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The events listed here may be cancelled or otherwise affected by coronavirus. We cannot confirm the accuracy of the events listed here. Please contact event hosts to confirm all meetings in advance.

Online 

Thursday, June 16, 2022 through Thursday, July 21, 2022
4-5 p.m.

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Can food deliver $126 million in added taxes for NEO?

Local food production in Northeast Ohio provides up to 5% of the over $15 billion food consumed. Research shows that if NEO were to produce 25% of demand, it would create significant new jobs, generate $4.2 billion in annual regional
output, and produce up to $126 million in annual state and local taxes. Research also shows that the total value of the Agtech market (Agricultural Technology) will reach $22.5 billion by 2025; rising from $9 billion in 2020. This
represents a growth rate of 150% over the next five years. (Juniper Research)

"Food Innovation in Northeast Ohio. Why here? Why Now?" will explore how we can increase food production in the region, how NEO can be a leader in this growing investment market, what kinds of jobs will be created, and more.

To register for this free six-part webinar series, visit the link below.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Center for Food Innovation / (216) 288-4442 /

http://bit.ly/FOODINNOVATION1

 

Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022
5:30-7 p.m.

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Join Agraria on the first Wednesday of each month for a walk on the land where we will learn about spring forage for food, medicine, and craft, and how to sustainably harvest them. Dress for the weather. All ages welcome! $5/person, free for children under 5. Visit the link below to register.

Location:
Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Contact:
Maureen Fellinger / (937) 767-2161 /

http://community.agrariacenter.org/e/agraria-land-walk/

 

Online 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022
12-1 p.m.

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Join OEFFA's August Taylor on Wednesday, July 6 from 12-1 p.m. for a virtual strategic meeting for Black, Indigenous, and farmers of color.

This meeting is intended to share updates on our current projects and goals, then strategize ways to support and collaborate with each other. Expect to walk away with enthusiasm and actionable next steps!

Location:
Online

Contact:
August Taylor / (614) 725-3161 /

http://oeffa.org

 

Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Saturday, July 9, 2022
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Join Talon Silverhorn in this exciting day of hands of practicing fundamentals techniques in moccasin making!

Learn about the history and use of moccasins, as well as the appropriate use of these culturally significant items. Using a deer hide, participants will cut patterns, awl, and sew a wonderfully soft pair of breathable moccasins. The cost of the 8 hour workshop includes materials as well as a traditional indigenous lunch that will be cooked over a fire.

Talon Silverhorn is a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, and is actively working towards expanding the public's understanding of Native history and the living cultures many Americans don't realize they have access to. He has spent the last several years traveling to build bridges and educate organizations on these topics.

Price: $200. Visit the link below to register.

Location:
Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Contact:
Kat Christen / (937) 767-2161 /

https://community.agrariacenter.org/e/moccasin-making-workshop/

 

Delaware, Ohio 

Saturday, July 9, 2022
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Stratford Ecological Center is an educational farm and state nature preserve where children and adults explore the relationships between living things and their environment, fostering an appreciation of the land and all life that depends on it.

Walk through Stratford's farm and forest to discover how agroforestry, cover crops, pasture-raised livestock, and soil health practices can all contribute to ending the climate crisis. Then, enjoy a delicious locally-sourced lunch before building a collective understanding of how to make change with specific pieces of legislation.

Cost and Registration: $10. This includes lunch. To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd.
Delaware, OH 43015

Contact:
Heather Dean / (614) 725-3165 /

http://www.oeffa.org/farmtours

 

Johnstown, Ohio 

Sunday, July 10, 2022
2-4 p.m.

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Roots, Fruits and Shoots is a 3-acre vegetable and raspberry farm. They grow year-round using no-till, sustainable practices in almost 7,000 square feet of high tunnel space.

This tour will focus on half an acre of raspberries, which are grown using organic practices, melons trellised in the high tunnel, and other no-till vegetables grown in the field. The tour will be from 2-3 p.m., with an opportunity for attendees to pick their own raspberries and melons from 3-4 p.m.

This event is part of Common Greens' farm tour series. Visit the link below to learn more about Common Greens.

Location:
Roots, Fruits and Shoots
5580 Johnstown Alexandria Rd.
Johnstown, OH 43031

Contact:
Dana Hilfinger / (734) 276-1895 /

http://www.commongreensohio.org/

 

Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
6-8 p.m.

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Join Agraria for a relaxing evening of Natural Crafting with flower grower, Kacey Trueblood of TrueBloom Farm. Kacey will share information about common cultivated and wildflowers and greenery you can use to build beautiful bouquets to enjoy. After her presentation, everyone will forage building materials and build bouquets.

Price: $15 / $5 low-income discount ticket. To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Contact:
Maureen Fellinger / (937) 767-2161 /

http://community.agrariacenter.org/e/natural-crafting-bouquet-building/

 

Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
5:30-7:00 p.m.

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Learn how to create and maintain regenerative, perennial landscapes in your own yard. Macy Reynolds, native plant expert and pollinator friendly gardener, will lead these hands-on sessions. No experience necessary. This series is geared toward adults; 13+ years old welcome. Children (12 and under) free with adult registration.

Participants should plan to meet at the Agraria Barn and bring a water bottle and clothes that can get dirty.

Session II (July 13): Bee-friendly Landscapes
Support native bees, butterflies, and other pollinators throughout the season with a gorgeous, well-planned native garden.

Price: $10/session, $25 for all 3 (use discount code ALLTHREE at checkout). To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Contact:
Maureen Fellinger / (937) 767-2161 /

http://community.agrariacenter.org/e/native-plant-landscapes-series/

 

Amesville, Ohio 

Friday, July 15, 2022
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Wanting to start a kid-friendly garden at your school, farm, or community site? Looking for inspiration and new lesson ideas for a current educational garden? Community Food Initiatives (CFI) has over a decade of experience partnering with schools, farmers, and community groups in rural Appalachian Ohio to design engaging garden programs for youth from preschool through middle school.

In this workshop, discussion will include CFI's history of school gardening, lessons learned, and best practices for building fabulous garden education programs in small communities on a shoestring budget. There will be a tour of the rural Amesville Elementary School garden to see an example of a small but effective garden set up, and time to network with others involved in educational garden spaces. Each participant has their choice of a printed or PDF copy of our CFI School Garden Toolkit and will receive materials to complete several hands-on, take home activities that can be easily implemented in your own program or site.

Cost and Registration: $25. Includes your choice of a printed or PDF copy of the CFI School Garden Toolkit and all materials. Address will be provided upon registration. To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Amesville Elementary School Garden
23 N. Main St.
Amesville, OH 45711

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

http://www.oeffa.org/farmtours

 

Defiance, Ohio 

Saturday, July 16, 2022
10 a.m.

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Canal Junction Farm is a diversified livestock farm just south of Junction, Ohio, a booming town in the 1800s where the Miami Erie and Wabash Erie canals meet. Today, the farm is tended by fifth and sixth generation farmers. Their focus starts in the ground with building healthy soils, which translates to nutritious and delicious meats and cheeses. Canal Junction Farm is a pasture-based operation with 625 acres of owned and rented ground of pastures and hay fields. They have practiced regenerative farming for more than 28 years.

This tour will be a pasture walk covering all aspects of the farm's operations, including its dairy program, cheese, beef, lamb, pork, broiler chickens, eggs, and turkeys. Attendees will be able to shop in the farm store and learn about the farm's buying club approach to direct marketing.

Location:
Canal Junction Farm
18637 Rd. 168
Defiance, OH 43512

Contact:
Ralph, Sheila, and Kyle Schlatter / (419) 399-7545 /

http://www.oeffa.org/farmtours

 

Online 

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
12 p.m.

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Many farmers are struggling with the issue of whether or not to lease some of their farmland for commercial solar arrays. Doing so offers an additional revenue stream while also removing the land from cropland production for the foreseeable future, in addition to other environmental concerns.

This virtual discussion will consider the positives and negatives of commercial solar arrays, highlight important factors to be aware of when considering a lease opportunity, and draw on the perspectives of an organic farmer considering what a commercial solar lease would mean for his land and state experts on the issue.

Speakers: Peggy Kirk Hall is the Director of Agricultural and Resource Law at the Ohio State University (OSU), and has done considerable work on commercial solar leases. Eric Romich is an OSU Energy Field Specialist who will share insights into the technical side of solar energy production. Dean McIlvaine is the owner of Twin Parks Organic Farm in Wayne County who is currently considering the pros and cons of leasing some of his land for a commercial solar array.

To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Online

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

http://www.oeffa.org/farmtours

 

Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
5:30-7 p.m.

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Join herbalist Amy Chavez during these third Wednesday monthly sessions.

Participants will gather on the land, identify and harvest medicinal plants, and create medicines for specific body system healing. No experience necessary. Adults and 13+ years old. Registration required.

July 20: Preserving Herbal Medicines

Price: $15/session. To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Contact:
Maureen Fellinger / (937) 767-2161 /

http://community.agrariacenter.org/e/herbalism-skillshares/

 

Mt. Blanchard, Ohio 

Saturday, July 23, 2022
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Greg and Beth Bishop and their son, Blake, transitioned Bishop Family Farms' 1,300 acres to organic production two years ago. Their five year crop rotation includes corn, soybeans, wheat, sunflowers, and canola.

During this tour, attendees will learn about their transition and see their equipment, including an electric weeder.

An OEFFA Grain Growers Chapter meeting will take place before the tour from 10-11:45 a.m. Bring a side dish or dessert to share for a potluck lunch from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Meat, drinks, and serviceware will be provided. The tour will begin at 1 p.m.

Registration: To register for the potluck, call (419) 278-2701 or email dshively@gmail.com.

Location:
Bishop Family Farms
6362 Township Hwy 80
Mt. Blanchard, OH 45867

Directions: From I-75, take exit 142 onto Rte. 103 E. Continue past Mt. Blanchard for about 3 miles and turn left onto Rd. 80. The farm is on the left in about .5 mile.

Contact:
Dave Shively / (419) 278-2701 /

http://www.oeffa.org/farmtours

 

Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022
5:30-7 p.m.

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Grab your sketchbooks and get creative in nature with Agraria! Join artist Maureen Fellinger as she leads a monthly drawing group on the land at Agraria.

Each month, Maureen will introduce a fun technique to help you explore a different approach in your art making process then participants will be invited to create a land inspired sketch. BYOS (Bring Your Own Sketchbook!) and mark making supplies (pens, pencils, crayons, etc). Be creatively inspired by the natural landscape and all of the life in it! No drawing experience necessary‚Äďall abilities welcome, ages 13+.

Register for one or all three via the link below. $5/session.

Location:
Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Contact:
Maureen Fellinger / (937) 767-2161 /

http://community.agrariacenter.org/e/sketch-club

 

Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Thursday, July 28, 2022
9a.m.-3 p.m.

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Join Agraria Naturalists and Regional Educators for this immersive 1-day training on the Agraria land! Participants will learn practical tools to engage and inspire students in their schoolyard, backyard, and other outdoor settings. 1/2 CEU available.

Educators will share their knowledge and tricks for success for interdisciplinary nature-based learning outside, including how to prepare their class for the logistics and expectations when outside, modeling and practicing activities and behaviors, and the art of flexibility. In addition, participants will learn about what Agraria has to offer around the Big Map Out! Project- an interdisciplinary, standards-based curriculum for elementary classroom use.

Participants in this program will leave with tools, skills and confidence to successfully take students outside and some key activities from our Map Out curriculum.

This training is geared toward classroom teachers, however is also great for parent, homeschool, after school and childcare educators.

Price: $50 per ticket, lunch included. To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Contact:
Maureen Fellinger / (937) 767-2161 /

http://community.agrariacenter.org/e/the-big-map-out-an-immersive-schoolyard-nature-exploration-tra

 

Deerfield, Ohio 

Sunday, July 31, 2022
4-6 p.m.

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Mike and Connie Jones have raised cattle, hogs, lamb, chickens, and turkeys in Portage County since 2010.

This tour will provide an in-depth and farmer-focused technical pasture walk at Tierra Verde Farms. Attendees will walk the farm and tour its infrastructure while Mike shares his numbers and decision-making process. This is an opportunity for meat producers to have an informal, substantive on-farm learning experience.

Cost and Registration: $10. Pre-registration is required to keep the group size manageable and the conversation focused. Address will be provided upon registration.

Location:
Tierra Verde Farms

Address will be provided upon registration

Contact:
Mike and Connie Jones / (330) 597-6141 /

http://www.oeffa.org/farmtours

 

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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