Event Calendar

South Bloomingville, OH 

Friday, March 23, 2018 through Sunday, March 25, 2018
23 (Friday) 1:00 am - 25 (Sunday) 1:00 am EST


Rural Action is hosting a 2-day conference, focused on Forest Farming Business Planning and Development. This event has been rescheduled for March 23-25 at Camp Oty'Okwa in Ohio's Hocking Hills region.

This multi-day workshop will provide beginning and experienced forest farmers with the tools, knowledge, and resources they need to take their small-scale or hobby operation to the next level. The event will utilize peer-to-peer learning opportunities through workshops led by forest farmers and entrepreneurs who have built their own successful businesses.

Discuss and explore the possibilities, limitations, and finances associated with small-scale forest farming enterprises, and how to build an operation that allows you to incorporate what you love with what is commercially viable. This will be an opportunity for participants to develop and refine their vision for a sustainable forest farming enterprise.

The cost for the workshop (Friday-Sunday) is $40 in advance and $50 on site. Advanced registration is required. Lodging will be provided on site at Camp Oty'Okwa.

Camp Oty'Okwa
24799 Purcell Rd
South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152

Tom Redfern / 740-677-4047 ex. 21 /



Tiffin, OH 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


The event will offer attendees helpful topics, tricks, research data, tools and expert advice, no matter what your size and level of soil health knowledge. Breakout sessions tracts will provide information farmers, advisors, and industry. The symposium will feature Special Guest, Doug Peterson. Doug is the Missouri and Iowa Regional State Soil Health Specialist for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Topics for the daylong event include:

After-market add-ons for cover crop seeding

Compaction reduction research findings

Aerial scouting & nutrient management

Regenerative farming in Iowa

Changing weather trend impacts to soil

Using grants to further soil health

Bees and pollination

High-density rotational grazing

Cover crops for vegetable production

Healthy farming from Morrow County and Fairfield County

Soil health 102 level class

Increasing water infiltration

The registration cost for the symposium is $55.00 and includes light breakfast, lunch, pie, ice cream and handouts.

Seneca County-Camden Falls Conference Center
2460 St. Rt.231
Tiffin, Ohio 44883

Allie Sendelbach / 419-447-7073 /



St. Louis, MO 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 through Thursday, April 5, 2018
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


The Our Farms, Our Future Conference, co-hosted by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education and ATTRA - Sustainable Agriculture, will bring together our diverse agricultural community including farmers and ranchers, agribusiness stakeholders, students, researchers, scientists, agency representatives and nonprofit leaders. A once-in-a-decade gathering, this conference will look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture and our trajectory for the future.

Participants at the conference will enjoy:
- Eight educational breakout sessions on topics such as small ruminant production, soil health, vegetable and fruit production and the first years on the farm or ranch.
- Eight issue-oriented breakout sessions on topics like water quality, climate change, sustainable agriculture education and biodiversity on the farm or ranch.
- A selection of eight different farm tours of sustainable operations in the St. Louis area.
- Two special sessions focused on food and farm policy and farm-to-school networks.
- A special day with programming for military veterans, hosted by National Center for Appropriate Technology - NCAT and ATTRA - Sustainable Agriculture.
- Two film screenings - to be announced!
- Interactive art and storytelling opportunities
- Poster and exhibitor viewing sessions
- Ample time for networking and discussion

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
315 Chestnut St.
St. Louis, MO 63102

University of Maryland Conferences & Visitor Services / (301) 405-9471 /



Wilberforce, OH 

Friday, April 6, 2018 through Saturday, April 7, 2018
Friday, 1:00 pm - Saturday, 5:00 pm


This conference features concurrent sessions, a Friday networking reception, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Conference Track Highlights:

- Agriculture Finance: USDA funding opportunities, new and beginning farmers, agribusiness
- Farm Management: Women in agriculture, organic farming, pesticide certification
- Sustainable Agriculture: Small farm programs, natural resources, local food systems
- Urban Agriculture: Community gardening and urban farming, high tunnels, aquaponics and aquaculture
- Research and Extension: Apiculture, soil monitoring and soil health, community and leadership in agriculture

Registration is free.

Central State University
Emery Hall, 1400 Brush Row Rd.
Wilberforce, OH 45384

Tara Marlow / 937-376-6652 /



Cincinnati, OH 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Proposed Schedule

3:00pm Registration-Check-in
Ohio Farm to Cafeteria Product Showcase

3:30pm Welcome - Ohio Farm and Food Overview

3:45pm Ohio Farm to School Update &
Harvesting Farm to School Success in the Cafeteria, Classroom and Community (Panel)

4:30pm Spotlight on Ohio Farm to Cafeteria Product

5:00pm Cultivating Change: Ohio Farm to School Discussion Forum

6:00pm National Farm to School Network Reception & Poster Exhibit
Ohio Farm to Cafeteria Product Showcase

6:30pm "Celebrate Our State on Your Plate" Dinner

7:15pm Growing the Future Policymakers Address

8:00pm Event concludes/Additional Networking

Buses are available to take attendees to and from Cincinnati and Columbus.

Registration Fee:
$40 General Registration
$20 Full-time Student Registration

Bus Fare (each trip):
$35 for conference attendees
$20 for OSU employees
$10 for full-time students
Free for OSU Extension employees

The forum will be developed and facilitated by OSU Extension's Ohio Farm to School Leadership Team in partnership with the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT). This is also held in conjunction with the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference being held the following two days.

Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Julie Moose / 614-292-2433 /



Cincinnati, OH 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 through Friday, April 27, 2018
See website for specific times


Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene more than 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America.

The term "farm to cafeteria" encompasses all efforts to bring healthy, locally sourced food, nutrition and agriculture education opportunities to institutional cafeteria settings. This includes but is not limited to public and private early care and education settings, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, hospitals and prisons. The conference is designed to appeal to beginners and veterans of the movement alike, and attendees will come from across the nation and Canada, and from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Early bird registration is open through March 9 and registration closes April 9, 2018.

Duke Energy Convention Center
525 Elm St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

National Farm to School Network / Please email /



Dayton, OH 

Friday, July 27, 2018 through Sunday, July 29, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


The 2018 Midwest Native Plant 10th Anniversary Conference is packed with much to learn and do!

The conference offers keynote presenters from around the country, informative workshops, breakout sessions, morning and evening field trips, and a film on Friday and Saturday. Sunday offers expert led field trips to some interesting natural areas rich in native plants and diversity. There will be a presentation on Sunday morning for those who choose not to attend a field trip.

View the agenda for information about a weekend that is full of educational and fun opportunities.

Bergamo Center
4400 Shakertown Rd
Dayton, OH 45430

Karen Arnett / (513) 741-7926 /



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


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