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Lexington, KY 

Thursday, June 7, 2018
1-4 p.m.

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Developing an effective weed management system integrated throughout the production process can reduce weed pressures and labor costs. Join the Organic Association of Kentucky and the University of Kentucky (UK) Department of Horticulture and Center for Crop Diversification for this field day overview of the mechanical and cultural controls used on the 30 acre University of Kentucky Organic Farming Unit, hosted by UK's Mark Williams and Kristi Durbin.  Through discussion, handouts, and demonstration, participants will see the entire weed control system while gaining a deeper understanding of how to combine strategies to effectively control weeds, including: crop rotation, cover cropping and mulching, bed preparation, stale seedbed cultivation, scale-appropriate cultivating tools, between-row cultivation, and in-row cultivation. This field day is geared towards production farmers and will highlight mid- to large-scale farm cultivation and weed control. UK's Organic Farming Unit has produced and sold certified organic fruit, vegetables, flowers, and herbs for more than a decade. This highly diversified farm markets through a community supported agriculture program, farm stands, and wholesale channels, and is used to train students in a farming apprenticeship program.

Cost and Registration: $5 for OAK members, $10 for non-members. To register, go to www.oak-ky.org/field-days.

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:
University of Kentucky Horticulture Research Farm
4321 Emmert Farm Ln.
Lexington, KY 40514

Contact:
Brooke Gentile / (502) 219-7378 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Pomeroy, OH 

Saturday, June 9, 2018
1-4 p.m.

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Join Snowville Creamery for a party to celebrate another year of creating delicious dairy products! Chat with Snowvillains, explore the milk plant and Melody Holler Farm, and enjoy other educational tours. There will also be live music, interactive activities for the kids, baby calves, recipe samples, cooking demonstrations, and Snowville's famous bicycle-churned ice cream.

This 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:
Snowville Creamery
32623 State Rte. 143
Pomeroy, OH 45769

Contact:
Snowville Creamery / (740) 698-2340 /

http://www.snowvillecreamery.com

 

Dalton, OH 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Venture Heritage Farm is located in the rolling hills of northeast Ohio. A wide range of crops are grown on the farm including: edible beans, open pollinated corn, spelt, and einkorn for human consumption and hay, hybrid corn and soybeans sold as commodities to local dairy farmers. Produce and flowers are sold on the farm through a unique partnership with local businesses. The farm also serves as the primary testing site for the Steiner family's new Tilmor equipment which is designed and manufactured nearby. The farm also hosts seasonal farm-to-table meal experiences, floral arranging classes, and other community events. During this tour, Lydell Steiner will facilitate a hands-on demonstration on the variety of tools used in mechanical weed control, along with the Tilmor equipment being tested. Jon Detweiler, the farm manager, will discuss growing grains, vegetable production, and soil health and Kirsten Detweiler will share information about farm-to-table and other on-farm events.

Directions: From Rte. 30, travel 1 mile south on Kidron Rd. Turn east on Arnold Rd. Venture Heritage Farm is on the south side of the road at the back of a long lane.

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

Contact:
Lydell Steiner / (330) 466-4378 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Bradford, OH 

Saturday, June 16, 2018
10 a.m.

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King and Sons Poultry Services is a family-owned and operated custom poultry processor, serving flocks of all sizes. They are one of the only USDA-inspected custom poultry slaughter houses in Ohio, which means there is a USDA inspector that oversees each bird slaughter. They are also inspected to process certified organic birds. Join the tour of their facilities, ask questions, and find out how you can add efficiency to your process.

Directions: From Piqua/I-75, take Exit 74 for Rte. 41. Drive west approximately 8 miles into Covington. Turn right on Rte. 48 N. Drive about 3 miles and turn left on Rte. 185 W. Drive 4 miles and turn left on Rte. 721 S. Drive 0.5 miles and turn right on Horatio-Harris Creek Rd. The farm is on the left in approximately 3 miles.

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:
King and Sons Poultry Services
8091 Horatio-Harris Creek Rd.,
Bradford, OH 45308

Contact:
Levi and Marilyn King / (937) 448-2448 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, July 7, 2018
1 p.m.

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Project Aquastar grows more than 40 types of vegetables, fruit, and herbs on 1.2 acres for distribution through a community supported agriculture box. Join this tour to see greenhouses and market garden field plots, chickens, beehives, and aquaponics systems that utilize fish and plants in a symbiotic, closed loop ecosystem. Located in Linden, Project Aquastar supplies residents of the neighborhood with fresh, locally grown food and hosts community outreach and educational programs. Recognized as one of the most sustainable farming operations in Franklin County, learn about their plans to grow their operation and serve the community.

Directions: The farm is located on 17th Ave. between Cleveland Ave. and Joyce Ave. and is easily accesible from I-71. From 1-71, drive east on 17th Ave. until you arrive at St. Stephen's Community House. Drive through the parking lot until you see the greenhouses.

This Central State University 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:
Project Aquastar at St. Stephens Community House
1500 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219

Contact:
Maxwell Slater / (419) 944-1939 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, July 15, 2018
1-4 p.m.

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Foraged & Sown is a work of creative, sustainable urban agriculture that combines multiple small farm properties with wild foraging to bring adventurous flavors to market. This open house features tours of certified organic annual and perennial herb, berry, vegetable, and willow plantings, samples of value-added products, and enjoyment of native wildlife areas.

This 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:
Foraged & Sown
1224 E. Cooke Rd.
Columbus, OH 43224

Contact:
Foraged & Sown / (614) 598-3559 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Michigan 

Sunday, July 15, 2018
2-5 p.m.

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Westwind Farm is a 120 acre farm featuring meadows, woods, animals, and more! Lee and Linda Purdy grow grain including hard red spring wheat, soft white winter wheat, spelt, rye, buckwheat, and corn, which they grind along with other local organic grain in their stone mill. They also have a substantial garden, growing vegetables for their community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and host classes on bread baking, cheese making, and food preservation in their newly constructed certified kitchen. Finally, they have sheep and chickens, as well as a 288 year old oak tree, in a most peaceful location, where they will start the afternoon with a farm luncheon. Join this tour to learn about a diversified family farm engaged in multiple value-added endeavors!

Cost and Registration: $10, includes lunch. Pre-registration is required by July 5. To register, go to www.moffa.net. Please include any dietary restrictions in your registration.

Directions: From I-69, take Exit 123 and head south on Rte. 13/S. Sheridan Rd. Turn left on Lansing Hwy and drive 1 mile to Duffield Rd. Turn right on Duffield and drive 2 miles, past the railroad tracks, and then turn left on Reid Rd. The farm is the second house after the church. Look for parking signs. From Rte. 23, take Exit 88 and turn left on W. Grand Blanc Rd. Drive for 12 miles. There's a four way stop at Seymore Rd. Duffield Rd. is 3 miles beyond that. Turn right on Duffield Rd., then drive 2 miles, past the railroad tracks, and turn right on Reid Rd. The farm is the second house after the church. Look for parking signs.

This Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance 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:
Westwind Milling
11487 Reid Rd.
Swartz Creek, MI 48473

Contact:
Lee and Linda Purdy / (810) 701-8151 /

http://www.westwindmilling.com

 

Cleveland, OH 

Saturday, July 21, 2018
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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Erich Hooper started growing in the city at Hooper Farm in 1994 and has become known as the 'godfather' of Cleveland urban agriculture. This farm enjoys a national reputation, and Erich is active in advocating for urban agriculture farm bill initiatives. Hooper Farm has over an acre of production situated on residential land and is home to an on-site market stand, educational outreach, and a catering company which provides healthy, local, sustainable food at events such as the Hessler Street Fair and Case Western Reserve's Food Justice Conference. They also cater for the city of Cleveland events and professional athletes and musicians. Tour attendees will see the greenhouse, production fields, and supporting infrastructure. Come with questions and leave with ideas!

Music and food provided. Come prepared to work on farm projects, if you'd like a hands on experience!

Cost: Donations encouraged.

Directions: Hooper Farm is very close to the I-71 and I-490 interchange. From I-71 N, take Exit 247A. Use the right lane to take exit 247A for W. 14th St. toward Clark Ave./Steelyard Dr. Keep left and follow the signs for W. 14th St. N. At the traffic circle, take the third exit onto W. 14th St. Turn right on Castle Ave. Turn left on W. 11th St. The farm is on the right.

This Central State University 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.

Location:
Hooper Farm
2835 W. 11th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113

Contact:
Erich Hooper / (216) 861-5224 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Russiaville, IN 

Sunday, July 22, 2018
2 p.m.

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Thistle Rock Farm is a diversified operation, home to vegetable and herb production, sheep and goats, laying hens, a mature forest, and bottom ground which they used to grow soft red wheat in 2017.

The sheep and goats are managed for wool fiber and the chickens' free-range diet is supplemented with non-GMO, no-soy grain.

An established orchard has six varieties of apples, including some hard to find types.

Thistle Rock Farm supports two community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, hosts farm-to-fork dinners and an on-farm market, and vends seasonally at the Kokomo Farmers' Market.

Join this free farm tour to see a diversified, direct marketing farm, with ground that has not been exposed to chemicals for more than 40 years.

Directions: From Kokomo, IN, take Rte. 22 W approximately 9 miles. Turn left on N. 1150 W. In approximately 1 mile, it becomes W. 00 NS. The farm is on the right in less than 1 mile.

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:
Thistle Rock Farm
11956 W. 00 NS
Russiaville, IN 46979

Contact:
Michelle Martin and Steve Daily / (765) 513-4616 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Plain City, OH 

Friday, August 3, 2018
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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John and Joyce Kauffman's farm is in the heart of a large organic community in Madison County. The Kauffman family purchased the farm in 1912 and they have been farming organically since 2009. Along with their son, Joel, they run a 500 acre cash grain operation of corn, soybeans, wheat, and rye. During this tour, see the practices they implement, the equipment they use, and how they store grain on site. An OEFFA Grain Growers 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 table service will be provided. The tour will begin at 1 p.m.

To register for the potluck, email dshively01@gmail.com.

Directions: From Plain City, take Rte. 42 S. Turn right on Converse Huff Rd./Rte. 30. Continue on Amish Pike/Rte. 30. Turn right on Rte. 128/Guy Ave. The farm is on the left. From the west, take Rte. 161 E to Chuckery Rd. Turn right on Lombard Rd. Continue on Lombard-Chuckery Rd./Rte. 29. Turn right on Rosedale-Plain City Rd. Turn left on Guy Ave. The farm is on the right.

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:
Kauffman Farms
3645 Guy Ave.
Plain City, OH 43064

Contact:
John and Joyce Kauffman / (614) 348-7368 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Fresno, OH 

Sunday, August 5, 2018
1-4 p.m.

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Hand Hewn Farm is made up of five friends: Andy and Katie Lane, Doug and Molly Wharton, and Kathy Neal. In 2014, these friends made the decision to combine efforts and move to Andy's grandparents' family farm in Tuscarawas County. They raise pigs in the woods, and rabbits and layer and broiler chickens on pasture. A fully operational educational butcher shop adds to the vision and is where butcher workshops and other culinary classes are held.

Many aspiring farmers don't have access to land and don't have the capital required to get started. Come find out how these five friends are creatively and thoughtfully building a profitable, sustainable, ecologically sound business.

Registration: To register, email info@handhewnfarm.com by August 1.

Directions: From Columbus, take Rte. 161 E towards New Albany to Rte. 36 E. Turn left on County Rd. 93 (You will pass Rte. 93). Turn right on Coal Rd. You will see two blue silos. Continue and take a slight left on Patterson Rd. Watch for parking signs. From I-77, take Rte. 751 S into Bakersville. Turn right on Rte. 2 and continue through town, passing the farm equipment dealer. Take a slight right on Rte. 95. It turns into a gravel road after you cross Rte. 97. Rte. 95 becomes Pleasant Hill Dr. Turn left on Patterson Rd. and follow the parking signs.

This Clintonville Farmers' Market 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:
Hand Hewn Farm
10990 Patterson Rd. SW
Fresno, OH 43824

Contact:
Kathy Neal / (405) 668-2403 /

http://www.handhewnfarm.com

 

Napoleon, OH 

Saturday, August 11, 2018
2 p.m.

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The 40 acre Honey Blossom Orchard consists of 10 acres of plum, peach, and apple trees; bee hives; 1.5 acres of transitional organic vegetables, and 25 acres of transitional organic grain managed by another local farmer. The owners have raised vegetables utilizing sustainable methods since 2011 after a family member died of cancer, and they are now in their second year of transitioning the fruit orchard to organic. They are working on creating an educational environment by helping others learn organic practices, preserve organic integrity, and care for bees and livestock. Join this tour to learn about their transition to organic; discuss the mistakes, successes, and difficulties they've had in working with the local government, and to shop their on-site farm store, featuring farm-produced honey, fruit, vegetables, and bee supplies.

Directions: Honey Blossom Orchard is located adjacent to Rte. 24 that runs from Toledo to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Take the Napoleon exit for Industrial Dr. At the top of the ramp, travel north onto Industrial Dr. and proceed to the four way stop at American Rd. Turn right and drive east on American Rd. At the intersection of American Rd. and Enterprise Rd., continue on American Rd. Drive across Enterprise Rd. directly into the orchard.

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.

Location:
Honey Blossom Orchard
2950 Enterprise Ave.
Napoleon, OH 43545

Contact:
Laura Hubbard / (419) 467-7848 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Peebles, OH 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
2 p.m.

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More than a century old, Mound View Farms is a certified organic farm in the heart of Adams County. Located near Serpent Mound, the farm offers organic farm goods, vacation cabin rentals, and down home country charm. They manage a certified organic beef herd and a small herd of hogs, selling cuts of beef and pork at the farm. They raise all of the feed for their animals, along with grain and hay sold to local Amish organic dairy farms. They also produce their own electricity from a 60 panel solar array. Learn how their practices, including using no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, help ensure the health of their lands, animals, and customers.

Directions: From Rte. 50/Hillsboro, take Rte. 62/High St. south 4 blocks. Turn left on Muntz St. and follow Rte. 73 S approximately 17 miles. Turn right on County Rd. 13/Louden Rd. and drive about 1.5 miles. Turn left on Township Rd. 117/Thomas Rd. and drive 0.5 miles. Turn left on Hedrick Rd. and continue until the road ends at the farm. From Rte. 32, travel north on Tranquility Rd., which becomes Rte. 770. Drive approximately 17 miles. Turn right on County Rd. 15A/Louisville Rd. and drive for 1 mile. Turn left on County Rd. 15C/May Hill Rd. and drive 2.25 miles. Turn left on County Rd. 13/Louden Rd. and drive about 0.5 miles. Turn right on Township Rd. 117/Thomas Rd. and drive 0.5 miles. Turn left on Hedrick Rd. and continue until the road ends at the farm.

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:
Mound View Farms
203 Hedrick Rd.
Peebles, OH 45660

Contact:
Steve and Amy Hedrick / (937) 587-3489 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Toledo, OH 

Saturday, August 18, 2018
1 p.m.

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In 2017, urban farmer Thomas Jackson faced $30,000 in fines from the city of Toledo for using wood chips to remediate soil on vacant lots he acquired in his neighborhood. The resulting political fallout led growers to form the Urban Agriculture Alliance of Lucas County, which works to enact local policies that protect and support urban agriculture.

With the Ohio House of Representatives considering House Bill 175, a measure which would allow small livestock on residential properties and prohibit zoning authorities from regulating certain agricultural activities conducted on residential property for non-commercial purposes, the future of urban agriculture is being shaped, for better and worse, at the state and local level.

This tour focuses on the historic challenges faced by Toledo urban agriculture projects, the current status of proposed zoning ordinances, successful production models to replicate, and support and resources available to assist urban agriculture projects. Come prepared to learn, share, and engage in the creation of a supportive urban agriculture alliance.

This Central State University 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:
Urban Agriculture Alliance at Jackson Industries
2291 Auburn Ave.
Toledo, OH 43606

Contact:
Thomas Jackson and Sean Nestor / (419) 376-9746 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Windsor, OH 

Saturday, August 25, 2018
3 p.m.

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Marshy Meadows Farm is an all grass farm raising USDA certified grass-fed beef on certified organic pastures. Beef is sold to a local grocery chain. This tour will focus on the challenges of grazing in the Lake Erie snowbelt where the soils are saturated or snow covered five months out of the year (also known as barn time). Following the walking tour will be a discussion of how beginning farmers can use conservation easements to help purchase farm land, with an opportunity to talk with Alex Czayka, Western Reserve Land Conservancy eastern field director. The Ashtabula Local Food Council and the new Ashtabula County Community Harvest Food Hub will also be on hand. The food hub can serve as a good marketing option for smaller and beginning farmers.

From Cleveland/I-271, take Exit 34 for Mayfield Rd./Rte. 322 E. Drive approximately 26 miles into Windsor. At the only traffic light, turn left on Rte. 534 N and immediately bear right at the fork to go north on Noble Rd. The farm is approximately 0.5 miles on the right. From Youngstown/I-80, take Exit 228B. Drive north on Rte. 11 for about 27 miles to Exit 73. Drive west on Rte. 322 for approximately 12 miles. Turn right on Rte. 534 N and immediately bear right at the fork to go north on Noble Rd. The farm is approximately 0.5 miles on the right.

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:
Marshy Meadows Farm
7490 Noble Rd.
Windsor, OH 44099

Contact:
Mardy Townsend / (440) 272-5174 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, August 25, 2018
1-5 p.m.

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Initially comprised of neighborhood yard gardens, Urban Earth Farms expanded their farm into a rubble-filled vacant lot, making new connections with their diverse communit in the process. Every town has empty lots, but how do you turn that negative into a positive growing environment? Learn the history of Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village, an intentional community in Price Hill on Cincinnati's westside. Tour the rejuvenated gardens in neighbor's backyards, the original community garden plot, the repurposed greenhouse, and see what is underway for the new site, the former location of a municipal ice house. Visit their community supported agriculture distribution and greenhouse marketplace, poised to become a food hub for this underserved community.

RSVP to Urban Earth Farms at suellyn7@yahoo.com by August 18.

Directions: From 1-71/1-75 in downtown Cincinnati, take the exit for Rte. 50 W. From I-75 S, take the Freeman Ave./Rte. 50 exit. Use the far right lane to take Warsaw Ave. up the hill. Turn left past the Kroger parking lot on to Enright Ave. Watch for the sign on the left in the second block.

This Central State University 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:
Urban Earth Farms
824 Enright Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45205

Contact:
Suellyn Shupe / (859) 445-5044 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

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