For Buckeye fans, this is totally sweet

Buckeye fans now can pour official Ohio State Maple Syrup on their pancakes. It comes from the university’s Mansfield campus, where students and faculty with CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) planned and are running a nearly 20-acre sugarbush. A sugarbush is a maple tree forest used to produce maple syrup.

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How farmers can sell their food to schools

CFAES’ Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness series continues today, Monday, April 20, with “How Producers Can Start Selling Food to Schools” at noon and “How Producers and Food Related Businesses Can Start Farm to School Efforts” at 3 p.m. Find the links to watch.

Today’s first session, “Starting a Farm to School Program,” has ended, but you can find the link to the replay here.

Viewing the sessions in the series is free. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Fresh Ohio veggies in winter? Here’s why

Chances are you’ve been noticing more Ohio-grown produce at your grocer, and not just in summer but in winter, too.

Turns out there are good reasons for it, including a red-hot industry, support from CFAES, and warm, cozy shelter from the storms.

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Secrets of Ohio’s mystery fruit revealed

New on our CFAES Stories site: Details on CFAES efforts to help Ohioans grow more of a little-known native fruit. Fun fact: Ohio brewers are using it lately to good effect in craft beers. Read the story. (Photo: CFAES’ Matt Davies with the fruit tree in question, John Rice, CFAES.)

Events for maple producers slated

The 2019 Ohio Maple Days program, presented by CFAES and aimed at helping maple syrup producers get ready for their coming season, is on tap (pun intended) for three days in three locations: Jan. 17 in Fulton, Jan. 18 in Fredericksburg, and Jan. 19 in Middlefield. The program is the same at all three locations. Download the flyer and registration form. (Photo: Getty Images.)

He’s making their local craft beer sustainable

Meet CFAES alumnus Vinny Valentino, who’s pictured below, in a delightful profile by CFAES writer Sherrie Whaley.

Valentino, a 2015 graduate of CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability program, is sustainability manager for Columbus’ Land-Grant Brewing Company, a job the former bartender (and rock-and-roller) created himself.

His story is one of our CFAES Stories. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain.)

Because we’re hoppy

CFAES is offering three Hops Field Nights in August. They’re for new and experienced growers; will feature talks and demonstrations on a variety of topics, including drying, fertigation, drip irrigation, mechanical harvesting, a galvanized trellis system, and pest and disease management; will offer tours of the hop fields at each location; and will provide you with helpful handouts, including the Ohio Hop Disease Management Guide.

Hops are a new and growing crop in Ohio and a key ingredient in craft beer.

CFAES’s Brad Bergefurd, who studies and shares know-how on growing hops in our state, will serve as the host for all three events.

Registration for each event is $15, includes dinner, and you need to register in advance by contacting Charissa Gardner, gardner.1148@osu.edu, or 740-289-2071, ext. 132. (Photo: CFAES.)