Registration is open for the 40th annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), set for Feb. 14-16 in Dayton. Scientists from CFAES are typically among the many speakers at the event, which is described as Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference. More than 1,200 people are expected to attend.
“Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States and are projected to intensify in the future.” So begins the overview of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which the White House released late last week — on Nov. 23, the big Black Friday day of shopping. Read the full report (excellent, searchable website).
The report’s chapter about the Midwest notes, for example, that “Projected changes in precipitation, coupled with rising extreme temperatures before mid-century, will reduce Midwest agricultural productivity to levels of the 1980s without major technological advances.”
If you’re a member of the media and would like to interview someone about the effects of climate change in Ohio, including on agriculture, contact Aaron Wilson, who’s a climate specialist with CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm and a senior research associate with Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. He’s at firstname.lastname@example.org, 614-292-7930. (Photo: Polar bear crosses a melt pond in the high Arctic Ocean, Getty Images.)
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.
On Saturday, July 14, Magic House Farm, which spans a half acre of formerly vacant lots in Columbus’s Franklinton neighborhood, will host the next stop in the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series. You’re invited, the tour flier says, to see “how this urban oasis in a distressed neighborhood has grown from a small one-man operation to a flourishing and necessary neighborhood resource.” Free admission. Read more. See the series schedule.
“A lot of people say, ‘Oh, they waste so much food at restaurants and supermarkets. I’ve seen the dumpsters at the back of the stores. It’s terrible.’ In truth, it’s consumers in households where most of the food waste occurs.” So says Brian Roe, pictured, professor in CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, who studies food waste and how to reduce it and leads the Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative.
This week and next week, CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm and Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) program are hosting a series of meetings called “Ohio SMART Agriculture: Solutions from the Land.” You’re invited to attend.
A.G. Kawamura, who presents “Envisioning an Agricultural Renaissance” at 5 p.m. today at Ohio State in Columbus, talked about food security, water and farming’s future in an interview last year with the University of Nebraska’s Market Journal.
The College of Wooster’s Brooke Krause presents “Food Security and Gender in Maasai Households in Tanzania” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in Room 130, Research Services Building, on CFAES’s Wooster campus. Free admission; free light lunch for the first 30 to register. You also can watch by streaming.
The talk is part of the Wooster campus diversity committee’s Cultural Connections series, “Where Culture Meets Agriculture.”
A $700,000 gift from the Columbus Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Pat and Bobby Moser has created the Food Security and Sustainability Learning Community in CFAES. The new program, a residential housing option for students in our college, will encourage holistic study and community engagement on food security issues.