CFAES sustainability news, April 5, 2021

Ohio victory garden program to offer free vegetable seeds to gardeners

Columbus Dispatch, March 28, subscription required; featuring Mike Hogan, OSU Extension, Franklin County

OSU Extension Pike County partners with OSU Office of Student Life to distribute 27,216 meals to county residents

Pike County News Watchman, March 25

‘It all starts with food’

Educators with OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, are working to provide fresh, healthy food to people in need because of the pandemic, especially in rural areas having few grocery stores. They’ve helped build community gardens, ramp up food pantries, launch local food councils, and more. Read about how they’re helping Ohioans.

Truckload of good

Last year, Ohioans working as Master Gardener Volunteers grew nearly 80,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables—equal to the weight of a fully loaded 18-wheeler, or about 65,000 meals—which they donated to some 101 food pantries across Ohio to help people in need.

Mike Hogan, an OSU Extension educator who facilitates the Master Gardener Volunteers program in Franklin County, said the need for such donations “significantly increased this year due to the pandemic.”

Master Gardener Volunteers are plant lovers who donate their expertise and time serving the public. CFAES’ outreach arm, OSU Extension, runs the program, which gives training and has volunteers in most of the state’s counties.

Read the full story.

Study: Air polluters still polluting low-income, black communities

New research by Kerry Ard, a CFAES environmental sociologist, shows that despite an overall improvement in American air quality over the past 70 years, air pollution remains a serious health problem in low-income communities, especially communities of color. Read the story.

‘Environmental justice and equity for all’

The Environmental Professionals Network, a service of CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, is co-hosting the Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference on Sept. 13 in Columbus. The theme of the event is “Environmental Justice and Equity for All.” “Throughout the day,” the event’s website says, “you’ll hear from speakers sharing stories of past injustices—and the legal actions taken to fix the problem.” Registration is $10 but is free for college students. Learn more.