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London, OH 

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9-11 a.m.

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The Procter Center Farm's current focus is opening up a farm-to-table storefront in a rural food desert in historical downtown London. In addition to the store, they are leading the charge for a downtown Wednesday farmer's market in an effort to bring access to fresh, local foods to residents and visitors. They are partnering with other local producers and shifting their production focus to best accomodate these new market outlets and ensure a variety of goods can be experienced at their locations. They have hired a full-time business development position to assist with the marketing and administration of these ventures. Learn about what it takes to open a store, start a farm market, and still balance maintaining the farm.

Cost and Registration: To RSVP for this free tour, send the number of people attending to dvogel@proctercenter.org.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about OSU's other events, go to www.extension.osu.edu. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

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

Contact:
Danielle Vogel / (740) 490-6072 /

http://www.proctercenter.org/procterfarm

 

Holt, MI 

Saturday, August 24, 2019
3-6 p.m.

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This research and education site tour will focus on: methods of making compost specifically for organic growing in containers and raised beds, growing vegetables and herbs in containers and raised beds, and making vermicompost for fertility and microbiology.

Limited access to healthy soil and affordable growing media approved for organic use in containers and raised beds restricts gardening and farming in urban environments. Fortunately, readily available wood chips, leaves, hay, straw, coffee grounds, and food scraps can be composted to have the aeration, biology, and fertility that make them suitable as a growing medium for organic production. Demonstrations will show you how to make it and grow in it.

Vermicompost is valued for nutrients and biology useful for soil health and crop protection. MSU has been successfully producing 15-20 cubic yards of vermicompost in a high tunnel for the last five years; they'll demonstrate their simple method that does not require screening out the worms.

Registration: To register for this free workshop, go to www.moffa.net/ft-registration.html or leave a message at (248) 262-6826.

This event is presented by the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about MOFFA's other events, go to www.moffa.net. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Michigan State University Horticulture Teaching and Research Center
3291 College Rd.
Holt, MI 48842

Contact:
John Biernbaum / (517) 282-8752 /

http://www.canr.msu.edu/people/dr_john_biernbaum

 

Plymouth, MI 

Thursday, August 29, 2019
1-5 p.m.

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Three workshops will begin the afternoon at 1 p.m. at Plymouth Orchards Cider Mill on Warren Rd. Matt Sattelberg of Bay Shore Farms and Harold Wilken of Janie's Farm will lead an interactive session on farm-scale organic grain, corn, soybean, and dry bean production. Post-production, downstream processing, and milling will be discussed. John Edgerton will present results from the small grain trials (including dryland rice) he has been conducting for the last few years on his farm in west central Michigan. Michael Adsit of Plymouth Orchards and Jim Koan of Almar Orchards will discuss their short- and long-term experiences in organic apple orchard production.

At 2 p.m. the event will travel about 1.5 miles to Gateway Farm on Joy Rd. where farm manager Ben Kasmenn will guide a tour of the 8 acre certified organic vegetable farm. Gateway's production system utilizes both a hoop house and outdoor fields. Produce is marketed through a community supported agriculture program, farmers' markets, direct-to-restaurant sales, and an on-site farm stand.

At 2:30 p.m., guests can take 30-45 minute wagon tours of the Plymouth Orchards production fields. The main farm has about 50 acres in organic production, including apples, asparagus, raspberries, blackberries, hay, flowers, small grains, and cover crops. During the tour, organic apple growing, small grain production, multi-species cover crops, and cane berry management will be discussed.

During and after the field tours, manager Alicia Estrada will take guests on a tour of the cider mill. Cider pressing, donut production, and dried apple making will be explained. Guests will be able to enjoy the season's first apple cider and fresh donuts. Bottled cider and donuts will be available for sale.

A compost tea making workshop will be shown all afternoon. Organic crop input supplies, consultant, and nonprofit tables will be set up by the cider mill.

Registration: To register for this free farm tour, go to www.moffa.net/ft-registration.html or leave a message at (248) 262-6826.

This event is presented by the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about MOFFA's other events, go to www.moffa.net. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill/Gateway Farm
10685 Warren Rd.
Plymouth, MI 48170

Contact:
Mary Emmett and Michael Adsit / (734) 455-2290 /

http://www.plymouthorchards.com

 

Hillsboro, OH 

Saturday, September 14, 2019
11 a.m.

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The Wilson Family Farm is a multi-generational, conventional farm that raises beef cattle, corn, soybeans, and hay. Brady and Amanda moved back to the farm and started Old Dutch Hops, where they produce pasture-raised poultry, lamb, and beef, grow a small amount of organic vegetables and hops, and make maple syrup. Amanda and Brady will discuss the difficulties and pleasures of trying to make a full-time living on a small, diversified family farm.

They will discuss their methods of raising poultry and ruminants humanely on pasture. Visitors can view the 500 layer mobile chicken coop and their various poultry pasture shelters. They will also discuss enterprise decision-making, their marketing and direct sales methods, and the importance of forming relationships with other like-minded businesses and farmers. Bring your pastured poultry and direct marketing questions!

This event is presented by OEFFA as part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Old Dutch Hops
6550 Pence Rd.
Hillsboro, OH 45133

Contact:
Brady Kirwin and Amanda Wilson / (937) 478-8172 /

http://www.olddutchhops.com

 

Youngstown, OH 

Saturday, September 28, 2019
1 p.m.

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The mission of Lady Buggs Farm is to restore, revamp, and revitalize the neighborhood community by providing fresh foods, gardening, cooking education, and wellness products that are affordable and accessible, while creating a loving urban homestead. Farmer Sophia Buggs believes that reclaiming the sacred roots of farming through sustainable living is vital to the sustainability of urban America. She believes that strengthening families and beautifying communities is not an option; it's what's required as a full participant in creating vibrant communities. Since July 2014, Sophia has engaged on the biggest journey of her life, as a urban agriculturalist, specialty crop grower, wildcrafter, wellness coach, and a community advocate. Please join Sophia and find your role in all this doing.

This event is presented by OEFFA as part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Lady Buggs Farm
536 Carroll St.
Youngstown, OH 44502

Contact:
Sophia Buggs / (330) 406-9961 /

https://www.facebook.com/LadyBuggsFarm

 

Athens, OH 

Saturday, September 28, 2019
2 p.m.

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Join the Freedman family in learning about their journey towards creating value-added products. This OEFFA Southeast Ohio Chapter tour begins in the newly constructed processing facility where an overview of wine and honey production, processing, and packaging will be presented. They'll focus on management challenges unique to Ohio, specifically those related to a vertically-integrated business, from farmsteading, homesteading, and regulatory oversight perspectives. With these hurdles navigated, the tour will end with product sample tastings.

This event is presented by OEFFA as part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Dutch Creek Winery
12157 State Rte. 690
Athens, OH 45701

Contact:
Paul and Cindy Freedman / (740) 818-4699 /

http://www.dutchcreekwinery.com

 

Xenia, OH 

Saturday, October 12, 2019
10 a.m.

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Once a typical farm following the prevailing model of agriculture, Finch Creek Farm has been transformed and revitalized through the organic management of their hay production, rotational grazing of cattle, and broiler production using the chicken tractor model. The entire 300 acre farm was fully transitioned to organic in 2019, and Finch Creek continues to implement regenerative management practices in their quest towards nutrient-dense food. Join this tour to explore the concepts of paramagnetism, mineralization, and soil balancing, and a discussion about the transformative path the farm continues to take.

This event is presented by OEFFA as part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Finch Creek Farm
1477 State Rte. 68 S
Xenia, OH 43050

Contact:
Reinhold Finkes / (937) 372-7217 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Chillicothe, OH 

Sunday, October 13, 2019
2-5 p.m.

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Join Paul Dorrance amidst the Appalachian countryside's gorgeous fall foliage for a guided tour of his pasture-based livestock operation. Experience management-intensive rotational grazing, and appreciate the multi-species synergies of cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens, and turkeys working together for the benefit of the animals, the land, and our food. The guided tour and hay ride starts at 2 p.m. Please RSVP to ensure enough seating.

Location:
Pastured Providence Farmstead
3316 Chapel Creek Rd.
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Contact:
Pastured Providence Farmstead / (740) 851-3883 /

http://www.pasturedprovidence.com

 

Richwood, OH 

Saturday, October 19, 2019
1-3 p.m.

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Fresh Harvest Farm is a family farm that has been using yellow perch to grow produce sustainably with aquaponics in their three greenhouses since 2011. During the tour, visitors will learn how aquaponics works while conserving resources. The Blackburn's farm is also home to goats, alpacas, and chickens, as well as the Aquaponic Farming Course, a hands-on course that teaches the basics of aquaponics and how to build your own system.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about OSU's other events, go to www.extension.osu.edu. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Location:
Fresh Harvest Farm
33869 Fields Rd.
Richwood, OH 43344

Contact:
Doug and Jeni Blackburn / (614) 264-9098 /

http://www.freshharvestfarmllc.com

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, November 3, 2019
1-4:30 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. From 1-3 p.m., enjoy an open house with walking tours of the certified organic annual and perennial herb, berry, vegetable, and willow plantings. You can sample value-added products, while you enjoy native wildlife areas. A "Mad About Saffron" Field Day will immediately follow from 3-4:30 p.m. Details from the North Central Region-Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (NCR-SARE) funded saffron growing project--including information about in-field and high tunnel production, processing, packaging, and marketing--will be shared.

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

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

http://www.foragedandsown.com

 

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

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