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2015 SPN–USA National Conference

Wilmot, OH 

Monday, October 5, 2015 through Wednesday, October 7, 2015


The Sustainable Poultry Network–USA National Conference (formally known as Regional Coaching Clinics) is unique to any conference in North America.

The on-farm training will include, egg candling, toe punching with day old chicks for breeder identification and “breeder selection” with various breeds of live birds. During the two-day conference, you will have the opportunity to network with like-minded farmers from all over the United States!
Tuition includes all meals during the conference, the outstanding heritage poultry dinner on Tuesday night and numerous books/resources (over an $100 value) as well as a complete conference training manual.

Wholesome Valley Farm
927 US-62

Sustainable Poultry Network


2015 Cleveland Pollinator Symposium

Hunting Valley, OH  

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Immerse yourself in a full day program exploring the ecological concepts that support biologically diverse and healthy ecosystems.

Climate changes, invasive plants, monocultures, and the alarming decline in pollinators make it imperative that we not only preserve and protect our resources, but that we focus on the ways to change our stewardship approaches---from backyard and public gardens to land management strategies.

Bikes, Bees, and Butterflies' goal is to facilitate a growing awareness and conversation around increasing natural diversity and ecological resilience through pollinator habitats, bee pastures, and flowering field borders that stabilize the soil, filter water runoff, and sequester carbon. Our first conference brings together well-known experts for a lively exchange of information and expertise. Our speakers will share the most up-to-date information on pollinators, pesticide usage and best practices in creating pollinator habitats and protecting their health. Learn how you can make a positive difference in your community and the world.

Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms
Hunting Valley, OH



Stinner Summit

Malabar State Park 

Friday, October 16, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Ohio’s ninth annual Stinner Summit is Oct. 16 near Mansfield, and anyone interested in healthy land and clean water — including such issues as local food, urban farming, food security and sustainable agriculture — is welcome to attend.

Participants in the summit will brainstorm and plan projects that enhance healthy agricultural ecosystems and sustainable communities.

At the end of the day, participants will decide how to use up to $15,000 in funding from Ohio State’s Ben Stinner Endowment for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities, along with their own time and effort, to put the plans they develop into action.

Participants in last year’s summit chose to support, among others, projects to establish demonstration sites for agroforestry, a land-management system where trees and shrubs are grown among crops and pasture; provide a Community Supported Agriculture program for senior citizens; and increase purchasing from local farms by Ohio universities and other institutions.

The summit and endowment are named in honor of the late Ben Stinner, who was a pioneer in agroecology and sustainable agriculture.

Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch.

Malabar State Park
4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, OH

Matt Porter / 614-292-2265 /


Statewide Impacts of Shale and Alternative Energy Development

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.


The effects of Ohio’s unprecedented oil and gas boom will be seen far beyond the 1,600 horizontal wells now dotting the landscape in eastern Ohio. Authorities say the pipelines that will criss-cross the state and other new infrastructure required to make use of the state’s newfound energy riches will likely have a presence in every county in the Buckeye State. In addition, solar, wind and other alternative sources of energy have become a strong presence in some parts of the state in recent years.

To help keep landowners and public officials such as county commissioners, township trustees, state representatives and economic development directors informed about the potential impact of energy development in their communities, Ohio State University Extension is organizing a daylong workshop. The $30 registration fee includes lunch and refreshments.

After general sessions, participants can break into two tracks: landowner issues and community issues. Topics to be addressed include:
• The future of the shale oil and gas industry and the impact for Ohio.
• Pipeline and infrastructure development across the state and how it will affect individuals and communities.
• Regulation of pipelines, including who is responsible and how they are involved.
• Understanding the rights of landowners and communities.

Ohio Farm Bureau and Nationwide 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University



OEFFA's 37th Annual Conference: Growing Right by Nature

Granville, OH 

Friday, February 12, 2016 through Sunday, February 14, 2016


Save the date! Ohio’s largest sustainable agriculture conference will feature keynote speakers John Ikerd and Lindsey Lusher Shute, approximately 100 workshops, local and organic meals, full-day pre-conference events, a kids’ conference, childcare, a trade show, Saturday evening entertainment, and more. Registration will open in December.

Granville Middle and High schools
248 New Burg St., Granville, OH

OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /




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

Phone: (614) 421-2022   Fax: (614) 421-2011