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Columbus, OH 

Sunday, October 6, 2019 through Sunday, February 9, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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OEFFA's flagship Begin Farming course is now accepting applications. Heartland Farm Beginnings® is a nationally field-tested, farmer-led, sustainable farm planning program. 

The intensive, eight-part workshop series will enable farmers, with at least one year of production experience, to develop a whole farm plan through realistic goal setting, financial management, and assessment of resources, skills, and markets. Early career farmers will also receive the business planning tools necessary to successfully implement their plan.

The Heartland Farm Beginnings® program includes:
- 56 hours of farmer-led, community-based sustainable agriculture classroom education 
- Course supplies (including a binder and reading materials)
- OEFFA Family Farm membership for one year
- Registration and lunches to attend the OEFFA conference (February 14-15, 2020)
- A passionate and like-minded cohort
- One-on-one mentorship with an experienced farmer, FSA Borrower Training Completion Certificate, and KIVA loan endorsement for qualified participants
- Guided development of a Growing Season Learning Plan

Cost: $1,000 ($1,200 for applications received after September 1, 2019) for up to two individuals from the same farm business working on the same business plan. Payment plans and partial scholarships of up to $500 are available.

Ready to learn more? Contact the Begin Farming Program Coordinator for an information packet including specific class topics, dates, and an application. Applications require a $75 deposit and will be accepted until September 20, 2019 or until the cohort fills.

Location:
OEFFA Office
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Rachel Tayse / (614) 421-2022 /

https://beginfarming.oeffa.org/heartland-farm-beginnings/

 

Columbus OH 

Sunday, October 20, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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The Monthly Plant Swap is a great way to get your plant fix on the cheap! Every month, join City Folk's Farm Shop to swap your outdoor plants, indoor plants, perennials, annuals, starts, seedlings, cuttings, seeds, pots, tools, anything plant related!

Don't have anything to swap? That's ok, come anyway! There are plants for sale in the shop and there are usually extras to share. Be sure to check out their selection of plants, soils, tools and amendments in the shop and go home with everything you need for your new plants!

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

webinar/phone session 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Dr. Mark Renz, Professor and Extension Weed Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, will discuss approaches livestock producers can take to manage weeds in their pastures. As pasture weed management can vary depending on the weed species, Dr. Renz will focus much of the webinar on weed identification, highlighting resources available to help with identification and even assist with identification of specific weeds on your farm.

If you would like to submit an unknown weed species for discussion please upload photos of the plant in question at https://form.jotform.com/92384320991158. Dr. Renz will review the submissions in advance of the webinar and discuss them during the session as time allows. The deadline to submit is October 16!

Location:
Join online or by phone

Contact:
Larissa McKenna / (773) 525-4952 /

https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE50DB83824739

 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 through Sunday, October 27, 2019
9 am - 4 pm on Saturday 9 am - 12 pm on Sunday

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A two day intensive course on the production and use of bio-char for fuel and soil amending. From simple backyard production to high-tech machinery. Instructors Dale Hendricks, Gary Gilmore, and Mark Cohen will demonstrate machinery, including the BioGenelectricity generator, small engine machinery running solely on biochar, and the production and concepts of soil amendments and carbon sequestration.

Morning Coffee & Lunch on Saturday
October 26 & 27, 2019
Interactive Discussions & Demonstrations to include:
•Ecological Sourcing of Raw Materials for Making Biochar
•Gasification: Tractors, Generators & Internal Combustion Engines
•Space Heating & Cooling, Hot Water & Cook Stoves
•Combined Heating and Power Biochar(CHPB)
•Uses in Animal Agriculture, Soil Health & Carbon Sequestration
•Filtration & Sanitation

$75 Per Person -For reservations & directions email or text Mark

Location:
Far Valley Farm
Amesville, OH 45711

Contact:
Mark Cohen / 740-707-8161 /

 

Columbus OH 

Monday, October 28, 2019
9am-12pm Food Policy Council Workshop 12pm-5pm Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit 5pm-7pm Networking Happy Hour

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The Summit will kick-off with a morning workshop — "Redesigning the table: using equity and systems for collective action" — led by Johns Hopkins University's Food Policy Network that is intended to strengthen and equip Ohio's local food policy councils. This workshop is designed for members of local food policy councils, but anyone interested is welcome to register and attend.

The main public event in the afternoon focuses on food and farm policies developing at local, state, and national levels: including challenges faced by farmers, issues of social equity, and food system financing. During the keynote, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will discuss policy initiatives around children, food, agriculture, and health in the state of Ohio. The main event is open to all who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio.

From 5-7pm there will be a networking happy hour.

Location:
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Contact:
Amalie Lipstreu / (614) 421-2022 /

http://ohiofpn.org/events/food-policy-summit/

 

Glouster OH 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 through Wednesday, October 30, 2019
8:00am Tuesday - 4:00pm Wednesday

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Want to create a BioBlitz at your school? Looking for activities for your school garden? These are just a few of the topics that will be covered at the sixth annual Appalachian Green Teachers Conference, which will be held at Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center Oct. 29-30.

Registration is now open for the conference, which will provide hands-on experience for teachers and non-formal educators with an interest in environmental education and inquiry based education. There will be numerous workshops and field trips, and participants will be able to earn one semester hour of graduate credit from Ashland University (credit details available on the website).

The event, hosted by Rural Action and Camp Oty'Okwa, will feature a keynote speech by Paul Patton, social enterprise director at Rural Action and a former archaeologist at Ohio University. Paul will present his research on early agriculture and the cultivation of plants in the Monday Creek watershed.

Scholarships are available–contact Joe Brehm for more information.

There is also a Monday evening demonstration and workshop on wilderness living skills. This workshop will be held from 7:00-8:30pm

Location:
Burr Oak State Park Lodge and Conference Center
10660 Burr Oak Lodge Rd
Glouster, OH 45732

There is a block of rooms and cabins reserved at Burr Oak Lodge – let the front desk know you are with Rural Action to get the conference rate: (740) 767-2112.

Contact:
Joe Brehm / 740-767-2225 /

http://ruralaction.org/eeconference/

 

Columbus OH 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm

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Join fellow insect enthusiasts for a daylong exploration of the world of entomology. Participants will learn about pollinators, insects in the garden and landscape, and the role citizen/community science plays in what is known about insects. The day will include encounters with the OSU Bug Zoo and an optional visit to the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity.

Master Gardeners, OCVN volunteer naturalists, Chadwick Arboretum Volunteers, 4-H volunteers and all insect fans are invited to attend (6 CE hours for the day).

All participants will hear from morning speakers and will select from afternoon speakers at the event. Additionally, participants will register to either take an afternoon field trip to the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity (spaces limited) or will have a choice of additional afternoon speakers and topics at the event. No additional fees for afternoon options.

Location:
Nationwide and Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Dr
Columbus, OH 43210

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

https://u.osu.edu/certify/one-day-insect-university/

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Friday, November 1, 2019 through Sunday, November 3, 2019
All Day

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Join Community Solutions for its 80th annual conference! This year, they turn their focus to how we can cultivate personal and community wellness through regenerating soils, growing nutrient dense food, and using plant-based medicines. Hands-on workshops include growing with mushrooms, cooking nutritional meals on a budget, and creating herbal remedies. Presentations include the link between the soil and gut biomes, indigenous medicines, the relocalization of medicine, and medical marijuana. Confirmed speakers include Dan Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association, herbalists Caty Crabb and Dawn Combs, local food advocate Michele Moskowitz-Brown, and cannabis practitioners Teaera Roland and Dr. Susanne Crouteau. The weekend ends with a tour of Cresco Labs medical marijuana cultivation facility.

Cost and Registration: $30-$270. To register, go to www.communitysolution.org.

This event is presented by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about Community Solutions's other events, go to www.communitysolution.org. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Agraria
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Contact:
Susan Jennings / (937) 767-2161 /

http://www.communitysolution.org

 

Lancaster OH 

Saturday, November 2, 2019
1:00pm - 2:30pm

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Rewild yourself by learning how to use plants to support your physical and mental health. In this workshop with local herbalist Aniko Zala participants will taste and meditate on a selection of medicinal herbal teas made from familiar kitchen herbs and garden weeds. Aniko will touch on plant identification, powerful and ancient connection with plants, the importance of ritual, and working with herbs to support the body through anything from IBS to headaches or cramps to anxiety.

Aniko Zala of Wild Origins teaches empowering herbal workshops and formulates quality herbal offerings with enjoyment and deep self care in mind.

The class fee is $40 for the general public or $35 for Friends of the Market members. Pre-registration is required.

Location:
Keller Market House
134 South Columbus St
Lancaster, OH 43130

Contact:
Erin Harvey / 740-277-6305 /

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egjprnvt131304a6&oseq=&c=&ch=

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, November 3, 2019
1-4:30 p.m.

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Foraged & Sown is a work of creative, sustainable urban agriculture that combines multiple small farm properties with wild foraging to bring adventurous flavors to market. From 1-3 p.m., enjoy an open house with walking tours of the certified organic annual and perennial herb, berry, vegetable, and willow plantings. You can sample value-added products, while you enjoy native wildlife areas. A "Mad About Saffron" Field Day will immediately follow from 3-4:30 p.m. Details from the North Central Region-Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (NCR-SARE) funded saffron growing project--including information about in-field and high tunnel production, processing, packaging, and marketing--will be shared.

Location:
Foraged & Sown
1224 E. Cooke Rd.
Columbus, OH 43224

Contact:
Foraged & Sown / (614) 598-3559 /

http://www.foragedandsown.com

 

Columbus OH 

Sunday, November 3, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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The Monthly Food Swap is back! Bring in your handmade, home made, home grown food and edible items. Baked goods, herbs and veggies from the garden, and home preserved items are all welcome. Be ready to answer questions about your methods, practices and ingredients. Please don't be offended is someone doesn't want to trade with you, diets vary widely and all are accepted. All trades happen at the discretion of the owner of the items and all owners of items are responsible for their items. Swapping starts at the big front table promptly at 1pm, so come ready! This is a great way to try new foods and meet new people!

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

Columbus OH 

Sunday, November 3, 2019
4:30pm - 6:30pm

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Join homestead hobbyist Elizabeth Jones of The Fresh Jam in crafting a simple and relaxing lavender castile soap using a variety of basic soapmaking techniques. Students will participate in this hands-on kitchen experiment and take home a sample of the soap to see the results of their work.

Topics discussed during the session will include: kitchen chemistry, lab safety, equipment basics, calculating recipes, sourcing ingredients (oils/scents/herbs/exfoliants), soap on the cheap, benefits of handmade soap.

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

Millersburg, OH 

Thursday, November 7, 2019 through Friday, November 8, 2019
Full day conference

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Thursday November 7
8:30 AM - Welcome & Overview of the Day

8:45 AM
​Session 1) Do You Have a Dairy Genetic Plan? - Amos Nolt, Jon Banson and Jonas Yoder
Session 2) Organic Produce - Stephen Eash
Session 3) The Organic Home Introduction and Demonstrations

10:00 AM - Vendor Show and Morning Break

10:30 AM - Break Out Sessions:
​Session 1) Raising Sheep: Lambs - Leroy Kuhns
Session 2) The Challenge of the Organic Market Place - Preston Green
Session 3) Home Demonstration Tables:
-Crocheting -Homemade Noodles -Wool Knitting & Spinning -Drying Fruits without a dehydrator -Animal Birthday Cakes -Stretching the Dollar -Interesting Children in Nature

​11:45 - 1:00 - Lunch Break and Vendor Show

1:00 PM - Keynote Speaker: -Jon Banson
​1:45 PM - Response to Keynote
2:15 PM - Vendor Show

2:35 PM - Breakout Sessions:
Session 1) Farmer Panel: Producing High Quality Forages - Dennis Wood, Jonathon Yoder, Marcus Schlabach with Moderator Scott Myers
Session 2) Organic Produce Growers - Stephen Eash
Session 3) Organic Home Tables & Demonstrations
​3:30 PM - Dismissal
Friday November 8
8:30 AM - Welcome & Overview of the Day (Did You Reconsider Your Plan Since Yesterday?)

9:00 AM - Keynote: Pollinators - Stephanie Firschie - The Xerces Society

10:00 AM - Vendor Show and Morning Break

10:30 - Breakout Sessions:
Session 1) Figuring Out Raising Organic Sheep - John Anderson and Kathy Bielek
Session 2) Park Family Fresh Co-op: It is More that Putting Seed into the Ground
Session 3) Organic Home Tables and Demosntrations

11:45 - 1:00 - Lunch Break and Vendor Show

1:00 PM - Farmer's Roundtable Discussion - What Worked, What Didn't Work and What Do You Want to Try Next Year?

2:45 PM - Breakout Sessions:
Session 1) Audience Q & A Time on the Farmer's Roundtable Discussion
Session 2) Pollinators in Your Fence Row and Roadsides - Guy Denny
Session 3) Organic Home - Drop Spinning and Spinning Wheel with Wool - Karen Gotter and local spinning guild members​

3:30 - Dismissal

Location:
Mt. Hope Event Center
8076 State Rte. 241
Millersburg, OH 44654

Contact:
Martha Kline / 330-674-1892 /

http://www.organicfarmingconf.com

 

Columbus OH 

Sunday, November 10, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Come check out this free demo about a making a very easy fermented beverage, kefir! Both Water Kefir (vegan) and Milk Kefir will be covered. Learn about the first and second ferment, ingredients needed, ways to flavor and of course, the how to! All of the supplies needed to make your own kefir will be available for purchase in the shop.

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

Columbus OH 

Monday, November 11, 2019 through Tuesday, November 12, 2019
8:30am - 5:00pm

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What will your farmers market look like in 5-10 years? Experts from New York state will be sharing resources and tools that have made their farmers markets more sustainable.

Networking Reception- November 11th from 6:30-8:30, location TBD (an additional fee will be charged for this, cost TBA soon)

Deadline to Register – November 10th

No refunds after November 10th

Location:
OSU Extension Franklin County
2490 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210

The Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory

Contact:
Christie Welch / 740-289-2071 /

https://southcenters.osu.edu/direct-marketing/events/sustainability-planning-for-ohio-farmers-market

 

Columbus OH 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
8:30am - 2:30pm

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Planning is underway for the 2019, fall Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference.

This conference can be attended in person or via Zoom. Registration details and Zoom connection information at the "Register Now" link.

Location:
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Dr
Columbus, OH 43221

Contact:
Kelli Trinoskey / 614-688-1323 /

https://aede.osu.edu/events/2019-agricultural-policy-and-outlook-conference

 

OEFFA
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus OH 43214

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OEFFA: (614) 421-2022
OEFFA Certification: (614) 262-2022

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