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Thursday, June 21, 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/

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Workshop: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Public tour: 1-3 p.m.

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Beginning farmers seeking land will gain hands-on experience assessing the suitability of a parcel of land for a farm operation during this workshop, which is a component of American Farmland Trust's Farmland for the Next Generation project. Learn why land assessment is important and key considerations for conducting a land search including location, natural resources, infrastructure, land use and mangement, current use and rights, adjoining land use, and taxes. Learn from a beginning farmer and Farm Credit Mid-America appraiser about the appraisal process and common issues beginning farmers face. Participants will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about conservation easements with Tecumseh Land Trust, and will have an opportunity to walk the farmland of Agraria, a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, to observe the land assessment process from a distinguished grassland conservationist. Following the workshop, at 1 p.m., there will be a public tour of Agraria.

About the Speakers: Kelly Henderson, Begin Farming Program Coordinator at OEFFA, is one of the 25 experienced agricultural educators and service providers across the country serving in the inaugural class of AFT's Land Access Trainers. Dana Workman Stacey is owner and operator of Grass Powered Poultry & Meats and Collateral Analyst for Farm Credit Mid-America. Bob Hendershot is a retired State Grassland Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is owner of Green Pasture Services, a pasture consulting service.

Cost and Registration: $25. Price includes light refreshments; participants who wish to stay for the public farm tour are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 18.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Agraria
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Contact:
Kelly Henderson / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/landassessment

 

Reynoldsburg, OH 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 through Thursday, June 28, 2018
June 26-27 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. June 28 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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The Ohio Department of Agriculture is conducting a Preventive Controls training in June. This is a cost-effective way to attain required certification under FSMA (21 CFR 117) for the production of food products intended for human consumption.

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a "preventive controls qualified individual" who has "successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls". This course developed by the FSPCA is the "standardized curriculum" recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a "preventive controls qualified individual."

These courses are taught by Lead Instructors trained by the FSPCA, who have been instructed in how to teach the FDA-recognized standardized curriculum.

The registration fee is $55.00.

Location:
Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 E. Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Contact:
Donna Vohsing / 614-728-2609 /

 

Urbana, OH 

Thursday, June 28, 2018
9:00 am - 11:30 pm

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This interactive workshop series provides women landowners with the confidence, skills, and resources necessary to interact with tenants and ensure the integrity of their land is preserved for future generations.

The series runs every other Thursday, June 14 through August 23 from 9:00-11:30 in the Champaign County Community Center Auditorium in Urbana, Ohio. It is $50 for the series. If you are only able to attend a couple of session, it is $10 per session.

Registration includes all materials and refreshments.

June 28 – Implementing Conservation
• Conservation Activity
• Aquifer Demonstration
• Watershed Maps of Participants Farms
• Explanation of Conservation Practices

Location:
Champaign County Community Center Auditorium
1512 South US Hwy 68
Urbana, OH 43078

Contact:
Amanda Douridas / 937-484-1526 /

http://go.osu.edu/agevents

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, July 7, 2018
1 p.m.

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Project Aquastar grows more than 40 types of vegetables, fruit, and herbs on 1.2 acres for distribution through a community supported agriculture box. Join this tour to see greenhouses and market garden field plots, chickens, beehives, and aquaponics systems that utilize fish and plants in a symbiotic, closed loop ecosystem. Located in Linden, Project Aquastar supplies residents of the neighborhood with fresh, locally grown food and hosts community outreach and educational programs. Recognized as one of the most sustainable farming operations in Franklin County, learn about their plans to grow their operation and serve the community.

Directions: The farm is located on 17th Ave. between Cleveland Ave. and Joyce Ave. and is easily accesible from I-71. From 1-71, drive east on 17th Ave. until you arrive at St. Stephen's Community House. Drive through the parking lot until you see the greenhouses.

This Central State University event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Project Aquastar at St. Stephens Community House
1500 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43219

Contact:
Maxwell Slater / (419) 944-1939 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Urbana, OH 

Thursday, July 12, 2018
9:00 am - 11:30 am

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This interactive workshop series provides women landowners with the confidence, skills, and resources necessary to interact with tenants and ensure the integrity of their land is preserved for future generations.

The series runs every other Thursday, June 14 through August 23 from 9:00-11:30 in the Champaign County Community Center Auditorium in Urbana, Ohio. It is $50 for the series. If you are only able to attend a couple of session, it is $10 per session.

Registration includes all materials and refreshments.

July 12- Value of the Land Beyond the Dollar
• Land Value Diagram
• Landowner/Tenant Relationship Panel
• Wildlife Habitat Programs

Location:
Champaign County Community Center Auditorium
1512 South US Hwy 68
Urbana, OH 43078

Contact:
Amanda Douridas / 937-484-1526 /

http://go.osu.edu/agevents

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, July 15, 2018
1-4 p.m.

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Foraged & Sown is a work of creative, sustainable urban agriculture that combines multiple small farm properties with wild foraging to bring adventurous flavors to market. This open house features tours of certified organic annual and perennial herb, berry, vegetable, and willow plantings, samples of value-added products, and enjoyment of native wildlife areas.

This event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours.

Location:
Foraged & Sown
1224 E. Cooke Rd.
Columbus, OH 43224

Contact:
Foraged & Sown / (614) 598-3559 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Michigan 

Sunday, July 15, 2018
2-5 p.m.

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Westwind Farm is a 120 acre farm featuring meadows, woods, animals, and more! Lee and Linda Purdy grow grain including hard red spring wheat, soft white winter wheat, spelt, rye, buckwheat, and corn, which they grind along with other local organic grain in their stone mill. They also have a substantial garden, growing vegetables for their community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and host classes on bread baking, cheese making, and food preservation in their newly constructed certified kitchen. Finally, they have sheep and chickens, as well as a 288 year old oak tree, in a most peaceful location, where they will start the afternoon with a farm luncheon. Join this tour to learn about a diversified family farm engaged in multiple value-added endeavors!

Cost and Registration: $10, includes lunch. Pre-registration is required by July 5. To register, go to www.moffa.net. Please include any dietary restrictions in your registration.

Directions: From I-69, take Exit 123 and head south on Rte. 13/S. Sheridan Rd. Turn left on Lansing Hwy and drive 1 mile to Duffield Rd. Turn right on Duffield and drive 2 miles, past the railroad tracks, and then turn left on Reid Rd. The farm is the second house after the church. Look for parking signs. From Rte. 23, take Exit 88 and turn left on W. Grand Blanc Rd. Drive for 12 miles. There's a four way stop at Seymore Rd. Duffield Rd. is 3 miles beyond that. Turn right on Duffield Rd., then drive 2 miles, past the railroad tracks, and turn right on Reid Rd. The farm is the second house after the church. Look for parking signs.

This Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Westwind Milling
11487 Reid Rd.
Swartz Creek, MI 48473

Contact:
Lee and Linda Purdy / (810) 701-8151 /

http://www.westwindmilling.com

 

Insect/Animal Husbandry - What You Do and Don't Do Matters! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
9:00am

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Alex Zomchek, Master Beekeeping Instructor, will be presenting on the topic of "Insect/Animal Husbandry - What You Do and Don't Do Matters!".

This is the fourth webinar in a six part series hosted by The Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology.

All webinars are free, and registration is not required.

To join a webinar, follow the link posted below and LOG IN AS A GUEST at about 8:55 the day of the event: http://go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz

Location:
Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

 

Online 

Thursday, July 19, 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/

 

Cleveland, OH 

Saturday, July 21, 2018
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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Erich Hooper started growing in the city at Hooper Farm in 1994 and has become known as the 'godfather' of Cleveland urban agriculture. This farm enjoys a national reputation, and Erich is active in advocating for urban agriculture farm bill initiatives. Hooper Farm has over an acre of production situated on residential land and is home to an on-site market stand, educational outreach, and a catering company which provides healthy, local, sustainable food at events such as the Hessler Street Fair and Case Western Reserve's Food Justice Conference. They also cater for the city of Cleveland events and professional athletes and musicians. Tour attendees will see the greenhouse, production fields, and supporting infrastructure. Come with questions and leave with ideas!

Music and food provided. Come prepared to work on farm projects, if you'd like a hands on experience!

Cost: Donations encouraged.

Directions: Hooper Farm is very close to the I-71 and I-490 interchange. From I-71 N, take Exit 247A. Use the right lane to take exit 247A for W. 14th St. toward Clark Ave./Steelyard Dr. Keep left and follow the signs for W. 14th St. N. At the traffic circle, take the third exit onto W. 14th St. Turn right on Castle Ave. Turn left on W. 11th St. The farm is on the right.

This Central State University event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

Location:
Hooper Farm
2835 W. 11th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113

Contact:
Erich Hooper / (216) 861-5224 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Russiaville, IN 

Sunday, July 22, 2018
2 p.m.

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Thistle Rock Farm is a diversified operation, home to vegetable and herb production, sheep and goats, laying hens, a mature forest, and bottom ground which they used to grow soft red wheat in 2017.

The sheep and goats are managed for wool fiber and the chickens' free-range diet is supplemented with non-GMO, no-soy grain.

An established orchard has six varieties of apples, including some hard to find types.

Thistle Rock Farm supports two community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, hosts farm-to-fork dinners and an on-farm market, and vends seasonally at the Kokomo Farmers' Market.

Join this free farm tour to see a diversified, direct marketing farm, with ground that has not been exposed to chemicals for more than 40 years.

Directions: From Kokomo, IN, take Rte. 22 W approximately 9 miles. Turn left on N. 1150 W. In approximately 1 mile, it becomes W. 00 NS. The farm is on the right in less than 1 mile.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Thistle Rock Farm
11956 W. 00 NS
Russiaville, IN 46979

Contact:
Michelle Martin and Steve Daily / (765) 513-4616 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Amesville, OH 

Sunday, July 22, 2018
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Learn how to grow and prepare the finest bionutrient-rich food from seed, to soil, to serving plate. Bionutrient Food Association Southeast Ohio Chapter leader Mark Cohen will take a practical look at an innovative food philosophy for improving health, sequestering carbon, and increasing resiliency. Attendees will learn what crop varieties to focus on, how to develop healthy, mineralized, and biologically active soil, and how to prepare their food with techniques such as nixtamalization and fermentation to maximize potential nutrient availability. This workshop emphasizes community food security, but applies to cash crops as well. After exploring food production techniques, Mark will conclude with a demonstration of food preparation and a delicious farm lunch featuring crops from the fields viewed throughout the day.

Cost and Registration: $40 for OEFFA and/or BFA members, $50 for non-members. Price includes a locally sourced lunch. Pre-registration is required by July 16. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/bionutrient or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Bionutrient-Rich Food, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 or milo@oeffa.org.

Rental lodging is available at Wyatt Run Farm and Ecology Center. For more information, go to www.wyattrunfarm.weebly.com.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Wyatt Run Farm and Ecology Center
12788 New England Rd.
Amesville, OH 45711

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/bionutrient

 

Urbana, OH 

Thursday, July 26, 2018
9:00 am - 11:30 am

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This interactive workshop series provides women landowners with the confidence, skills, and resources necessary to interact with tenants and ensure the integrity of their land is preserved for future generations.

The series runs every other Thursday, June 14 through August 23 from 9:00-11:30 in the Champaign County Community Center Auditorium in Urbana, Ohio. It is $50 for the series. If you are only able to attend a couple of session, it is $10 per session.

Registration includes all materials and refreshments.

July 26- Transition and Succession Planning
• Peggy Hall and Wright Moore Law Firm

Location:
Champaign County Community Center Auditorium
1512 South US Hwy 68
Urbana, OH 43078

Contact:
Amanda Douridas / 937-484-1526 /

http://go.osu.edu/agevents

 

Dayton, OH 

Friday, July 27, 2018 through Sunday, July 29, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The 2018 Midwest Native Plant 10th Anniversary Conference is packed with much to learn and do!

The conference offers keynote presenters from around the country, informative workshops, breakout sessions, morning and evening field trips, and a film on Friday and Saturday. Sunday offers expert led field trips to some interesting natural areas rich in native plants and diversity. There will be a presentation on Sunday morning for those who choose not to attend a field trip.

View the agenda for information about a weekend that is full of educational and fun opportunities.

Location:
Bergamo Center
4400 Shakertown Rd
Dayton, OH 45430

Contact:
Karen Arnett / (513) 741-7926 /

http://www.midwestnativeplants.org

 

Plain City, OH 

Friday, August 3, 2018
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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John and Joyce Kauffman's farm is in the heart of a large organic community in Madison County. The Kauffman family purchased the farm in 1912 and they have been farming organically since 2009. Along with their son, Joel, they run a 500 acre cash grain operation of corn, soybeans, wheat, and rye. During this tour, see the practices they implement, the equipment they use, and how they store grain on site. 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 table service will be provided. The tour will begin at 1 p.m.

To register for the potluck, email dshively01@gmail.com.

Directions: From Plain City, take Rte. 42 S. Turn right on Converse Huff Rd./Rte. 30. Continue on Amish Pike/Rte. 30. Turn right on Rte. 128/Guy Ave. The farm is on the left. From the west, take Rte. 161 E to Chuckery Rd. Turn right on Lombard Rd. Continue on Lombard-Chuckery Rd./Rte. 29. Turn right on Rosedale-Plain City Rd. Turn left on Guy Ave. The farm is on the right.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Kauffman Farms
3645 Guy Ave.
Plain City, OH 43064

Contact:
John and Joyce Kauffman / (614) 348-7368 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

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

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