‘Interdependent, interconnected, indivisible’

water deeply imageIncreasing organic matters levels in the soil, through farming practices such as growing cover crops, not only benefits the soil and food crops but sequesters carbon and retains moisture. So said CFAES scientist Rattan Lal in a June 6 story by the Water Deeply media project, which is covering California’s drought. Sequestering carbon helps fight climate change; retaining moisture helps against drought. Lal is a Distinguished University Professor of soil science in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. “The health of the soil, plants, animals, people and ecosystems,” he said at the end of the story, “are interdependent, interconnected and indivisible.”

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.