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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/

 

Chicago IL (webinar) 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Your website should be working like an ATM machine - spitting out cash at you with the number of customers it brings to your business. Learn tips to refocus your website on building a connection with those who land on it, versus just advertising your products, helping you turn website visitors into paying customers.

The presenter is Charlotte Smith of 3 Cow Marketing. Charlotte has created a sustainable farm-to-consumer business selling premium meats, poultry, eggs and milk. After witnessing one too many small business owners close up shop after being run ragged and still not being able to pay the bills with their sales, she founded 3 Cow Marketing to help others transform their marketing skills and begin to live the life they always dreamed of.

Location:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)
3525 W. Peterson Ave., Ste 213
Chicago, IL 60659

Contact:
Larissa McKenna / (773) 525-4952 /

https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE50DF85894A39

 

Join online or by phone 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
12 p.m.

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Farming can be extremely stressful. This year has been exceptionally taxing on farmers, their families, and others associated with agriculture. This online workshop will help you cultivate productive mindset tactics to weather this and other storms.

No registration is necessary. Just log on or call at noon.

Join online: https://osu.zoom.us/j/794206089

Join by phone: (646) 876-9923

Phone meeting ID: 794 206 089

The Ohio State University Extension appreciates the opportunity to offer this program in partnership with Michigan State Extension. This program is co-sponsored by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit cfaesdiversity.osu.edu. For an accessible format of this publication, visit cfaes.osu.edu/accessibility.

Location:
A virtual workshop about mental health on the farm

Contact:
Sarah Noggle / 419-399-8225 /

https://osu.zoom.us/j/794206089

 

Athens, OH 

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Full-day conference

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Friday September 27th
4:00 PM - Bed and Breakfast may arrive

Saturday September 28th

You may choose which session you would like to attend at which time.

9:00 AM
Session 1) Self Sustainable Energy - Ben Griffith
Session 2) Pasture Pork Production - Paul Harper
Session 3) Ginseng Production - Tanner Filya

10:15 AM -
Session 1) Self Sustainable Energy - Ben Griffith
Session 2) Pasture Pork Production - Paul Harper
Session 3) Ginseng Production - Tanner Filya

11:30 - 12:30 - Lunch

12:45 AM
Session 1) Self Sustainable Energy - Ben Griffith
Session 2) Pasture Pork Production - Paul Harper
Session 3) Ginseng Production - Tanner Filya

2:15 PM - Debrief with a small talk from Paul harper about his experience working with AirBNB

3:00 PM - Dismissal


Sunday 4:00 PM Bed and Breakfast attendees are free to explore Athens or take some time to relax!

Location:
Woodland Ridge
4884 Cooper Road
Athens, OH 45701

Contact:
Levi Brown / 740-541-1906 /

https://tinyurl.com/y6afggsa

 

EVENT CANCELLED 

Saturday, September 28, 2019
1 p.m.

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

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

 

Holt, MI 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Help build a greens dryer and bubbler for washing and drying cutting greens on farm; explore washpack design and create a draft of YOUR wash station.

Presenters/Project Leaders:
Daniel Moffat: Owner/farmer at Presque Isle Farm will lead the design & build of the greens dryer using a washing machine.

Scott Townley: will lead the greens bubbler design and build & discussion about wash station design.

Cost: Sliding scale $55-100 (details on website)

NOTE: You Must Bring Your Own Lunch - Occasionally, you can buy lunch locally. In an effort to reduce costs, lunches are no longer provided.

Location:
MSU Student Organic Farm
3291 College Rd.
Holt, MI 48842

Contact:
Katie Brandt / 616-885-7776 /

http://www.msuorganicfarm.org/ffs-registration.html

 

Chicago IL (webinar) 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Learn the difference between a marketing channel and a marketing strategy, and where to focus your efforts. Learn how best to show up on social media platforms and then convert those followers to paying customers.

The presenter is Charlotte Smith of 3 Cow Marketing. Charlotte has created a sustainable farm-to-consumer business selling premium meats, poultry, eggs and milk. After witnessing one too many small business owners close up shop after being run ragged and still not being able to pay the bills with their sales, she founded 3 Cow Marketing to help others transform their marketing skills and begin to live the life they always dreamed of.

Location:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)
3525 W. Peterson Ave., Ste 213
Chicago, IL 60659

Contact:
Larissa McKenna / (773) 525-4952 /

https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE50DF85894A3C

 

Granville, OH 

Thursday, October 3, 2019
6 p.m.

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What does it mean to enjoy Good, Clean, and Fair Food? Come find out at Slow Food Columbus' 12th annual Shake the Hand that Feeds You dinner!

One of the most coveted and highly anticipated food events of the year, this dinner features a full line-up of talented chefs from around Columbus preparing a delicious menu of seasonal, sustainably-raised ingredients produced by hard-working local farmers and artisans. As a diner, you will not only enjoy an evening of conviviality, but you will also be supporting the people and products of our local and regional foodscape and celebrating Ohio's bountiful food diversity.

Come celebrate all that central Ohio has to offer as our city's best chefs create seasonal dishes that truly embrace what it means to eat good, clean and fair food together. Slow Food guarantees this dinner will be one of the best you'll enjoy this year––in more ways than one!

Location:
Anderson Farms
1703 Deeds Road
Granville, OH 43023

Contact:
Mark Anthony Arceno / (740) 587-1240 /

https://bpt.me/4304367

 

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

 

Chicago IL (webinar) 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Tall Grass Grazing permits a life without N fertilizer and the opportunity to work with nature instead of shoving her aside with inputs. The result is plenty of grass, a better bottom line, and more time for you and your family. This webinar will detail the how-to's of tall grass grazing using sheep, the combined economic benefits, and some challenges that may be encountered. Also covered is using biology instead of chemical inputs to solve problems. Although this takes place on an irrigated farm in Montana, the principles can also be easily applied to rainfall pastures as well.

The presenter is Dave Scott, Livestock Specialist with NCAT/ATTRA. Dave and his wife Jenny run 200 Polypay ewes and their lambs on 32 irrigated acres in Southwest Montana. Dave has had his share of "Wow, that worked "and "Oh, that sure didn't" experiences giving him insight into working with nature to improve profit. Always the farmer, Dave looks for simple solutions to root problems.

Location:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)
3525 W. Peterson Ave., Ste 213
Chicago, IL 60659

Contact:
Larissa McKenna / (773) 525-4952 /

https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE50DF82854F3C

 

Richwood, OH 

Saturday, October 19, 2019
1-3 p.m.

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Fresh Harvest Farm is a family farm that has been using yellow perch to grow produce sustainably with aquaponics in their three greenhouses since 2011. During the tour, visitors will learn how aquaponics works while conserving resources. The Blackburn's farm is also home to goats, alpacas, and chickens, as well as the Aquaponic Farming Course, a hands-on course that teaches the basics of aquaponics and how to build your own system.

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:
Fresh Harvest Farm
33869 Fields Rd.
Richwood, OH 43344

Contact:
Doug and Jeni Blackburn / (614) 264-9098 /

http://www.freshharvestfarmllc.com

 

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

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