CFAES sustainability news, April 9, 2021

Floating gardens as a way to keep farming despite climate change

Ohio State News, March 31

Ohio bill seeks to deregulate state’s streams, wetlands and ponds

WKBN-TV, Youngstown, March 31; featuring Mažeika Sullivan, School of Environment and Natural Resources and director, Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

CFAES sustainability news, April 5, 2021

Ohio victory garden program to offer free vegetable seeds to gardeners

Columbus Dispatch, March 28, subscription required; featuring Mike Hogan, OSU Extension, Franklin County

OSU Extension Pike County partners with OSU Office of Student Life to distribute 27,216 meals to county residents

Pike County News Watchman, March 25

Grow an Ohio Victory Garden: 25 counties where you can get free seeds

The Ohio Department of Agriculture and OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, have kicked off the second year of their Victory Gardens Program, with the program having been expanding this year from 10 to 25 counties because of high demand. Some 8,300 seed packets are available free of charge to the public.

Read the full story, and see which counties are now included.

CFAES sustainability news, March 22, 2021

As millions go hungry, here’s how to reduce food waste in PA

Patch, March 19; research by Danyi Qi and Brian Roe, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, cited

Free gardening webinar series geared toward plant lovers with physical limitations

Wooster Daily Record, March 18; featuring Laura Akgerman and Pam Bennett, OSU Extension

CFAES sustainability news, March 8, 2021

WCMH-TV, Columbus, March 8; featuring Yolanda Owens ’07, CFAES alumna and president of CFAES Alumni Society

17 percent of food wasted globally, UN report finds

Baltimore Sun (via AP), March 4; featuring Brian Roe, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

‘It all starts with food’

Educators with OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, are working to provide fresh, healthy food to people in need because of the pandemic, especially in rural areas having few grocery stores. They’ve helped build community gardens, ramp up food pantries, launch local food councils, and more. Read about how they’re helping Ohioans.

CFAES sustainability news, Feb. 24, 2021

Global Water Institute leads effort to improve water and food security with the Navajo Nation

Ohio State News, Feb. 23; researchers include Mary Rodriguez, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership; and Leah Bevis, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

CFAES sustainability news, Feb. 1, 2021

Educator tackles food insecurity in county

Youngstown Vindicator, Jan. 31; featuring Robin Adams, OSU Extension, Mahoning County

Improved soil health linked to nitrogen fertilizer efficiency

Ohio’s County Journal, Jan. 28; by Jordan Wade, Steve Culman, Cassandra Brown, OSU Extension

Gardening: By giving soil proper care, gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labor

Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 31; by Mike Hogan, OSU Extension, Franklin County

Global pandemic doesn’t stop water quality research

Ohio’s Country Journal, Jan. 21; featuring Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Laboratory

Major new effort announced to restore soil

In heavily farmed parts of Central America, South America, and across the Caribbean, “the most degraded soils have not reached the point of no return. They can still be restored.”

So says CFAES’ Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and 2020 World Food Prize laureate, who’s helping lead a new, 34-country initiative to tackle that restoration.

Why it’s important: Some 36 million people in the region don’t have enough good food to eat, and degraded soils play a role in it. Success, Lal says, will mean “we can eliminate hunger and malnutrition in the region, and we can protect the natural resources that are now being degraded.”

Read the story.

Truckload of good

Last year, Ohioans working as Master Gardener Volunteers grew nearly 80,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables—equal to the weight of a fully loaded 18-wheeler, or about 65,000 meals—which they donated to some 101 food pantries across Ohio to help people in need.

Mike Hogan, an OSU Extension educator who facilitates the Master Gardener Volunteers program in Franklin County, said the need for such donations “significantly increased this year due to the pandemic.”

Master Gardener Volunteers are plant lovers who donate their expertise and time serving the public. CFAES’ outreach arm, OSU Extension, runs the program, which gives training and has volunteers in most of the state’s counties.

Read the full story.