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The Plains, OH 

Saturday, January 20, 2018 through Sunday, January 21, 2018
9:30-4:30

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BFA founder, Dan Kittredge, will lead an in-depth weekend workshop, "Principles of Biological Systems." A potluck lunch will happen each day.

Location:
Rural Action
9030 Hocking Hills Drive
The Plains, OH 45780

Contact:
Mary McMartin / 740.507.2088 /

http://bionutrient.org/site/chapters/US/southeast-ohio

 

Wooster, OH 

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:30 AM- 3:00 PM

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This annual meeting of Ohio flower farmers will include presentations and open discussion. Meet-up agenda topics will include:
--How to sell to a florist
--Secrest Arboretum will share growing winter/Christmas crops: holly, winterberry and red twig
--Season extension: how to build a caterpillar tunnel
--Sunflower expertise
--Overwintering lisianthus
--foliage to use for bouquets, weddings, arrangements
--Walk through of Secrest Arboretum if you wish to brave the weather!

Please bring:
- Tip or Trick to share with the group
- Seeds/Tubers/Bulbs to swap.

Register by January 10 by sending your name, email, business name, address, and phone number to Kyra Bosnik, 2056 Ridgewood Rd., Akron, OH 44313. Please include a $25 check (made payable to Kyra Bosnik); costs include a breakfast snack and lunch.

Location:
Secrest Arboretum Miller Pavilion
2122 Williams Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691

Contact:
Nelli Ashmore / (419) 231-6089 /

 

Athens, OH 

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:15 am - 4:00 pm

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The workshop is led by faculty from Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami University and Antioch College as well as staff from Cleveland Seed Bank. The series involves four workshop locations; each location includes four presenters and a locally catered lunch. The workshop provides professional training for seed savers, growers, and plant breeders; creates the foundation for a statewide seed savers alliance; and expands opportunities and reduces barriers for small-scale seed producers in Ohio. This course is recommended for those with some seed saving experience.

This is a collaborative effort between Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Miami University, Antioch College, and the Cleveland Seed Bank.

Location:
Athens Community Center
701 E State St
Athens, Ohio 45701

Contact:
Jess Chadwell / 740.593.5971 /

https://communityfoodinitiativesorg.presencehost.net/s2s-workshop/

 

The Plains, OH 

Thursday, January 25, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

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Have you ever thought about starting an agricultural business and selling your products, or taking your homestead to the next level?

The Athens OEFFA Chapter is presenting, "The Beginning Agricultural Entrepreneur," round table series at Rural Action during the month of January. Over four evening local agricultural entrepreneurs will present a short overview of their agricultural operation, providing key facets that were needed to get their business operating, along with some lessons learned along the way. We'll then open up a round table discussion for participants to ask questions of the presenters.

Join us on January 25, 2018 to hear from Bob O'Neil & Christine Hughes of Village Bakery & Cafe in Athens. Learn about using food from local producers in food service and retails enterprises.

Location:
Rural Action
9030 Hocking Hills Dr.
The Plains, OH 45780

Contact:
Justin Hamlin / (740) 331-1488 /

https://www.facebook.com/events/171976430059673/

 

Ohio City, OH 

Saturday, January 27, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Join the Cleveland Seed Bank in celebrating NATIONAL SEED SWAP DAY by attending their Fourth Winter Annual Seed Swap on January 27th. The event is free and open to all!

Come and swap heirloom seeds, rhizomes, roots, and tubers with other gardeners across our bioregion. Learn, network and prepare for the gardening season ahead. Connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about saving seeds and sharing their seed stories!

They will provide envelopes, labels, markers and seed saving knowledge. Everyone will leave with seeds, new garden friends and a renewed enthusiasm for seed saving!

No seeds required! They'll be bringing seeds with them for those who may not have seeds of their own to swap. Feel like you need to bring something? They will have a collection box for food items to donate to a local food pantry.

Also, bring your sourdough starters, cheese and yogurt cultures, kefir grains and kombucha scoby to share.

They're looking forward to seeing everyone on the 27th!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a family & kid friendly event and an inclusive, anti-oppressive space.

Location:
St. John's Episcopal Church
2600, Church Ave West 26th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

GETTING TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD & PARKING: Plenty of street parking is available. Overflow parking is also available in the Rex Auto lot next door. Ohio City is conveniently accessible on the RTA Red Line (West 25th Street Station) and located along

Contact:
Katie S / please email /

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-winter-seed-swap-tickets-40146300666

 

Athens, Ohio 

Thursday, February 1, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Help us make sure the farm bill reflects your priorities!

Changes to the farm bill could move us toward greater environmental sustainability, help us protect farmland for our future, support beginning farmers, and more - but only if we get involved in the process!

That discussion includes "structural" issues in the farm bill and following the money to see exactly what kind of agricultural future we choose to support.

Although 78 percent of U.S. farmers have no crop insurance, the program has an annual cost of $6.1 billion. That's why one of OEFFA's key farm bill priorities is to improve the crop insurance program.

Crop insurance is an important tool to help farmers weather the weather and other catastrophic events, but should not dictate what farmers plant, or create a distorted playing field that disadvantages beginning, sustainable, or diversified producers. Currently, the program excludes many types of farms and farmers, presents barriers to farmers that want to implement sustainable practices, and subsidizes farm consolidation.

Please join OEFFA's Athens Chapter for a conversation on how we can improve crop insurance and other programs in the next farm bill to better serve farmers and our food system.

RSVP to: julia@oeffa.org or (614) 359-3180

We hope you can make it!

Location:
Della Zona Pizza
270 E State St.
Athens, OH 45701

Contact:
Julia Barton / (614) 359-3180 /

 

Bryan, OH 

Monday, February 5, 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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OSU Extension will be hosting five "Planning for the Future of Your Farm" workshops across Ohio during the winter of 2018. These planning workshops are designed to help farm families develop a succession and estate plan for their farm business. Attend and learn ways to successfully transfer management skills and the farm's business assets from one generation to the next. Learn how to have the crucial conversations about the future of your farm.
This workshop will challenge farm families to actively plan for the future of the farm business. The featured speakers for this event will include: Robert Moore, Attorney at Law, Wright & Moore Law Company, Peggy Hall, Agricultural & Resource Law Field Specialist for OSU Extension, David Marrison, Extension Educator for Ashtabula County, and Chris Bruynis, Extension Educator for Ross County. Farm families are encouraged to bring members from each generation to the workshop. Plan today for the future success of your family business!

Williams County- Travel to the far northwest corner of Ohio for this program on Monday, February 5, 2018 from 9:30 to 4:00 p.m. This workshop will be held at the Williams County Extension office located at 1425 East High Street, Bryan, Ohio.

Pre-registration is required by January 26, 2018. The cost is $10 per person. This fee includes snacks, lunch and a program notebook. Make checks payable to OSU Extension and return to the OSU Extension- Williams County, 1425 E. High St., Suite 112, Bryan, OH 43506. More information can be obtained by calling the Williams County Extension office at 419-636-5608.

More information about farm succession can be obtained by contacting David Marrison at the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008 or by email at marrison.2@osu.edu

Location:
Williams County Extension office
1425 East High Street
Bryan, OH 43506

Contact:
Williams County Extension office / 419-636-5608 /

http://: u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager/farm-management-workshops/

 

Reynoldsburg, OH 

Monday, February 5, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm

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The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is designed for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement: 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover: an introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation and developing a farm food safety plan. As a participant, you can expected to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.
Registration is required. The ODA will mail registration forms 1-2 months prior to each training to area farmers. If you don't receive a mailing for a training in your area, call the ODA at 614-728-6250 and register via phone. There is no cost for the training and the book will be provided.

Additional training's will be offered throughout Ohio; more details TBA. Class size is limited to 30 participants.

Location:
Broomfield Building
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

The workshop will take place in sections A and B in the auditorium.

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Online 

Thursday, February 15, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Hello Ohio Food Policy Network members!
We are excited to share a tentative schedule for the 2018 OFPN Virtual Convenings! These convenings will provide continued connection and opportunities for co-learning for the network throughout the year. All network participants are welcome to join.

Our first virtual convening will be held on Thursday, January 18th from 12pm-1pm. During this virtual convening, Amalie Lipstreu from The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will be discussing the upcoming farm bill. 2018 will be an important year for anyone interested in food and agriculture. The current farm bill expires in September and unless local food grant and loan programs are renewed they will disappear. If you are interested in learning a little more, please join us for a lunchtime conversation about the farm bill on Thursday, January 18th.

We will most likely be utilizing a convening platform that is used by Ohio State University, known as Zoom. I am working with OSU to finalize some details to ensure Zoom is the best fit for our virtual convenings. I will follow-up soon with some instructions for joining, registering, and participating in the virtual convenings. So stay tuned! in the meantime, please save the dates below on your calendars. This information will also be listed on the OFPN website soon.

Below is the tentative schedule for the 2018 virtual convenings. This schedule is subject to change based on speaker availability. Again, if you have an idea for a virtual convening topic or would like to lead a virtual convening, please let me know! We would love to see the convenings be led by OFPN members. I've also attached a PDF version of the virtual convening schedule in the event that the table below shifts in your email.


Date Speaker Topic
January 18th Amalie Lipstreu (OEFFA) Farm Bill
February 15th Anne Palmer and Karen Bassarab (Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future) Process of organizing a food council drawing on examples from food councils

March 15th Leslie Schaller (AceNET) Fundraising and capacity-building for food councils around the country, rural and urban contexts

June 21st Brian Roe & Meredith Kruger (OSU Food Waste Collaborative) Food Waste Policy

July 19th Brian Raison (OSU Assistant Professor & Extension Field Specialist, Community and Organizational Leadership) Building leadership in Food Policy Councils


Happy New Year!

Location:
Online

Contact:
Amanda / email for info /

http://ohiofpn.org/

 

Dayton, OH 

Thursday, February 15, 2018 through Saturday, February 17, 2018
9 a.m. Thursday- 5 p.m. Saturday

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The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, will return to Dayton this winter! 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 classes on Thursday;
• Engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers Jeff Moyer of the Rodale Institute and Stacy Malkan of U.S. Right to Know;
• Made-from-scratch, local, organic meals;
• Thursday and Friday evening networking and receptions;
• Kids' conference, child care, and more!

Online registration opens November 29 and runs through January 29. A Member Special discounted price is available through December 14. Other rates increase January 18, so register early to save!

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

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/conference2018

 

Coshocton, OH 

Friday, February 23, 2018
9:00pm - 4:00pm

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OSU Extension will be hosting five "Planning for the Future of Your Farm" workshops across Ohio during the winter of 2018. These planning workshops are designed to help farm families develop a succession and estate plan for their farm business. Attend and learn ways to successfully transfer management skills and the farm's business assets from one generation to the next. Learn how to have the crucial conversations about the future of your farm.
This workshop will challenge farm families to actively plan for the future of the farm business. The featured speakers for this event will include: Robert Moore, Attorney at Law, Wright & Moore Law Company, Peggy Hall, Agricultural & Resource Law Field Specialist for OSU Extension, David Marrison, Extension Educator for Ashtabula County, and Chris Bruynis, Extension Educator for Ross County. Farm families are encouraged to bring members from each generation to the workshop. Plan today for the future success of your family business!

Coshocton County- Join them in historical Roscoe Village in Coshocton County on February 23, 2018 from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. for this workshop. The program will be held in Montgomery Hall on the Central Ohio Technical College Coshocton Campus located at 200 North Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, Ohio.

The registration fee for this workshop is $20 which includes lunch and one binder of the program materials per family. Additional binders can be requested for $15 each. The class is limited to 40 persons and the registration deadline is February 16, 2018. Payment options are credit card, check or cash. Registration and payment by credit card may be completed at: http://go.osu.edu/coshfarmfuture. Registrations by mail can be made by making a check payable to OSU Extension and mailing the registration form to: OSU Extension- Coshocton County, 724 South 7th Street, Room 110, Coshocton, OH 43812. More information can be obtained by contacting the Coshocton County Extension office at: 740-622-2265

More information about farm succession can be obtained by contacting David Marrison at the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008 or by email at marrison.2@osu.edu

Location:
Central Ohio Technical College Coshocton Campus
200 North Whitewoman Street
Coshocton, OH 43812

Contact:
Coshocton County Extension office / 740-622-2265 /

http://: u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager/farm-management-workshops/

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, February 25, 2018
February 25 - February 27

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The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is currently planning our upcoming Annual Meeting, "FROM DUST TO DIAMONDS: Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future," which will take place on February 25-27 at the Columbus Renaissance Hotel. The excitement stems from the fact that This year's meeting is our 75th Celebration! So this meeting is going to be very special!

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

Contact:
Mindy Bankey / 614-784-1900 /

http://www.ofswcd.org

 

Greenville, OH 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:30am - 4:00pm

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OSU Extension will be hosting five "Planning for the Future of Your Farm" workshops across Ohio during the winter of 2018. These planning workshops are designed to help farm families develop a succession and estate plan for their farm business. Attend and learn ways to successfully transfer management skills and the farm's business assets from one generation to the next. Learn how to have the crucial conversations about the future of your farm.
This workshop will challenge farm families to actively plan for the future of the farm business. The featured speakers for this event will include: Robert Moore, Attorney at Law, Wright & Moore Law Company, Peggy Hall, Agricultural & Resource Law Field Specialist for OSU Extension, David Marrison, Extension Educator for Ashtabula County, and Chris Bruynis, Extension Educator for Ross County. Farm families are encouraged to bring members from each generation to the workshop. Plan today for the future success of your family business!
Darke County- Join us in western Ohio in Darke County for our final workshop of the winter on February 27, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This program will be held at Romers located at 118 East Main Street in Greenville, Ohio.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 60 registrants. The cost is $20 per person which includes program materials and lunch. The registration deadline is February 20, 2018. Make checks payable to OSU Extension and return to OSU Extension, Darke County, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio 45331. More information can be obtained by calling the Darke County Extension office at 937-548-5215.

More details:
Each of the program flyers can be obtained at: u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager/farm-management-workshops/

More information about farm succession can be obtained by contacting David Marrison at the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008 or by email at marrison.2@osu.edu

Location:
Romers
118 East Main Street
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Darke County Extension office / 937-548-5215 /

http://u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager/farm-management-workshops/

 

Philo, OH 

Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Thinking of breeding goats, or perhaps you want to find out what's involved before you march in to that experience?

Goats have unique needs and challenges in the animal world and this applies to birthing as well as health.

Join goat herder Annie Warmke to learn about the basics of goat birthing, how to deal with newborn kids, and the psychology of the herd after birthing. You'll learn how to deal with emergencies, get the kids on to the bottle (if necessary) and the basics of natural health care.

Location:
Blue Rock Station
1190 Virginia Ridge Rd
Philo, OH 43771

Contact:
Annie Warmke / (740) 674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com

 

Online 

Thursday, March 15, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Hello Ohio Food Policy Network members!
We are excited to share a tentative schedule for the 2018 OFPN Virtual Convenings! These convenings will provide continued connection and opportunities for co-learning for the network throughout the year. All network participants are welcome to join.

Our first virtual convening will be held on Thursday, January 18th from 12pm-1pm. During this virtual convening, Amalie Lipstreu from The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will be discussing the upcoming farm bill. 2018 will be an important year for anyone interested in food and agriculture. The current farm bill expires in September and unless local food grant and loan programs are renewed they will disappear. If you are interested in learning a little more, please join us for a lunchtime conversation about the farm bill on Thursday, January 18th.

We will most likely be utilizing a convening platform that is used by Ohio State University, known as Zoom. I am working with OSU to finalize some details to ensure Zoom is the best fit for our virtual convenings. I will follow-up soon with some instructions for joining, registering, and participating in the virtual convenings. So stay tuned! in the meantime, please save the dates below on your calendars. This information will also be listed on the OFPN website soon.

Below is the tentative schedule for the 2018 virtual convenings. This schedule is subject to change based on speaker availability. Again, if you have an idea for a virtual convening topic or would like to lead a virtual convening, please let me know! We would love to see the convenings be led by OFPN members. I've also attached a PDF version of the virtual convening schedule in the event that the table below shifts in your email.


Date Speaker Topic
January 18th Amalie Lipstreu (OEFFA) Farm Bill
February 15th Anne Palmer and Karen Bassarab (Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future) Process of organizing a food council drawing on examples from food councils

March 15th Leslie Schaller (AceNET) Fundraising and capacity-building for food councils around the country, rural and urban contexts

June 21st Brian Roe & Meredith Kruger (OSU Food Waste Collaborative) Food Waste Policy


July 19th Brian Raison (OSU Assistant Professor & Extension Field Specialist, Community and Organizational Leadership) Building leadership in Food Policy Councils


Happy New Year!

Location:
Online

Contact:
Amanda / email for info /

http://ohiofpn.org/

 

Alexandria, Ohio 

Monday, March 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Presenter – Jim Bidigare, Vice Chair of the Licking County Land Trust

A quote from a previous land trust speaker sums up the mission of the Licking County Land Trust – "One of the concepts that we want to emphasize is that we have to look at the soil and land as more than just space to build on." During this meeting, Jim Bidigare will provide information about long-term conservation protection for land, the importance of protecting our land and the processes that landowners can take to protect their land from becoming space to build on.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Drive
Alexandria, OH 43001

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

 

OEFFA
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
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Columbus OH 43214

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