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Sep
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2020

Land & Environmental Section :: Page 3

  • Invasive of the month— climbing vines

    Two invasives: Wintercreeper/euonymus, left, and Asian bittersweet, right, are two non-native invasive climbing vines widespread in Yellow Springs. (Photos by Audrey Hackett)

    If you see something green in winter, it’s probably wintercreeper, a non-native invasive species of euonymus. Asian bittersweet is a little harder to identify. It’s most noticeable in the fall, when its leaves are off and bright red berries and yellow seed capsules make the plant attractive to some.

  • Township solar project divides neighbors

    Australian company, Lendlease, has been approaching landowners in the rural area between Yellow Springs, Clifton and Cedarville for longterm leases to build a 175-megawatt utility-scale solar array. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

    In the countryside southeast of Yellow Springs, an area of rolling farmland dotted with homes and barns may someday be the site of a massive solar array.

  • New ponds at Bath Township biodigester — Ohio EPA seeks comments

    A biodigester four miles west of Yellow Springs is hoping to add two large biosolid storage ponds to its facility. The Ohio EPA is currently seeking comments on the permit application.

  • Heartbeat Learning Gardens — Eat local, heal local

    While harvest day at Heartbeat Learning Gardens always has an air of celebration, last week’s was “bittersweet,” in the words of longtime volunteer MJ Gentile.

  • Heaving a ball at Agraria

    Two weeks ago, 36 educators from public schools in Yellow Springs, Xenia, Fairborn, Springfield, and Dayton attended a two-day workshop at Agraria to create lesson plans around concepts like soil, regenerative agriculture and ecological restoration. Here, the educators threw “seed balls” (Submitted photo)

    Two weeks ago, 36 educators from public schools in Yellow Springs, Xenia, Fairborn, Springfield, and Dayton attended a two-day workshop at Agraria.

  • Good green, bad green

    Not all green is “green.” That’s the message from local land managers who are combating a host of non-native invasive plant species that menace locally preserved and reclaimed lands. 

  • A new farm is hit with tragedy

    Kimball and Stephanie Osborne, with their children, Elli, left, and Alina, in the lush greenhouse at Oasis Aqua Farms in Beavercreek Township last month, before the tornado hit their property. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

    Last month, a whiteboard in the heated greenhouse at Oasis Aqua Farms in Beavercreek Township boasted a variety of fresh, organically grown greens and herbs available that day. Then came the tornado.

  • Growing local—Coming home to their cows

    Scott and Jillian Marshall are in their seventh year of raising beef cattle at their West Jackson Road farm a few miles northeast of the village. The local farmers — who still have their day jobs — love caring for the cows, teaching their children about the cycle of life and serving customers with antibiotic-free, mostly grass-fed beef. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

    Although agriculture is Ohio’s No. 1 industry, most of what is grown in the state is not consumed here.

  • Walk, talk pollinators with master gardeners

    A bee, covered in pollen, flies from one flower to the next.

    Master Gardeners Terese DeSimio and Macy Reynolds will lead a series of walks focusing on native pollinators this summer. The first walk will be held Sunday, June 16, beginning at the Women’s Park on Corry Street at 1:30 p.m.

  • A tornadic near-miss Monday

    Around 11 p.m. on Monday, May 27, Yellow Springs residents were roused from their beds by the whine of tornado sirens as the National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for Yellow Springs.