How to help your lettuce keep its cool

Leafy greens generally don’t like it hot. What can you do? Tim McDermott, educator with the Franklin County office of OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, and Michelle Nowak of Columbus’s Franklinton Farms will share ideas during the upcoming annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

Made in the shade

Their workshop, “Using Shade Cloth and Sprinklers to Mitigate Summer Heat for Leafy Greens,” goes from 10–11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, online.

“Keeping our farms productive and resilient in the face of increasing summer heat and drought requires adopting new farming techniques,” says the description for the workshop, which will share the results of research done at Franklinton Farms. The research, the description says, showed that adopting crop-cooling techniques “can make a huge difference in yields.”

Register soon

The OEFFA conference, Ohio’s largest such event dedicated to sustainable agriculture, runs from Feb. 10–15 online. Included among its 60-plus speakers are 10 from CFAES and Ohio State. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 8.

Learn more about the conference and register.

Follow McDermott’s “Growing Franklin” blog.

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