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Hillsboro, OH 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
9:30am

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Grassroots Farm is a 380 acre grass-based farm raising Red Devon cattle, Katahdin lamb, Cornish Cross chickens, and Berkshire hogs. Value-added products produced on site are also sold through the Hyde Park Farmers' Market and Findlay Market in Cincinnati. They lease subparcels of their land to independent dairy producers and are seeking to transition the farm to someone who will assume business ownership in steps. Join this tour for a wagon ride to learn about the farm's wetland mitigation efforts, raising grass-fed beef and pastured meat and poultry, and unique land access opportunities.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, email eric@oeffa.org.

Directions: From Rte. 50, take Rte. 41 S from Bainbridge for approximately 7 miles. Drive through Cynthiana and turn left on Frost Rd. Frost Rd. dead ends at the farm.

This event is presented by OEFFA and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Grassroots Farm
1727 Frost Rd.
Hillsboro, OH 45133

Contact:
Drausin Wulsin / 740-634-2440 /

http://www.grassrootsfoods.biz

 

West Lafayette, IN 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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How-to Farmer Training on Organic Vegetable Seed Production

Join nationally renowned experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Organic Seed Alliance, and Purdue University this August for a one-day classroom and field-based workshop on organic seed production and variety development.

Learn the fundamentals needed to grow organic vegetable seed, including seed biology, harvesting, storage, and how to conduct variety trials. In addition to a classroom intensive, participants will tour The Student Farm and taste carrot and tomato varieties from current trials with a local chef.

Location:
Daniel Turf Center
1340 Cherry Ln
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

Contact:
Lori Jolly-Brown / 765-494-1296 /

https://edustore.purdue.edu/wk_rules.asp?Item_Number=CW-hort-1

 

Bowling Green, OH 

Thursday, August 31, 2017
9:00am-1:00pm

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In-field soil health assessment tests will allow participants to conduct an analysis of soil characteristics on their farm. Chemical, physical, and biological measurements will determine soil health.The research plots at this location feature various cover crops and no-till corn, soybeans, and wheat rotations. This tour will provide hands-on training.

Registration: There is no cost to attend, but registration is needed for a complimentary lunch. To register, email sundermeier.5@osu.edu by August 28.

Directions: From 1-75, take Exit 181 for State Rte. 64/State Rte. 105 for Bowling Green. Drive east for 0.25 miles. At Dunbridge Rd. (look for traffic light and Meijer store), turn north and drive 1 mile. Cross Poe Rd. The field day is at the corner of Poe and Dunbridge Rds.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Riker Farm Seed
10492 E. Poe Rd.
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Contact:
Alan Sundermeier / 419-354-9050 /

http://n/a

 

Westerville, OH 

Saturday, September 2, 2017
2:00-4:00pm

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Jedidiah Farm and Studio is a five acre working farmstead in the suburbs of Westerville, where the Taylor family utilizes ecologically inclusive principles to encourage biodiversity and resilient food production. Visitors can expect to see a space that is in transition from the typical suburban lawnscape to perennial food forests, guilds, woodlands, and pasture, incorporating annual and perennial crops within rotational grazing principles. The use of dairy goats, honeybees, pastured poultry, and heritage hogs for pasture rehabilitation will be discussed during the tour, as well as the importance of incorporating guilds and native plantings to create self-supporting systems.

Directions: From I-270 N, take Sunbury Rd. Turn east on Smothers Rd. The farm is on the left nearly 2 miles east of the bridge. Park on the east side of the driveway, leaving space to turn around by the house.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Jedidiah Farm and Studio
5058 Smothers Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081

Contact:
Sarah Taylor / 614-625-3461 /

http://www.jedidahfarm.com

 

Toledo, OH 

Saturday, September 2, 2017
12:00-3:00pm

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Central State University Cooperative Extension believes that urban agriculture education can stimulate community development and revitalize cities. Mentor is a small historic city block in Toledo. Old dilapidated homes were an eyesore to neighbors, and attracted vandalism and arson. Elizabeth Harris saw an opportunity, and in August 2011, a dream was born. Glass City Goal Gals had a vision to take the abandoned cull-de-sac—once known as Murder Alley—and transform it into an urban farm with goats, growing plots, and a butterfly house. Tour this farm to learn how they worked with the city and community to create positive relationships and place-making in this neglected neighborhood. While in the area, visit the Toledo Farmers' Market, open from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., which is located less than one mile away. CSU Extension Agent Brittany Jones will be on site to describe their programs and Extension outreach, and to answer questions.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, email glasscitygoatgals@gmail.com no later than August 26.

This free event is presented by Central State University Cooperative Extension and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmtours2017.

Location:
Glass City Goat Gals
329 Mentor Dr.
Toledo, OH 43608

Contact:
Elizabeth Harris / 825-265-1364 /

http://www.glasscitygoatgals.com

 

South Bloomingville, OH 

Friday, September 8, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017
4:00 pm Friday - 4:00 pm Sunday

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This ​multi-day ​workshop ​will ​provide ​beginning ​and ​experienced ​forest ​farmers ​with ​the ​tools, ​knowledge, ​and ​resources ​they ​need ​to ​take ​their ​small-scale ​or ​hobby ​operation ​to ​the ​next ​level. ​The ​event ​will ​provide ​classes ​on ​specific ​best ​business ​practices, ​as ​well ​as ​peer-to-peer ​learning ​opportunities ​through ​workshops ​led ​by ​forest ​farmers ​who ​have ​built ​their ​own ​successful ​businesses. ​Forest farmers ​will ​explore ​the ​intersections ​and ​divergences ​between ​the ​financial ​opportunities ​available ​and ​the ​draw ​of ​working ​on ​the ​land, ​and ​how ​to ​build ​an ​operation ​that ​allows ​you ​to ​incorporate ​what ​you ​love ​with ​what's ​commercially ​viable. Forest farmers ​will ​also ​explore ​cost ​share ​opportunities, ​and ​the ​economic ​trade-offs ​to ​consider ​before ​deciding ​between ​full-time ​and ​part-time ​forest ​farming.

Location:
Camp Oty'Okwa
24799 Purcell Rd
South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152

Contact:
Tom Redfern / (740) 677-4047 ex. 2 /

http://www.appalachianforestfarmers.org/

 

Philo, OH 

Saturday, September 9, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Join Annie and Jay for a guided tour of Blue Rock Station. The Warmkes are happy to periodically open their farm for a glimpse of how their version of sustainable living works.

Visitors will view some of the buildings made with rammed-earth tires, straw bales and earth plaster. There are a total of 18 buildings that can potentially be a part of the tour. After a short walk down the lane visitors will be invited to visit the sun room and living room of the first Earthship east of the Mississippi.

Depending on the weather, time will be given for discussion of ideas and questions. Children are always welcome unless otherwise noted but please keep in mind that this is an adult tour.

Reservations and pre-payment are required. Private tours can be scheduled for visitors with more specific questions about their personal building projects.

Location:
Blue Rock Station
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, Ohio 43771

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/07/29/339/36%7C35%7C34/NTI0NThlYTA1O

 

Massillon, OH 

Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Grazing field day will be held with Bob Hendershot, a retired State Grassland Conservationist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service and recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Grasslander Award. The field day is open to any and all persons, but requires an RSVP by September 6th for food purposes.

Location:
Motts Mapleton Farm
3415 Lotz Ave SE
East Canton, Ohio 44730

Contact:
Jay Jordan / 330-451-7643 /

http://www.starkfb.org/swcd-grazing-management-workshop-series/

 

Wooster, OH 

Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:15 am - 4:00 pm

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The workshop is led by faculty from Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami University and Antioch College as well as staff from Cleveland Seed Bank. The series involves four workshop locations; each location includes four presenters and a locally catered lunch. The workshop provides professional training for seed savers, growers, and plant breeders; creates the foundation for a statewide seed savers alliance; and expands opportunities and reduces barriers for small-scale seed producers in Ohio. This course is recommended for those with some seed saving experience.

This is a collaborative effort between Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Miami University, Antioch College, and the Cleveland Seed Bank.

Location:
OSU Wooster Campus: Arden Ballroom
1680 Madison Ave
Wooster, Ohio 44691

In the Shisler Conference Center

Contact:
Jess Chadwell / 740.593.5971 /

https://communityfoodinitiativesorg.presencehost.net/s2s-workshop/

 

Bangor, MI 

Sunday, September 10, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Join the MSU Farmer Field School for this information packed, hands on workshop that will be all about Brassicas - one of the most critical vegetable families to the small scale vegetable farmer. Presented by two farmers with more than 25 years of combined organic and sustainable vegetable farming experience in wholesale & direct market production. The day will cover variety selection, production, management and marketing of brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chinese cabbage, collards, kale & kohlrabi with possible forays into turnips, mustard and rutabaga.
Lunch and snacks provided.

Location:
Understory Farm
28120 County Road 215
Bangor, Michigan 49013

Contact:
Tom Cary / 616-916-9823 /

http://www.msuorganicfarm.org/farmer-field-school.html

 

Philo, OH 

Sunday, September 10, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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What you'll gain from your time at BRS Goat College: You'll work directly with the goat herd. Annie will provide an overview of her philosophy for keeping goats, touching on what to look for when starting your herd, natural goat health, simple remedies for common health challenges, herbal parasite control and the general make-up of a healthy animal. She will demonstrate hoof trimming since it is a major part of goat health. There will be lots of opportunity for asking questions and gaining confidence around goats.

During this session Annie will also discuss how to manage the herd, how to keep the farmyard parasite free, the social dynamics within the herd and the various routines that will keep your herd healthy and happy. She will also make her way to the kitchen and prepare various cheeses from raw goat milk. She will serve all participants lunch in which they will test a number of goat cheeses.

Location:
Blue Rock Station
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, Ohio 43771

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/04/15/346/36%7C35%7C34/MmI2YzZkMTY4Z

 

McCuthenville, OH 

Sunday, September 10, 2017
1:00-4:00pm

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The Margraf family has been addicted to growing healthy soil for more than 10 years and encourages more people to try this "different" approach. As a family that supports public, local, voluntary actions that lead to bigger benefits for all, they've partnered with their local Seneca Conservation District to make improvements to water quality and soil health. The farm is an Edge of Field research site for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service and hosts field days for Ohio No-Till Council, Future Farmers of America, Seneca Conservation District, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This unique conservation farm practices what it preaches and is inspired to preach what it practices!

Join this tour to learn about how the family raises corn, beans, and wheat using 100 percent no-till and cover crops to keep nutrients on the farm and out of the Western Lake Erie Basin, see cows and calves on pasture, tour their machine shed and precision equipment, and enjoy lemonade and cookies on the back porch.

Directions: From State Rte. 587 north of McCuthenville, the farm is about 2 miles away, located on the west side of road. The driveway will be marked. Follow the signs to the gravel parking area behind the buildings.

This event is presented by OEFFA and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmtours2017.

Location:
Margraft Family Farm
7838 S. State Rte. 587
McCuthenville, OH 44844

Contact:
Beth Diesch / 419-447-7073 /

http://www.conservesenecacounty.com

 

Loudonville, OH 

Sunday, September 10, 2017
9:00am-5:00pm

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Tea Hills Farms raises poultry on lush pastures and runs its own on-farm state-inspected processing facility. Join Cara and Jason Tipton for a first-hand processing experience and tour of their pastured poultry operation. The day will begin with a hands-on training in start-to-finish poultry processing, with students directly participating in each step. After a home cooked lunch provided by Tea Hills Farms, Cara and Jason will discuss on-farm processing regulations and equipment and take guests on a tour of the pasture to look at different shelter designs and describe the basics of raising poultry on pasture. Attendees will end the workshop packaging the chickens and each person will be able to take home two fresh chickens!

Cost and Registration: $80 for OEFFA members, $100 for non-members. Price includes two processed chickens. Pre-registration is required by September 5 and space is limited. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/poultry2017 or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Poultry Processing, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022. To learn more about Tea Hills Farms, call (419) 685-1689 or visit www.teahillsfarms.com.

This event is presented by OEFFA and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmtours2017.

Location:
Tea Hills Farm
269 Township Rd. 2450
Loudonville, OH 44842

Contact:
OEFFA / 614-421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/poultry2017

 

North Bend, OH 

Sunday, September 17, 2017
12:00pm-4:00pm

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Carriage House Farm is a diversified Ohio Century Farm that produces grains, fresh produce, herbs, and honey for local distribution. Tour the garden and high tunnel, examine machinery used to bale hay, take a wagon ride, tour the on-farm market and processing facility, and sample farm ingredients prepared by local chefs and artisan producers.

This event is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a complete list of events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Carriage House Farm
10251 Miamiview Rd.
North Bend, OH 45052

Contact:
Carriage House Farm / (513) 967-1106 /

http://www.carriagehousefarmllc.com

 

online 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
9:00am

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Join Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation, The Dawes Arboretum, as she presents: An Introduction to Prairie Habitat Creation

To Join a webinar, follow the link below and LOG IN AS A GUEST at about 8:55 the day of the event: http://go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz

Reminders will be sent out and log-in instructions prior to each session to everyone on our beekeeping e-mail list.

They looking forward to an exciting, educational year!

Location:
online at http://go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / n/a /

http://go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz

 

Cleveland, OH 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:00-7:00pm

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Urban farmers seeking to grow or start their businesses face many of the same legal issues as rural growers, while also encountering challenges unique to their urban location. Like other businesses, urban farmers should take care to form a legal structure that suits their goals, protects them and their assets from liability, and prepares for safe and legal labor management. Central State University Cooperative Extension specialist and experienced lawyer Ambrose Moses III will discuss the nuances and key considerations for building your farm's legal framework, so you can grow with piece of mind. There will be plenty of time for questions, so come prepared to articulate your biggest challenges.

Cost and Registration: $15. Price includes light refreshments. Pre-registration is required by September 12 and space is limited to 25 people. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/urbanfarmlaw or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Urban Farm Law, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022.

This event is presented by Central State University Cooperative Extension and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmtours2017.

Location:
Cuyahoga County CSU Extension
5320 Standard Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103

Contact:
Milo Petruziello / 614-421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/urbanfarmlaw

 

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Columbus OH 43214

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