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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
3:00pm

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Kent Solberg, Grazing and Livestock Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will discuss options for creating a forage chain by sequencing annual, perennial, and stored forages to feed your ruminant animals. Join FACT to learn how a well-designed forage chain can offer multiple benefits to your farm - including extending the grazing season and reducing feed costs.

Webinars are hosted by FACT for farmers. Webinars are free of charge. Register for as many as you like!

To Register, please visit the following link: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED54D98480463F

Location:
Webinar

Contact:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) / (773) 525-4952 /

http://www.foodanimalconcernstrust.org/farmer

 

Bainbridge, OH 

Friday, June 1, 2018 through Sunday, June 3, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 PM

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Olivia Carril, Author of Bees in Your Backyard, will teach hands-on workshop that includes bee identification using microscopes as well as field experiences with plant and bee experts.

There has recently been a positive shift in our perspective toward insects. More and more we are awakening to the dramatic lives of insects and our utter dependency upon them. Attracting pollinators to our gardens is becoming as popular as cultivating the plants that nourish them. We are even investing in near-focus binoculars to watch them! Thus we are proud to host a weekend of courses that will greatly advance your knowledge of pollinators – taught by experts who also happen to be extraordinary teachers. We encourage you to read up on our speakers' biographies.

THE SATURDAY COURSE focuses on bees, their natural history, and their identification, including an afternoon trip to the field to watch bees in action while practicing ID skills. There are roughly 20,000 species of bees world-wide and over 400 species in Ohio, ranging in size from .2 inches to an inch long. If communal living, cooperative food collecting efforts, and specialized social roles drives the evolution of intelligence, then bees and wasps are the "primates" of the insect world. In this course we will study not just the charismatic bumblebees and carpenter bees, but the smaller sweat bees, mason bees, and leafcutting bees that often go unnoticed.

THE SUNDAY COURSE focuses on cultivating bees in your backyard and designing your gardens to be able to shelter a high diversity of native pollinators. You will learn pollinator gardening basics, how to shift your garden to "go native," how to identify common backyard pollinators, the importance of providing native nectar sources, how to include host plants for fascinating caterpillar species, and where to purchase native plants. You will also be taught how to create specialized habitats for bee nests in your backyard by crafting your own take-home bee shelters for a variety of species.

Location:
Arc of Appalachia
7660 Cave Road
Bainbridge, OH 45612

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

http://arcofappalachia.org/bee-workshop/

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Enjoy a Saturday morning on the farm as we discuss how to successfully raise goats on pasture. Join Mike & Angie Hall on a tour of their pasture based meat goat operation. Mike & Angie have over 15 years of experience grazing their herd of 40 meat goats on pasture. Topics covered include rotational grazing methods, when and how much to graze, types of fence, managing internal parasites, and much more. This is a great opportunity for small farmers - beginners or experienced - to learn from actual farmers who manage pastures for goat production. Cost is $25/person or $40/farm couple payable day of workshop. Registration is required before May 31st. Contact Mike at 419-561-8280 for more information or to register.

Location:
H & M Family Farms
980 Brokensword Rd.
Sycamore, OH 44882

Contact:
Mike Hall / 419-561-8280 /

http://hmfamilyfarms.yolasite.com/

 

Delaware, Ohio 

Monday, June 4, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Learn from bee expert Olivia Carril at a day-long native bee workshops. This year's "Bee Tour" will focus on practical ID in the field, using cameras or phones to capture images, and citizen science for everyone. We'll practice hands-on bee identification through microscopes and exploration in the field with Olivia and a team of biology experts.

Location:
Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Road
Delaware, Ohio 43015

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/bees-in-your-backyard-2018/

 

Newark, OH 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Learn from bee expert Olivia Carril at one of three day-long native bee workshops. This year's "Bee Tour" will focus on practical ID in the field, using cameras or phones to capture images, and citizen science for everyone. We'll practice hands-on bee identification through microscopes and exploration in the field with Olivia and a team of biology experts.

Sponsored by the The Dawes Arboretum, The Ohio State University Bee Lab, Stratford Ecological Center, the Arc of Appalachia and The University of Mount Union.

Location:
The Dawes Arboretum
7770 Jacksontown Rd. SE
Newark, OH 43056

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/bees-in-your-backyard-2018/

 

Minerva, OH 

Thursday, June 7, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Learn from bee expert Olivia Carril at one of three day-long native bee workshops. This year's "Bee Tour" will focus on practical ID in the field, using cameras or phones to capture images, and citizen science for everyone. We'll practice hands-on bee identification through microscopes and exploration in the field with Olivia and a team of biology experts.

Sponsored by the The Dawes Arboretum, The Ohio State University Bee Lab, Stratford Ecological Center, the Arc of Appalachia and The University of Mount Union.

Location:
The Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center of the University of Mount Union Minerva
16146 Daniel St NE
Minerva, OH 44657

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/bees-in-your-backyard-2018/

 

Lexington, KY 

Thursday, June 7, 2018
1-4 p.m.

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Developing an effective weed management system integrated throughout the production process can reduce weed pressures and labor costs. Join the Organic Association of Kentucky and the University of Kentucky (UK) Department of Horticulture and Center for Crop Diversification for this field day overview of the mechanical and cultural controls used on the 30 acre University of Kentucky Organic Farming Unit, hosted by UK's Mark Williams and Kristi Durbin.  Through discussion, handouts, and demonstration, participants will see the entire weed control system while gaining a deeper understanding of how to combine strategies to effectively control weeds, including: crop rotation, cover cropping and mulching, bed preparation, stale seedbed cultivation, scale-appropriate cultivating tools, between-row cultivation, and in-row cultivation. This field day is geared towards production farmers and will highlight mid- to large-scale farm cultivation and weed control. UK's Organic Farming Unit has produced and sold certified organic fruit, vegetables, flowers, and herbs for more than a decade. This highly diversified farm markets through a community supported agriculture program, farm stands, and wholesale channels, and is used to train students in a farming apprenticeship program.

Cost and Registration: $5 for OAK members, $10 for non-members. To register, go to www.oak-ky.org/field-days.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
University of Kentucky Horticulture Research Farm
4321 Emmert Farm Ln.
Lexington, KY 40514

Contact:
Brooke Gentile / (502) 219-7378 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Pomeroy, OH 

Saturday, June 9, 2018
1-4 p.m.

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Join Snowville Creamery for a party to celebrate another year of creating delicious dairy products! Chat with Snowvillains, explore the milk plant and Melody Holler Farm, and enjoy other educational tours. There will also be live music, interactive activities for the kids, baby calves, recipe samples, cooking demonstrations, and Snowville's famous bicycle-churned ice cream.

This event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Snowville Creamery
32623 State Rte. 143
Pomeroy, OH 45769

Contact:
Snowville Creamery / (740) 698-2340 /

http://www.snowvillecreamery.com

 

Dalton, OH 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Venture Heritage Farm is located in the rolling hills of northeast Ohio. A wide range of crops are grown on the farm including: edible beans, open pollinated corn, spelt, and einkorn for human consumption and hay, hybrid corn and soybeans sold as commodities to local dairy farmers. Produce and flowers are sold on the farm through a unique partnership with local businesses. The farm also serves as the primary testing site for the Steiner family's new Tilmor equipment which is designed and manufactured nearby. The farm also hosts seasonal farm-to-table meal experiences, floral arranging classes, and other community events. During this tour, Lydell Steiner will facilitate a hands-on demonstration on the variety of tools used in mechanical weed control, along with the Tilmor equipment being tested. Jon Detweiler, the farm manager, will discuss growing grains, vegetable production, and soil health and Kirsten Detweiler will share information about farm-to-table and other on-farm events.

Directions: From Rte. 30, travel 1 mile south on Kidron Rd. Turn east on Arnold Rd. Venture Heritage Farm is on the south side of the road at the back of a long lane.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours.

Location:
Venture Heritage Farm
13777 Arnold Rd.
Dalton, OH 44618

Contact:
Lydell Steiner / (330) 466-4378 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Bradford, OH 

Saturday, June 16, 2018
10 a.m.

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King and Sons Poultry Services is a family-owned and operated custom poultry processor, serving flocks of all sizes. They are one of the only USDA-inspected custom poultry slaughter houses in Ohio, which means there is a USDA inspector that oversees each bird slaughter. They are also inspected to process certified organic birds. Join the tour of their facilities, ask questions, and find out how you can add efficiency to your process.

Directions: From Piqua/I-75, take Exit 74 for Rte. 41. Drive west approximately 8 miles into Covington. Turn right on Rte. 48 N. Drive about 3 miles and turn left on Rte. 185 W. Drive 4 miles and turn left on Rte. 721 S. Drive 0.5 miles and turn right on Horatio-Harris Creek Rd. The farm is on the left in approximately 3 miles.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
King and Sons Poultry Services
8091 Horatio-Harris Creek Rd.,
Bradford, OH 45308

Contact:
Levi and Marilyn King / (937) 448-2448 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Ethics in Beekeeping 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
9:00am

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Kim Flottum, author and editor of Bee Culture Magazine, will be presenting on the topic of "Ethics in Beekeeping".

This is the third webinar in a six part series hosted by The Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology.

All webinars are free, and registration is not required.

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

Location:
Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

 

Online 

Thursday, June 21, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Hello Ohio Food Policy Network members!
We are excited to share a tentative schedule for the 2018 OFPN Virtual Convenings! These convenings will provide continued connection and opportunities for co-learning for the network throughout the year. All network participants are welcome to join.

Our first virtual convening will be held on Thursday, January 18th from 12pm-1pm. During this virtual convening, Amalie Lipstreu from The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will be discussing the upcoming farm bill. 2018 will be an important year for anyone interested in food and agriculture. The current farm bill expires in September and unless local food grant and loan programs are renewed they will disappear. If you are interested in learning a little more, please join us for a lunchtime conversation about the farm bill on Thursday, January 18th.

We will most likely be utilizing a convening platform that is used by Ohio State University, known as Zoom. I am working with OSU to finalize some details to ensure Zoom is the best fit for our virtual convenings. I will follow-up soon with some instructions for joining, registering, and participating in the virtual convenings. So stay tuned! in the meantime, please save the dates below on your calendars. This information will also be listed on the OFPN website soon.

Below is the tentative schedule for the 2018 virtual convenings. This schedule is subject to change based on speaker availability. Again, if you have an idea for a virtual convening topic or would like to lead a virtual convening, please let me know! We would love to see the convenings be led by OFPN members. I've also attached a PDF version of the virtual convening schedule in the event that the table below shifts in your email.


Date Speaker Topic
January 18th Amalie Lipstreu (OEFFA) Farm Bill
February 15th Anne Palmer and Karen Bassarab (Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future) Process of organizing a food council drawing on examples from food councils

March 15th Leslie Schaller (AceNET) Fundraising and capacity-building for food councils around the country, rural and urban contexts

June 21st Brian Roe & Meredith Kruger (OSU Food Waste Collaborative) Food Waste Policy


July 19th Brian Raison (OSU Assistant Professor & Extension Field Specialist, Community and Organizational Leadership) Building leadership in Food Policy Councils


Happy New Year!

Location:
Online

Contact:
Amanda / email for info /

http://ohiofpn.org/

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Workshop: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Public tour: 1-3 p.m.

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Beginning farmers seeking land will gain hands-on experience assessing the suitability of a parcel of land for a farm operation during this workshop, which is a component of American Farmland Trust's Farmland for the Next Generation project. Learn why land assessment is important and key considerations for conducting a land search including location, natural resources, infrastructure, land use and mangement, current use and rights, adjoining land use, and taxes. Learn from a beginning farmer and Farm Credit Mid-America appraiser about the appraisal process and common issues beginning farmers face. Participants will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about conservation easements with Tecumseh Land Trust, and will have an opportunity to walk the farmland of Agraria, a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, to observe the land assessment process from a distinguished grassland conservationist. Following the workshop, at 1 p.m., there will be a public tour of Agraria.

About the Speakers: Kelly Henderson, Begin Farming Program Coordinator at OEFFA, is one of the 25 experienced agricultural educators and service providers across the country serving in the inaugural class of AFT's Land Access Trainers. Dana Workman Stacey is owner and operator of Grass Powered Poultry & Meats and Collateral Analyst for Farm Credit Mid-America. Bob Hendershot is a retired State Grassland Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is owner of Green Pasture Services, a pasture consulting service.

Cost and Registration: $25. Price includes light refreshments; participants who wish to stay for the public farm tour are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 18.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

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

Contact:
Kelly Henderson / (614) 421-2022 /

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

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, July 7, 2018
1 p.m.

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Project Aquastar grows more than 40 types of vegetables, fruit, and herbs on 1.2 acres for distribution through a community supported agriculture box. Join this tour to see greenhouses and market garden field plots, chickens, beehives, and aquaponics systems that utilize fish and plants in a symbiotic, closed loop ecosystem. Located in Linden, Project Aquastar supplies residents of the neighborhood with fresh, locally grown food and hosts community outreach and educational programs. Recognized as one of the most sustainable farming operations in Franklin County, learn about their plans to grow their operation and serve the community.

Directions: The farm is located on 17th Ave. between Cleveland Ave. and Joyce Ave. and is easily accesible from I-71. From 1-71, drive east on 17th Ave. until you arrive at St. Stephen's Community House. Drive through the parking lot until you see the greenhouses.

This Central State University event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Project Aquastar at St. Stephens Community House
1500 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219

Contact:
Maxwell Slater / (419) 944-1939 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, July 15, 2018
1-4 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. This open house features tours of certified organic annual and perennial herb, berry, vegetable, and willow plantings, samples of value-added products, and enjoyment of native wildlife areas.

This event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours.

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

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Michigan 

Sunday, July 15, 2018
2-5 p.m.

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Westwind Farm is a 120 acre farm featuring meadows, woods, animals, and more! Lee and Linda Purdy grow grain including hard red spring wheat, soft white winter wheat, spelt, rye, buckwheat, and corn, which they grind along with other local organic grain in their stone mill. They also have a substantial garden, growing vegetables for their community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and host classes on bread baking, cheese making, and food preservation in their newly constructed certified kitchen. Finally, they have sheep and chickens, as well as a 288 year old oak tree, in a most peaceful location, where they will start the afternoon with a farm luncheon. Join this tour to learn about a diversified family farm engaged in multiple value-added endeavors!

Cost and Registration: $10, includes lunch. Pre-registration is required by July 5. To register, go to www.moffa.net. Please include any dietary restrictions in your registration.

Directions: From I-69, take Exit 123 and head south on Rte. 13/S. Sheridan Rd. Turn left on Lansing Hwy and drive 1 mile to Duffield Rd. Turn right on Duffield and drive 2 miles, past the railroad tracks, and then turn left on Reid Rd. The farm is the second house after the church. Look for parking signs. From Rte. 23, take Exit 88 and turn left on W. Grand Blanc Rd. Drive for 12 miles. There's a four way stop at Seymore Rd. Duffield Rd. is 3 miles beyond that. Turn right on Duffield Rd., then drive 2 miles, past the railroad tracks, and turn right on Reid Rd. The farm is the second house after the church. Look for parking signs.

This Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Westwind Milling
11487 Reid Rd.
Swartz Creek, MI 48473

Contact:
Lee and Linda Purdy / (810) 701-8151 /

http://www.westwindmilling.com

 

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

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