Ten Ohio State experts, most of them collaborators in CFAES’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program, will be among the many speakers at the largest sustainable food and farming conference in Ohio. (Photo: CFAES.)
CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm will serve as local host for the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference on April 25-27 in Cincinnati. The event is for teachers and administrators wanting to start or expand Farm to School programs, consumers interested in local food opportunities, and farmers wanting to sell their food to schools and other institutions. Read more.
Early bird discount registration runs through March 9.
“We’ve successfully made a case for why sustainable beer sells and how it can be sourced locally,” said Vincent Valentino, sustainability major manager for Columbus’s Land-Grant Brewing Company, speaking to the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) recently.
Valentino graduated in the second class of CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major.
The next monthly Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast program, “Land Grant to Land-Grant: Lessons in Sustainability from a Brewery in Our Backyard,” will feature Columbus’s Land-Grant Brewing Company, a small urban craft brewery.
The speaker, Land-Grant sustainability manager Vincent Valentino, will share “successes, challenges and failures that the brewery has faced in its first year of pursuing sustainability,” the event description says. He’ll also “talk about their partnership with urban farmers, Columbus community groups and where they want to go next.”
The annual program, the same at each location, will feature educational sessions on maple production. It’s timed to help producers prepare for the coming season, which in Ohio may run from January through mid-March, depending on the weather. Both hobby and commercial producers are welcome.
The event’s sponsor is CFAES’s Ohio Maple Program.
The first annual Harvest Ride takes a 40-mile, intermediate-level bicycle tour of sustainable farms and food businesses, starting in Lancaster in Fairfield County. (Also longer and shorter options.) It’s from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 24. Registration is $35 for members of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and $50 for nonmembers. Get registration and other details.
Northeast Ohio’s Maplestar Farm hosts the Farmers’ Table from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at 10382 E. Washington St., in Auburn Township.
The event, its website says, will celebrate “Ohio farms and summer flavors.” It features tours of the farm’s organic fields, local craft beer and wine, “fresh-from-the-field appetizers,” and a three-course meal prepared by celebrity chef and Food Network star Chris Hodgson.
As Ohio’s craft beer market continues to grow, it’s a prime time to tour a field of hops and learn what it takes to start one. (Photo: Hop cones and leaves, iStock.)