Glaciers, Green Energy, Grow Your Own Food: Special Talks Set for OSU Earth Day Fair in Wooster
WOOSTER, Ohio – Here's the schedule of free special talks at Ohio State University's Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, which takes place Tuesday, April 22:
• 1-1:45 p.m.: Opening ceremony with comments and ribbon-cutting led by John C. "Jack" Fisher, member, Ohio State University Board of Trustees, and executive vice president, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
• 2-2:30 p.m., "Catching the Wave: Energy, Jobs and Progress for Ohio," Howard Tibbs, acting outreach manager, Ohio Energy Office, Ohio Department of Development.
Green energy, Tibbs says, can lead the way to new jobs, new economic development and reliable, affordable energy for all Ohioans.
• 3-30 p.m., "Using Ecological Design and Biodiversity to Increase Crop Production in the Home Garden," Joe Kovach, Ohio IPM Program, Ohio State.
Kovach will discuss his development of food-growing "polyculture modules" – small, highly productive plots of mixed fruits and vegetables that use few or no synthetic chemicals and fit on small farms and on city and suburban lots.
• 5-5:30 p.m., "Written In Ice: Glaciers and Climate Change," Johannes Koch, visiting assistant professor, Department of Geology, College of Wooster.
Koch studies the effects of climate change on alpine environments, especially glaciers and tree lines.
The free Earth Day event runs from 1-7 p.m. at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster.
Activities will take place next to Selby Hall. The talks are set for the adjacent Shisler Conference Center.
Slated throughout the event are displays, exhibits, demonstrations and food, plus student presentations and Holmes County singer Mark Tillack from 4-4:45 p.m. and an awards ceremony for the fair's contests at 6 p.m.
Find details about the talks and a complete list of exhibitors, activities and sponsors at http://www.wcsen.org/WCSGGF/.
Call (330) 287-1263 or (330) 263-3846 to find out more.
Links: Fisher talk, http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~news/story.php?id=4528; Tibbs talk, http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~news/story.php?id=4519; Kovach talk, http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~news/story.php?id=4496; Koch talk, http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~news/story.php?id=4525.
Allen Zimmerman, Ohio State ATI
Joe Kovach, IPM Program; OARDC, OSUE