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Amanda, OH 

Saturday, July 20, 2019
5-7 p.m.

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Brian and Kelly Helser's produce farm and community supported agriculture (CSA) program, Paige's Produce, came from small beginnings as the couple started seeds in a converted back porch greenhouse with 2 acres of crops. In their 20th year, they have expanded to 100 acres of produce including Ohio's favorite fruits and vegetables. They serve quality produce to their local community through sales at their home farmstand and several Columbus farmers' markets.

Come talk with the farmers, tour their farm, and visit the roadside stand. See their newest peach and apple orchards and vegetable fields, discover what crops are thriving and what crops are struggling, and learn some of the risks and rewards of agriculture, as even the best planning can be altered because of weather, pests, and more.

Registration: To register for this free tour, go to www.paigesproduce.com.
This event is presented by the Clintonville Farmers' Market and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about the Clintonville Farmers' Market's other events, go to www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Paige's Produce
7975 Cincinnati-Zanesville Rd.
Amanda, OH 43102

Contact:
Brian and Kelly Helser / (740) 601-8419 /

http://www.paigesproduce.com

 

Dalton, OH 

Saturday, July 20, 2019
1-4 p.m.

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Venture Heritage Farm, located in the rolling hills of northeast Ohio, produces a wide range of crops including open-pollinated corn, spelt, and einkorn for human consumption. Commodities like hay, hybrid corn, and soybeans are grown and sold locally to dairy farmers. Produce and flowers are sold on the farm through a unique partnership with local businesses. The farm also serves as the primary test site for the Steiner family's Tilmor equipment, which is designed and manufactured nearby. The farm hosts seasonal farm-to-table meal experiences, floral arranging classes, and other community events. Come visit and try your hand with the Tilmor equipment and tools that are used in the field. Talk with the farmers about the challenges and successes of vegetable production, learn more about growing and processing heritage grains, and discover what it takes to host farm to table events.

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

Contact:
Venture Heritage Farm / (330) 749-6190 /

http://www.ventureheritagefarm.com

 

Circleville, OH 

Thursday, July 25, 2019
5-7 p.m.

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Bob Hendershot began his career with the Soil Conservation Service (later changed to the Natural Resources Conservation Service or NRCS) as a soil scientist mapping soils for the soil survey program in five Ohio counties. He was promoted to a Conservation Agronomist and he and his young family moved to Circleville. He later was promoted to Resource Conservationist and finally State Grassland Conservationist in 1985.

Bob presently lives on the same pasture farm that his family moved to 33 years ago, raising sheep and cattle. He and his late wife Connie have three grown children. After retiring from NRCS, he started Green Pasture Services, a pasture consulting service that sells forage seed and temporary fencing materials.

Hendershot has received many honors including being named the nation's Outstanding Pastureland Conservationist in 1999 and inducted into the Ohio State Conservationist's Hall of Fame in 1998. He was presented the NRCS Regional Grazing Lands Conservation award in 1996. He has been president of three state organizations: the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, the Ohio Association of Pedologist (soil scientists), and the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council (OFGC). He received the American Sheep Industry Flock Guardian Award in 2006 for his work in grazing systems for sheep producers and was presented the 2010 Ohio Master Shepherd Award.

He was one of the founders of OFGC and still serves on the board of directors. He helped develop the Pasture for Profit grazing schools, the Forage for Horses, and the Equine Environmental and Liability Awareness Programs. Hendershot has also been presented the OFGC Bob Evans Leadership Award for being a "champion" of forages. He is a past president and life member of the American Forage and Grassland Council and represents the organization on the National Grazing Lands Coalition Committee.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about OSU's other events, go to www.extension.osu.edu. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Windy Hill Farm
25995 State Rte. 159
Circleville, OH 43113

Contact:
Bob Hendershot / (740) 477-1114 /

http://www.facebook.com/greenpastureservices

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Monday, July 29, 2019 through Friday, August 2, 2019
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Children will spend their days splashing and playing in a cool, freshwater creek, exploring the woods, learning about the local plants and animals, making nature art, tending to a vegetable garden, playing games, and reading stories during this camp, led and sponsored by Nature Connect Ohio.

Cost and Registration: $250. Siblings can receive a $25 discount. To register, go to www.communitysolution.org.

This event is presented by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about Community Solutions's other events, go to www.communitysolution.org. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

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

Contact:
Susan Jennings / (937) 767-2161 /

http://www.communitysolution.org

 

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
3-5 p.m.

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Harriet Gardens is a small-scale backyard urban farm. Join this tour to see how a lot of produce can be grown on a small plot using intensive farming methods.

This event is presented by the Clintonville Farmers' Market and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about the Clintonville Farmers' Market's other events, go to www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Harriet Gardens
2935 Medina Ave.
Columbus, OH 43224

Contact:
Mark Van Fleet / 6144212022 /

http://www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org

 

Wawaka, IN 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
9 a.m.

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This field day, co-sponsored by Purdue Extension, will provide an overview of Noble Organic Grains, managed by Joel and Kim Mecklenberg, including their organic transition strategy, organic crop rotation, and markets. Guests will have the opportunity to see organic seed corn production, double crop soybeans, equipment used to interseed red clover into double crop soybeans, and a 5 acre hemp seed grain research plot that the Mecklenbergs are managing in collaboration with Purdue University and others.

Cost and Registration: To register for this free event, please call our RSVP mailbox at (614) 285-4889 and leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, and the total number of people in your party by Thursday, July 25.

This event is presented by OEFFA as part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

* Please note that the driving directions for this tour are incorrect in the print and online brochure. From Baseline Rd., guests should turn left (not right) on W. 900 N. Please use the corrected brochure directions to find the farm; Google maps is not accurate.

Location:
Noble Organic Grains
914 W. 900 N
Wawaka, IN 46794

Contact:
Joel Mecklenburg / (260) 215-1520 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

New Albany, OH 

Sunday, August 4, 2019
4:30-8 p.m.

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OEFFA has been around for 40 years. That's amazing, when you think about it. Forty years of grassroots engagement from farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, activists, and lovers of food building a better way to eat together deserves a hearty cheer. From early meetings in living rooms, to a church basement, to housing more than 30(!) staff in our very own building, we've come a long way together and we are far from finished. So, let's party.

The Farmers' Table at Jorgensen Farms' premier event space features a special menu lovingly crafted by Chef Alonzo Horn. Guests will enjoy a lush assortment of hors d'oeuvres during a casual social hour and three plated courses, complete with local beer, all sourced from members of the OEFFA family. Join us for an unsurpassed night marking a very special anniversary for us.

Cost and Registration: $125, includes food and drinks. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmerstable.

This event is presented by OEFFA as part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Jorgensen Farms
7500 Harlem Rd.
New Albany, OH 43054

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

http://www.oeffa.org/news/40-years

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Monday, August 5, 2019 through Friday, August 9, 2019
9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Children ages 6-12 will spend their days splashing and catching critters in the creek, picking berries on the farm, exploring the woods, climbing the trees, learning about the local plants and animals, creating art out of natural materials, and playing lots of games during this camp led and sponsored by Nature Connect Ohio.

Cost and Registration: $250. Siblings can receive a $25 discount. To register, go to www.communitysolution.org.

This event is presented by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about Community Solutions's other events, go to www.communitysolution.org. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

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

Contact:
Susan Jennings / (937) 767-2161 /

http://www.communitysolution.org

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Saturday, August 10, 2019
6-9 p.m.

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Join Agraria at the height of summer to celebrate its third season! Enjoy local food, wine, and beer from La Pampa Grill and local brewers, as well as tours, music, and conversation.

Cost and Registration: $65. To register, go to www.communitysolution.org.

This event is presented by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about Community Solutions's other events, go to www.communitysolution.org. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

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

Contact:
Susan Jennings / (937) 767-2161 /

http://www.communitysolution.org

 

Ottawa Lake, MI 

Saturday, August 10, 2019
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Join OEFFA's Grain Growers Chapter for a state line farm tour! John and Pat Bartholomew, along with son Gary Bartholomew and grandson Josh Fitzpatrick, farm 500 acres on the Ohio-Michigan line. Certified organic since 1988, they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and clover for cover crop and seed production. Of special interest to fellow grain growers, the Bartholomew's mechanical cultivator guidance system and The Weed Zapper will be on display, in addition to a collection of restored antique tractors.

A chapter meeting will take place before the tour from 10-11:45 a.m. Bring a side dish or dessert to share for a potluck lunch from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Meat, drinks, and service ware will be provided. The tour will begin at 1 p.m.

Registration: To register for this free event's potluck, email dshively01@gmail.com or call (419) 278-2701.

Location:
Bartholomew Farms
13212 Riga Hwy.
Ottawa Lake, MI 49267

Contact:
John and Pat Bartholomew / (419) 356-2998 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, August 10, 2019
10-11:30 a.m.

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Magic House Farms is a community-based urban farm spanning a half acre on converted vacant lots in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. In its third season, the farm focuses on companion planting and intercropping. Across four city Land Bank parcels, practices rooted in organic agriculture have been used to maximize a healthy crop yield and variety for food for the local community. The expansion and experimentation of the farm have been made possible by volunteers. You are invited to come and see how this urban oasis in a distressed neighborhood has grown from a small one person operation to a flourishing and needed neighborhood resource.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about OSU's other events, go to www.extension.osu.edu. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Magic House Farms
120 N. Yale Ave.
Columbus, OH 43222

Contact:
Joe Wolfle / (614) 453-4606 /

http://www.extension.osu.edu

 

Clarksville, OH 

Sunday, August 11, 2019
2-5 p.m.

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Guy and Sandy Ashmore, owners of That Guy's Family Farm, have been serving Wilmington and surrounding areas for more than 40 years. Originally, they used commercial fertilizers and other chemicals on traditional row crops, but they became a certified organic farm in the late 1990s. During the transition period, they also diversified the commodities they grew, and how much land they maintained. They focus on produce but needs vary depending on the year. They learned that you don't need large acreages of land to turn a profit. In fact, if you can manage your resources and do right by the soil, profit can be had with any farm size.

They grow year-round in high tunnels and raise produce and flowers on 10 acres. They maintain a diverse business network with their daughter, Nellie, who runs That Girl's Flowers, and their son, Conard, who is a partner in the produce operation, and raises some grain.

At this farm tour co-sponsored by OSU Extension Clinton County and Clinton County Natural Resources and Conservation Serivce (NRCS), learn how this farm transitioned from traditional crops to specialty crops, the business decisions that went into it, and the results. Hear from the Ashmore's about the struggles, the successes, and the learning curves transitioning to raise produce and cut flowers. Come with your questions and leave inspired to changes or begin your farm future business venture! In addition to the Ashmores, federal, state, and local employees will be on-site to share information about services and resources available to farmers.

Cost and Registration: To RSVP for this free tour, call James Tillman at NRCS at (937) 382-2461 by August 9. Space is limited to 60 people.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about OSU's other events, go to www.extension.osu.edu. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
That Guy's Family Farm
419 N. Beechgrove Rd.
Clarksville, OH 45113

Contact:
Guy and Sandy Ashmore / (937) 289-3151 /

http://www.thatguysfamilyfarm.com

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, August 17, 2019
10-11:30 a.m.

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Highland Youth Garden is an award-winning youth garden which focuses on food insecurity, gardening education, and nutrition education for youth in the the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus. The nearly half acre garden covers two formerly vacant city lots and includes a high-tunnel to extend the growing season. The garden offers a diverse, hands-on learning environment for children, giving them the space and guidance to grow their own food. Join this tour to see the educational garden, high tunnel, native garden, herb garden, and composting facility.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about OSU's other events, go to www.extension.osu.edu. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Highland Youth Garden
65 S. Highland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43223

Contact:
Beth Urban / (614) 323-7960 /

http://www.highlandyouthgarden.org

 

Midland, OH 

Sunday, August 18, 2019
2-5 p.m.

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Beginning in 2011, Tracey and Matt Parriman started Tracey Rae Farmer Florist, to nurture their interest in cultivating cut flowers. They began selling cut flowers on leased land. In 2015, they invested in their own property and began to expand their operation. The farm sells a multitude of varieties of fresh cut flowers through their community supported agriculture program. They sell at markets and to special occasions, such as weddings.

Join this tour co-sponsored by OSU Extension Clinton County and Clinton County Natural Resources and Conservation Serivce (NRCS) to hear the perspective of younger generation farmers establishing a small, new business and finding their place in the market. Walk the farm with the Parrimans and discuss a range of subjects, from public grants to soil testing to differentiating your operation in the market. Bring your questions and learn how you can begin your business and what resources are available to you.

Cost and Registration: To RSVP for this free tour, call James Tillman at NRCS at (937) 382-2461 by August 16. Space is limited to 60 people.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about OSU's other events, go to www.extension.osu.edu. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Tracey Rae Farmer Florist
804 Hales Branch Rd.
Midland, OH 45148

Contact:
Tracey and Matt Parriman / Please email /

http://www.traceyraefarmerflorist.com

 

Bellefontaine, OH 

Sunday, August 18, 2019
1-5 p.m.

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Enjoy an afternoon of music, food, and crafts. Twelve varieties of garlic will be for sale. Bring a chair and blanket to enjoy the day. Please no pets. This is a working farm with rough terrain, a pond, and poison ivy.

Location:
Jandy's Farm
624 Township Rd. 136
Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Contact:
Jan Dawson / (937) 468-2853 /

https://www.oeffa.org/events.php

 

Dexter, MI 

Sunday, August 18, 2019
2-5 p.m.

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Nature and Nurture is an independent, organic farm-based, diversified business rooted in Michigan. The passionate and reputable team is purpose-driven and shares their knowledge as well as their seeds. For almost two decades, Erica Kempter and Mike Levine have operated a residential landscaping service and plant nursery in Ann Arbor, specializing in edible and native gardens, while also growing and marketing organic, log-grown shiitake mushrooms.

Over time, they learned about corporate patenting and control of seeds, as well as the loss of Great Lakes heirloom seed diversity. In 2013, they moved to their current farm locations and founded Nature and Nurture Seeds to protect and promote open-source, biodiverse, and regionally adapted seeds. On this tour, discover a Midwest organic seed production farm, experience their fruit orchard, and see how they produce gourmet shiitake mushrooms.

Cost and Registration: To register for this free farm tour, go to www.moffa.net/ft-registration.html or leave a message at (248) 262-6826.

This event is presented by the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about MOFFA's other events, go to www.moffa.net. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Nature and Nurture
7100 Marshall Rd.
Dexter, MI 48130

Contact:
Mike Levine and Eric Kempter / (734) 929-0802 /

http://www.natureandnurtureseeds.com

 

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

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