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Toledo, OH 

Saturday, June 22, 2019
1 p.m.

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At the Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center (SQACC), Nana's Garden uses raised beds to grow various pesticide-free vegetables and fruits for use in their community kitchen. The site incorporates flowers in the design to add color and plant diversity. They also promote pollinator activity with working apiaries, selling the products under the label of "honey from the hood." SQACC was the first organization in Toledo to have a rain garden, which allows rain to be redirected and repurposed into the soil to benefit plants and flowers, rather than losing it into the sewer system. The garden's open space is also used to host community events such as outdoor weddings and parties.

In 2015, a 4,080 square foot, 51 raised bed garden was built with local business support and community involvement. This garden is called the BUGG (Broadway Urban Garden Greenspace). For the past three years, more than 2,500 pounds of various pesticide-free produce have been provided to a local food bank. Throughout the summer, local residents can also be seen harvesting hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, peppers, squash, okra, and other vegetables. The site is also home to a small prairie and bird and bug houses, attracting nature's smaller creatures. A separate "Native Grounds" area is currently under development to grow Ohio native plants and 35 raised beds have been built, allowing residents to see several hundred native plants and wildflowers.

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:
Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center
1222 Broadway St.
Toledo, OH 43609

Contact:
Joe Balderas / (419) 241-1655 /

http://www.sqacc.org

 

London, OH 

Saturday, June 22, 2019
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

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The Gwynne Conservation Area (GCA) is a 67 acre demonstration and education area owned and operated by OSU. The GCA showcases land management practices that promote conservation of soil, water, woodlands, and wildlife. Several educational programs are offered throughout the year utilizing the demonstration area which includes pollinator plots, cover crop plots, beehives, a streambank restoration demonstration, and more. Visit the GCA and hear from OSU faculty and staff who use the area as a teaching space for farmers and landowners interested in adopting conservation practices.

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:
Gwynne Conservation Area, OSU Molly Caren Agricultural Center
135 State Rte. 38 NE
London, OH 43140

Contact:
Nick Zachrich / (614) 514-9577 /

https://fsr.osu.edu/gwynne-conservation-area

 

Piketon, OH 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
2 p.m.

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This tour will feature a demonstration and dicussion on state of the art aquaponic systems, climate-smart agriculture, long-term tillage and cover crops, berries, pumpkins, pawpaws, organic farming, and more.

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:
Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources at OSU South Centers
1864 Shyville Rd.
Piketon, OH 45661

Contact:
Rafiq Islam / (740) 289-2071 /

https://southcenters.osu.edu/about-us/contact-us

 

Fredericksburg, OH 

Friday, July 5, 2019
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Join Green Field Farms cooperative's tour of a production dairy farm and their creamery bottling facility. The tour begins at the Gentle Slope dairy farm so that participants can observe where the pasture-to-product process begins. Enjoy the bucolic visions of cows on grass while learning about rotational grazing, calf and heifer management, and forage, silage, and grain production. Guests will follow the value-chain into the milking parlor to observe the double 5 New Zealand system, the bulk tank, and how the milk safely arrives at the milk truck.

The tour will then move to the creamery to learn more about the "wholesome values, wholesome food" philosophy embedded in all Green Field Farm products. At the bottling plant, visitors will see the handling equipment including bulk tanks, chillers, the low temperature pasteurization process, and the bottling line. The tour culminates with questions, answers, and samples of fresh chocolate milk.

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.

This tour will also be located at:
Green Field Farms Processing Plant
594 N. Mill St., Fredericksburg, OH 44627*

*The Wooster address listed in the series brochure for the Green Field Farms Creamery Processing Plant is incorrect. Please use the Fredericksburg address provided here.

Location:
Gentle Slope Farm
9821 Hogback Rd.
Fredericksburg, OH 44627

Contact:
Aaron Weaver / (330) 263-0246 /

http://www.gffarms.com

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, July 13, 2019
10-11:30 a.m.

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Four Seasons City Farm is the oldest operating urban farm in Columbus. Started in 2004, the non-profit farm operates four sites in the Near Eastside neighborhood covering nearly 1.5 acres. The farm produces berries, tree fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Produce is provided to several food pantries, given to volunteers, and marketed through a 20 share community supported agriculture program. The farm is operated by volunteers and includes a youth education component including a Summer Chef's program for youth.

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:
Four Seasons City Farm
931 E. Mound St.
Columbus, OH 43205

Contact:
Daniel Ingwersen / (614) 619-0784 /

http://www.facebook.com/fourseasonscityfarm

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, July 13, 2019
3 p.m.

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Katie Hawkins is a beginning farmer who started Happy Toes Homestead in 2017 and began transitioning to organic that year as well. She raises microgreens, herbs, cut flowers, and heirloom vegetables on a two acre urban farm in Columbus. She is launching her first community supported agriculture (CSA) program this year, featuring produce and flowers, and she sells at farmers' markets and local restaurants.

She is happy to share her lessons learned in produce, microgreen, and flower production from the beginning farmer perspective. This tour will have a heavy emphasis on the organic transition and certification process, because Katie also works for OEFFA as a compliance coordinator. The tour will also focus on the challenges of being a beginning, woman farmer in an urban environment, which has not been previously farmed. Participants will see her fields, equipment, and various infrastructure improvements including her greenhouse, high tunnel, irrigation system, and more.

Registration: To register for this free tour, email happytoeshomestead@gmail.com.

This event is presented by the Clintonville Farmers' Market 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 the Clintonville Farmers' Market's other events, go to www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Happy Toes Homestead
999 E. Cooke Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43224

Contact:
Katie Hawkins / (614) 209-1460 /

http://www.happytoeshomestead.com

 

Amanda, OH 

Saturday, July 20, 2019
5-7 p.m.

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Brian and Kelly Helser's produce farm and community supported agriculture (CSA) program, Paige's Produce, came from small beginnings as the couple started seeds in a converted back porch greenhouse with 2 acres of crops. In their 20th year, they have expanded to 100 acres of produce including Ohio's favorite fruits and vegetables. They serve quality produce to their local community through sales at their home farmstand and several Columbus farmers' markets.

Come talk with the farmers, tour their farm, and visit the roadside stand. See their newest peach and apple orchards and vegetable fields, discover what crops are thriving and what crops are struggling, and learn some of the risks and rewards of agriculture, as even the best planning can be altered because of weather, pests, and more.

Registration: To register for this free tour, go to www.paigesproduce.com.
This event is presented by the Clintonville Farmers' Market 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 the Clintonville Farmers' Market's other events, go to www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Paige's Produce
7975 Cincinnati-Zanesville Rd.
Amanda, OH 43102

Contact:
Brian and Kelly Helser / (740) 601-8419 /

http://www.paigesproduce.com

 

Dalton, OH 

Saturday, July 20, 2019
1-4 p.m.

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Venture Heritage Farm, located in the rolling hills of northeast Ohio, produces a wide range of crops including open-pollinated corn, spelt, and einkorn for human consumption. Commodities like hay, hybrid corn, and soybeans are grown and sold locally to dairy farmers. Produce and flowers are sold on the farm through a unique partnership with local businesses. The farm also serves as the primary test site for the Steiner family's Tilmor equipment, which is designed and manufactured nearby. The farm hosts seasonal farm-to-table meal experiences, floral arranging classes, and other community events. Come visit and try your hand with the Tilmor equipment and tools that are used in the field. Talk with the farmers about the challenges and successes of vegetable production, learn more about growing and processing heritage grains, and discover what it takes to host farm to table events.

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

Contact:
Venture Heritage Farm / (330) 749-6190 /

http://www.ventureheritagefarm.com

 

Circleville, OH 

Thursday, July 25, 2019
5-7 p.m.

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Bob Hendershot began his career with the Soil Conservation Service (later changed to the Natural Resources Conservation Service or NRCS) as a soil scientist mapping soils for the soil survey program in five Ohio counties. He was promoted to a Conservation Agronomist and he and his young family moved to Circleville. He later was promoted to Resource Conservationist and finally State Grassland Conservationist in 1985.

Bob presently lives on the same pasture farm that his family moved to 33 years ago, raising sheep and cattle. He and his late wife Connie have three grown children. After retiring from NRCS, he started Green Pasture Services, a pasture consulting service that sells forage seed and temporary fencing materials.

Hendershot has received many honors including being named the nation's Outstanding Pastureland Conservationist in 1999 and inducted into the Ohio State Conservationist's Hall of Fame in 1998. He was presented the NRCS Regional Grazing Lands Conservation award in 1996. He has been president of three state organizations: the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, the Ohio Association of Pedologist (soil scientists), and the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council (OFGC). He received the American Sheep Industry Flock Guardian Award in 2006 for his work in grazing systems for sheep producers and was presented the 2010 Ohio Master Shepherd Award.

He was one of the founders of OFGC and still serves on the board of directors. He helped develop the Pasture for Profit grazing schools, the Forage for Horses, and the Equine Environmental and Liability Awareness Programs. Hendershot has also been presented the OFGC Bob Evans Leadership Award for being a "champion" of forages. He is a past president and life member of the American Forage and Grassland Council and represents the organization on the National Grazing Lands Coalition Committee.

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:
Windy Hill Farm
25995 State Rte. 159
Circleville, OH 43113

Contact:
Bob Hendershot / (740) 477-1114 /

http://www.facebook.com/greenpastureservices

 

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
3-5 p.m.

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Harriet Gardens is a small-scale backyard urban farm. Join this tour to see how a lot of produce can be grown on a small plot using intensive farming methods.

This event is presented by the Clintonville Farmers' Market 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 the Clintonville Farmers' Market's other events, go to www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Harriet Gardens
2935 Medina Ave.
Columbus, OH 43224

Contact:
Mark Van Fleet / 6144212022 /

http://www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org

 

Wawaka, IN 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
9 a.m.

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This field day, co-sponsored by Purdue Extension, will provide an overview of Noble Organic Grains, managed by Joel and Kim Mecklenberg, including their organic transition strategy, organic crop rotation, and markets. Guests will have the opportunity to see organic seed corn production, double crop soybeans, equipment used to interseed red clover into double crop soybeans, and a 5 acre hemp seed grain research plot that the Mecklenbergs are managing in collaboration with Purdue University and others.

Cost and Registration: To register for this free event, please call our RSVP mailbox at (614) 285-4889 and leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, and the total number of people in your party by Thursday, July 25.

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.

* Please note that the driving directions for this tour are incorrect in the print and online brochure. From Baseline Rd., guests should turn left (not right) on W. 900 N. Please use the corrected brochure directions to find the farm; Google maps is not accurate.

Location:
Noble Organic Grains
914 W. 900 N
Wawaka, IN 46794

Contact:
Joel Mecklenburg / (260) 215-1520 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Ottawa Lake, MI 

Saturday, August 10, 2019
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Join OEFFA's Grain Growers Chapter for a state line farm tour! John and Pat Bartholomew, along with son Gary Bartholomew and grandson Josh Fitzpatrick, farm 500 acres on the Ohio-Michigan line. Certified organic since 1988, they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and clover for cover crop and seed production. Of special interest to fellow grain growers, the Bartholomew's mechanical cultivator guidance system and The Weed Zapper will be on display, in addition to a collection of restored antique tractors.

A 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 service ware will be provided. The tour will begin at 1 p.m.

Registration: To register for this free event's potluck, email dshively01@gmail.com or call (419) 278-2701.

Location:
Bartholomew Farms
13212 Riga Hwy.
Ottawa Lake, MI 49267

Contact:
John and Pat Bartholomew / (419) 356-2998 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, August 10, 2019
10-11:30 a.m.

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Magic House Farms is a community-based urban farm spanning a half acre on converted vacant lots in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. In its third season, the farm focuses on companion planting and intercropping. Across four city Land Bank parcels, practices rooted in organic agriculture have been used to maximize a healthy crop yield and variety for food for the local community. The expansion and experimentation of the farm have been made possible by volunteers. You are invited to come and see how this urban oasis in a distressed neighborhood has grown from a small one person operation to a flourishing and needed neighborhood resource.

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:
Magic House Farms
120 N. Yale Ave.
Columbus, OH 43222

Contact:
Joe Wolfle / (614) 453-4606 /

http://www.extension.osu.edu

 

Clarksville, OH 

Sunday, August 11, 2019
2-5 p.m.

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Guy and Sandy Ashmore, owners of That Guy's Family Farm, have been serving Wilmington and surrounding areas for more than 40 years. Originally, they used commercial fertilizers and other chemicals on traditional row crops, but they became a certified organic farm in the late 1990s. During the transition period, they also diversified the commodities they grew, and how much land they maintained. They focus on produce but needs vary depending on the year. They learned that you don't need large acreages of land to turn a profit. In fact, if you can manage your resources and do right by the soil, profit can be had with any farm size.

They grow year-round in high tunnels and raise produce and flowers on 10 acres. They maintain a diverse business network with their daughter, Nellie, who runs That Girl's Flowers, and their son, Conard, who is a partner in the produce operation, and raises some grain.

At this farm tour co-sponsored by OSU Extension Clinton County and Clinton County Natural Resources and Conservation Serivce (NRCS), learn how this farm transitioned from traditional crops to specialty crops, the business decisions that went into it, and the results. Hear from the Ashmore's about the struggles, the successes, and the learning curves transitioning to raise produce and cut flowers. Come with your questions and leave inspired to changes or begin your farm future business venture! In addition to the Ashmores, federal, state, and local employees will be on-site to share information about services and resources available to farmers.

Cost and Registration: To RSVP for this free tour, call James Tillman at NRCS at (937) 382-2461 by August 9. Space is limited to 60 people.

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:
That Guy's Family Farm
419 N. Beechgrove Rd.
Clarksville, OH 45113

Contact:
Guy and Sandy Ashmore / (937) 289-3151 /

http://www.thatguysfamilyfarm.com

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, August 17, 2019
10-11:30 a.m.

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Highland Youth Garden is an award-winning youth garden which focuses on food insecurity, gardening education, and nutrition education for youth in the the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus. The nearly half acre garden covers two formerly vacant city lots and includes a high-tunnel to extend the growing season. The garden offers a diverse, hands-on learning environment for children, giving them the space and guidance to grow their own food. Join this tour to see the educational garden, high tunnel, native garden, herb garden, and composting facility.

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:
Highland Youth Garden
65 S. Highland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43223

Contact:
Beth Urban / (614) 323-7960 /

http://www.highlandyouthgarden.org

 

Midland, OH 

Sunday, August 18, 2019
2-5 p.m.

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Beginning in 2011, Tracey and Matt Parriman started Tracey Rae Farmer Florist, to nurture their interest in cultivating cut flowers. They began selling cut flowers on leased land. In 2015, they invested in their own property and began to expand their operation. The farm sells a multitude of varieties of fresh cut flowers through their community supported agriculture program. They sell at markets and to special occasions, such as weddings.

Join this tour co-sponsored by OSU Extension Clinton County and Clinton County Natural Resources and Conservation Serivce (NRCS) to hear the perspective of younger generation farmers establishing a small, new business and finding their place in the market. Walk the farm with the Parrimans and discuss a range of subjects, from public grants to soil testing to differentiating your operation in the market. Bring your questions and learn how you can begin your business and what resources are available to you.

Cost and Registration: To RSVP for this free tour, call James Tillman at NRCS at (937) 382-2461 by August 16. Space is limited to 60 people.

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:
Tracey Rae Farmer Florist
804 Hales Branch Rd.
Midland, OH 45148

Contact:
Tracey and Matt Parriman / Please email /

http://www.traceyraefarmerflorist.com

 

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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
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Columbus OH 43214

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