October 16, 9:30am–7pmWhat
Join us Friday, Oct. 16 for COSI’s Digital Farm Days! We’re bringing the farm to your household or classroom with a day’s worth of virtual events where you can have lunch on a dairy farm, tour a poultry farm, learn about the life cycle of aphids and more.
- 9:30 a.m.: Virtual Field Trip to an Ohio Cow-Calf Farm with the Ohio Beef Council
YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deNFIvrViDE
Elementary students from the state of Ohio and beyond joined farmer Craig Corry for a virtual field trip to his beef farm near Xenia, Ohio, on Oct. 4, 2019, courtesy of the Ohio Beef Council.
Watch this pre-recorded video and have a chance to ask the Ohio Beef Council any questions that you have about raising beef cattle after watching the video.
- 11 a.m.: ExploreAg – Exploring Agricultural Careers with OSU Extension – Franklin County
YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMtwhP_zVcI
Learn about the various career options in agriculture! Through interactive activities, discover various opportunities in science, engineering and technology in the food, fuel and fiber industry.
- 12 p.m.: Lunch on the Farm!
YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QhR_JcWGX8
Grab your lunch and join us on the farm. Farmer Mark will introduce you to the H&S Dairy, home of Starwischer Jerseys. Meet some of his favorite friends, learn how they are cared for and what they have for their lunch.
- 1 p.m.: Exploring Garden Tools with OSU Extension, Franklin County
YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi_eanj-wFA
Agricultural tools were developed during the stone age in the Paleolithic time period. In this session, learn fun facts about garden tools, learn how to use them, engage in interactive activities and design your own tool.
- 2 p.m.: Poultry Farm Tour with Ohio Poultry Association
- 3 p.m.: All About Aphids with The Ohio State University, Center for Applied Plant Sciences
YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSVrmdS4V2U
Chances are if you’ve spent any time on a farm or in a garden you’ve come across your fair share of aphids. But did you know that these pesky insects have a very interesting life cycle? Join entomologist Dr. Andy Michel from Ohio State University to learn about aphid biology, the impact of aphids on crops and how farmers and gardeners can manage an aphid infestation.
- 6:30 p.m.: Dandelions & Guayule: The next generation of rubber crops with The Ohio State University, Center for Applied Plant Sciences
YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OvRRSOXctw
What does a dandelion from Kazakhstan have in common with a bush from the southwest United States and a tree from the Amazon rain forest? All three plants produce latex that can be manufactured into rubber products! Join Dr. Katrina Cornish and other researchers from Ohio State University to learn more about why rubber is so important and what they are doing to develop new rubber crops that can be farmed in the United States.