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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/

 

Columbus, OH 

Friday, December 6, 2019
10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

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Effective grassroots leaders make the difference. Indeed, you, OEFFA's members, make THE difference. Whether you are a long-time advocate for sustainable agriculture, a farmer who sees far too many farm policies harming small farms, or someone newly interested in local food seeking the best way to engage, OEFFA wants to see you thrive as a leader and advocate. OEFFA has partnered with the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) to offer a special leadership training for OEFFA members. Participants will learn about OEFFA's structure, policy priorities, and avenues for engagement, while learning effective advocacy strategies and broadly applicable leadership skills, that will benefit you in your own work, business, or volunteer efforts.

Cost and Registration: $35, includes light breakfast fare and lunch. To register, go to https://action.oeffa.org/be-the-change.

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:
OEFFA Office
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

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

https://action.oeffa.org/be-the-change

 

Columbus OH 

Sunday, December 8, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Join Paisley from Sunbury Urban Farm to talk about winter composting. Learn different methods, like bokashi, to keep composting all winter long. Everything needed to get started will be available in the shop.

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

Columbus OH 

Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Anxiety and stress can wreak havoc on the body and can do serious damage if not kept in check. There are lots of natural remedies that can help curb that anxiety, like herbs and essential oils. Come learn how to use these to deal with stress and make it more manageable, naturally.

Attendees will sample some teas and test some essential oils to find what is most beneficial. Everyone attending this class will go home with a customized essential oil roller ball.

This class is taught by local Herbalist Brandy James of Rainbow Bee. The cost of this class is $25 and preregistration is required as space is limited.

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

free online webinar 

Friday, December 13, 2019
2:00pm

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There is an Organic Dairy Crisis. Learn more about the failure in both Pasture Rule and the Origin of Livestock and how these are impacting organic dairy farms. See why people need to put pressure on the National Organic Program.

Location:
online webinar

Contact:
Organic Farmers Association / (610) 683-1400 /

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmYiXSmox-eOstFKPdzRGtH2y7SEv2n-NuPLoeHdnrDJ-kRg/viewform

 

free online webinar 

Thursday, January 9, 2020
2:00pm

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Hydroponics, or a method of farming without soil, is changing farming. So, where do these farms fit into organic farming? Generate an insight on the timeline of the organic hydroponics debate and see the impact on U.S. growers.

Location:
online webinar

Contact:
Organic Farmers Association / (610) 683-1400 /

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_OztfB8PI69EnSzvq3VX8pL2g9LiHHAOjtu_xdEmkWB0BtQ/viewform

 

Columbus OH 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Hosted by the Ohio Farmers Market Network in collaboration with Central Ohio farmers markets, this Vendor Fair is designed to connect farmers markets, their managers, and vendors searching for direct-to-consumer opportunities to sell their products.

Few vendors know just how many farmers markets exist in Central Ohio (44!), or that they take place literally every day of the week. This is a chance to find your best fit! Find the market that works best with your schedule. Consider this an opportunity for all markets and vendors to find the best match.

This event will provide an opportunity for farmers markets to share information, answer questions, even collect applications for their upcoming season. Markets will be prepared with applications and information. What makes that market unique? How many customers does the market average per week? What events or services does the market offer to customers and/or vendors?

To plan refreshment needs, please RSVP - there is no cost to vendors to participate.

Join the OFMN to build stronger markets, a thriving local food economy and ultimately, put more money in your pocket!

Location:
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch
96 South Grant Ave
Columbus, OH 43215

Contact:
Jaime Moore / (614) 327-0102 /

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoQTLOiAC_sxwFF6R2IHq4cXoiHNy6Eu50B28sVXXkUAv9xA/viewform

 

Hebron KY 

Saturday, January 25, 2020
7:30am - 5:00pm

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"Circumvention, not compliance" is the tagline for the 2020 Rogue Food Conference, featuring Joel Salatin, John Moody, Niti Bali, Dennis Stoltzfoos, Camas Davis, and more. Speakers will discuss workarounds within the heavily regulated food world and their creative ways to provide real foods to people, and brainstorm ideas and approaches that can apply across the food system.

Breakfast and lunch is included, and there will be several breaks to visit vendors and presenters, along with book signings.


Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-rogue-food-conference-tickets-63579774818?aff=OEFFA

Use the discount code OEFFA20 when you register for a special OEFFA members and supporters discount and receive $20 off the regular ticket price. There are a limited number of discounts available.

Location:
Marriott Cincinnati Airport
2395 Progress Drive
Hebron, KY 41048

Contact:
Joel Salatin / 540-885-3590 /

https://roguefoodconference.com/

 

Columbus OH 

Saturday, February 1, 2020 through Sunday, February 2, 2020
8:00am Saturday - 12:00pm Sunday

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This year will offer 3 concurrent sessions, with a focus on producer talks. Come meet with exhibitors from across the country, and mingle with friends and fellow aquaculturists from across the Midwest. Social hour and Banquet to follow the OAA annual meeting on Saturday. Register early and save!

Eighteen sessions comprising 54 presentations will be available for attendees to choose from. Sessions are:

Advancing Aquaculture
Aquaculture BMP's
Aquaculture Business & Marketing
Aquaponics I & II
Culture Pond Management
Fish Health & Biosecurity
Fry & Fingerling Production
Getting Started in Aquaculture
North Central Regional Updates
Nutrition & Feeding
Percid Culture
RAS
Real World Farmer Experiences I & II
Regulatory Considerations
Sunfish / Bass Culture
Shrimp Culture

Location:
Crowne Plaza Columbus North Hotel
6500 Doubletree Ave
Columbus, OH 43229

Contact:
Bill Lynch / 614-604-8823 /

https://www.ohioaquaculture.org/events

 

free online webinar 

Thursday, February 13, 2020
2:00pm

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Fraudulent imports have been undercutting U.S. organic farmers. U.S. organic farmers and consumers deserve better protection from the government. Join OFA for an overview of United States organic corn and soy production and how imports affect these crops.

Location:
online webinar

Contact:
Organic Farmers Association / (610) 683-1400 /

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSec14hkzPrPUZPA2DTpn5RWIqQNir89FvHVqRzzGMNAxMHgTA/viewform

 

Dayton, OH 

Thursday, February 13, 2020 through Saturday, February 15, 2020
Three full days of learning, networking, sharing, and breaking bread!

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Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 41st annual conference, A Climate for Change! Ohio's largest sustainable food and farm conference features:

• Nearly 80 educational, inspiring workshops on sustainable farming, livestock, homesteading, gardening, and business on Friday and Saturday;
• A three day trade show with 90+ businesses, organizations, and government agencies offering food, books, equipment, products, information, and services;
• In-depth, full day Food and Farm School courses on Thursday;
• Engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers Laura Lengnick and Eric Holt-Giménez;
• Made-from-scratch, local, organic meals;
• Thursday and Friday evening networking and receptions;
• Kids' conference, child care, and more!

Register at www.oeffa.org/conference2020.

Location:
Dayton Convention Center
22 E. 5th St.
Dayton, OH 45402

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/conference2020

 

West Lafayette IN 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 through Thursday, February 20, 2020
All day Wednesday and Thursday

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This annual education and networking event brings together the growing organic grain farming community in Indiana and surrounding states. Mark your calendar and plan to attend this great event!

Participants will have the opportunity to register for one or both days of the program.

Registration will be available starting December 9.

DAY ONE:

On Wednesday, February 19, a full-day workshop focused on transitioning to organic grain production will be offered. The workshop is designed for farmers exploring a transition of acreage to organic grain production and those with ground in transition. Presentations and farmer panel discussions will cover: Certification and transition process, National Organic Program regulation, Organic and transitional crop budgets and markets, Basics of organic grain production, Transition strategies.


DAY TWO:

On Thursday, February 20, the full day of education and networking will include breakout sessions, farmer panels, networking time, and an industry trade show. Topics will cover: Weed management, Diverse cropping systems, Technology in organic row crop production, Organic no-till research updates and farmer experience, . . . and more to come.

Location:
Beck Agricultural Center
540 US 52 West
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Contact:
Michael O'Donnell / 765-284-8414 /

https://www.purdue.edu/dffs/events/2020-indiana-organic-grain-farmer-meeting/

 

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

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OEFFA: (614) 421-2022
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