So you’ve got an old pumpkin to get rid of …

Pumpkins rotting in landfills produce methane, a climate change-causing greenhouse gas, and an especially scary one at that—it’s 20 times stronger than carbon dioxide.

So, if you don’t send your old pumpkin out in the trash, destined for burial in a landfill, what’s the best thing you can do with it?

We talked to three experts from CFAES for options. Spoiler alert: Sometimes (dun dun dun) they come back.

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Take 1:55 to learn to make your own kale chips

Got lots of leafy green kale? Discover a good, simple way you can eat it in the new CFAES video above.

“Kale is a healthy fall vegetable that can keep growing deep into cold weather,” says Tim McDermott, who produced the video with Jenny Lobb. Both of them work for OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm.

“Kale chips are a crunchy snack that are easy to make, are full of vitamins, calcium, iron, and fiber, and are a delicious way to enjoy your harvest.”

Read more on growing food in fall in a previous post with McDermott.

CFAES reads for Oct. 14, 2020

Gore, 2020 laureate Lal pitch national policy during World Food Prize talk on soil health and hunger

Des Moines (Iowa) Business Record, Oct. 13; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)

Ohio State soil scientist honored for increasing global food production

Ohio State News, Oct. 5; featuring Rattan Lal, SENR

Cargill to advance regenerative practices on 10 million acres

No-Till Farmer, Sept. 17; partnership with CFAES cited

Say ‘Go Bucks!’ with Buckeye syrup

You can now order Ohio State Maple Syrup online and have it delivered to your home. The syrup, while from maples, is totally Buckeye:

  • It comes from a sugar bush envisioned, started, and run by students in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources.
  • The nearly 20-acre sugar bush is located at the Ohio State Mansfield campus, about 70 miles north of Columbus. It’s part of the campus’s EcoLab.
  • The sales help benefit Ohio State students. The proceeds fund scholarships for students at the EcoLab.

Read a previous post and place an order.

Two events to honor Rattan Lal

Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of soil science in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize in a ceremony set for 10–11 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 15.

Later the same day, he will be honored during a CFAES-hosted virtual event called “The Legacy of Dr. Rattan Lal” from 2–2:45 p.m. EDT.

Watch the morning ceremony here. Register to attend the afternoon event here.

Learn more.

Lal speaks on turning science into action in the 2018 video above.

Let’s talk about climate change in Ohio

Come join virtual “Conversations on the Politics and Science of Climate Change in the Buckeye State.” It’s the next monthly program by CFAES’ Environmental Professionals Network, set for Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participating is free of charge.

Check out the lineup of speakers and register. (Photo: Getty Images.)

CFAES reads for Sept. 3, 2020

A prophet of soil gets his moment of fame

NPR, Aug. 11; featuring Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).

Hunger in a land of abundance: COVID-19 intensifies rural food insecurity

Capital Press, July 27. Featuring Mark Partridge, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

Farm-tastic! Wayne County part of unique agriculture-bolstering project

Wooster Daily Record, July 7. Featuring Shoshanah Inwood, SENR.