In Cleveland: Eating fresh, growing food security

Picture of Gateway 105 farmers marketA program called Produce Perks, which CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, helped establish, is tackling northeast Ohio’s urban food deserts and boosting food security.

“Families can stretch their food dollars by utilizing Produce Perks to double their whole-food purchases,” says Veronica Walton, who manages Cleveland’s Gateway 105 Farmers’ Market (shown here last summer).

“The relaxed atmosphere at farmers markets is perfect for conversations about meal preparation, food storage and preservation, all of which decrease food insecurities.”

Read more about it. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Helping Ohio school kids not go hungry and be healthy

Fighting hunger, improving healthOSU Extension’s nutrition program for children and teens, which helps fight hunger and improve health, has ramped up nearly ten-fold in the past three years. Still, there’s even more work to be done. Read the story. As CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension makes the college’s expertise available to everyone living in Ohio. (Photo: SNAP-Ed program, Richland County, Ohio.)

How to start a school garden or grow yours even more

Growing School GardenCFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, holds its 2015 school garden conference, “Growing a Sense of Place,” April 24 in Columbus. It’s for you if you plan, plant or teach in a school garden or are thinking about starting one. Why a school garden? Not just plants grow there.

How to help Ohio students eat more fresh local foods

picture of apple and deskOSU Extension, CFAES’s outreach arm, will host a statewide Farm to School conference on March 5. It’s for farmers looking to sell their product to schools and for school officials (K-college), students, parents and others wanting to start Farm to School programs. Goals include helping both groups understand each others’ needs, helping the groups make new contacts with each other, increasing farmer’s sales and income, and helping young people eat more healthfully. Read more about it.

Ohio’s food insecurity ranking may surprise you

picture of sad hungry childFood insecurity in Ohio — basically, a measure of how many people don’t get enough to eat and how often — is higher than the national average, says a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report. “We’re not talking about people who skip a meal to drop a few pounds,” says Irene Hatsu, food security specialist with OSU Extension, CFAES’s statewide outreach arm. “They’re skipping meals because they can’t afford more food.” Can more Ohioans fill their bellies, while also doing it healthfully? Hatsu thinks so. Read how she and OSU Extension are working to make it happen. (Photo: iStock.)

How to get more fresh local foods in your school’s lunches

farm to school conferenceOSU Extension’s Julie Fox, director of Ohio’s Farm to School program, speaks on the upcoming Ohio Farm to School conference:

“This event is going to be something special, thanks to so many dynamic speakers, generous sponsors, and a strong statewide Extension network. It’s inspiring when food providers, school personnel pre-K through college, and community leaders join together to make a difference for Ohio’s youth and economy.”

The conference is for teachers, farmers, school administrators, and others interested in boosting local food use by schools. There’s still time to register if you’re interested. Click here. (Photo: USDAgov.)