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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

 

Brookeville, PA 

Monday, September 25, 2017 through Friday, September 29, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This is an introductory but technical course on the design and installation of solar electric systems within residential and light commercial structures. The course will consist of lectures (about 60%) as well as hands-on labs (about 40%). You will work with a working PV system, dismantling and re-installing it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation. You will also learn how to design and build your own solar generator - to get you through those irritating power outages.

Registration is limited to 10 students. This course is offered in partnership with several not-for-profits. The fee for this one-week course is $970 and includes: Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, ETA examination, and (in most cases) lunch.

Prepares students to sit for the ETA Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) Level 1.

Location:
Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living
93 Quiet Creek Ln
Brookeville, Pennsylvania 15825

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/09/25/367/36%7C35%7C34/YTU4ODc3MGY2M

 

Holt, MI 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This event is hosted by Dan Brainard, Sam Hitchcock Tilton, and Marisa Benzle of Michigan State University Department of Horticulture.

The field-day will begin with time to inspect many types of weeding machines and cultivating tractors and talk to fellow growers. Jean-Paul Courtens will speak about getting the most out of your tools and the principles of effective mechanical weed control. After lunch together, farmers and researchers who have been using tools to control weeds in the row will talk and demonstrate in-row tools in the field. Later, watch manufacturer's demonstrate their weeding tools and cultivating tractors on lettuce and young beets.

The fee for the field day is $15. Register before September 15th to get lunch.

Many brands of finger-weeders, torsion weeders, flex-tine harrows will be on display and demonstrated, as well as many other cultivation tools. This is a unique opportunity for farmers to learn from each other, hear from a master-farmer, inspect many weeding tools for themselves, and see and compare almost all of the cultivating tractors made today.

Location:
MSU Horticulture Teaching and Research Center
3291 College Rd
Holt, Michigan 48842

Contact:
Sam Hitchcock Tilton / (414) 213-5337 /

https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=8417F4BE0CEFB513

 

Dayton, OH 

Thursday, October 5, 2017 through Monday, October 9, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This is an introductory but technical course on the design and installation of solar electric systems within residential and light commercial structures. The course will consist of lectures (about 60%) as well as hands-on labs (about 40%). You will work with a working PV system, dismantling and re-installing it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation. You will also learn how to design and build your own solar generator - to get you through those irritating power outages.

Registration is limited to 10 students. This course is offered in partnership with several not-for-profits. The fee for this one-week course is $970 and includes: Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, ETA examination, and (in most cases) lunch.

Prepares students to sit for the ETA Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) Level 1.

Location:
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/10/05/361/36%7C35%7C34/ODkyMTNjYmNiY

 

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

 

Delaware, OH 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
9:30 am - 11:00 am

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Bring your little one out to discover Stratford as they become a farmer for a day. You and your child will interact with the animals as you help with morning chores. For children ages 2-5 and their adult companion.

Also offered October 17

$10 per session for child/adult pair

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

Contact:
Stratford Ecological Center / 740-363-2548 /

http://stratfordecologicalcenter.org/event/small-farmers-6/

 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
9:00am

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Join Kevin Matteson, Associate Director, Masters Programs Project Dragonfly, Miami University, as he presents: Community-based Pollinator Conservation in Cities.

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

Reminders will be sent out and log-in instructions prior to each session to everyone on our beekeeping e-mail list.

They looking forward to an exciting, educational year!

Location:
online at http://go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / n/a /

http://go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz

 

Delaware, OH 

Friday, October 20, 2017
Oct. 20th & 21st Friday at 12:00pm - Saturday unti 4:00pm

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Bring a packed lunch or arrive as time permits on Friday.

Come prepared to spend the night on the farm either indoors, outdoors or in the hayloft. During this adult program geared toward making apple butter, you will have a unique hands-on experience, from peeling apples to cooking over an open fire to canning.

Along the way there will be ample opportunity to learn about the inter-workings of our 236 acre organic farm and nature preserve.

Participants will leave with home-made apple butter, and a deeper understanding and connection to life on the farm.

Cost includes three meals. $100 per person.
Pre-resgistration required, call 740-363-2548.

Location:
At Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd.
Delaware, Ohio 43015

Contact:
Emily Pidock / 740-363-2548 /

http://stratfordecologicalcenter.org/calendar/2017-04/

 

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

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:15 am - 4:00 pm

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The workshop is led by faculty from Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami University and Antioch College as well as staff from Cleveland Seed Bank. The series involves four workshop locations; each location includes four presenters and a locally catered lunch. The workshop provides professional training for seed savers, growers, and plant breeders; creates the foundation for a statewide seed savers alliance; and expands opportunities and reduces barriers for small-scale seed producers in Ohio. This course is recommended for those with some seed saving experience.

This is a collaborative effort between Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Miami University, Antioch College, and the Cleveland Seed Bank.

Location:
McGregor Hall
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Contact:
Jess Chadwell / 740.593.5971 /

https://communityfoodinitiativesorg.presencehost.net/s2s-workshop/

 

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

 

Parma, OH 

Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:15 am - 4:00 pm

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The workshop is led by faculty from Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami University and Antioch College as well as staff from Cleveland Seed Bank. The series involves four workshop locations; each location includes four presenters and a locally catered lunch. The workshop provides professional training for seed savers, growers, and plant breeders; creates the foundation for a statewide seed savers alliance; and expands opportunities and reduces barriers for small-scale seed producers in Ohio. This course is recommended for those with some seed saving experience.

This is a collaborative effort between Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Miami University, Antioch College, and the Cleveland Seed Bank.

Location:
Cleveland Metroparks: Watershed Stewardship Center
2277 W Ridgewood Dr
Parma, Ohio 44134

Contact:
Jess Chadwell / 740.593.5971 /

https://communityfoodinitiativesorg.presencehost.net/s2s-workshop/

 

The Plains, OH 

Monday, November 6, 2017 through Friday, November 10, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This is an introductory but technical course on the design and installation of solar electric systems within residential and light commercial structures. The course will consist of lectures (about 60%) as well as hands-on labs (about 40%). You will work with a working PV system, dismantling and re-installing it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation. You will also learn how to design and build your own solar generator - to get you through those irritating power outages.

Registration is limited to 10 students. This course is offered in partnership with several not-for-profits. The fee for this one-week course is $970 and includes: Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, ETA examination, and (in most cases) lunch.

Prepares students to sit for the ETA Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) Level 1.

Location:
Rural Action Headquarters
9030 Hocking Hills Dr
The Plains, Ohio 45780

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/11/06/360/36%7C35%7C34/OTZjYzk2YTk4N

 

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

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