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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

 

Purdue Extension Organic Agriculture Field Day: Steel in the Field for Organic Row Crops 

Thursday, August 2, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (1 to 3 p.m. is open networking time)

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Curious about organic row crops but wondering how to bring them into your operation? You won't want to miss this field day!

Get a firsthand look at how Jason Federer – of Living Prairie Family Farms – maintains a split operation of conventional and certified organic grain production.

• View organic row crop equipment
• Walk fields of organic and conventional crops, and corn plots interseeded with cover crops at V5
• Learn strategies for organic grain transition and management
• Enjoy lunch and networking time

Admission is free, but registration is required.

Please see the attached link to register for the event:

https://extension.purdue.edu/pages/event.aspx?intEventID=21803&ED=35962

Location:
Living Prairie Family Farms
2768 N. 1000 W.
Wolcott, IN 47995

Contact:
Michael O'Donnell / (765) 284-8414 /

http://Purdue.ag/organicgrainday

 

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

 

West Alexandria, OH 

Thursday, August 30, 2018
9:30 a.m.

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Join the Filbrun family on this farm tour double-header. Dale Filbrun of Morning Sun Farm is an early organic pioneer, first becoming OEFFA certified in 1995. The farm focuses on organic egg production and produces its own feed grain. During this stop, attendees will viisit the layer houses, tour the Great Harvest Seed grain trial plots, and observe the mechanical cultivation equipment used on the farm. The tour will continue at the adjacent Sonlight Acres for a discussion about transitioning land into organic management. Kenton Filbrun will address various transition strategies, effective approved fertility products, and the path he has followed toward organic certification. After the tour, the Filbruns invite you to a farmstead lunch sponsored in part by Great Harvest Seed.

Registration: If you plan to stay for the lunch, RSVP by August 20 by calling (513) 267-0148 or emailing sonlightacres@gmail.com.

From I-70, take Exit 14 for Rte. 503, and drive south approximately 11 miles. The farm is on the left. From I-75, take Exit 32 for Rte. 122, and drive west approximately 20 miles into the village of Gratis. Turn left on Franklin St. and right on the second cross street, Ada Doty St./Rte. 503 N. The farm is on the right 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:
Sonlight Acres/Morning Sun Farm
3993 State Rte. 503 S
West Alexandria, OH 45381

Contact:
Kenton and Dale Filbrun / (513) 267-0148 /

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

 

Michigan 

Thursday, August 30, 2018
2-5 p.m.

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Starting at Gateway Farm on Joy Rd., manager Ben Kasmenn will guide a tour of the 8 acre organic vegetable and cut flower farm that markets through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, wholesale, and on-site farmstand.

At 3 p.m., the group will travel to Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill, a 100 acre certified organic apple orchard and farm that also grows small grains, raspberries, blackberries, asparagus, hay, and cover crops. The Plymouth Orchards owner, Mary Emmett, will greet everyone and lead a tour of the orchard and farm on hay wagons. During the tour, co-sponsored by the Organic Farmers Association, organic apple tree management, small grain production, multi-species cover crops, and cane berry management will be discussed. After the farm tour, manager Alicia Estrada will take guests to the cider mill to see the organic processing of dried apples. They hope to show the cider press in action, and share samples of some of the season's first cider with fresh donuts!

Registration: RSVP at www.moffa.net by August 17.

Directions: From Rte. 14, take the Gotfredson Rd. exit. Turn left at light on Ann Arbor Rd. and drive 1.25 miles to Joy Rd. Turn left. The sign for Gateway Farm is at the corner of Ann Arbor Rd. and Joy Rd. Park in the farm parking lot or along Joy Rd. From Gateway Farm, drive west on Ann Arbor Rd. for about 1 mile to the Plymouth Orchards Red Shed Market entrance. Follow the farm road to the cider mill parking lot.

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:
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill/Gateway Farm
10685 Warren Rd./10540 Joy Rd.
Plymouth, MI 48170

Contact:
Michael Adsit / (570) 493-1731 /

http://www.gatewayfarmplymouth.com

 

Pataskala, OH 

Sunday, September 2, 2018
10 a.m.

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Freshtown Farm and City Bird Columbus is a partnership between vegetable farmer, Marcie Todd, and egg producer, Mike Kelley. They farm on some leased land in Pataskala and on a small plot rented from the Columbus Land Bank Program on the city's south side. They have a small community supported agriculture program and attend the Westgate Farmers Market and Clintonville Farmers' Market. They established their farms in late 2017, so while the infrastructure is rudementary, they provide only the best for the chickens and are working hard to build the soil. Join this tour if you'd like to know more about what it has taken to get their farms off the ground and the steps they are taking for a more successful future.

Directions: From Columbus, take I-70 toward Wheeling. Exit at Rte. 310 toward Pataskala and turn left. Continue on Rte. 310 until it turns into Broad St. Turn right and take the immediate next left back onto Rte. 310. Pass by a golf coarse and a real estate agent office, and take the first left onto Hadley's Mill Rd. Take the first left onto McIntosh Rd. The property will be just past the big park on the right.

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:
Freshtown Farm/City Bird Columbus
10452 McIntosh Rd.
Pataskala, OH 43062

Contact:
Marcie Todd and Mike Kelley / (916) 533-8646 /

http://www.freshtownfarm.com

 

North Bend, OH 

Sunday, September 9, 2018
12-4 p.m.

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Carriage House Farm is a diversified Ohio Century Farm that produces grains, fresh produce, herbs, and honey for local distribution. Tour the garden and high tunnel, examine machinery used to bale hay, take a wagon ride, tour the on-farm market and processing facility, and sample farm ingredients prepared by local chefs and artisan producers.

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:
Carriage House Farm
10251 Miamiview Rd.
North Bend, OH 45052

Contact:
Richard Stewart / (513) 967-1106 /

http://www.carriagehousefarmllc.com

 

Rushsylvania, OH 

Sunday, September 9, 2018
1-4 p.m.

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Kingdom Fish is an all natural tilapia farm. They raise fish using no hormones, chemicals, or antibiotics. They have been in business since 2007 and sell their fish to local restaurants, food trucks, and farmers markets throughout the Columbus area. On the tour, you will see their fish raising operation, new processing building where they fillet and package fish, as well as their aquaponics operation.

Directions: From Rte. 68, take County Hwy 111 E. Turn right on County Rd. 112. Kingdom Fish is on the left.

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:
Kingdom Fish
6746 County Rd. 112
Rushsylvania, OH 43347

Contact:
Don and Lisa Jones / (937) 539-2529 /

http://www.kingdomfish.com

 

Michigan 

Sunday, September 16, 2018
2-5 p.m.

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Zilke Vegetable Farm grows a diverse array of vegetables for their flexible community supported agriculture (CSA) program and other direct-to-consumer markets, including a workplace wellness program and an on-site farm stand. They are Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified and follow sustainable growing practices. Explore the farm in fall production and learn about the Zilke's winter storage system, small grains trials, and recent wash-pack improvements. At the end, you'll have the option to take a short trip to see their new certified kitchen for value-added production. Come see a successful, diversified family farm!

Registration: RSVP at www.moffa.net by September 2.

Directions: From Rte. 23, take Exit 27 to Carpenter Rd. Turn north and drive .25 miles to the farm stand. Parking is available on-site, with overflow parking across the street.

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:
Zilke Vegetable Farm
12491 Carpenter Rd.
Milan, MI 48160

Contact:
Vicki and Tom Zilke / (734) 260-2324 /

http://www.zilkevegetablefarm.com

 

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Columbus OH 43214

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