‘Beacon of hope’ raises fish and veggies

The Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series continues with a stop at Project AquaStar, an expanded aquaculture and vegetable farm, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 23.

Located at St. Stephen’s Community House in Columbus, the farm produces, among other things, herbs, vegetables and tilapia through aquaponics. By improving food security and health awareness, it’s “become a beacon of hope in the Linden community,” according to the house’s website.

Free admission. Find out more.

See ways to diversify your farm

CFAES’s Agricultural Diversification Research Tour runs from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Mellinger Research Farm in Wooster. Among the topics: Pastured poultry, chicken tractors, value-added products, hull-less “naked” oats, diverse vegetable production and oilseeds in crop rotations.

Free admission. Find details, including the full list of topics.

OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: CFAES.)

Homeless garden tour in Columbus

See the food and good growing in Columbus’s Friends of the Homeless Garden when the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series hosts a visit called “Urban Community Garden Serving Homeless Men” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Admission is free. Find further details. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Soil and water event in Piketon

CFAES’s Soil and Water Field Night, set for the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon and featuring sessions on soil health, corn disorders and managing weeds, runs from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 16.

Admission is free, a light dinner is included, but you have to register in advance by contacting Sarah Swanson at 740-289-2071, ext. 112, or swanson.345@osu.edu.

See the full schedule and find out more. (Photo: CFAES.)

Ways to bee kind

CFAES scientist Elizabeth Long presents “Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides” at 9 a.m. Aug. 15 in a webinar series hosted by CFAES’s Bee Lab. Find more details. It’s free to watch; use the “Guest Login” at 8:55 a.m. A 2016 article in the Christian Science Monitor reported on some of her research. (Photo: Honey bee, Getty Images.)

Blue birds? Happiness

Members of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society lead a guided bird walk from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, home to species like the indigo bunting shown here.

Admission is free and open to the public. Find out more. (Photo: Getty Images.)