Event Calendar

Hosted by Miami County Local Food Council 

Thursday, September 20, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT


The Miami County Local Food Council will offer a farm to table local harvest dinner prepared by area chefs on Thursday, September 20th. Participants can meet growers, producers, chefs and friends at the 5th annual Miami County Locavore Dinner at Fulton Farms in Troy, Ohio. The event opens at 5:00 pm with appetizers, farm hayrides, and cocktails from Moeller Brew Barn and Old Mason Winery. The Fulton Farm market will be open until 6:00 pm to accommodate guests' shopping needs. Guest speaker, Joyce Fulton, will give us a history of Fulton Farms. Dinner will be served at 6:15 pm.

The entire menu will be locally sourced, mostly from within Miami County. The talented chefs will be transforming seasonal, fresh ingredients into a dining experience for guests. This year there will be a vegetarian offering as well as a traditional meat dish.

Proceeds for the event will go to support the food council's efforts to grow, nurture, educate and protect local food providers and consumers.

Tickets are $95 per couple or $50 per individual with only 200 tickets available. Tickets can be purchased by calling or texting Kelly Snyder at (937) 308-1753 or visit the Eventbrite page listed below.

Fulton Farms Inc
2393 Ohio 202
Troy, Ohio 45373

Kelly Snyder / (937) 308-1753 /



Assessing Biodiversity and Natural Resources on the farm 

Thursday, September 20, 2018 through Saturday, September 22, 2018
September 20th (evening hours: 7pm to 11pm); September 21 & 22 (All day)


IOIA and OEFFA will cosponsor advanced training at Deer Creek State Park Conference Center, Mt. Sterling, Ohio. The goal of the training is give participants confidence that they need not be experts in plants, insects, animals, or hydrology to effectively inspect and assess to the NOP rule and related guidance concerning natural resources and biodiversity. The training will focus on the basic visual cues and best practices to use, especially in the Midwest region.

Three field trips to certified organic vegetable, livestock, and grain farms are scheduled to provide hands-on learning. Trainers are conservation and biodiversity educators Tony Fleming of Indiana (geologist and former inspector) and Jo Ann Baumgartner (Wild Farm Alliance). The course is designed primarily for inspectors and certification staff, but others are also welcome to register. Closest airport is Columbus. Deadline to apply is August 17. Group discounts are available.

Participants in IOIA's 300 Level Advanced Inspector Training courses must meet course acceptance criteria to receive an Advanced Training Certificate of Completion. Requirements include prior completion of two inspector training courses and 2 years inspection experience with at least 20 inspections or one year of inspection experience with at least 30 inspections. Participants must complete pre-course readings, participate in all training sessions and satisfactorily complete a post training writing assignment. Participants that do not meet the advanced criteria or who do not complete all assignments are welcome and will receive a Workshop Certificate.

Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7486977486297803779

Deer Creek State Park Conference Center
22300 State Park Road 20
Mt. Sterling, OH 43143

OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /



A Project of Community Food Initiatives. 

Friday, September 21, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Community members, gardeners, seed savers, farmers, and advocates of food, health and social work in Jackson and Vinton counties are invited to the first SEO Foodlink Resource Seminar for an in-depth look and discussion of a new resource for Southeast Ohio. Provide critiques, additions, and corrections to improve SEO Foodlink and meet the SEO Foodlink team from Community Food Initiatives. SEO Foodlink is a resource hub that provides a map of food access points including food pantries and free lunch sites.

Please follow the link below to register for the event:


About the SEO Foodlink and associated seminar(s):

The SEO Foodlink team is offering five Dual-County Seminars that enable the SEO Foodlink team to engage community participation and obtain feedback on the Southeastern Ohio FOODLINK Project. The Southeast Ohio FOODLINK Project is an online mapping resource that displays organizations where people can access emergency food resources and retailers that accept SNAP or WIC benefits. Additionally, state and federal-level data has been collected to create ten individual southeast Ohio county profiles.

For more information, please visit Community Food Initiatives website: www.communityfoodinitiatives.org

Jackson County OSU Extension
17 Standpipe Road
Jackson, Ohio 45640

Paige Klunk / 740-593-5971 /



Oxford, OH 

Saturday, September 22, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Free children's activities, music, booths & more! Starting at noon on Saturday, September 22nd:
-Music by the Jericho Old Time Band.
-Lunch for sale on the stage~homemade soup, salad and artisan bread.
-Snack booth with popcorn, cider, and dessert for sale.

1:00-Craig Harkrider: "End of Season Gardening and Putting the Garden to Bed for Winter"

2:00-Steve Townsend: Food demonstration using local food from the Oxford Uptown Farmers Market.

3:00-Jeremiah Blossom, Harv Roehling & Charles Ganelon: "Why Buy Certified Organic Food" panel discussion

The Festival is co-sponsored by the Miami Oxford Organic Network, a chapter of Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and by the MOON Co-op Market.

Uptown Park
2 E. High Street
Oxford, Ohio 45056

Nani Ball / (513) 523-2360 /



Rutland, OH 

Saturday, September 22, 2018
1-3 p.m.


Participants will have an opportunity to see wild populations of at-risk native medicinal herbs such as goldenseal, ginseng, and more during this farm tour co-sponsored by Rural Action and United Plant Savers. Learn about efforts to conserve at-risk plants and see demonstrations on how to grow medicinal plants in your own woodlands.

From Albany, take Rte. 681 S to Rte. 684. Continue to New Lima Rd. Turn right on Loop Rd. From Rutland, drive north on New Lima Rd. Turn left on Loop Rd.

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

United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary
35703 Loop Rd.
Rutland, OH 45775

John Stock / (740) 742-3455 /



Dayton, OH 

Sunday, September 23, 2018
3:30-6 p.m.


Tour two of the most active farms in Dayton in the same neighborhood! The first stop is Dayton Urban Grown, a training farm that broke ground in September 2016 and features a year-round, no-till, high rotation system for market vegetables and do-it-yourself infrastructure that new farmers can construct, including hoophouses, low tunnels, and perennial hedgerows. They offer a year-long classroom training program to train new market farmers and their wash/pack shed and other equipment are available to course graduates and cooperative members. The tour will continue at Mission of Mary Farm, which operates a network of urban farm sites around inner east Dayton and sells through markets and a community supported agriculture program to neighbors of diverse incomes through a sliding price CSA business model. Join this tour to see their headquarters building, garage, propagation nursery, wash and pack area, apiary, movable hoophouses, and one of their production gardens.

From Rte. 35 in Dayton, take the Keowee/Wayne Ave. exit. Coming from the east, turn left on Keowee St. and left on Xenia Ave. From the west, turn right on Keowee St. and take an immediate left on Xenia Ave. Dayton Urban Grown will be on the left in about 12 blocks. Mission of Mary Farm is a short two block walk walk from Dayton Urban Grown. Walk west on Xenia Ave. and turn left on St. Paul Ave. Turn right on Andrews St. Turn left on Silver Ln. Mission of Mary Farm is on the right.

This Central State University Extension 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

Dayton Urban Grown Training Farm/Mission of Mary Farm
933 Xenia Ave.
Dayton, OH 45410

Lisa Helm / (937) 610-3845 /



Developing and Financing Food Systems 

Monday, September 24, 2018
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (sponsored reception to follow)


Join us for the eighth annual Ohio Food Policy Summit, on Monday, September 24, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
This year's summit will focus on the financing, investment, and economic development potential of local food systems, with discussions centering around a recent report released by the Federal Reserve entitled "Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of the Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities."

This national framework will be applied to discussions on financial resources available for local and statewide efforts, exploring how it can be harnessed to build food systems and how to leverage the economic development potential of local food in Ohio.

This event is dedicated to connecting food council members, policy-makers, finance and economic development specialists and all other stakeholders who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio.

Cost: $20
No charge for undergraduate students with valid ID.
Scholarships are available.
Parking and lunch are included.

Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, OH 43221

Amy Baskes / 614-292-8696 /



Friday, October 12, 2018
9:00am - 4:00pm


The inspiration for the Stinner Summit was Ben Stinnner's rare ability to build relationships based on common interests and his vision, passion, and commitment to building healthy agroecosystems and communities. The Summit, held in October at a different location each year, is a highly engaging and participatory event that draws stakeholders from around Ohio (and sometimes beyond). Attendees with diverse interests and expertise work together to develop projects that address healthy agroecosystems and sustainable communities. At the end of the day the attendees vote on the project(s) they would like to see receive funding. Funding for the selected project(s) is provided by the Ben Stinner Endowment. We realize the need to keep the energy high so great local food is always a part of the day. The event is free of charge and open to any who are interested, though space is limited. To see photos and agendas of past Summits, check out the link below.


The Summit is never the same. The best way to understand it is to experience it for yourself!

The Stinner Summit provides attendees with:

- Face-to-face networking opportunities
- A multidisciplinary, engaging environment
- Open space to brainstorm projects related to sustainable agriculture and communities
- Great local foods
- Financial support for projects conceived, developed, and selected by Summit attendees
- A springboard for ideas, projects, and connections that can be carried into other aspects of your life

Methodist Theological School
3081 Columbus Pike
Delaware, Ohio 43015

Ohio State University AMP / 330-202-3537 /



Columbus, OH 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 through Saturday, February 2, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Heartland Farm BeginningsĀ® is a year-long, farmer-led training and support program designed to help early career farmers committed to creating a sustainable farm business achieve their goals. This intensive, eight-part workshop series will enable farmers with at least one year of production experience to develop a whole farm plan that encompasses 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. In addition to the course work, the program includes 2019 conference registration and a mentorship for March through November upon successful completion of the course.

Cost and Registration: $1,000 by August 17, $1,200 by September 21. Pre-registration is required for the entire series.

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

41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Kelly Henderson / (614) 421-2022 /



Chillicothe, OH 

Saturday, October 27, 2018
2-4 p.m.


Join Paul and Heather Dorrance in the beautiful Appalachian countryside for a guided tour of their pasture-based livestock operation. Experience management-intensive rotational grazing, and appreciate the multi-species synergies of cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens, and turkeys working together for the benefit of the animals, the land, and our food. After the free farm tour, you are invited to stay for their annual Farm-To-Table Dinner and Movie, which runs from 4-8 p.m. This event features a cash bar with local craft beers and wine, organic and sustainably raised ingredients sourced from local farms, and an outdoor showing of an award-winning food documentary. Dinner tickets cost $50.

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

Pastured Providence Farmstead
3316 Chapel Creek Rd.
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Paul Dorrance / (740) 851-3883 /



Akron, OH 

Friday, November 30, 2018 through Saturday, December 1, 2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Early career farmers interested in advancing their farm's earning potential will benefit from this two-day intensive workshop focused on enhancing the management plans of established operations to maximize soil fertility and yield. Session topics for larger scale sustainable farms will include: growing transplants efficiently; planting from transplants and direct seeding; weed control; meeting demands of distributors, institutions, stores, restaurants, and cooperatives; and picking, washing, packing, cooling, storing, and delivering your products to maximize efficiency and freshness.

Scaling up your farm business also requires moving beyond paper fliers, random Facebook ads, and coupon codes. You need a marketing strategy, and you need to know the why behind it. In this workshop, you'll learn the principles behind building an online marketing system that continuously attracts qualified leads, grows your customers, and increases sales. You'll also leave feeling confident in how to design creative marketing collateral that will build your farm's brand and grow your profits.

About the Speakers: Linda Halley has been an organic farmer since 1989. As a pioneer of the community supported agriculture (CSA) movement, she developed one of Wisconsin's premier CSAs, Harmony Valley Farm. She left Wisconsin to manage Fairview Gardens, a nonprofit, educational farm in California, and later, Gardens of Eagan, a 126 acre greenhouse and produce operation in Minnesota. Currently, Linda is general manager of Gwenyn Hill Organic Farm and Garden in Wisconsin, a diverse, peri-urban, 400 acre farm transitioning to certified organic production. In addition to farming, Linda is an organic farm inspector and has served in leadership positions at the Minnesota Food Association and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service. Corinna Bench is the co-founder of Shared Legacy Farms, a 400 member certified organic CSA in northwest Ohio. Her farm grew its retention rate from 66 percent to 78 percent in one year after implementing an online branding content strategy. She is the founder of www.mydigitalfarmer.com and the CSA Marketing private Facebook group, offering free digital marketing training for CSA farmers.

Cost and Registration: $110 for OEFFA members, $130 for non-members. Price includes breakfast and lunch both days. Pre-registration is required by November 16 and space is limited to 35 participants. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/scalingup2018 or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Scaling Up Production and Marketing, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.

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

Mustard Seed Market & Café at Highland Square
867 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 44303

Kelly Henderson / (614) 421-2022 /



Tuesday, December 4, 2018 through Friday, December 7, 2018
Name badge and other conference materials may be picked up at 8 a.m. Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m.


The 43rd annual Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show will include Eco-Ag intensive, day-long workshops; seminars; 1-on-1 eco-consultant opportunities; round table discussions, an eco-ag trade show, and film screenings geared toward the beginning to advanced farmer.

Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin, Eliot Coleman, and Daniela Ibarra-Howell of the Savory Institute

Volunteer opportunities are available. https://www.acresusa.com/events/2018conference/volunteer

Registration is now open. Please see provided link: https://www.acresusa.com/events/2018conference/registration2018

Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Mary Battjes / 512-215-2374 or 800- /



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


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