Jun 17, 2019
Last week (June 9-12) many Ohio State University Extension Community Development professionals traveled to Asheville, North Carolina for the 15th Annual NACDEP Conference, ‘Homegrown to New Heights.’ The 3+ day event included mobile workshops, scholarly presentations, a variety of committee meetings, and networking receptions. Here are some highlights of our CD colleagues in action:
Jun 7, 2019
The South Jackson Community Gardens project grew out of an Ohio State University Connect and Collaborate Grant to reuse vacant land within the city to design and build a model urban garden and community space for food and health-related entrepreneurial activities. The project started in 2015 with collaborators from the city of Lima, Ohio State Lima, OSU Extension, and Ohio State's Knowlton School of Architecture. The goals of the project include fighting food insecurity, focusing on health and wellness, and developing vacant land.
Mar 4, 2019
Photovoltaic (PV) panels are an increasingly common sight at homes, farms, and businesses across the Midwest. Declining cost of PV solar installations makes installing a distributed solar electric system enticing for many farmers. Evaluating the financial investment in solar requires careful consideration of system costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs. Unfortunately, some proposals are hard to understand making it difficult to make fully informed investment decisions.