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Columbus, OH 

Sunday, February 26, 2017
February 26th-28th 26th: 4:00-6:00pm 27th: 8:00am-6:00pm 28th: 7:00am-7:00pm

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OSFWCD will have a variety of special speakers this year! They are extremely happy to announce the return of a meeting favorite — Randy Frazier of Leadership Takes Courage. His stories will leave you inspired! They are also in the process of finalizing our Monday luncheon speaker, Jim Richardson, of Richardson Photography and formerly with National Geographic. He will share amazing conservation pictures and stories. On Tuesday, they will have a Legislative Session and in the evening host a Legislative Reception at the Statehouse Rotunda as we meet with our Ohio Senate and House members.

Additionally, the trade show guests are lining up to participate. If your business is interested in sponsorship or being a vendor, contact the office ASAP!

Other things to note: The Employee's Association will be having a social Monday evening at Pinsbar. Also, watch for Delegate Session information; the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission Meeting information; Envirothon Silent Auction items; OFSWCD Auxiliary information; and much more!

Location:
Columbus Renaissance Hotel
50 N 3rd St
Columbus, OH 43215

Contact:
Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts / (614) 784-1900 /

http://ofswcd.org/?p=789

 

Piketon, OH 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
4-6pm

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Want to help guide a state food policy agenda?

The Ohio Food Policy Network is hosting a series of regional meetings to connect the visions, values, activities, needs, and priorities of Ohio's key food system members and organizations. These meetings are the foundation for the development of a shared agenda for Ohio's food system.

The meetings will involve mapping, visioning and prioritization activities. All are welcome to attend - visit the website to register and to learn more about this project and share this within your own networks.

Location:
OSU South Centers
1864 Shyville Rd
Piketon, OH 45661

Contact:
Amy Baskes / n/a /

http://glenn.osu.edu/food/

 

Lewis Center, OH 

Thursday, March 2, 2017
9:00am-3:00pm

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Register now for the 2017 Ohio Food Industry Summit, hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center.

The Ohio Food Industry Summit is full day where companies can discover new techniques, learn of innovative trends, and identify valuable resources that will strengthen one of Ohio's already strong and vital industries.

A few of our Summit speakers will include:
•Mike Townsley, president, Bob Evans Farms Foods
•Steve Armstrong, EAS Consulting Group, and former chief food law counsel, Campbell Soup Company
•Kara Nielsen, trendologist, nationally recognized food and beverage trend authority
•Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director, National Institute of Food & Agriculture


Cold Jet, Bollin Label Systems, AEP Ohio, Avure Technologies, Lakeview Farms, Sandridge Food Corporation, the jdi group, EAGLE Certification Group, Clark State Community College, Cooper Farms, Ohio Development Services Agency, and Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership will host representatives from food-related businesses, food manufacturers, academic partners, service providers, technicians, economic development leaders, industry-related organizations, political representatives, agricultural producers and more.


To register, see link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-ohio-food-industry-summit-registration-29620200818?utm_campaign=ne

Location:
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Dr S.
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Contact:
CIFT / 419-535-6000, ext. 1 /

http://ciftinnovation.org/component/content/article/246-early-bird-registration-for-2017-ohio-food-i

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, March 4, 2017
8:45am-5:30pm

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The Ohio Community Rights Network and CELDF are co-sponsoring Community Rights for Social Justice: Growing Roots and Rights, a one day workshop on why we why we don't have the power to stop police brutality or pipelines, establish minimum wage laws and LGBT rights, and others issues facing our communities.

They will look at how the corporate state overrides local democratic decision-making and forces unjust labor, environmental, and discriminating practices into our communities. Also delve into what communities are doing to elevate the rights of communities and nature over the corporate state.

Location:
The Northwood - High Building Room 100
2231 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201

Contact:
The Ohio Community Rights Network / 440-838-5272. /

http://celdf.org/2017/01/community-rights-social-justice-growing-roots-rights-workshop-columbus/

 

Upper Sandusky, OH 

Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:30 a.m.

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Jay McCaman, author of "When Weeds Talk," will be joining the OEFFA Grain Growers meeting. Social time will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 10:00 a.m. We will be discussing next meetings and the summer tour and picnic. Because it worked out well, we will have a buffet meal again at a cost of $10.00.

Location:
Village Restaurant
435 N. Warpole St.
Upper Sandusky, OH

Contact:
Dave Shively / (419) 278-2701 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter.php

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:30-8:00pm

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While the weather outside may be cold and grey, it will be warm and cheery as we coax easy and difficult seeds to germinate. 

Come prepared to plunge your hands into our fluffy potting soil, and take home some containers of seeds and soil to nurture in your home until warmer weather arrives.  Seeding schedules and which seeds need to be purchased, or started inside, verses which plants should be direct seeded will be covered.

Taught by Turner Farm's Melinda O'Briant.

Class is $15

Location:
Turner Farms
7400 Given Road
Cincinnati, OH 453243

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-561-7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Columbus, OH 

Friday, March 10, 2017
Morning Session begins at 8:30AM

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The 2017 OAA, Ohio Aquaculture Association, Spring Workshop will cover Aquaponics, the fastest growing segment of aquaculture and agriculture.

A variety of topics will be covered, including aspects of fish and plant management, water quality, and marketing.

Charlie Shultz, world renowned aquaponics expert, will headline our line-up of morning speakers. Jeni and Doug Blackburn, owners of Fresh Harvest Aquaponics Farm, have graciously opened their farm to afternoon technical, informative tours led by the
Blackburns, Charlie Shultz, and others.

Whether you are thinking about aquaponics or just starting, this is a must attend workshop!

Registration Deadline is March 6th

OAA Members: $50
Non-OAA Members: $75

Location:
Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Pl
Columbus, OH 43240

Contact:
Bill Lynch / 614-604-8823 /

http://regonline.com/aquaponicsworkshop

 

Kent, Ohio 

Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:30am - 12:30pm

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Join the League of Women Voters of Kent in meeting our Ohio Candidates for the upcoming November Election!

This is a great way to utilize our Questions for Candidates guide, which is a comprehensive election year resource. This food and farm policy guide provides important background information and sample questions that relate to important issues regarding sustainable agriculture and local food systems. Access the guide here:
http://www.oeffa.org/documents/Questions_for_Candidates_final_web.pdf

Location:
United Church of Christ
1400 E. Main St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Contact:
LWV of Kent / 330-688-9545 /

http://www.kent.oh.lwvnet.org/index.html

 

Oxford, OH 

Saturday, March 11, 2017
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Ray Arlinghaus will lead a fruit tree grafting demonstration and discuss pruning and general orchard care. A donation of $5 is requested. Grafted trees can be purchased for $10.

Location:
Oxford Lane Library
441 S. Locust St.
Oxford, Ohio

Contact:
Nani Ball / (513) 478-1761 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter

 

Delaware, Ohio 

Saturday, March 11, 2017
10am-1pm

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Stratford Ecological Center welcomes you to start the year with this 3 class series that covers basic honey bee
biology,and how to use bee biology to develop better beekeeping management practices. Classes are on selected Saturdays in February
and March for a total of 9 hours of classes.

Cost: $120

Location:
Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Road
Delaware, OH 43015

Contact:
Dave Noble / 614 -512 -2849 /

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org/apiarybees

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
6:30-8:30pm

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Hosted by Melinda O'Briant, Adult Education Director, Peter Huttinger, Community Garden Program Director, and Joshua Jones, Community Garden Manager. 

Join Turner Farms in their newly renovated Turner Farm Barn Studio with tea and snacks to discuss all things garden! They will discuss our favorite vegetable varieties, what we like to grow and why, seed ordering, and planting schedules.

Class is $15

Location:
Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd
Cincinnati, OH 453243

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-561-7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Chagrin Falls, OH 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
6:30 p.m.

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Come on out to Kelly's Working Well Farm in Chagrin Falls for OEFFA's Lake Effect Chapter's annual spring meeting, a time to discuss last year's successes and challenges and your goals for the coming season. A change in venue will give you the opportunity to see some pretty amazing natural-construction buildings. Topics of discussion will include the future of OEFFA chapters. Bring a dish to share. Guests are welcome.

Location:
Kelly's Working Well Farm
16495 S. Franklin St.
Chagrin Falls, OH

Contact:
Steven Corso / 440-635-0137 /

http://www.kellysworkingwellfarm.com

 

Springfield, OH 

Saturday, March 18, 2017
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Do you own a family farm, but are unsure who will be in charge in the next generation? Do you have multiple heirs that disagree about the future of your land? Or perhaps you have no heirs, but want to leave a legacy with your land? Are you renting land, or farming "on the halves" and need help figuring out who will manage the land after you retire?

You are not alone!

Landowners have many options and resources to help facilitate the transition, succession, or transfer of land, and this workshop can get you started down the path!

Learn about:
- Several models of farm succession and transition
- Family communication strategies
- Resources to begin developing your plan
- Professionals and organizations that can assist you with your plans

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to better assess your situation, articulate goals for the future of your land, and develop a transition plan.

Workshop speakers, include:

- Chris Brunyis, with Ross County Extension, and David Marrison, with Ashtabula County Extension, will provide expertise to help farmers navigate the process of communicating and planning land transition, succession, or transfer in order to meet family goals, land management goals, and farming operation goals.
- Benefits consultant TBD, will discuss options for passing farm assets to farm and non-farm heirs and estate planning.
- Don Mayer, an attorney experienced with farm law, will provide alternative options for land and related tax implications.

Cost: $20 per person. Price includes lunch.

This workshop is presented by OEFFA, Tecumseh Land Trust, and Clark State Community College.

Location:
Clark State Community College, Leffel Lane Campus
570 E. Leffel Ln.
Springfield, OH 45505

The workshop will be held in the LRC Building 207/209 Security National Bank Community Room. For a campus map, go to http://oeffa.org/documents/leffelmap.pdf. The building is marked LRC, and parking is available in lot I.

Contact:
Kelly Henderson / (614) 421-2022 /

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

 

Ceresco, MI 

Sunday, March 19, 2017
9am-5pm

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Join Michigan State University at one of Michigan's oldest and largest diverse organic vegetable farms, Cinzori Farm, for a look at their strategies for large scale transplant production as they grow transplants for more than 40 acres of vegetables. Denae Friedhiem will also share techniques and lessons learned from the 13 years of vegetable transplant production at the MSU Student Organic Farm.

Presenters: Anthony Cinzori, Cinzori Farm, Denae Friedheim, MSU Student Organic Farm

Cost: $150 for 1st person from farm ($40 for additional)

Location:
Cinzoria Farm
10506 F Drive South
Ceresco, MI 49033

Contact:
Tom Cary / (937)767-2161 /

http://www.groundswellfarm.org

 

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, March 20, 2017
7-9 p.m.

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Through voluntary action and cooperation of landowners and other stakeholders, the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) works to conserve land, soil, water, forest, wildlife, and other natural resources through local leadership, education, and technical assistance. SWCD representatives will share their expert advice on how to build healthy soil.

This presentation and discussion is part of the Heart of Ohio Chapter's 2016-2017 event series, "Sustainable living and farming/gardening in a changing climate." Each meeting's discussion will provide information for urban and rural farmers and gardeners. All meetings begin with a short business meeting, which usually includes information concerning farm policy.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr.
Alexandria, OH 43001

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter.php

 

Tontogany, OH 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7:00-9:00pm

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Can farmers in the Maumee Watershed successfully reach the needed 40% reduction in phosphorus runoff?

YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED!!
Come be a part of the solution.

PANEL PRESENTERS:
- JEFFERY REUTTER, PH.D.: RETIRED DIRECTOR OHIO STATE STONE LAB CURRENTLY SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE OHIO SEA GRANT COLLEGE PROGRAM

- JOE LOGAN: FARMER AND PRESIDENT OF THE OHIO FARMERS UNION

- VERNA HARRISON: WIDELY RECOGNIZED CONSERVATION LEADER IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY REGION AND FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OT THE KEITH CAMPBELL FOUNDATION

- MEGAN FREDRITZ: HOG FARMER AND GRAIN ORIGINATOR LEGACY FARMERS COOPERATIVE

- MODERATOR: JACK LESSENBERRY, HEAD OF JOURNALISM AT WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, TOLEDO BLADE OMNIBUDSMAN & HOST OF WGTE TV WEEKLY PROGRAM "DEADLINE NOW"

Location:
Otsego High School Auditorium
18505 Tontogany Creek Rd
Tontogany, OH 43565

Contact:
Fred Moor / n/a /

http://n/a

 

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

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OEFFA: (614) 421-2022
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