Registration open for OEFFA conference

Registration is open for the 40th annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), set for Feb. 14-16 in Dayton. Scientists from CFAES are typically among the many speakers at the event, which is described as Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference. More than 1,200 people are expected to attend.

Find out more and register.

Learn, share about soil balancing

CFAES scientists are trying to better understand soil balancing, a soil management approach based on base cation saturation ratios, and they’re inviting you to join a call-in conversation on the topic from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Called “Soil Balancing: From ‘Renegade’ Grassroots Past to Open Future, it’s a chance to “listen, learn and contribute,” the event’s website says. “Resource people will be on hand to provide input, but we also wish to hear from callers and learn from their experiences.”  Find out more.

Two more conversations are set for Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

Monday night: ‘Conservation heroes of the American heartland’

CFAES’s 4th Environmental Film Series, presented by the School of Environment and Natural Resources, kicks off tonight, Monday, Oct. 15, with “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman,” called the “inspiring story of heartland conservation heroes who are feeding the world while stewarding the land and water.” It’s from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 130, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. You can watch the trailer above.

Admission to the film is free. A panel discussion led by Montana rancher Dusty Crary, who’s featured in the film, and conservation farmer Fred Yoder of Plain City in central Ohio follows the screening. Enjoy free pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m.

Find details, including the full series schedule.

Registration open for Stinner Summit

Registration is open for this year’s Stinner Summit, set for Friday, Oct. 12, in Delaware, north of Columbus. Hosted by CFAES’s Agroecosystems Management Program (AMP), the annual event brings together people interested in sustainable agriculture and sustainable communities; working together, they brainstorm, develop and decide projects to be funded by AMP’s Ben Stinner Endowment for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities.

Registration is free and open to the public. Lunch is included.

Find out more and register online.

A green way to deal with livestock that pass

CFAES’s Ohio State University Extension outreach arm presents a Livestock Mortality Composting workshop from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at its Mahoning County office, 490 S. Broad St. in Canfield. Registration is $25. “It’s not the most talked about topic on the farm,” the event flier says, “but it’s one of the more important things to think about if you own livestock.” Get details and a registration form.

He’s making their local craft beer sustainable

Meet CFAES alumnus Vinny Valentino, who’s pictured below, in a delightful profile by CFAES writer Sherrie Whaley.

Valentino, a 2015 graduate of CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability program, is sustainability manager for Columbus’ Land-Grant Brewing Company, a job the former bartender (and rock-and-roller) created himself.

His story is one of our CFAES Stories. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain.)

Save the date for Stinner Summit

CFAES’s 2018 Stinner Summit, an annual event inspired by Ben Stinner, the late CFAES scientist who specialized in sustainable agriculture, is set for Friday, Oct. 12, at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, located in Delaware just north of Columbus. This year’s theme: “The Roles of Faith and Ecology in Sustaining Agriculture.” 

Stinner led CFAES’s Agroecosystems Management Program (AMP), the host of the event, until his death in 2004. AMP’s website says he had the “rare ability to build relationships based on common interests and his vision, passion and commitment to building healthy agroecosystems and communities.”

Learn more about him and about the event.

Get details on grazing and forages

(Photo: Angus, Friesian, Guernsey and Jersey cows and calves, Getty Images.)

CFAES’s Gwynne Conservation Area will offer a track of sessions specifically about grazing and forages during Farm Science Review, set for Sept. 18-20 in London, Ohio. Here’s a look at the lineup.

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‘Beacon of hope’ raises fish and veggies

The Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series continues with a stop at Project AquaStar, an expanded aquaculture and vegetable farm, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 23.

Located at St. Stephen’s Community House in Columbus, the farm produces, among other things, herbs, vegetables and tilapia through aquaponics. By improving food security and health awareness, it’s “become a beacon of hope in the Linden community,” according to the house’s website.

Free admission. Find out more.

See ways to diversify your farm

CFAES’s Agricultural Diversification Research Tour runs from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Mellinger Research Farm in Wooster. Among the topics: Pastured poultry, chicken tractors, value-added products, hull-less “naked” oats, diverse vegetable production and oilseeds in crop rotations.

Free admission. Find details, including the full list of topics.

OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: CFAES.)