Event Calendar

Cincinnati, OH 

Sunday, January 22, 2017
2-5 p.m.


WHAT? A conversation among farmers about how Cincinnati's local food movement has affected their farming practices, bottom line, and hopes for the future.

WHY? With the explosion of demand for local food, and the landslide of government and public sector interest in the food economy, we need to hear the clear voices of farmers.

WHO? Current farmers (farm owners and employees of farms and organizations) who are actively and personally involved in food production; AND who serve the greater Cincinnati area via CSAs, Farmers' Markets, on farm sales, wholesale supply, or restaurant/store supply are invited to the conversation.

HOW? SWOEFFA's core group has engaged Jeff Stec, a group process facilitator, to lead the conversation. As a grower for a local cafe and member of the Enright Ridge CSA, Jeff has an understanding of the importance of local food production. He will lead a process that makes it easy for all voices to be heard and included. Select leaders of the local food movement will also be invited to listen and learn with the intention of developing better collaborations with producers.

RSVP: If you would like to attend, please reply to swoeffa@gmail.com by January 20, with your name and the name of the farm you are associated with. Please forward the invitation to other farmers you feel will appreciate participating in the conversation.

Kennedy Auditorium at Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH

OEFFA Southwest Chapter / (917) 930-3329 /



Brighton MI 

Monday, January 23, 2017


Join Michigan State University for this dynamic workshop on the key record-keeping practices for running an efficient, informed, and profitable farm.

If you are looking for information and experienced perspectives on:
• The critical records to keep for your farm,
• Tools and techniques for capturing your farm activity and outcomes (including yields, labor hours, etc.),
• Strategies for getting started or expanding your record-keeping,
• How to use records to inform your prices, and
• Using records to identify costly problem areas and profit centers so you can make informed changes and more profits.
...then this workshop is for you!

Presenters: Joannee DeBruhl, Stone Coop Farm, Katie Brandt, Groundswell Farm, and additional other farmers.

Cost: $150 ($40 for each additional from same farm)

Stone Coop Farm
9615 Musch Rd.
Brighton, MI 48116

Tom Cary / 616-916-9823 /



Online webinar 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
10-11am PT and 1-2pm EST


Moms Across America is thrilled to share a free webinar on glyphosate herbicides presented by Functional Formularies.
The presenter, Dr.John Bagnulo, has a diverse background which gives him a broad perspective on toxins and human health. We hope you will share this event with your loved ones who may not know about glyphosate herbicides and their impact on health!

Earn CPE: Dietitians can earn one hour of Continuing Professional Education from the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. All interested people are welcome to join.

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Lexington, Kentucky 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Pre-Conference: January 25th at 9am - January 26th until 7:30pm General Conference: January 27th from 7:30am - January 28th until 9pm


Join Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group ("Southern SAWG") for their 2017 annual conference.
Start planning now to join them in Lexington, Kentucky January 25-28, 2017 to learn, network and celebrate.
Pre-conference events start on Wednesday the 25th - Thursday the 26th, with the general conference starting Friday the 27th lasting until Saturday the 28th.
They are honored to have two nationally known figures as keynote presenters: Ricardo Salvador, Director of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and K. Rashid Nuri, founder and CEO of The Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.
It is the must-attend event for those serious about sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems!

Lexington Convention Center
430 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Jean Mills / 205-333-8504 /



Amesville, OH 

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Are you a farmer looking to extend your growing season? Are you a small farmer looking to keep your business viable? Are you interested in boosting the local economy through
food-system work? This is the perfect workshop for you!

Join Green Edge Organic Gardens and Rural Action for a highly acclaimed, on-farm workshop. This training focuses on the use of gabled high tunnels for winter production, focusing on multiple aspects of the Green Edge Organic Gardens model of year round high tunnel farming. The workshops include both on-farm and classroom portions and are taught by the farmers.

The workshop is $20, which includes a locally catered lunch. Interested attendees must register in advanced by contacting Tom Redfern at
740-677-4047 or tomr@ruralaction.org

Amesville Grange Hall
17486 State St.
Amesville, OH 45711

Tom Redfern / 740-677-4047 /



Columbus, OH 

Monday, January 30, 2017


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.

Columbus Public Health Auditorium
240 Parsons Ave
Columbus, OH 43201

Amy Baskes / n/a /



Bucyrus, OH 

Saturday, February 4, 2017


If you have ever thought of owning a goat herd or if you are new to owning goats and want to learn about the birthing or "kidding" process and how to care for newborn goat kids, this is a great opportunity you don't want to miss. H&M Family Farms, Mike & Angie Hall and family, will be hosting a goat kidding workshop on Saturday February 4th from 1-3:30 pm at their farm located outside Bucyrus, Ohio.

The workshop will focus on preparing does for kidding, the kidding process, as well as taking care of new born goat kids. This is an on-farm workshop where participants will be able to view first hand and learn from farmers who actually do the work. Participants will be able to discuss and view the on farm set up, learn about care of expecting does, view the facilities, and learn how to care for new born kids. There will be insightful and helpful "how to" tips that participants can apply to their own farms.

If you are interested in attending this workshop registration is required before February 2, 2017. Cost is $25/person and $40/farm couple payable at the workshop. To register or for more information, contact Mike Hall at 419-561-8280 before Feb. 2nd.

Space is limited so register early.

H&M Family Farms
2600 Sinn Rd
Bucyrus, OH 44820

44820 / 419-561-8280 /



Loveland, Ohio 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


The Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference offers five concurrent sessions with five classes to choose from during each session. Classes are mainly geared towards fruit and vegetable growers, but there is a little something for everyone. Classes are available on fruit and vegetable production, specialty cropping systems, pesticide safety, farm management, marketing and food safety.

Registration is required. No walk-ins will be accepted. The cost for the program is $50 and will include a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a USB memory stick containing all of the available handouts from the conference.

The registration deadline is February 3, 2017.

Oasis Conference Center
902 Loveland-Miamiville Road
Loveland, OH 45140

Greg Meyer / 513-695-1311 /



Dayton, OH 

Thursday, February 9, 2017 through Saturday, February 11, 2017
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday


Register by January 23 for Ohio's largest sustainable food and farm conference, now in its new home in Dayton!

This event offers lots of educational and networking opportunities for farmers, backyard growers, home cooks, homesteaders, and others committed to local food, sustainable agriculture, and green living, including:

• Nearly 80 educational workshops on a wide range of food, farming, and policy topics;
• A three-day trade show with 70+ businesses, organizations, and government agencies offering food, books, products, information, and services;
• Four full-day pre-conference intensive workshops led by farmers for farmers on farm business planning, niche fruit and poultry production, and growing bionutrient rich food;
• Keynote speakers Jim Riddle, an organic farmer, inspector, educator, and policy analyst; and Robyn O'Brien, a popular author and food advocate, known as "food's Erin Brokovich";
• The Contrary Farmers' Social at 2nd Street Market featuring food, drinks, and a remembrance of Ohio's Contrary Farmer, Gene Logsdon, led by David Kline of Farming Magazine;
• The Cream of the Crop Banquet on Friday, February 10 featuring a dinner celebrating Ohio's farming community;
• A Farm Land of Opportunity reception, on-farm innovation discussion and reception, and an OEFFA oral history discussion;
• Activities for kids and teens
• Locally-sourced, from-scratch lunches; raffle; book table; morning yoga and ta chi; book signings, and much more.

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

OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /



Reynoldsburg, OH 

Friday, February 10, 2017


Join the MORPC's Central Ohio Regional Food Counicl's Meat Marketing Summit.

The Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Beef Council, OSU Extension, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and MORPC, along with farmers, meat processors, retailers and others, decided to reach out to grocers and institutions to understand their marketing needs.

The daylong Summit will feature Dr. Henry Zerby as a keynote speaker on the state of the meat industry in Ohio. It also will include a buyer's panel, a seller's panel, lunch (courtesy of the Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Pork Council), ample networking time, and short breakout sessions on meat processing, innovative business models, cold storage, local pricing mechanisms, and other topics.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Auditorium
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Brian Williams / 614-233-4187 /


Akron, OH 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


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.

Akron Summit County Public Main Library
60 S. High Street
Akron, OH 44322

Amy Baskes / n/a /



Cincinnati, OH 

Thursday, February 16, 2017
1-4 p.m.


Starting seeds is a critical component of every commercial vegetable farm's success. This hands-on workshop provides practical experience in the entire seed-starting process. Learn about methods that can increase your success in growing plant starts and discuss management of pests and diseases in the greenhouse or grow space.

The workshop will be in the propagation house at Bahr Farm, a 100 year old diversified vegetable and livestock farm.

Presenter: Charles Griffin teaches in the sustainable agriculture program at Cincinnati State. He has been training students and apprentices in plant propagation techniques for small farms and gardens in the Midwest for over 15 years.

Cost: $25 for OEFFA members; $30 for farmers/growers; $10 for students. Class limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required. Registration fee includes materials, coffee, and cookies.

Bahr Farm
969 W. North Bend Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Ken Stern / 513-473-1860 /



Georgetown, OH 

Sunday, February 19, 2017
1:45-5:00 p.m.


Keynote Speaker: Dan Remley, MSPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Field Specialist, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Ohio State University Extension

Followed by workshops and discussions on topics of interest to consumers and producers:
• Rainbow of Colors Choice Food Pantry System – Dan Remley
• Community Food/Hunger Councils – Dan Remley
• Wild Edibles – Christine Tailer
• An Experiment in Hazelnuts – Mike Murphy
• Stone Milling Local Grains – Mark Frommeyer
• Raising Beef Cooperatively and Sustainably – Aubrey Bolender

Bring your favorite seed catalogue to share during the break.

No charge, but donations welcome. Pre-registration is not required, but it is appreciated.

Sponsored by the Catholic Rural Life Conference (CRLC), OK River Valley Chapter of OEFFA, and the Adams-Brown Diabetes Education Coalition.

St. George Parish Hall
509 East State St.
Georgetown, OH 45121

Julie Kline / (937) 392-1543 /



Alexandria, OH 

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


Trouble with insects, wilt, or other problems this past season? No problem! Ask the farm and garden panel your questions. This evening is always one of the chapter's most beneficial meetings, drawing on numerous skilled farmers who can provide a wealth of information to participants.

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.

Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr.
Alexandria, OH 43001

Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /



Yellow Springs, OH 

Friday, February 24, 2017
February 24th - 25th Time: throughout the day


Antioch College campus in Yellow Springs will be home to the Healthy Soil Symposium, where they will be focusing on the importance of soil quality to human health and climate cooling.

The symposium will include presentations by area farmers, extension agents, researchers, gardeners, academics and climate activists. It will cover a range of topics, including
soil and its impact on water systems, built infrastructure, health, and community resilience; the local and global soil landscape; urban greenscaping solutions; and the many ways that regenerative soil practice is moving forward.

Speakers include keynote Didi Pershouse of the Soil Carbon Coalition; Doug Seibert and Leslie Garcia of Peach Mountain Organics; area carbon farmer David Brandt; permaculture activist Peter Bane; Sabrena Schweyer of Salsbury-Schweyer Landscape Design; Chad Bitler of Greenacres Farm; and other area farmers, gardeners and regional soil practitioners.

Antioch College (McGregor Hall, Room #113)
1 Morgan Place
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

n/a / (937) 767 - 2161 /



Piketon, OH 

Friday, February 24, 2017
Friday February 24th: 9:30am-9:30pm Saturday February 25th: 9am-4pm


The Ohio State University will be holding the Ohio State University Hops Conference and Trade Show.

This conference will be of interest to beginning, as well as advanced hop growers, or anyone interested in the rapidly growing Ohio craft brewing and hops industry. There will be multiple sessions geared towards the level of grower, taught by experts, growers, and many others in the hops industry. Check out the wide range of presentations that will be offered over the course of the two days and immerse yourself in the craft brewing industry.

An Ohio Hops Celebration Banquet will be held on the evening of February 24th at additional fees.

Conference cost: $150.00 for two days*
$100.00 for one day*
Deadline to register is Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Endeavor Center and Large Auditorium
1864 Shyville Rd
Piketon, OH 45661

Charissa E. Gardner / 740-289-2071 Ext. 13 /



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


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