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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 /

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Lewisville, OH 

Saturday, September 23, 2017
11:00am-3:00pm

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The tour of this diversified homestead will feature learning stations and local Master Gardeners, who will be on hand to share details about projects. Individual stations will include: cheesemaking, rendering lard, canning butter and milk, alternative livestock feeds, making sourdough starter, making soap, making lye, making hominy from field corn, composting, alternative health practices, and agritourism. Additional tour stops will include their 1,200 quart fruit cupboard, their commercial kitchen/cheese house, rental facilities and bed and breakfast rooms, and their Romanov sheep flock. A complimentary lunch will be served, featuring stuffed smoked sausage, vegetable beef soup, homemade bread, chicken and noodles, cheese, and assorted desserts.

Registration: To register, email davidblackstone73@gmail.com.

Directions: From I-77, travel east on Rte. 78 for approximately 17 miles. Turn left on Kuhn Run Rd./Township Rd. 55. After about 1 mile, turn left on Township Rd. 58. Stay right at the fork; the farm is on the left.

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:
Blackstone Farm
49800 Township Rd. 58
Lewisville, OH 43754

Contact:
Nicki and David Blackstone / 740-567-3463 /

 

Lancaster, OH 

Sunday, September 24, 2017
9:30am-2:00pm

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Join OEFFA and Columbus Outdoor Pursuits for a family-friendly bicycle tour of Fairfield County's local food economy. Enjoy a scenic 40 mile ride through the central Ohio countryside, with stops at Keller Market House, The Kale Yard, and Berry Family Farm, before wrapping up the day at Rockmill Brewery.

Cost and Registration: $35 members, $50 non-members, $25 children. Price includes snacks from Stutzman Farms. Email milo@oeffa.org for a special code you can use at check out for your OEFFA member discount. Proceeds benefit OEFFA and COP.

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:
Rockmill Brewery
5705 Lithopolis Rd. NW
Lancaster, OH 43130

Contact:
Milo Petruziello / 614-421-2022 /

http://www.outdoor-pursuits.org/event-2571122

 

Philo, OH 

Saturday, October 7, 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

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00-5:00pm

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Are you an aspiring or new farmer planning your dream farm? This workshop will help you map out your farm vision, clarify your goals and values, and assess your strengths, resources, and needs before beginning a farming enterprise. Participants will hear from a panel of early career farmers and will receive important planning resources.

Cost and Registration: $25. Price includes light refreshments. Pre-registration is required by October 9. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmvision or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Farm Vision, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Kelly Henderson at (614) 421-2022.

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:
OEFFA
41 Croswell Rd.
Columubs, OH 43214

Contact:
OEFFA / 614-421-2022 /

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

 

Ashtabula, OH 

Saturday, October 21, 2017
4:00-7:00pm

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Randall and Connie Moores are beginning farmers, breathing new life into Randall's grandparents' farmstead, which they purchased in 2014, after it had been sold out of the family in the 1990s. When Randall returned home from active duty service in the Army in 2015, they built a mobile chicken coop, raised small flocks of chickens and turkeys, and purchased two freshened dairy goats. Last year was their first full season selling chicken, eggs, goat milk, fudge, and soap at two weekly farmers' markets. They also raised pastured pigs and grass-fed lamb, which were sold as whole and half animals directly to consumers. They installed more than a mile of fencing around 32 acres and are in the process of reclaiming fields that have not been touched in nearly 30 years, with plans to certify their land as organic as early as fall 2017.

As beginning farmers, they have made plenty of mistakes but have learned a tremendous amount from other beginning and experienced farmers. They have worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio State University Extension, their local Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Ashtabula Local Food Council (ALFC). Join this tour, co-sponsored by ALFC, to learn about the Moores' experiences as beginning farmers seeking organic certification, and what they have planned for 2017, including raising more pastured chickens, turkeys, and ducks; expanding their free-range egg layer flock; raising four litters of piglets; finishing 20 lambs; expanding their offerings of goat milk soap, and purchasing cattle.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, email mooresheritagefarm@gmail.com by October 13.

Directions: From Rte. 90, take Rte. 11 S to the Rte. 46 exit. Turn left, and drive north on Rte. 46/State Rd. S. Cross the bridge over Rte. 90, and the farm is the sixth driveway on the right. Limited on-farm parking may be available if conditions are wet. Overflow parking will be located at Plymouth United Methodist Church, 970 Plymouth Rd., and there will be a hay wagon shuttle running continuously. To get to the church, continue on State Rd. S for 1 mile until you come to a four way stop. Turn right on Plymouth Rd. The church is almost immediately on the right.

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:
Moores Heritage Farm
3918 State Rd. S
Ashtabula, OH 44004

Contact:
Connie and Randall Moores / 440-281-0272 /

http://www.mooresheritagefarm.com

 

Chillicothe, OH 

Saturday, October 21, 2017
3:00-4:30pm

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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, stay for the farm's 2nd Annual Farm-To-Table Dinner and Movie. 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. Tickets cost $50. To register, go to www.pasturedprovidence.com/dinner.

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

Contact:
Paul Dorrance / (740) 851-3883 /

http://www.pasturedprovidence.com

 

London, OH 

Friday, November 3, 2017 through Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00am Friday - 5:00pm Saturday

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This two-day intensive retreat will help seasoned vegetable farmers advance their earning potential and enhance their management plans to boost soil fertility and yield. Led by long-time organic farming expert Linda Halley, 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. Participants will also enjoy downtime with informal information sharing and networking on the Procter Center's picturesque grounds.

Cost and Registration: $150 for OEFFA members, $175 for non-members. Price includes Friday night lodging and Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Saturday breakfast and lunch. Pre-registration is required by October 26 and space is limited to 35 participants. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/scalingup or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Grow More Vegetables, Make More Money, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Kelly Henderson at (614) 421-2022.

Lodging: While we strongly encourage all attendees to spend Friday night at the Procter Center to build professional networks and share farming knowledge, we understand that an overnight stay may not be possible for everyone. If you want to participate, but cannot spend the night, please contact OEFFA about special arrangements. To learn more about the Procter Center, go to www.proctercenter.org.

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:
Procter Center
11235 State Rte. 38
London, OH 43140

Contact:
OEFFA / 614-421-2022 /

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

 

Philo, OH 

Saturday, November 11, 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

 

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