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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 

Monday, October 16, 2023 through Monday, January 20, 2025
1-3 p.m.

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Whether you're just starting or are a seasoned farmer, are transitioning to organic or certified organic, or simply have questions about sustainable agriculture practices and strategies, OEFFA's sustainable agriculture educators can help! Drop in virtually from 1-3 p.m. on the third Monday of each month to talk to OEFFA's team of educators with your queries and questions.

Click the link below to register and receive the Zoom meeting link.

Location:
Online

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/wZBHAxHYcE2TOTXoC1sb8A2

 

La Crosse, Wisconsin 

Thursday, February 22, 2024 through Saturday, February 24, 2024
8 a.m.

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Whether you're certified organic, using organic practices on your regenerative farm, or considering the switch to organic, you'll find the people, partners, and skill-building opportunities to help your farm business thrive.

Marbleseed's Organic Farming Conference features inspiring speakers, educational workshops, Organic Universities, farmer summits, and farmer panels.

The Marbleseed Conference offers knowledge for all experiences from organic and sustainable farmers, homesteaders, food policy advocates and more. Dozens of transformative, skill-building workshops, interactive sessions, and facilitated sessions covering business management, soil health, and production are crafted to advance resilient organic farms and regenerative food systems.

Click the link below to learn more and register.

Location:
La Crosse Center
300 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

Contact:
Marbleseed / 715-516-0204 /

http://cvent.me/3NYbd7?RefId=SocialKit

 

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Columbus, Ohio 

Friday, February 23, 2024
1-5 p.m.

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Ever wondered how the Farm Bill affects our food and agricultural landscape? The Farm Bill, a substantial legislative package passed by the federal government every few years, impacts how funds are allocated for various crucial aspects of agriculture, nutrition, conservation efforts, natural resource protection, and support systems across the nation. To delve deeper into this vital legislation and its implications, we invite you to join us at our upcoming event, the 2024 CFAES Farm Bill Summit, on February 23 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at the Fawcett Center. Engage in discussions led by The Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and industry experts, unravel the complexities, and understand how this bill shapes the future of farming and related industries. This summit offers a unique opportunity to gain insights, network with others in the industry, and comprehend the far-reaching impact of the Farm Bill on our agricultural ecosystem.

To keep you well informed, we have invited key experts to a Farm Bill Summit:

Discussing the general policy context - Amy Ando, Professor and Chair, and Margaret Jodlowski, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, CFAES
Moderated by Anne Knapke, deputy chief of staff in the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a panel discussion sharing expertise and perspectives to include: Mary Kay Thatcher, senior manager of federal government and industry relations at Syngenta and former director of public policy at the American Farm Bureau Federation; Joe Shultz, executive director of The Platform for Agriculture and Climate Transformation; and Sara Wyant, founder and president of Agri-Pulse Communications.
Discussing insights into application of the Farm Bill - David L. Marrison, Interim Director for the Farm Financial Management and Policy Institute, CFAES

Location:
Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Free parking available onsite

Contact:
Lora Vest / (614) 292-6190 /

http://cfaes.osu.edu/news/events/2024-cfaes-farm-bill-summit

 

Online 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
1 p.m.

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Organic farmers work hard to ensure the integrity of the crops they produce. Unfortunately, challenges with imports have led us to question the organic integrity of much of the grain being imported. Efforts have been made to close loopholes, but more work is needed.

Join Nebraska farmer and organic leader, Amy Bruch to hear about a marker bill that would work to ensure only truly organic grains enter U.S. ports on February 28, 2024.

This webinar will include information about how you can advocate for organic integrity, discussion, and Q&A. Register at the link below.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Organic Farmers Association / 202-643-5363 /

http://actionnetwork.org/events/webinar-preserving-organic-integrity-a-marker-bill-for-organic-impo

 

Cleveland, Ohio 

Friday, March 1, 2024 through Friday, March 29, 2024
5 p.m.

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A Solo Exhibit of Cyanotypes and Photography by Bonnie O App
March 1- March 29

Opening Reception, Friday March 1, 5-9 p.m. featuring The Chef's Garden produce transformed by local chefs into Edible Art. Live Music.

It is Bonnie's hope that the exhibit will raise awareness of this shift in agriculture, encourage the support of local farms, farmers markets, and policies that bolster regenerative agriculture practices.

The artwork has been created using both cyanotype, a 19th century photographic process and conventional photography. The plants that had been used for the art were sourced exclusively from The Chef's Garden, which follows regenerative agriculture practices.

Location:
Pinwheel Gallery
2019 Broadview Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44109

Contact:
Bonnie O App / (000) 00-0000 /

http://bonoappart.wixsite.com/bonoappart/copy-of-cyanotype

 

Virtual 

Monday, March 4, 2024
4-5 p.m.

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This Illinois Soil Health Week presentation will explain how regenerative agriculture farming practices combat climate change by improving soil health to sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere that is causing global warming.

The Illinois Stewardship Alliance will also explain the benefits of RA to farmers, ranchers, and eaters, and the reasons why supporting climate-friendly policies in the 2024 Farm Bill and Inflation Reduction Act are so important. The Regenerative Agriculture (RA) Coalition is part of Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, an international organization that recruits, trains, and mobilizes individuals to educate the public about climate change. There are 127 U.S. Chapters in 39 states with 18,000 members. The RA Coalition is focused on Nature-Based Solutions that reduce greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere causing global warming with the goal of achieving Net-Zero emissions before 2050.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/nekKi5RYsEe92wVCHU0ssQ2

 

Virtual 

Monday, March 4, 2024
2-3:30 p.m.

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Follow the journey of a young woman managing a chronic illness through the lens of soil health and human health microbiome. Join the Illinois Stewardship Alliance in three short narratives covering the roadmap from soil to farm to human health and nutrition, followed by a discussion with the speakers. Who should join this Illinois Soil Health Week webinar? The person who grows our food, nurtures the soil, and protects our ecosystems; the health professional who supports a holistic healing approach and wellness; the food service professional feeding growing youth and healing people and all interested citizens. What is your health journey?

Panelists: Anya Knecht, Farmer & Knecht Research Consulting and Design; Dr. Carl Rosier, PhD, Soil Microbial Ecologist, Basi's Harvest; Dr. Jasia Steinmetz, PhD, RD, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; and Erin Meyer, MSFS, RD, Basil's Harvest – Moderator

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/ZMQIbroFUUC4zT7ZhC1xKg2

 

West Jefferson, Ohio 

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
5:30–6:30 p.m.

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Are you a beginning farmer trying to nail down all the resources and information you need to be successful? This series is designed to introduce you to some of the most important topics and resources of which a farm should be aware. OSU Extension, USDA and Farm Credit staff will present critical information on each of these topics allowing attendees to build relationships with these critical partners.

March 5
Marketing and Alternative Sales Channels with Tim McDermott, OSU Extension
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Hurt Battelle Memorial Library
270 Lilly Chapel Rd, West Jefferson, OH 43162

These events are free but pre-registration is requested as space is limited.

Location:
Hurt Battelle Memorial Library
270 Lilly Chapel Rd
West Jefferson, OH 43162

Contact:
OSU Extension / 740-852-0975 /

http://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6lBSafvnsftzvHo

 

Virtual 

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
12-1 p.m.

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This virtual Illinois Soil Health Week event is Hosted by Erin Meier, Green Lands, Blue Waters

A key to soil health on working lands is production with continuous living cover (CLC), and hot off the presses is a new, free online course about CLC agriculture! The course is for early career technical assistance providers – and really, anyone. So join us for a quick preview – learn how to access the course for you, your staff, colleagues, farmers and learn a little about CLC along the way!

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/4lGMhE1p6keivAVP4Cf5kg2

 

Virtual 

Thursday, March 7, 2024
2-3 p.m.

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This Illinois Soil Health Week presentation will explore the connections between soil health and mental health – emphasizing that in order to have healthy, vibrant farms we need healthy, thriving farmers. We will explore existing resources for farmers and farm families navigating farm stress related to running a successful farming operation including financial uncertainty, familial conflict, and the impacts of unpredictable weather. Join the webinar to hear about resources that are available to farm families in Illinois and share your own insights on the main challenges to addressing farm stress in your community.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/S37DocgkRUyhbXmrxLzi8w2

 

Virtual 

Friday, March 8, 2024
11 a.m.-12 p.m.

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American Farmland Trust (AFT) provides technical assistance to farmers and landowners to transition portions of subprime farmland to produce perennial bioenergy crops like switchgrass, miscanthus, and native prairie mix.

Marlee Giacometti is a program associate at AFT and a member of the Perennial Bioenergy Crop Diversification project team in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. In this Illinois Soil Week presentation, Marlee will share information about the soil health and water quality benefits of these crops and how they can help boost farm resiliency. In addition to sharing environmental benefits, AFT will share details on harvest and end use of these crops for added economic opportunities on the farm.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/zV7vFgCt7ka0omUi7fWXfg2

 

Virtual 

Friday, March 8, 2024
9-10 a.m.

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Agricultural carbon markets and programs continue to change rapidly, with corporations increasingly using purchase of carbon credits to meet their sustainability goals. Farmers utilizing "climate-smart practices" like reduced tillage or no-till, cover crops, and nitrogen management can generate carbon credits and reap financial benefits; however, among the many agricultural carbon market programs there are significant variations in costs, risks, and benefits. It is hard to keep it all straight!

To help farmers and advisors navigate these programs, American Farmland Trust recently published the "Top 10 Things You Wanted to Know About Agricultural Carbon Markets." The guidebook helps farmers, agricultural advisors, and conservation professionals navigate the agricultural carbon markets and includes key background information on how ag carbon markets work, and questions that are top of mind for business-minded farmers.

Join this Illinois Stewardship Alliance webinar for an overview of the guidebook.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/7Ah_XroHLk62NHiIktRJ6Q2

 

Galloway, Ohio 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
5:30–6:30 p.m.

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Are you a beginning farmer trying to nail down all the resources and information you need to be successful? This series is designed to introduce you to some of the most important topics and resources of which a farm should be aware. OSU Extension, USDA and Farm Credit staff will present critical information on each of these topics allowing attendees to build relationships with these critical partners.

March 19
Business Plan Development and Ag Lending with Amanda Douridas, OSU Extension and Hallie Hiser, Farm Credit
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Prairie Township Community Center
5955 W Broad St, Galloway, OH 43119

These events are free but pre-registration is requested as space is limited.

Location:
Prairie Township Community Center
5955 W Broad St
Galloway, OH 43119

Contact:
OSU Extension / 740-852-0975 /

http://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6lBSafvnsftzvHo

 

Roanoke, Virginia 

Friday, March 22, 2024 through Sunday, March 24, 2024
8 a.m.

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The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition's (ABFFC) Gather to Grow multi day Forest Farming Conference will be held in Roanoke, Virginia from March 22-24, 2024 and feature learning, networking, and strategic planning programs that will shape the future of forest farming of woodland crops such as botanicals, mushrooms, and decorative products in Appalachia and beyond.


Keynote speakers, working group meetings and panels, field tours, expo, exhibitors, breakout presentations, flash talks, a youth program, poster presenters, great food, socials, and a classic hotel in Appalachia are included.

Location:
Hotel Roanoke
Roanoke, VA

Contact:
Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition / (000) 00-0000 /

http://www.appalachianforestfarmers.org/2024-conference

 

Athens, Ohio 

Sunday, March 24, 2024
2-5 p.m.

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Presented in partnership with generous sponsors and expert panelists, OEFFA Policy's Film Screening Series is proud to feature SEED: The Untold Story.

The film follows the seed keepers helping to protect our 12,000-year-old food legacy, especially as it relates to promoting climate resilience and combatting corporate power.

The screenings are free and open to the public but we encourage you to register at the link below.

Closed captioning will be offered. Please contact us for additional accommodations and support.

Location:
The Athena Cinema
20 S Court St.
Athens, Ohio 45701

Contact:
Lauren Hirtle / (614) 725-0903 /

http://action.oeffa.com/film-screening-series/

 

Mentor, Ohio 

Saturday, April 20, 2024
10 a.m.

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Join a Lake Effect farm tour April 20 at 10 a.m. at the A's and O's Farm in Mentor, Ohio! See examples of no-till mulch farming, solar water pumping, deer and rabbit pest protection techniques, and learn how they (mostly) managed the dozens of human pests surrounding the farm's 4.5-acre urban lot. The half-acre of organic field production includes asparagus, snap peas, beans, and sweet potatoes, but mostly is dedicated to fruit producing perennials. The organic asparagus field should be in full production by then so you can pick a meal's worth to take home, plus some composted wood chips for your own field or garden.

The field is located one driveway west of 7627 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060 (watch for the farm tour signs on Lake Shore Blvd.). The rain date will be April 21.

Location:
A's and O's Farm
7627 Lake Shore Blvd.
Mentor, OH 44060

The field is located one driveway west of 7627 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060 (watch for the farm tour signs on Lake Shore Blvd.).

Contact:
Tom Rapini / (440) 257-2673 /

http://oeffa.org/chapter

 

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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
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Columbus OH 43214

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