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London, OH 

Friday, November 3, 2017 through Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00am Friday - 5:00pm Saturday

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This two-day intensive retreat will help seasoned vegetable farmers advance their earning potential and enhance their management plans to boost soil fertility and yield. Led by long-time organic farming expert Linda Halley, session topics for larger scale sustainable farms will include: growing transplants efficiently; planting from transplants and direct seeding; weed control; meeting demands of distributors, institutions, stores, restaurants, and cooperatives; and picking, washing, packing, cooling, storing, and delivering your products to maximize efficiency and freshness. Participants will also enjoy downtime with informal information sharing and networking on the Procter Center's picturesque grounds.

Cost and Registration: $150 for OEFFA members, $175 for non-members. Price includes Friday night lodging and Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Saturday breakfast and lunch. Pre-registration is required by October 26 and space is limited to 35 participants. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/scalingup or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Grow More Vegetables, Make More Money, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Kelly Henderson at (614) 421-2022.

Lodging: While we strongly encourage all attendees to spend Friday night at the Procter Center to build professional networks and share farming knowledge, we understand that an overnight stay may not be possible for everyone. If you want to participate, but cannot spend the night, please contact OEFFA about special arrangements. To learn more about the Procter Center, go to www.proctercenter.org.

This event is presented by OEFFA and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmtours2017.

Location:
Procter Center
11235 State Rte. 38
London, OH 43140

Contact:
OEFFA / 614-421-2022 /

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

 

Parma, OH 

Saturday, November 4, 2017
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:
Cleveland Metroparks: Watershed Stewardship Center
2277 W Ridgewood Dr
Parma, Ohio 44134

Contact:
Jess Chadwell / 740.593.5971 /

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

 

Columbus, OH 

Monday, November 6, 2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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You are invited to attend the 2017 Ohio Food Policy Summit.

The Ohio Food Policy Summit is an annual event geared toward collaboration and conversation. Any stakeholder involved in food system work in our state is encouraged to attend. Whether you are a member of your local Food Policy Council, involved in a farmers' market or farm-to-school food hub program, or a concerned consumer, this gathering is meant for you.

Each year our summit inspires action by fostering awareness of food policy activities at the local and state level. Please join us to learn about what is happening across the nation and how we can work together on policy initiatives and programs that strengthen Ohio's future food system.

Conference Highlights:

Results of Networking Mapping Project: Identifying who we are, what our priorities are, and how we're communicating

National Food Policy Perspectives: Mike Hamm (Michigan State University) and Emily Broad Lieb (Harvard Law School)


Opportunities for networking and collaboration on statewide projects.

Cost: $10
No charge for students with valid ID. Scholarships are available.
Parking and lunch are included.

Registration Deadline
Wednesday, October 31, 2017

Location:
Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Dr
Columbus, OH 43221

Located at Ohio State University.

Contact:
Amanda Osborne / 216-429-8200 ext. 21 /

http://www.glenn.osu.edu/food

 

The Plains, OH 

Monday, November 6, 2017 through Friday, November 10, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This is an introductory but technical course on the design and installation of solar electric systems within residential and light commercial structures. The course will consist of lectures (about 60%) as well as hands-on labs (about 40%). You will work with a working PV system, dismantling and re-installing it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation. You will also learn how to design and build your own solar generator - to get you through those irritating power outages.

Registration is limited to 10 students. This course is offered in partnership with several not-for-profits. The fee for this one-week course is $970 and includes: Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, ETA examination, and (in most cases) lunch.

Prepares students to sit for the ETA Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) Level 1.

Location:
Rural Action Headquarters
9030 Hocking Hills Dr
The Plains, Ohio 45780

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/11/06/360/36%7C35%7C34/OTZjYzk2YTk4N

 

Columbus, OH 

Thursday, November 9, 2017
8:30 am - 2:00 pm

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The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) and the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University would like to invite you to The 2017 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference. The conference will be held on November 9th from 8:30am to 2:00pm at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Registrants may choose to attend in person, connect via webinar, or view the recorded program at a more convenient time. The conference is organized by AEDE and features updates on policy changes, key issues, and market behavior with respect to farm, food, energy resources, and the environment.

Featured Speakers include:

•Ani Katchova, Chair, Farm Income Enhancement Program- "Ohio Farm Financial Conditions and Outlook"

•Ben Brown, AEDE Farm Management Program Manager = "Overview of the Farm Management Program"

•Ian Sheldon, Chair, Anderson's Program in International Trade – "Free Trade Agreements: Why They Matter to U.S. Agriculture"

•Carl Zulauf, Professor Emeritus – "Farm Policy"

•George Mokrzan, Director of Economics, Huntington National Bank – "Economic Outlook"

• Gary Schnitkey, Professor and Farm Management Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois – "Agricultural Outlook 2017"

Registration is available online.

Location:
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bueau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

Contact:
Kelli Trinoskey / 614-688-1323 /

https://aede.osu.edu/programs/2017-agricultural-policy-and-outlook-conference

 
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Columbus, OH 

Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:30PM - 8:30PM

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Fermenting Veggies made easy, Pre- Registration required (No Refunds) Workshop by Andy Reed of Krazy Kraut Fermented Foods. Learn how to put up all those extra veggies from your garden or farm market before the frost or at any time of year in the ancient pre-refrigeration technology of brine lacto-fermentation. We will learn the easy simple basics of making raw fermented krauts. We will discuss the values of fermented foods in our diets and learn to make a kraut full of amazing health benefits from cancer fighting anti-oxidants, immunity enhancing probiotic microbes, and intestinal-healing vitamins and minerals. The Road to Health is Paved with Good Intestines! And a most important priority of healthy intestines and digestion is the regular consumption of symbiotic microbial life in food form. Instead of canning which actually reduces nutritional content of most vegetables learn to store veggies in the old barrel brining method of brine lactofermentation. In this class we will prepare veggies to ferment at home using the jar method. This class will include one quart of kraut ready-to-ferment to take home ($17 value) PLEASE BRING A WIDE MOUTH QUART JAR or there will be jars for purchase if you forget. Also their will be airlock fermentation lids for wide mouth ball jars for purchase. If you wish to take home more than one full quart that is possible at a price of $12 each quart, however I will need to know in advance, so email, call, or message me with those requests. (614-601-2439 windriveracupuncture@gmail.com) Andy Reed is senior owner at Krazy Kraut, a local organic worker-owned fermented foods business. Andy is also a folk healer and acupuncturist specializing in oncology and healing with the art of Asian food energetics. Class fee: $45, or 2 for $80 Register at www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Contact:
Rebecca / (614) 946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Athens, OH 

Friday, November 10, 2017
November 6 - November 10

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Want to learn how to install your own solar array, or become a certified solar installer? Join award-winning instructor Jay Warmke in Athens Ohio at the Rural Action headquarters in The Plains, November 6th - 10th. More information and registration: www.bluerockstation.com. Don't delay - only 10 spaces per class.

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

Contact:
N/A / N/A /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/11/06/360/36%7C35%7C34/OTZjYzk2YTk4N

 

Philo, OH 

Saturday, November 11, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Join Annie and Jay for a guided tour of Blue Rock Station. The Warmkes are happy to periodically open their farm for a glimpse of how their version of sustainable living works.

Visitors will view some of the buildings made with rammed-earth tires, straw bales and earth plaster. There are a total of 18 buildings that can potentially be a part of the tour. After a short walk down the lane visitors will be invited to visit the sun room and living room of the first Earthship east of the Mississippi.

Depending on the weather, time will be given for discussion of ideas and questions. Children are always welcome unless otherwise noted but please keep in mind that this is an adult tour.

Reservations and pre-payment are required. Private tours can be scheduled for visitors with more specific questions about their personal building projects.

Location:
Blue Rock Station
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, Ohio 43771

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/07/29/339/36%7C35%7C34/NTI0NThlYTA1O

 

Reynoldsburg, OH 

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Check in starts at 8:30am

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Aquaculture enthusiasts, please plan on attending the Fish Health Workshop, on Saturday, November 11, at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg, OH. Dr. Kathleen Hartman, Dr. Mark Flint, Dr. Stephen Reichley, and Mr. Matthew Smith will be presenting and leading hands-on experience on various topics related to assessing and maximizing fish health. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and engage with these experts. The workshop is presented by the Ohio Aquaculture Association, OSU South Centers ABC2, and the USDA's North Central Regional Aquaculture Center. Please see attached flyer for registration and additional information.

Presented by the Ohio Aquaculture Association, Ohio State University South Centers Aquaculture Boot Camp, and the USDA's North Central Regional Aquaculture Center. The day will consist of both formal presentations and hands-on experience covering topics on:
• Fish dissection and information all farmers should know to assess fish health
• Best management practices in fish health and biosecurity
• Disease prevention
• Stress management

The following speakers will be presenting:
• Dr. Kathleen Hartman, Aquaculture Program Leader for USDA-APHIS
• Dr. Mark Flint, Clinical – Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU
• Dr. Stephen Reichley, Director of Fish Health at Clear Springs Foods in Buhl, Idaho
• Matthew Smith, OSU South Centers Aquaculture Extension Specialist

Don't miss this opportunity to engage with these experts, and gain a better understanding of how to keep your fish at their healthiest.

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

Contact:
Julie Moose / N/A /

http://www.ohioaquaculture.org

 

Dayton, OH 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Please join County Commissioner Judy Dodge, Ambassador Tony Hall, and Public Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper, and our keynote speaker, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks at Montgomery County's 7th Annual Food Summit.

Collaborate with other community members and professionals as we discuss innovative approaches and build on new and existing partnerships to address food insecurity, access, and production issues in our region.

Registration and a light breakfast starts at 8:30am and programming begins at 9:00am.

The cost for the entire day including a light breakfast and lunch is $10. Scholarships are available for low-income participants.

Table 33 will serve a light breakfast and choice of boxed lunch featuring local ingredients.

Location:
Dayton Metro Library - Main
215 E 3rd Street
Dayton, OH 45402

Contact:
Terri Wehrley-Pyles / 937-910-6009 /

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvesting-community-insights-2017-montgomery-county-food-summit-ticket

 

Dayton, OH 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
3:30 pm

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Immediately following the Montgomery County food summit on November 15th at the Dayton Downtown Library, will be a "Food Justice Scholarship Forum" for faculty, staff, and graduate students participating in or hoping to begin scholarly work on issues of food justice in our region.

The conveners for this forum include SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education), and The Hall Hunger Initiative, and Kelly Bohrer from University of Dayton's Fitz Center for Leadership in Community will be co-facilitating the forum.

Please see the details below. We ask you to share this opportunity widely with faculty, staff, and graduate students on your campus.

Location:
Dayton Metro Library
215 E 3rd Street
Dayton, OH 45402

Located in the Community Room on the second floor.

Contact:
Etana Jacobi / N/A /

https://www.facebook.com/events/176563869582159/

 

Chillicothe, OH 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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:
Ross Co Government Center
475 Western Ave
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Cortland, OH 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture for an informal town hall-type meeting designed for open, informal conversations between growers and the ODA about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards in Ohio. Bring your questions for the ODA to answer! There is no registration or cost to attend.

Location:
Trumbull Co Agricultural & Family Educational Center
520 W Main St.
Cortland, OH 44410

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Auburn Township, OH 

Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00 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 Lake Effect Chapter for a northeast Ohio potluck and conversation on how we can improve crop insurance and other programs in the next farm bill to better serve farmers and our food system. If you're not in northeast Ohio, stay tuned for a conversation near you!

RSVP to Julia.

We hope you can make it!

Amalie Lipstreu, Policy Program Coordinator
Julia Barton, Sustainable Agriculture Educator
Steve Corso, Lake Effect Chapter President
Jake and Dawn Trethewey, OEFFA Members and Hosts

Location:
Maplestar Farm, Home of Jake and Dawn Trethewey
10382 E. Washington St.
Auburn Township, OH 44023

Contact:
Julia Barton / 614-359-3180 /

 

Alexandria, Ohio 

Monday, November 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Presenter – Megan Seymour, Wildlife Biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service

Megan will present information about animals that can be found in central Ohio that are on the endangered species list. She will discuss the importance of these animals to our eco-system and how we can help these animals survive. Megan's discussion will also include information about beneficial animals that are common to our gardens/fields.

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

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

 

Martins Ferry, OH 

Monday, November 20, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture for an informal town hall-type meeting designed for open, informal conversations between growers and the ODA about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards in Ohio. Bring your questions for the ODA to answer! There is no registration or cost to attend.

Location:
Martins Ferry Public Library Auditorium
20 S 5th St.
Martins Ferry, OH 43935

*No food/drink please.

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

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

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