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Insect/Animal Husbandry - What You Do and Don't Do Matters! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
9:00am

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Alex Zomchek, Master Beekeeping Instructor, will be presenting on the topic of "Insect/Animal Husbandry - What You Do and Don't Do Matters!".

This is the fourth webinar in a six part series hosted by The Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology.

All webinars are free, and registration is not required.

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

Location:
Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

 

Online 

Thursday, July 19, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Hello Ohio Food Policy Network members!
We are excited to share a tentative schedule for the 2018 OFPN Virtual Convenings! These convenings will provide continued connection and opportunities for co-learning for the network throughout the year. All network participants are welcome to join.

Our first virtual convening will be held on Thursday, January 18th from 12pm-1pm. During this virtual convening, Amalie Lipstreu from The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will be discussing the upcoming farm bill. 2018 will be an important year for anyone interested in food and agriculture. The current farm bill expires in September and unless local food grant and loan programs are renewed they will disappear. If you are interested in learning a little more, please join us for a lunchtime conversation about the farm bill on Thursday, January 18th.

We will most likely be utilizing a convening platform that is used by Ohio State University, known as Zoom. I am working with OSU to finalize some details to ensure Zoom is the best fit for our virtual convenings. I will follow-up soon with some instructions for joining, registering, and participating in the virtual convenings. So stay tuned! in the meantime, please save the dates below on your calendars. This information will also be listed on the OFPN website soon.

Below is the tentative schedule for the 2018 virtual convenings. This schedule is subject to change based on speaker availability. Again, if you have an idea for a virtual convening topic or would like to lead a virtual convening, please let me know! We would love to see the convenings be led by OFPN members. I've also attached a PDF version of the virtual convening schedule in the event that the table below shifts in your email.


Date Speaker Topic
January 18th Amalie Lipstreu (OEFFA) Farm Bill
February 15th Anne Palmer and Karen Bassarab (Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future) Process of organizing a food council drawing on examples from food councils

March 15th Leslie Schaller (AceNET) Fundraising and capacity-building for food councils around the country, rural and urban contexts

June 21st Brian Roe & Meredith Kruger (OSU Food Waste Collaborative) Food Waste Policy

July 19th Brian Raison (OSU Assistant Professor & Extension Field Specialist, Community and Organizational Leadership) Building leadership in Food Policy Councils

Happy New Year!

Location:
Online

Contact:
Amanda / email for info /

http://ohiofpn.org/

 

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

 

Amesville, OH 

Sunday, July 22, 2018
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Learn how to grow and prepare the finest bionutrient-rich food from seed, to soil, to serving plate. Bionutrient Food Association Southeast Ohio Chapter leader Mark Cohen will take a practical look at an innovative food philosophy for improving health, sequestering carbon, and increasing resiliency. Attendees will learn what crop varieties to focus on, how to develop healthy, mineralized, and biologically active soil, and how to prepare their food with techniques such as nixtamalization and fermentation to maximize potential nutrient availability. This workshop emphasizes community food security, but applies to cash crops as well. After exploring food production techniques, Mark will conclude with a demonstration of food preparation and a delicious farm lunch featuring crops from the fields viewed throughout the day.

Cost and Registration: $40 for OEFFA and/or BFA members, $50 for non-members. Price includes a locally sourced lunch. Pre-registration is required by July 16. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/bionutrient or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Bionutrient-Rich Food, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 or milo@oeffa.org.

Rental lodging is available at Wyatt Run Farm and Ecology Center. For more information, go to www.wyattrunfarm.weebly.com.

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:
Wyatt Run Farm and Ecology Center
12788 New England Rd.
Amesville, OH 45711

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/bionutrient

 

Dayton, OH 

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

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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.

Location:
Bergamo Center
4400 Shakertown Rd
Dayton, OH 45430

Contact:
Karen Arnett / (513) 741-7926 /

http://www.midwestnativeplants.org

 

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

 

Columbus, OH 

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

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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. Hear from a panel of early career farmers and receive important planning resources.

Cost and Registration: $25. Price includes light refreshments. Pre-registration is required by July 30. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmvision2018 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.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours.

Location:
OEFFA
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Kelly Henderson / 6144212022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/farmvision2018

 

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

 

Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
9:00am

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Elizabeth Long, of OSU Entomology, will be presenting on the topic of "Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides".

This is the fifth webinar in a six part series hosted by The Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology.

All webinars are free, and registration is not required.

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

Location:
Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

 

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

 

Auburn Township, OH 

Sunday, August 19, 2018
4-8:30 p.m.

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Welcome, friends! Jake and Dawn Trethewey invite you to their farm for a celebration of local food benefiting two causes near and dear to their hearts. Maplestar Farm and Driftwood Catering are collaborating on a fabulous farm-to-table menu of small plates showcasing a diversity of Ohio flavors. Guests will tour the farm, sample appetizers in the field, and enjoy Great Lakes Brewing Company beer and special wine pairings from Wente Vineyards. Proceeds will support Ohio's organic farmers with a gift to OEFFA and Ohio's veterans with a gift to Operation Homefront.

Cost and Registration: Tickets are available at Maplestar Farm or you can reserve your seat online at www.maplestarfarm.com. For more information, please call Maplestar Farm at (440) 543-4459.

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 noted. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours.

Location:
Maplestar Farm
10382 E. Washington St.
Auburn Township, OH 44023

Contact:
Jake Trethewey / (440) 543-4459 /

https://maplestarcelebrationdinner.brownpapertickets.com

 

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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Columbus OH 43214

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