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Middleville, MI 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
4-7 p.m.

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Named for the sandhill cranes that make the farm their home each spring, Crane Dance Farm is nestled among the rolling hills, woods, and wetlands of Barry County, Michigan, a perfect setting for a sustainable, regenerative, pasture-based farm. Jill Johnson and Mary Wills raise genetically modified organism (GMO)-free, pasture-raised pork, turkeys, and chicken eggs, as well as 100 percent grass-fed beef and lamb. All of their cattle, pigs, and lambs are bred, born, and finished on their farm. Raw honey is also part of their enterprise. They market their products year-round on farm and at the Fulton Street Farmers' Market and the Holland Farmers' Market.

The farmers are passionate about the connection of their farm to the heath of the planet, their livestock, and people. In 2010, they were the first farm in Michigan to be certified for pork by Animal Welfare Approved. They believe that their farming philosophies and techniques (in stark contrast to the confinement life of factory farmed animals) are better for the earth, better for the animals, and, ultimately, better for humans.

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:
Crane Dance Farm
4601 N. Johnson Rd.
Middleville, MI 49333

Contact:
Jill Johnson / (248) 262-6826 /

https://cranedancefarm.eatfromfarms.com

 

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

 

Lancaster, OH 

Sunday, June 30, 2019
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 June 15. To register, go to https://beginfarming.oeffa.org/farm-vision 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. For more information, contact Rachel Tayse at (614) 421-2022 or beginfarming@oeffa.org.

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

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

https://beginfarming.oeffa.org/farm-vision

 

New Marshfield, OH 

Sunday, June 30, 2019
3-6 p.m.

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OEFFA members Ed Perkins and Amy Abercrombie have operated Sassafras Farm since the 1980s. They are the second oldest farm selling at the Athens Farmers Market and use organic farming methods but are not certified.

They grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and berries. At Sassafras Farm, the specialty is greens: lettuce, spinach, kale, and chard, which are grown year-round using homemade high tunnels in the winter. Guests of this farm tour will hear how cover crops are grown and will see how compost is made to maintain the soil's organic matter. Additionally, attendees will learn about various methods to control insect pests.

A potluck supper will follow after the tour, so please bring a dish to share and your own table service.

Location:
Sassafras Farm
10940 Lightfritz Ridge Rd.
New Marshfield, Ohio 45766

From Athens, take State Route 56 for 10 miles. Pass the 356 junction going to the left. Take the next road to the right, Lightfritz Ridge. Go 1.5 miles and the farm is on the right.

Contact:
Ed Perkins / (740) 664-3370 /

https://www.facebook.com/SassafrasFarmOH/

 

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

 

Garrettsville, OH 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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If you have land you want farmed, need a plot to get started, or are looking for labor opportunities on-farm, be sure to attend this unique event designed to connect people and possibilities. Meet and spend time getting to know people looking for the opportunity you have to offer, or offering the opportunity you are looking for, in an informal networking setting.

Cost and Registration: To register for this free event, complete a pre-event survey by June 30. Go to https://beginfarming.oeffa.org/farm-land-mixer. For more information, contact Rachel Tayse at (614) 421-2022 or beginfarming@oeffa.org.

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:
Hiram Field Station
11305 Wheeler Rd.
Garrettsville, OH

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

http://beginfarming.oeffa.org/farm-land-mixer

 

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

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Sunday, July 14, 2019
2-4 p.m.

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Join Community Solutions for its third annual meeting to be held at Agraria! Celebrate the closing of the conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy and Tecumseh Land Trust, and the opening of several new educational and farming ventures! All are welcome to enjoy the tours, workshops, presentations, and food that will be offered.

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

 

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

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Monday, July 29, 2019 through Friday, August 2, 2019
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Children will spend their days splashing and playing in a cool, freshwater creek, exploring the woods, learning about the local plants and animals, making nature art, tending to a vegetable garden, playing games, and reading stories during this camp, led and sponsored by Nature Connect Ohio.

Cost and Registration: $250. Siblings can receive a $25 discount. 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 

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

 

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

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