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Ashtabula, OH 

Saturday, October 21, 2017
4:00-7:00pm

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Randall and Connie Moores are beginning farmers, breathing new life into Randall's grandparents' farmstead, which they purchased in 2014, after it had been sold out of the family in the 1990s. When Randall returned home from active duty service in the Army in 2015, they built a mobile chicken coop, raised small flocks of chickens and turkeys, and purchased two freshened dairy goats. Last year was their first full season selling chicken, eggs, goat milk, fudge, and soap at two weekly farmers' markets. They also raised pastured pigs and grass-fed lamb, which were sold as whole and half animals directly to consumers. They installed more than a mile of fencing around 32 acres and are in the process of reclaiming fields that have not been touched in nearly 30 years, with plans to certify their land as organic as early as fall 2017.

As beginning farmers, they have made plenty of mistakes but have learned a tremendous amount from other beginning and experienced farmers. They have worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio State University Extension, their local Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Ashtabula Local Food Council (ALFC). Join this tour, co-sponsored by ALFC, to learn about the Moores' experiences as beginning farmers seeking organic certification, and what they have planned for 2017, including raising more pastured chickens, turkeys, and ducks; expanding their free-range egg layer flock; raising four litters of piglets; finishing 20 lambs; expanding their offerings of goat milk soap, and purchasing cattle.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, email mooresheritagefarm@gmail.com by October 13.

Directions: From Rte. 90, take Rte. 11 S to the Rte. 46 exit. Turn left, and drive north on Rte. 46/State Rd. S. Cross the bridge over Rte. 90, and the farm is the sixth driveway on the right. Limited on-farm parking may be available if conditions are wet. Overflow parking will be located at Plymouth United Methodist Church, 970 Plymouth Rd., and there will be a hay wagon shuttle running continuously. To get to the church, continue on State Rd. S for 1 mile until you come to a four way stop. Turn right on Plymouth Rd. The church is almost immediately on the right.

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.

Location:
Moores Heritage Farm
3918 State Rd. S
Ashtabula, OH 44004

Contact:
Connie and Randall Moores / 440-281-0272 /

http://www.mooresheritagefarm.com

 

Chillicothe, OH 

Saturday, October 21, 2017
3:00-4:30pm

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Join Paul and Heather Dorrance in the beautiful Appalachian countryside for a guided tour of their 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. After the free farm tour, stay for the farm's 2nd Annual Farm-To-Table Dinner and Movie. This event features a cash bar with local craft beers and wine, organic and sustainably raised ingredients sourced from local farms, and an outdoor showing of an award-winning food documentary. Tickets cost $50. To register, go to www.pasturedprovidence.com/dinner.

This event is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a complete list of events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

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

Contact:
Paul Dorrance / (740) 851-3883 /

http://www.pasturedprovidence.com

 

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

 

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

 

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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
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Columbus OH 43214

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