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This OSU Extension 10-Year Urban Extension Report, Reflection, Recommendations provides a historical snapshot of Ohio State University (OSU) Extension’s approach to Ohio’s urban influence during the past 10 years, 2014-2023. Reflections and recommendations connect the past, present, and future. As OSU Extension continues to align strategy with the university, the college, Ohio communities, and national networks, this report provides guidance on integrating relevant strategy. Read the report.

WCMER Deep Dive Fellows from the University of Florida and Washington State University are collecting data to inform the development of an Urban Extension Toolkit focusing on the skillsets and competencies of Extension professionals. Two surveys (one for Extension professionals and one for Extension administrators) will investigate the essential skills that Extension professionals need to effectively work across the urban-rural continuum and identify the obstacles they encounter in this process.

They would appreciate your assistance by:

  1. Taking one of the surveys

Each survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The surveys will close on September 30, 2023.

Contact Deep Dive Fellows Ramona Madhosingh-Hector or Alyssa Bowers if you have questions about the surveys.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) awarded over $604,000 in Fiscal Year 2023 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding to Ohio. With this grant, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop products and create new market opportunities for the state’s specialty crop producers. Read more.

Agriculture brings so much value to our communities, including food production, open space, and economic prosperity. This is true no matter where an agricultural operation is located – whether rural or urban. USDA is committed to working with farms of all sizes and in all locations, including those in urban areas.

USDA commitment includes opening new offices and providing staff expertise in urban communities to increase access to services designed to meet the unique operational needs of urban producers. Last month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a series of investments in urban agriculture and food and market access, including $40 million for initiatives supporting urban and suburban producers. As part of that announcement, they highlight several new services and opportunities their urban agricultural customers can look forward to and access in 2023 and beyond. Read more.

In response to surging interest in urban agriculture, many cities across the country have developed policies that provide access to publicly owned land. These policies are often touted as a way to address environmental and food injustice and racial equity. However, if not carefully crafted, land access policies have the potential to exacerbate existing inequalities. Read an overview of the JAFSCD peer-reviewed research article, “Digging in: Toward a more just urban garden land policy.”
Sourced from Morning Ag Clips

Announcing the national GROW Urban Agriculture Conference

  • Are you interested in developing multidisciplinary urban agriculture research or education (REE) projects?
  • Are you interested in connecting with others interested in developing integrated REE proposals?
  • Do you want broader impacts from your research, Extension, and/or education work around urban agriculture?
  • Do you want assistance with creating competitive urban ag and integrated REE funding proposals?

Join others with similar interests at the inaugural virtual GROW Urban Agriculture Conference

The GROW (Generating Research Opportunities Workshop) Urban Agriculture Conference strives to enhance urban agriculture and food systems through developing collaborative proposals that tackle critical issues. Working at the intersection of urban agriculture and food systems, we seek to identify value chain concerns and assess their economic, social, and environmental impacts on communities. Join us as we support the development of interdisciplinary REE proposals, bridging disciplinary and geographic divides.

The GROW Urban Agriculture virtual conference is designed to engage researchers, Extension professionals, educators, industry representatives, and community collaborators in the development of integrated urban agriculture funding proposals. During this conference interdisciplinary teams will collaborate to create creative an effective proposals rather than spend resources competing against one another. This conference will occur in three phases:

Phase I: November 1-3, 2023, will focus on developing teams,

Phase II: November 4, 2023 to January 16, 2024, will be a time for teams to work together on proposals at their own pace, and

Phase III: January 17-19, 2024, will include an opportunity for teams to present their proposals to a mock grant review panel and have time to incorporate and refine their proposals.

Registration is required, but there is no cost to participate. This conference is supported by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant.



Ashley Kulhanek recently walked The High Line in New York City, a lush secret city garden. The High Line Park is built on an historic, elevated rail line that runs parallel to the Hudson River from Gansevoort St. near the meatpacking district and Chelsea Market, and West 30th St. and Hudson Yards. The park is roughly 20 blocks of a repurposed train overpass growing plants, trees, and displaying art for locals and tourists to enjoy. Read the article and see her pictures.
Sourced from Buckeye Yard & Garden onLine and written by Ashley Kulkanek 

The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) currently has open application windows for the following grant programs:

  • the Research and Education Grant Program, due on October 5, 2023
  • the Partnership Grant Program due on October 19, 2023,
  • the Youth Educator Grant Program due on November 9, 2023, and
  • the Farmer Rancher Grant Program due on December 7, 2023.

Every grant program is tailored to cater to distinct groups and adheres to varying prerequisites. However, the overarching purpose of these grants remains consistent – to bolster research and/or education initiatives that propel the ecological, financial, and societal sustainability of agriculture within the Midwest region.

Research and Education grants are typically awarded to university researchers or non-governmental organizations for major research or education projects. While they offer up to $250,000 per grant, they are the most difficult SARE grants to get. Partnership grants offer up to $50,000 for research or education collaborations between organizations and three or more farms. And Youth Educator grants offer up to $6,000 for projects to develop sustainable agriculture education for youth from elementary school through high school. NCR-SARE also has two other grant programs for which the application window is in late winter – a Graduate Student Grant and a Professional Development Grant. See for more information on all of these grant programs.

Sourced from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has confirmed several new spotted lanternfly (SLF) infestations across the state, including Columbus and Toledo.

In 2021, ODA designated the spotted lanternfly as a destructive plant pest and established regulations aimed at reducing the risk of spread. As a result of new detections, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Mahoning, and Muskingum counties will be added to the spotted lanternfly regulated area. In regulated areas, spotted lanternfly infestations have been confirmed and inspections are increased. Full article.

The Ohio State University is hiring an Urban Agriculture Specialist. This 12-month faculty member will lead a statewide Urban Agriculture team of faculty, staff, and students. They will lead urban ag system curriculum development and conduct research in collaboration with other CFAES urban-focused faculty members. They will serve as a Principal Investigator, managing grant funding, project leadership, and partner development. As leader of a five-year project funded Cooperative Agreement with USDA FSA, they will supervise a new Community Outreach Coordinator, based in the Cleveland area, and collaborate with diverse local teams and stakeholders in Ohio's metropolitan areas. With 100% Extension appointment, they will explore emerging opportunities linking Extension, teaching, and research to advance Ohio's urban agriculture and food system community. Master's degree required, doctoral degree preferred. Extension-outreach experience, grant-management skills, and leadership expertise are also required. For more information, see the posted job listing.

Inquiries about the position are welcomed and may be addressed to the Urban Agriculture Specialist, Extension Search Committee at