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Free online webinar 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
12-1:30 p.m.

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Are you interested in organic certification, but not sure where to start? Join Julia Barton, OEFFA Sustainable Agriculture Educator, and other interested farmers on a lunchtime webinar to learn about the certification process, costs, basic standards, and timeline. There will be a presentation followed by plenty of time for discussion and questions, so please bring yours!

Location:
Free online webinar

Contact:
Rachel Tayse / 614-947-1633 /

http://tinyurl.com/oeffatransitionwebinar

 

Dayton OH 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states '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 basic 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. Participants can expect 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; 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. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
Montgomery County OSU Extension Office
580 Calumet Lane
Dayton, OH 45417

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

Cincinnati OH 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Vegetable Gardening Basics for the Home and Community Gardener 2020 - A Series of Six Classes offered by the Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Learn garden basics in the classroom and with hands-on practice in the Mckie Community Garden and the Price Hill Community Garden. To support you in successfully gardening at home, or in a community garden, everyone will receive a handbook outlining gardening best practices, including fact sheets and diagrams.

Classes are FREE and open to the public.

CLASS #2 TOPICS: Composting and Healthy Soil, Crop Rotation, Inter-planting and Succession Planting, Transplanting Annual Vegetables and Perennial Plants, Preparing and planting Potatoes

Location:
Mckie Recreation Center
1655 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /

https://turnerfarm.org/community-garden-program/

 

Athens OH 

Thursday, February 27, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states '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 basic 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. Participants can expect 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; 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. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
OSU Extension Athens County Office
280 West Union Street
Athens, OH 45701

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Don't lay awake at night wondering if a legal mistake is going to take your farm away. Developing a strong, legally resilient farm business is easier than you think.

Farm Commons' collaborative, accessible approach to learning farm law alongside farmer-peers will set you on the right path.

This workshop isn't a set of boring lectures filled with legal lingo. This workshop is led by a farm law expert and OEFFA-member farmer co-presenters, guaranteeing you'll pick up the practical wisdom and the knowledge you need to navigate legal issues with confidence.

This workshop addresses farmers' greatest vulnerabilities in land matters and leasing, business structures, farm employment law, diversification and agritourism, as well as liability and food safety issues.

Framed around the 10 steps every farm needs to take to build legal resilience, you'll leave this workshop with a personal action plan, checklists, and model documents for your own farm. Learn how to build a resilient business with the law on your side.

Cost: Registration is $35 for OEFFA members and $45 for non-members. Registration includes: 8 hours of activities and instruction, printed materials, coffee, snacks, and lunch.

Location:
OEFFA Office
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Rachel Tayse / (614) 421-2022 /

https://beginfarming.oeffa.org/legally-resilient-farm-workshop/

 

free online webinar 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 3 of a 3 part series on strategies for pasture management. This session will discuss tools and strategies for pasture improvement.

Each session in this series requires a separate registration.

Sarah Flack, author of The Art and Science of Grazing, & Organic Dairy Production, is a nationally known speaker & consultant on grazing and organic livestock. She grew up on a Vermont family farm that used management-intensive grazing and mob stocking, later studying pasture management at the University of VT. Her approach as a consultant, writer & speaker is to take a practical approach to applying the science of grazing. Sarah has successfully helped many farmers create positive change in their pastures, soils, livestock, finances, & farm-family quality of life.

Location:
online webinar

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

https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE52DF85824C3E

 

Cincinnati OH 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Vegetable Gardening Basics for the Home and Community Gardener 2020 - A Series of Six Classes offered by the Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Learn garden basics in the classroom and with hands-on practice in the Mckie Community Garden and the Price Hill Community Garden. To support you in successfully gardening at home, or in a community garden, everyone will receive a handbook outlining gardening best practices, including fact sheets and diagrams.

Classes are FREE and open to the public.

CLASS #3 TOPICS: Pest Management, Prevention and Organic Solutions, Introduction to Season Extension. Companion Planting, Cover Crops and Green Manures

Location:
Mckie Recreation Center
1655 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /

https://turnerfarm.org/community-garden-program/

 

Upper Sandusky, OH 

Friday, March 6, 2020
9:30 am

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The OEFFA Grain Growers invited you to their meeting on Friday, March 6th. The Village Restaurant will be offering lunch for $10.00 a person.

The agenda for the meeting is:
9:30 am: Social Time
10:00 am: Meeting
11:30 am: Lunch ($10 per person)
12:00 pm: Ohio Hemp Production and Conference Updates

Location:
The Village Restaurant
435 North Warpole Street
Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351

Meeting will be held in the basement.

Contact:
Beth Diesch / 5672270141 /

 

Cincinnati OH 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Vegetable Gardening Basics for the Home and Community Gardener 2020 - A Series of Six Classes offered by the Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Learn garden basics in the classroom and with hands-on practice in the Mckie Community Garden and the Price Hill Community Garden. To support you in successfully gardening at home, or in a community garden, everyone will receive a handbook outlining gardening best practices, including fact sheets and diagrams.

Classes are FREE and open to the public.

CLASS #4 TOPICS: What is a Healthy Meal?, How to Plan a Nutritious Family Menu, Preparing and Cooking Healthy Meals

Location:
Mckie Recreation Center
1655 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /

https://turnerfarm.org/community-garden-program/

 

free online webinar 

Thursday, March 12, 2020
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Back by popular demand, Lee Rinehart of NCAT/ATTRA will discuss how to manage your pigs and poultry in a rotational grazing system to benefit the health of the land and of the animals. Lee Rinehart is an agriculture program specialist with ATTRA serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Location:
online webinar

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

https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE51D68884493B

 

Oxford, OH 

Saturday, March 14, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Learn how to improve the biological life in your soil with OEFFA's President of Board Trustees, Steve Edwards! The workshop facilitator is a Oxford local with involvement in crop and livestock production at Turner Farm, Gorman Heritage Farm, Grailville Earthshares CSA, Green Acres, and Our Harvest.

The workshop will explain how the life in the soil interacts with plants and minerals. In addition to an overview of some biological products available for root inoculation, disease, and insect control.

Refreshments will be provided by the MOON Chapter and MOON Co-op Market.

Location:
Oxford Lane Library
441 South Locust Street
Oxford, Ohio 45056

Havighurst Room

Contact:
Kristy Yonyon / 5134781761 /

 

Ottawa OH 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states '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 basic 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. Participants can expect 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; 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. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
OSU Extension Putnam County Office
1206 East 2nd Street
Ottawa, OH 45875

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

free online webinar 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Knowing your cost of production makes it possible to set prices with confidence and allows a farmer to assess various livestock enterprises, different marketing channels, and actively manage their farm business for profit . . . a vital component of sustainability. The challenge on many farms is record keeping and having a system to compile those costs so that a producer is making sure to include all costs, including overhead, marketing, labor (including the farmer-owner's labor) and production costs. Join this webinar to learn about Livestock Compass, a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet tool to help livestock producers measure profitability and identify ways to improve financial outcomes.


After working with many growers on the development and use of Veggie Compass, a spreadsheet tool designed for diversified, fresh-market vegetable growers, the University of Wisconsin has developed a tool for livestock producers called the Livestock Compass. Presenters John Hendrickson and Jim Munsch will review the concept and function of this valuable new tool, demonstrating how it works to measure financial results for the totality of a livestock operation.



John Hendrickson works at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin. His primary activities include coordinating training programs for beginning farmers, developing tools and programs to enhance farm financial viability, and research and outreach on specialty crop production, marketing, and farm management. He has also owned and managed his own farm since 1999.


Jim Munsch is the original designer of the Livestock Compass tool and is also a grass-fed beef producer.

Location:
online webinar

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

https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE51D68883473C

 

Cincinnati OH 

Saturday, March 21, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Join Hayfields Orchard in Indian Hill for a hands-on workshop in grafting fruit trees. Participants will receive instruction in the different techniques for grafting fruit trees from David Koester of the UK Boone County Extension Service. The rootstock, scionwood and tools needed to graft your own fruit trees will be provided. You will leave with several newly grafted fruit trees to plant at home or in community gardens.

Location:
Hayfields Orchard
8835 Old Indian Hill Road
Cincinnati, OH 45243

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-561-7400 ext 416 /

https://turnerfarm.org/adult-education/

 

Mount Sterling, OH 

Saturday, March 21, 2020
8:00am - 3:30pm

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The utilization of agritourism has become a method for farmers, ranchers, and wineries to convert their land into a destination and to educate others on their day to day operations. Learn about the latest trends and issues that impact the industry and explore options for your operation, all while visiting a beautiful wedding venue destination, Flora & Field.

Location:
Flora and Field Event Venue
21748 Deercreek Road
Mount Sterling, OH 43143

Contact:
Anna Adams / 740.289.2071 x116 /

https://southcenters.osu.edu/direct-marketing/programs/agritourismready

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Sunday, March 22, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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After meeting at the 2020 Conference, the South Western OEFFA Chapter is excited to meet to continue planning upcoming events. The meeting will be focused on planning and organizing numerous different activities to be sponsored by the chapter in the upcoming months and quarterly core meeting.

Location:
Fibonacci Brewing Company
1445 Compton Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Contact:
Cori Yeager / 5137069323 /

 

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

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OEFFA: (614) 421-2022
OEFFA Certification: (614) 262-2022

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