‘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.)

Homeless garden tour in Columbus

See the food and good growing in Columbus’s Friends of the Homeless Garden when the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series hosts a visit called “Urban Community Garden Serving Homeless Men” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Admission is free. Find further details. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Soil and water event in Piketon

CFAES’s Soil and Water Field Night, set for the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon and featuring sessions on soil health, corn disorders and managing weeds, runs from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 16.

Admission is free, a light dinner is included, but you have to register in advance by contacting Sarah Swanson at 740-289-2071, ext. 112, or swanson.345@osu.edu.

See the full schedule and find out more. (Photo: CFAES.)

Because we’re hoppy

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.

Hops are a new and growing crop in Ohio and a key ingredient in craft beer.

CFAES’s Brad Bergefurd, who studies and shares know-how on growing hops in our state, will serve as the host for all three events.

Registration for each event is $15, includes dinner, and you need to register in advance by contacting Charissa Gardner, gardner.1148@osu.edu, or 740-289-2071, ext. 132. (Photo: CFAES.)

Got muck? Ohio does. Here’s what it’s like

Aptly named Celeryville, located near Willard in Huron County, is the home of CFAES’s Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station. The black fertile soil there was left after a group of Dutch immigrants, working with a local entrepreneur, drained what was then called the Willard Marsh. It happened in the late 1800s.

Today, the area’s farms serve as Ohio’s salad bowl, growing lush lettuce and more quickly and well. The station, for its part, conducts research to help the farms do that even better. But the work and soil have their challenges. Read more on our CFAES Stories website. (Photo: Station manager Bob Filbrun, Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

How you can help slow down waterhemp

An agricultural weed called waterhemp is “spreading at alarming rates” in western Ohio, says Jeff Stachler, an educator with CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm. On July 25, he’ll share ways to slow down or stop that spread at Manure Science Review. One of the event’s co-hosts is CFAES.

Waterhemp, a cousin of Palmer amaranth, has become increasingly resistant to weed-killing herbicides.

How your pond can produce more fish

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.

Find out more. (Photo: Yellow perch, Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)