Our growing history with biosolids

That small corn patch you see in this photo, which is growing—indeed, thriving—in the middle of Ohio State’s Columbus campus, is part of a wider, sustainability-related project meant to show how biosolids—processed human waste from sewage—can be (and historically have been) used to help grow food. Get the full poop in our latest CFAES Story.

See 4 unique ways NE Ohio is composting

This year’s Composting in Ohio tour, set for Aug. 22 and co-sponsored by CFAES’ Ohio Composting and Manure Management Program (OCAMM), will feature four unique large-scale composting facilities located in Cleveland and Akron.

Tour-goers, organizers say, will get a close look at the sites’ operations and a chance to learn from experts.

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Compost operator course coming soon

CFAES’ 2019 Ohio Compost Operator Education Course, planned for anyone involved with commercial and large-scale composting, is coming soon, set for March 27–28 on CFAES’ Wooster campus. Some of the many topics to be covered: principles, biology, testing, marketing, and site design and management.

Registration is $275 for the first participant from an organization or company; $225 for each additional participant from the same organization or company; and includes materials, continental breakfast, and lunch.

For a list of all the topics, location and other details, and a registration form, download the flyer for the course.

A green way to deal with livestock that pass

CFAES’s Ohio State University Extension outreach arm presents a Livestock Mortality Composting workshop from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at its Mahoning County office, 490 S. Broad St. in Canfield. Registration is $25. “It’s not the most talked about topic on the farm,” the event flier says, “but it’s one of the more important things to think about if you own livestock.” Get details and a registration form.

Register for composting tour by July 30

Composting in Ohio: A Tour of the Industry, an annual event co-sponsored by CFAES’s Ohio Composting and Manure Management program and the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio, starts at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 in Lima. General registration is $40. Student registration is $25. Both include lunch. Act fast: The deadline to register is Monday, July 30.

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Apply by today for Compost Course grants

If you’re interested in attending the Ohio Compost Operator Education Course on March 21-22 in Wooster, four grants are available to help you pay for some of your costs. But act fast: the deadline to apply for them is today, Monday, Feb. 26.

Two $225 grants are being offered to members of the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio (ORAO), which is hosting the course together with CFAES, and two $150 grants are being offered to nonmembers.

Get details on the grants and an application form.