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Roanoke, VA 

Monday, August 19, 2019 through Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Informational social begins Monday at 6:30, followed by 2 days of on-farm training

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There are only 60 seats available for this training, first come first served.
For a registration fee of $105 you get . . .

-A ticket to the informational welcome social from 6:30-9 pm on August 19th at the 5 Points Music Sanctuary in Roanoke, with live music by Blacksburg's own Clover Hollow, cash bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres by Blue Ridge Catering.

-Two days of on-farm training provided by a progressive public/private team: John Fike (Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), Mark Jones (Sharondale Farms), John Munsell (Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment), Adam Taylor (Virginia Tech's Office of Outreach and International Affairs), and Katie Trozzo (Kindred Roots Collaborative). Topics include silvopasture, contour alley cropping, multi-functional riparian buffers, water quality and nutrient markets, fungi management and mulch inoculation, forest farming, hemp production, windbreaks, and regenerative farm planning.

-A ticket to a locally sourced banquet from 6:30-9 pm with keynote Keefe Keeley from the Savanna Institute. Keefe's talk is titled "We do not farm for bread alone: Making a living and a livable world with agroforestry". Dinner is provided by Blue Ridge Catering and cash bar is available.

-Lunch from Roanoke Foods Co+op and transportation both days. Breakfast provided for those staying at the Hotel Roanoke.

Rooms available at The Hotel Roanoke for a very reduced rate of $75 per night with breakfast included.

Location:
VT Catawba Sustainability Center
5075 Catawba Creek Rd.
Catawba, Virginia 24070

Contact:
Lindsay Newsome / (540) 974-5767 /

https://vabf.org/agroforestry-farming-workshop/

 

Thursday, August 22, 2019
8:00 am-5:00 pm (More details will be posted as they become available)

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Come join Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative for a full day of:
• Knowledgeable Speakers
• Research Discussions
• Pollinator Happenings
• Vendors
• Plant Sales
• Food, Partner Networking and More!

Registration will open May 1, 2019. More details will be posted as they become available.

Location:
Rhodes Building - Ohio Expo Center
717 East 17th Ave
Columbus, OH 43211

Contact:
Michael D Retterer  / (937) 631-1064  /

http://www.ophi.info

 

London, OH 

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9-11 a.m.

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The Procter Center Farm's current focus is opening up a farm-to-table storefront in a rural food desert in historical downtown London. In addition to the store, they are leading the charge for a downtown Wednesday farmer's market in an effort to bring access to fresh, local foods to residents and visitors. They are partnering with other local producers and shifting their production focus to best accomodate these new market outlets and ensure a variety of goods can be experienced at their locations. They have hired a full-time business development position to assist with the marketing and administration of these ventures. Learn about what it takes to open a store, start a farm market, and still balance maintaining the farm.

Cost and Registration: To RSVP for this free tour, send the number of people attending to dvogel@proctercenter.org.

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:
Procter Center Farm
11235 Rte. 38
London, OH 43140

Contact:
Danielle Vogel / (740) 490-6072 /

http://www.proctercenter.org/procterfarm

 

Holt, MI 

Saturday, August 24, 2019
3-6 p.m.

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This research and education site tour will focus on: methods of making compost specifically for organic growing in containers and raised beds, growing vegetables and herbs in containers and raised beds, and making vermicompost for fertility and microbiology.

Limited access to healthy soil and affordable growing media approved for organic use in containers and raised beds restricts gardening and farming in urban environments. Fortunately, readily available wood chips, leaves, hay, straw, coffee grounds, and food scraps can be composted to have the aeration, biology, and fertility that make them suitable as a growing medium for organic production. Demonstrations will show you how to make it and grow in it.

Vermicompost is valued for nutrients and biology useful for soil health and crop protection. MSU has been successfully producing 15-20 cubic yards of vermicompost in a high tunnel for the last five years; they'll demonstrate their simple method that does not require screening out the worms.

Registration: To register for this free workshop, 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:
Michigan State University Horticulture Teaching and Research Center
3291 College Rd.
Holt, MI 48842

Contact:
John Biernbaum / (517) 282-8752 /

http://www.canr.msu.edu/people/dr_john_biernbaum

 

Auburn Township, OH 

Sunday, August 25, 2019
4-8 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.

Once again Maplestar Farm and Driftwood Catering are collaborating on a fabulous farm-to-table menu of small plates to showcase a diversity of Ohio flavors. Farmers Jake and Dawn Trethewey will lead guided tours of the farm, and guests will enjoy little bites of summer in the field and at the table, along with Great Lakes Beer and Wente Vineyards wine.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

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

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

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

 

Plymouth, MI 

Thursday, August 29, 2019
1-5 p.m.

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Three workshops will begin the afternoon at 1 p.m. at Plymouth Orchards Cider Mill on Warren Rd. Matt Sattelberg of Bay Shore Farms and Harold Wilken of Janie's Farm will lead an interactive session on farm-scale organic grain, corn, soybean, and dry bean production. Post-production, downstream processing, and milling will be discussed. John Edgerton will present results from the small grain trials (including dryland rice) he has been conducting for the last few years on his farm in west central Michigan. Michael Adsit of Plymouth Orchards and Jim Koan of Almar Orchards will discuss their short- and long-term experiences in organic apple orchard production.

At 2 p.m. the event will travel about 1.5 miles to Gateway Farm on Joy Rd. where farm manager Ben Kasmenn will guide a tour of the 8 acre certified organic vegetable farm. Gateway's production system utilizes both a hoop house and outdoor fields. Produce is marketed through a community supported agriculture program, farmers' markets, direct-to-restaurant sales, and an on-site farm stand.

At 2:30 p.m., guests can take 30-45 minute wagon tours of the Plymouth Orchards production fields. The main farm has about 50 acres in organic production, including apples, asparagus, raspberries, blackberries, hay, flowers, small grains, and cover crops. During the tour, organic apple growing, small grain production, multi-species cover crops, and cane berry management will be discussed.

During and after the field tours, manager Alicia Estrada will take guests on a tour of the cider mill. Cider pressing, donut production, and dried apple making will be explained. Guests will be able to enjoy the season's first apple cider and fresh donuts. Bottled cider and donuts will be available for sale.

A compost tea making workshop will be shown all afternoon. Organic crop input supplies, consultant, and nonprofit tables will be set up by the cider mill.

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

Contact:
Mary Emmett and Michael Adsit / (734) 455-2290 /

http://www.plymouthorchards.com

 

Hillsboro, OH 

Saturday, September 14, 2019
11 a.m.

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The Wilson Family Farm is a multi-generational, conventional farm that raises beef cattle, corn, soybeans, and hay. Brady and Amanda moved back to the farm and started Old Dutch Hops, where they produce pasture-raised poultry, lamb, and beef, grow a small amount of organic vegetables and hops, and make maple syrup. Amanda and Brady will discuss the difficulties and pleasures of trying to make a full-time living on a small, diversified family farm.

They will discuss their methods of raising poultry and ruminants humanely on pasture. Visitors can view the 500 layer mobile chicken coop and their various poultry pasture shelters. They will also discuss enterprise decision-making, their marketing and direct sales methods, and the importance of forming relationships with other like-minded businesses and farmers. Bring your pastured poultry and direct marketing questions!

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:
Old Dutch Hops
6550 Pence Rd.
Hillsboro, OH 45133

Contact:
Brady Kirwin and Amanda Wilson / (937) 478-8172 /

http://www.olddutchhops.com

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Sunday, September 15, 2019
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Help build a hoophouse from the ground up! Learn how hoophouses can extend the growing season with Dayton Urban Grown's Lisa Helm, then help her raise the roof!

Cost and Registration: $75 includes lunch. 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

 

Foodprenueur School: crafting a blueprint to grow your food and farm business 

Monday, September 23, 2019 through Monday, September 30, 2019
2:00 pm - 6 pm

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The CFAES Center for Cooperatives, OSU Extension Direct Food & Agricultural Marketing Team, and Ohio Farm Bureau are teaming up to host an interactive experience for food entrepreneurs who are poised to grow their businesses.
Foodpreneurs will engage with experts in branding, sales, marketing, and more to learn strategies to meet their growth goals.
Date: Two-part workshop on September 23rd and 30th, 2019
Time: 2 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Keller Market House, 134 S. Columbus Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Participation is limited to 30 foodpreneurs. Interested foodpreneurs must apply by 5 p.m. on August 15, 2019. Foodpreneurs will be notified of their selection and scholarship availability by August 22, 2019.
The cost to participate in Foodpreneur School is $125 per person due by September 9, 2019. Ohio Farm Bureau member price is $75. A limited number of scholarships are also available.

Location:
Keller Market House
134 S Columbus St
Lancaster, OH 43130

Contact:
CFAES Center for Cooperatives / (740) 289-2071 ext. /

https://u.osu.edu/osucooperatives/2019/06/17/foodschool/

 

Youngstown, OH 

Saturday, September 28, 2019
1 p.m.

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The mission of Lady Buggs Farm is to restore, revamp, and revitalize the neighborhood community by providing fresh foods, gardening, cooking education, and wellness products that are affordable and accessible, while creating a loving urban homestead. Farmer Sophia Buggs believes that reclaiming the sacred roots of farming through sustainable living is vital to the sustainability of urban America. She believes that strengthening families and beautifying communities is not an option; it's what's required as a full participant in creating vibrant communities. Since July 2014, Sophia has engaged on the biggest journey of her life, as a urban agriculturalist, specialty crop grower, wildcrafter, wellness coach, and a community advocate. Please join Sophia and find your role in all this doing.

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:
Lady Buggs Farm
536 Carroll St.
Youngstown, OH 44502

Contact:
Sophia Buggs / (330) 406-9961 /

https://www.facebook.com/LadyBuggsFarm

 

Athens, OH 

Saturday, September 28, 2019
2 p.m.

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Join the Freedman family in learning about their journey towards creating value-added products. This OEFFA Southeast Ohio Chapter tour begins in the newly constructed processing facility where an overview of wine and honey production, processing, and packaging will be presented. They'll focus on management challenges unique to Ohio, specifically those related to a vertically-integrated business, from farmsteading, homesteading, and regulatory oversight perspectives. With these hurdles navigated, the tour will end with product sample tastings.

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:
Dutch Creek Winery
12157 State Rte. 690
Athens, OH 45701

Contact:
Paul and Cindy Freedman / (740) 818-4699 /

http://www.dutchcreekwinery.com

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Saturday, October 5, 2019
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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See what's going on in the region with local growing, weaving, and dying, and learn why it matters! This hands-on workshop, discussion, and presentation is co-sponsored with Rust Belt Fibershed.

Cost and Registration: 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 

Sunday, October 6, 2019 through Sunday, February 9, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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OEFFA's flagship Begin Farming course is now accepting applications. Heartland Farm Beginnings® is a nationally field-tested, farmer-led, sustainable farm planning program. 

The intensive, eight-part workshop series will enable farmers, with at least one year of production experience, to develop a whole farm plan through realistic goal setting, financial management, and assessment of resources, skills, and markets. Early career farmers will also receive the business planning tools necessary to successfully implement their plan.

The Heartland Farm Beginnings® program includes:
- 56 hours of farmer-led, community-based sustainable agriculture classroom education 
- Course supplies (including a binder and reading materials)
- OEFFA Family Farm membership for one year
- Registration and lunches to attend the OEFFA conference (February 14-15, 2020)
- A passionate and like-minded cohort
- One-on-one mentorship with an experienced farmer, FSA Borrower Training Completion Certificate, and KIVA loan endorsement for qualified participants
- Guided development of a Growing Season Learning Plan

Cost: $1,000 ($1,200 for applications received after September 1, 2019) for up to two individuals from the same farm business working on the same business plan. Payment plans and partial scholarships of up to $500 are available.

Ready to learn more? Contact the Begin Farming Program Coordinator for an information packet including specific class topics, dates, and an application. Applications require a $75 deposit and will be accepted until September 20, 2019 or until the cohort fills.

Location:
OEFFA Office
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Rachel Tayse / (614) 421-2022 /

https://beginfarming.oeffa.org/heartland-farm-beginnings/

 

Xenia, OH 

Saturday, October 12, 2019
10 a.m.

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Once a typical farm following the prevailing model of agriculture, Finch Creek Farm has been transformed and revitalized through the organic management of their hay production, rotational grazing of cattle, and broiler production using the chicken tractor model. The entire 300 acre farm was fully transitioned to organic in 2019, and Finch Creek continues to implement regenerative management practices in their quest towards nutrient-dense food. Join this tour to explore the concepts of paramagnetism, mineralization, and soil balancing, and a discussion about the transformative path the farm continues to take.

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:
Finch Creek Farm
1477 State Rte. 68 S
Xenia, OH 43050

Contact:
Reinhold Finkes / (937) 372-7217 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Mt. Healthy, OH 

Saturday, October 12, 2019
5 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.

Join us at Fibonacci Brewery to toast the season and the labor of love that is farming. Fibonacci has brewed a special all-Ohio grown beer just for us that we'll be tapping and we cannot wait to try it. Owners Betty and Bob Bollas will host special tours of the brewery and discuss the nuances of locally sourced brewing ingredients. Cheers!

Cost and Registration: A suggestion donation of $10 at the door supports OEFFA. OEFFA anniversary beer and other Fibonacci offerings will be available for purchase. No RSVP necessary; just come and enjoy yourself.

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:
Fibonacci Brewing Company
1445 Compton Rd.
Mt. Healthy, OH 45231

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

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

 

Chillicothe, OH 

Sunday, October 13, 2019
2-5 p.m.

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Join Paul Dorrance amidst the Appalachian countryside's gorgeous fall foliage for a guided tour of his pasture-based livestock operation. Experience management-intensive rotational grazing, and appreciate the multi-species synergies of cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens, and turkeys working together for the benefit of the animals, the land, and our food. The guided tour and hay ride starts at 2 p.m. Please RSVP to ensure enough seating.

Location:
Pastured Providence Farmstead
3316 Chapel Creek Rd.
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Contact:
Pastured Providence Farmstead / (740) 851-3883 /

http://www.pasturedprovidence.com

 

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

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