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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/

 

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

 

Amesville, OH 

Sunday, July 22, 2018
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Learn how to grow and prepare the finest bionutrient-rich food from seed, to soil, to serving plate. Bionutrient Food Association Southeast Ohio Chapter leader Mark Cohen will take a practical look at an innovative food philosophy for improving health, sequestering carbon, and increasing resiliency. Attendees will learn what crop varieties to focus on, how to develop healthy, mineralized, and biologically active soil, and how to prepare their food with techniques such as nixtamalization and fermentation to maximize potential nutrient availability. This workshop emphasizes community food security, but applies to cash crops as well. After exploring food production techniques, Mark will conclude with a demonstration of food preparation and a delicious farm lunch featuring crops from the fields viewed throughout the day.

Cost and Registration: $40 for OEFFA and/or BFA members, $50 for non-members. Price includes a locally sourced lunch. Pre-registration is required by July 16. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/bionutrient or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Bionutrient-Rich Food, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 or milo@oeffa.org.

Rental lodging is available at Wyatt Run Farm and Ecology Center. For more information, go to www.wyattrunfarm.weebly.com.

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:
Wyatt Run Farm and Ecology Center
12788 New England Rd.
Amesville, OH 45711

Contact:
Milo Petruziello / (614) 421-2022 /

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

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, August 5, 2018
1-5 p.m.

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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. Hear from a panel of early career farmers and receive important planning resources.

Cost and Registration: $25. Price includes light refreshments. Pre-registration is required by July 30. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmvision2018 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.

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.

Location:
OEFFA
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Kelly Henderson / 6144212022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/farmvision2018

 

Columbus, OH 

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

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Heartland Farm Beginnings® 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.

Location:
OEFFA
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

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

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

 

Akron, OH 

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

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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

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

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/scalingup2018

 

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