Pastured Providence Farmstead, Chillicothe, p. 8-9.
Sunday, June 26
• Creative Gourmet Produce Farm Tour, 2-4 p.m. at Peace, Love and Freedom Urban Farm, Columbus, p. 33.
• Hands-On Gardening Workshop, 2-5 p.m. at Earth-Shares CSA at Grailville, Loveland, p. 37.
CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is one of six co-presenters of the series.
Next in the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is Raising the Steaks: Finishing the Finest Beef on Grass from 1-5 p.m. Friday, June 24, at White Clover Farm in Hillsboro in southeast Ohio. The series booklet says Jim Linne of the farm and Troyce Barrett of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service “will delve into the finer points of managing a grass-fed herd to improve the marbling and flavor of your beef.” Details: Download the booklet here, then go to page 18.
The July 28 Soil, Water and Bioenergy Field Night at CFAES’s OSU South Centers in Piketon will feature new and innovative ways to grow soybeans, corn and wheat in a changing climate.
Growing cover crops, practicing long-term no-till and spreading gypsum on the soil — which offer a triple benefit of better soil health, crop yields and water quality — also are on the agenda.
CFAES scientist Rafiq Islam, an organizer of the event, says the topics, will “help farmers make knowledgeable decisions about best management practices that provide long-term economic and environmental benefits.” Read more …
Honey bees are negatively impacted by the insecticide-coated seeds of some field crops, yet they also seem to benefit from the presence of other field crops near their hives, according to new research by CFAES scientists. Read the story.
It’s all about innovation. Starting in August, CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team will present 10 tours of Ohio farms to spotlight new crops and methods. “It’s an opportunity for participants to kick the tires on other farm operations and see how other folks are addressing sustainability issues,” said CFAES’s Mike Hogan, who’s a co-organizer of the series and a member of the team. Details about the tours here.
Ohio’s bees are more than honey bees. They’re bumble bees (like this one), carpenter bees, cuckoo bees and others, and you can identify more than a dozen of them — types you’re likely to see in your garden — using a new pocket card from CFAES. (Photo: David Cappaert, Bugwood.org.)
Take time this summer to get to know the woods in your own backyard. So says CFAES Forestry Program Director Kathy Smith, who’s helping teach a workshop that will help you do just that.