Congratulations to CFAES’ Mike Hogan, who received the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 2019 Service Award at the group’s recent annual conference.
You can learn how to get the lead out—a good thing for soil and people’s health—when Alyssa Zearley of CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources presents “Testing Soils for Urban Agriculture” from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 16, during the annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) in Dayton.
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.
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On Saturday, July 14, Magic House Farm, which spans a half acre of formerly vacant lots in Columbus’s Franklinton neighborhood, will host the next stop in the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series. You’re invited, the tour flier says, to see “how this urban oasis in a distressed neighborhood has grown from a small one-man operation to a flourishing and necessary neighborhood resource.” Free admission. Read more. See the series schedule.
A.G. Kawamura, who presents “Envisioning an Agricultural Renaissance” at 5 p.m. today at Ohio State in Columbus, talked about food security, water and farming’s future in an interview last year with the University of Nebraska’s Market Journal.
The next monthly Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast program, “Land Grant to Land-Grant: Lessons in Sustainability from a Brewery in Our Backyard,” will feature Columbus’s Land-Grant Brewing Company, a small urban craft brewery.
The speaker, Land-Grant sustainability manager Vincent Valentino, will share “successes, challenges and failures that the brewery has faced in its first year of pursuing sustainability,” the event description says. He’ll also “talk about their partnership with urban farmers, Columbus community groups and where they want to go next.”
Ohio State’s Mansfield campus now has a microfarm. It’s thanks to assistant professor Kip Curtis, recent graduate Tyler Arter, student interns, and help from 30 students in CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major. Read the story in Farm and Dairy.
The third-of-an-acre farm includes two high tunnels and about 50 raised beds. “We hope to begin to model the cutting edge of urban agriculture and demonstrate its promise for an evolving food system,” Curtis said in an Ohio State Mansfield press release.
Funding came from a $100,00 grant from Ohio State’s President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability, which, according to its website, “provides strategic advisement on the integration of sustainable practices, programs and projects” throughout the university. (Photo: Ohio State Mansfield.)