Tour a farmstead, micro dairy in the suburbs

Jedidiah Farm and Studio hosts the Suburban Farmstead and Micro Dairy Tour from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at 5058 Smothers Road in Westerville.

The 5-acre farm uses “ecologically inclusive principles to encourage biodiversity and resilient food production,” the event description says. “Visitors can expect to see a space that is in transition from the typical suburban to perennial food forests, guilds, woodlands and pasture, incorporating annual and perennial crops within rotational grazing principles.”

The free event is part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. CFAES’s Sustainable Agriculture Team is a co-presenter of the series and is the specific presenter of this tour.

REI’s sustainability chief to speak at Ohio State

Combine your work and passions and you can climb mountains. Including real ones.

That’s the message of a presentation being given by Vik Sahney, vice president for sustainability for Seattle-based REI, on April 12 at Ohio State.

Sahney, who at age 38 has climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest, will present “From Summits to Sustainability: Reaching for High Places, Personally and Professionally” at 7 p.m. in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union in Columbus. Continue reading

Hey, Ohio natural resource pros: Check out this conference on water, woods, wildlife

Bluegill Silhouette - Vortex Springs DockWhy we need spiders, how a disease that kills trees could help forests, and what’s really going on when people and wildlife butt heads are just a few of the topics at the Ohio Woodland, Water and Wildlife Conference. It’s March 1 in Mansfield. Registration is $60 by Tuesday, Feb. 14, $80 by Feb. 22.

What farmers can do to fight food insecurity: OEFFA conference preview

vegetables into the old basket and feet in rubber bootsMike Hogan, an educator with CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm, will discuss hunger, food insecurity and food system inequities in the U.S., how those challenges are changing, and what farmers can do to help in a session at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s annual conference, which starts today in Dayton.

Hogan is based in the Columbus area, where he works a great deal to assist local food production and urban farming“Understanding Food Insecurity in the U.S.,” Session V, 1:30-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Complete conference schedule. Other presenters from Ohio State.

Tuesday evening: Saving Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon

Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, with “Red Gold,” a documentary on the fight to save Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon fishery from a massive open-pit mine proposed in the bay’s headwaters. An article on Outside Online called the controversy the “fiercest battle over wilderness and resources” since the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. The film has won awards at festivals in Banff, Vancouver and Telluride, among others.

Admission is free and open to the public. Get location and other details here.

Read a 2009 Outside story on Bristol Bay here.