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New, Better Way to Farm in Cities? Talk is Friday (1/21) at OSU

January 19, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new, nature-based growing system can help urban farmers grow more food and make more money, and Ohio State University scientist Joe Kovach will talk about it Friday (1/21).

An expert on intensive production of fruits and vegetables, Kovach will discuss his six-year study of modular ecological design in a seminar called “Polyculture, Plastic, Pests and Profitability: An Alliteration of an Ecosystem.”

It’s from 11 a.m.-noon in 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd., on Ohio State’s Columbus campus or in 121 Fisher Auditorium at the university’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster.

Modular ecological design, Kovach said, can minimize pest problems and maximize harvests and profits. Earning $10 per row foot, or the equivalent of up to $100,000 an acre, is possible using the system, he said.

Kovach is a professor in the Department of Entomology, leads Ohio State’s Ohio Integrated Pest Management Program, and holds joint appointments with OARDC and Ohio State University Extension. Details on his study are at

The talk is part of a seminar series sponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. Call 614-292-2011 for more information.

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Kurt Knebusch
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science