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Marilyn Kirkpatrick had an out-of-the-box solution for her district’s parks problem that will, in turn, let hundreds of urban Clark County, Nevada kids out of a box of their own. With millions of dollars in tax revenue built up to create a new park, specifically a 4-H camp, the world would seem to be Commissioner Kirkpatrick’s oyster. But much like oysters, available land surrounding Las Vegas is in short supply, dramatically limited by federally owned land throughout the county — the norm for the state. Over three years, the largest plot she could find for the camp was 10 acres. She and Varlin Higbee, a commissioner in neighboring Lincoln County, hatched a plan. Read more.

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Community spaces are on the ascendancy. Almost as a reaction to the isolation of the pandemic, investment and interest are rising in shared spaces that bring neighbors together. Community spaces are all around us but we don’t think of them as a class of real estate. They are unified by the themes of improving community, civic and personal health, building power and lifting up voices of those disenfranchised by capitalism. Read more.
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Commercial Pesticide Recertification - September 27, 2023

Sponsored by: Ohio State University Extension and Ohio Department of Agriculture

This online webinar is intended for individuals who hold a current commercial pesticide license. If you do not have a current pesticide license, please visit the New Applicator page. You need to attend the entire day to meet the five hours required for an Ohio commercial license.

PreRegistration Only! Register by September 20

During the online commercial recertification webinars, attendance will be taken throughout the day. This requires each attendee to participate on their own device.

For complete information, visit the event page.

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.”
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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