Our growing history with biosolids

That small corn patch you see in this photo, which is growing—indeed, thriving—in the middle of Ohio State’s Columbus campus, is part of a wider, sustainability-related project meant to show how biosolids—processed human waste from sewage—can be (and historically have been) used to help grow food. Get the full poop in our latest CFAES Story.

Connecting farms and food to communities

London, Ohio’s Procter Center Farm, which in addition to raising chickens, pigs, and veggies is opening a farm-to-table storefront in a rural food desert, hosts the Community Outreach and Education Farm Tour on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, the tour is being presented by CFAES. Join us.

How they got started farming flowers

Hear how young farmers got started in their business, and a colorful business at that, on the Sunday, Aug. 18, Cut Flower Farm Tour, part of the Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Find details, including how to register.

CFAES, one of the series co-presenters, is the specific presenter of this tour. (Photo: Rudbeckia flowers, Getty Images.)

Germinate Film Fest is Friday, Saturday

A reminder that the first-ever Germinate International Film Fest—featuring films, discussion, and more related to agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities—is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16–17, in Highland County.

Find out more. The Highland County office of OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, is the organizer of the event. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Tour: Their sunny change to specialty crops

Guy and Sandy Ashmore, owners of That Guy’s Family Farm in southwest Ohio, transitioned in the late 1990s from traditional row crop production to certified organic production. In the process, they diversified into specialty crops, including produce and cut flowers; reduced the acreage they need to turn to a profit; and diversified their business network by partnering with their son and daughter.

How did they do it? What did they learn? Find out on Sunday, Aug. 11, as part of the Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

CFAES is one of the series presenters. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Ohio’s farm crisis: Crop diseases a threat

CFAES experts say late-planted corn and soybeans could be vulnerable to higher than normal crop disease levels this year. So farmers should stay on guard.

Record rain this spring forced many Ohio farmers to plant their crops late. A CFAES website offers help for farmers in dealing with the impacts of that rain. (Photo: Soybeans, Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

‘Train a farmer, feed a nation’

A recent edition of CSA News, a magazine published jointly by three agriculture-related U.S. professional societies, features the efforts of Warren Dick, CFAES emeritus professor of soil science, in starting a new agricultural university in food-insecure Ethiopia.

Deeper details on diversification tour

By Casey Hoy, Agroecosystems Management Program, CFAES

Small and medium-sized farms have a tough time competing with larger farms when it comes to economies of scale. Yet the number of small farms has more than doubled in the last few years in Wayne County, the home of CFAES’ Wooster campus and its Mellinger Research Farm.

Working at the Mellinger farm, CFAES researchers are studying how smaller farms can maximize their unique strengths by diversifying their production and markets, a strategy termed economy of scope and an alternative to expanding the size of their farm.

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All about small, diversified farming

CFAES’ 324-acre Mellinger Research Farm, whose roots go back two centuries, hosts an Agricultural Diversification Research Tour from 6–8 p.m. Aug. 21. Featured will be topics such as scales of diversification and markets; ecosystem services in diverse systems; ecosystem and landscape pressures on small farms; diverse vegetable production; oilseed crops; and pastured poultry and chicken tractors. Find the full list of topics and speakers.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Find the farm at 6885 W. Old Lincoln Way near Wooster. (Photo: Flax, grown as an oilseed crop, in bloom at the Mellinger farm, CFAES.)

Update (7-31-2019): For more information, read “Deeper details on diversification tour.”