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Farmer Mark Van Fleet started growing vegetables at Harriet Gardens on Columbus’ South Side two years ago. He came to this once-vacant lot with about a decade of experience in gardening. Click to read or hear more about this topic. Sourced from WOSU Radio
Lucas County - Gardening with kids can bring great joy. Flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, trees, or shrubs can be enjoyed by “sprouts” and “seasoned gardeners” young and old, and everyone in between. The garden experience can be as small as a container, or as large as a garden or landscape. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from The Toledo Blade
The microfarm project — a concept brought to the Mansfield campus by Kent “Kip” Curtis, an assistant professor of environmental history — will grow plants in high tunnels. The big goal is to create a model for urban agriculture that spawns additional microfarms in the area. Ideally, that would allow urban farmers to capture a larger piece of the food economy in north central Ohio. Follow this link to read the complete story. Sourced from Ohio State Alumni News
Gallia County, Ohio, commissioners could approve up to $50 million in grants set to gather funding to turn handfuls of roads and sections of highways into a "smart" corridor. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Government Technology
NowPow, an app developed in partnership with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, is being utilized by researchers to assess the use of technology to improve the children and family services system. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Government Technology
The Extension Opioid Crisis Response Workgroup has completed its goal of providing information about Extension substance abuse programming that can be quickly shared across state lines to help address the opioid crisis. The new Opioid Response website provides content on eight existing opioid-related programs. The following summary information is available for each of the programs: 1) brief description; 2) format, duration, and approach, 3) target audience; 4) degree to which the program is research-based/evidence-based; and 5) costs of adoption and use. Contact information, links to key resources and webinar recordings offer more detailed descriptions of the programs. ECOP and Workgroup members believe these resources are useful to those seeking opportunities to address the opioid crisis in their states. Over time, new content will be added. Directors and Administrators may access details on this initiative and others in the "Learning and Initiatives" section of this blog - see menu, right found on the full view of this blog. Sourced from the ECOP Monday Minute

Instead of making low-income kids travel for meals when school is out, Minneapolis is bringing the food to them. Every summer, child advocates across the country warn of the consequences of summer vacation: brain drain, boredom and, most urgently, hunger. Follow this link to read the complete story.

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Indoor farming specialist will use backing to expand a greenhouse network that grows produce close to metropolitan areas, reducing shipping costs. Founded in 2011, BrightFarms has more than 120 employees and operates three farms in Bucks County, Pa., Culpeper County, Va., and Rochelle, Ill. It is opening a facility outside Cincinnati this summer in Wilmington, Ohio. Follow this link for the complete article.

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Widely accepted numbers on how much of the world's population lives in cities are incorrect, with major implications for development aid and the provision of public services for billions of people, researchers say. The United Nations predicts the world's urban population is expected to grow to 70 percent by 2050 from 55 percent at present after becoming majority urban for the first time around 2008. Not so, say researchers based at the European Commission. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Thomson Reuters Foundation - place newsletter
New Extension forestry and natural resource specialists, agents, and associates are part of a national network of diverse, knowledgeable colleagues. This web-based synchronous program lasting 12 weeks will provide new colleagues with a grounding in Extension theory and practice. Early career Extension employees will be able to connect with peers from across the nation and learn the ins and outs of how to get started on their work and how to navigate the particular challenges associated with these positions. Follow this link for complete details. Sourced from ECOP Monday Minute