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.
The Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series, co-sponsored by CFAES’s Ohio State University Extension outreach arm, presents “New Urban Farm in Residential Neighborhood” from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 26, at Freshtown Farm, 1282 Ann St., in Columbus. Free admission. Details.
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.
The Intensifying Pond Production of Fish workshop, its website says, will help pond fish producers “to intensify their operation and grow more pounds of fish per acre of water.” It’s July 14 in Marysville in central Ohio, in part at the Millcreek Perch Farm. CFAES’s Aquaculture Boot Camp is a co-host.
The tweet below includes a video update on Ohio State’s Student Farm, which is located at CFAES’s Waterman Agriculture and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. Watch to the end for an interesting way to control weeds without using chemicals.
The Ohio State Student Farm moved to a new location south on Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. Unfamiliar soil conditions and different weeds are presenting new learning challenges as they grow 20–30 varieties of vegetables for this year's CSA. pic.twitter.com/YoqtdiOjUl
Ohio State’s Student Farm is an “amazing place for students to learn how to grow their own food while getting more in touch with the environment.”
So says Maria Fredericks, an environmental policy major in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and the farm’s outreach coordinator. She’s quoted in a story about the farm on the CFAES Stories website and speaks in the video above. Tasty extra: Find out about the farm’s CSA and farm stand.
Growing barley for malting will be the chief topic when CFAES holds its Small Grains Field Day on June 12 in Wooster. CFAES scientists will share new information about barley varieties, contracts, diseases and more. Malted barley is used to make beer.
The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, 7 a.m. to noon June 12, involves a field trip. Participants will ride a bus from Ohio State’s Columbus campus, or drive on their own, to the town of Mechanicsburg, 40 miles west of Columbus, where they’ll visit and hear from local food supporters The Hive Market and Deli (for breakfast), Hemisphere Coffee Roasters (for coffee), In Good Taste Catering and an associated family farm (for walking and wagon tours of its crops, livestock and conservation practices). It’s a celebration of “food, environmental sustainability and community,” says the event’s website.