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West Lafayette, IN 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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How-to Farmer Training on Organic Vegetable Seed Production

Join nationally renowned experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Organic Seed Alliance, and Purdue University this August for a one-day classroom and field-based workshop on organic seed production and variety development.

Learn the fundamentals needed to grow organic vegetable seed, including seed biology, harvesting, storage, and how to conduct variety trials. In addition to a classroom intensive, participants will tour The Student Farm and taste carrot and tomato varieties from current trials with a local chef.

Location:
Daniel Turf Center
1340 Cherry Ln
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

Contact:
Lori Jolly-Brown / 765-494-1296 /

https://edustore.purdue.edu/wk_rules.asp?Item_Number=CW-hort-1

 

South Bloomingville, OH 

Friday, September 8, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017
4:00 pm Friday - 4:00 pm Sunday

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This ​multi-day ​workshop ​will ​provide ​beginning ​and ​experienced ​forest ​farmers ​with ​the ​tools, ​knowledge, ​and ​resources ​they ​need ​to ​take ​their ​small-scale ​or ​hobby ​operation ​to ​the ​next ​level. ​The ​event ​will ​provide ​classes ​on ​specific ​best ​business ​practices, ​as ​well ​as ​peer-to-peer ​learning ​opportunities ​through ​workshops ​led ​by ​forest ​farmers ​who ​have ​built ​their ​own ​successful ​businesses. ​Forest farmers ​will ​explore ​the ​intersections ​and ​divergences ​between ​the ​financial ​opportunities ​available ​and ​the ​draw ​of ​working ​on ​the ​land, ​and ​how ​to ​build ​an ​operation ​that ​allows ​you ​to ​incorporate ​what ​you ​love ​with ​what's ​commercially ​viable. Forest farmers ​will ​also ​explore ​cost ​share ​opportunities, ​and ​the ​economic ​trade-offs ​to ​consider ​before ​deciding ​between ​full-time ​and ​part-time ​forest ​farming.

Location:
Camp Oty'Okwa
24799 Purcell Rd
South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152

Contact:
Tom Redfern / (740) 677-4047 ex. 2 /

http://www.appalachianforestfarmers.org/

 

Massillon, OH 

Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Grazing field day will be held with Bob Hendershot, a retired State Grassland Conservationist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service and recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Grasslander Award. The field day is open to any and all persons, but requires an RSVP by September 6th for food purposes.

Location:
Motts Mapleton Farm
3415 Lotz Ave SE
East Canton, Ohio 44730

Contact:
Jay Jordan / 330-451-7643 /

http://www.starkfb.org/swcd-grazing-management-workshop-series/

 

Wooster, OH 

Saturday, September 9, 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:
OSU Wooster Campus: Arden Ballroom
1680 Madison Ave
Wooster, Ohio 44691

In the Shisler Conference Center

Contact:
Jess Chadwell / 740.593.5971 /

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

 

Bangor, MI 

Sunday, September 10, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Join the MSU Farmer Field School for this information packed, hands on workshop that will be all about Brassicas - one of the most critical vegetable families to the small scale vegetable farmer. Presented by two farmers with more than 25 years of combined organic and sustainable vegetable farming experience in wholesale & direct market production. The day will cover variety selection, production, management and marketing of brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chinese cabbage, collards, kale & kohlrabi with possible forays into turnips, mustard and rutabaga.
Lunch and snacks provided.

Location:
Understory Farm
28120 County Road 215
Bangor, Michigan 49013

Contact:
Tom Cary / 616-916-9823 /

http://www.msuorganicfarm.org/farmer-field-school.html

 

Philo, OH 

Sunday, September 10, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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What you'll gain from your time at BRS Goat College: You'll work directly with the goat herd. Annie will provide an overview of her philosophy for keeping goats, touching on what to look for when starting your herd, natural goat health, simple remedies for common health challenges, herbal parasite control and the general make-up of a healthy animal. She will demonstrate hoof trimming since it is a major part of goat health. There will be lots of opportunity for asking questions and gaining confidence around goats.

During this session Annie will also discuss how to manage the herd, how to keep the farmyard parasite free, the social dynamics within the herd and the various routines that will keep your herd healthy and happy. She will also make her way to the kitchen and prepare various cheeses from raw goat milk. She will serve all participants lunch in which they will test a number of goat cheeses.

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

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/04/15/346/36%7C35%7C34/MmI2YzZkMTY4Z

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Thursday, September 21, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Join the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at Turner Farm in Indian Hill for their summer community education program. This program is taught by Sian Cotton, PhD, and includes a farm-fresh lunch.

Is an inability to focus on the present moment having a negative impact on your physical and mental health? Join Dr. Cotton as she teaches strategies to build a healthier life through mindful stress management, including:
• The physiology of the stress response
• The physical and psychological benefits of mindfulness practices
• Daily mindfulness practices for stress reduction

*Take-home Stress Reduction Tools*

Location:
Turner Farm, Inc.
7400 Given Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45243

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /

http://turnerfarm.org/university-of-cincinnati-farm-wellness-series/#1497914900987-3802be35-d5b3

 

Brookeville, PA 

Monday, September 25, 2017 through Friday, September 29, 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:
Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living
93 Quiet Creek Ln
Brookeville, Pennsylvania 15825

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/09/25/367/36%7C35%7C34/YTU4ODc3MGY2M

 

Holt, MI 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This event is hosted by Dan Brainard, Sam Hitchcock Tilton, and Marisa Benzle of Michigan State University Department of Horticulture.

The field-day will begin with time to inspect many types of weeding machines and cultivating tractors and talk to fellow growers. Jean-Paul Courtens will speak about getting the most out of your tools and the principles of effective mechanical weed control. After lunch together, farmers and researchers who have been using tools to control weeds in the row will talk and demonstrate in-row tools in the field. Later, watch manufacturer's demonstrate their weeding tools and cultivating tractors on lettuce and young beets.

The fee for the field day is $15. Register before September 15th to get lunch.

Many brands of finger-weeders, torsion weeders, flex-tine harrows will be on display and demonstrated, as well as many other cultivation tools. This is a unique opportunity for farmers to learn from each other, hear from a master-farmer, inspect many weeding tools for themselves, and see and compare almost all of the cultivating tractors made today.

Location:
MSU Horticulture Teaching and Research Center
3291 College Rd
Holt, Michigan 48842

Contact:
Sam Hitchcock Tilton / (414) 213-5337 /

https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=8417F4BE0CEFB513

 

Dayton, OH 

Thursday, October 5, 2017 through Monday, October 9, 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:
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/10/05/361/36%7C35%7C34/ODkyMTNjYmNiY

 

Delaware, OH 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
9:30 am - 11:00 am

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Bring your little one out to discover Stratford as they become a farmer for a day. You and your child will interact with the animals as you help with morning chores. For children ages 2-5 and their adult companion.

Also offered October 17

$10 per session for child/adult pair

Location:
Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Road
Delaware, Ohio 43015

Contact:
Stratford Ecological Center / 740-363-2548 /

http://stratfordecologicalcenter.org/event/small-farmers-6/

 

Delaware, OH 

Friday, October 20, 2017
Oct. 20th & 21st Friday at 12:00pm - Saturday unti 4:00pm

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Bring a packed lunch or arrive as time permits on Friday.

Come prepared to spend the night on the farm either indoors, outdoors or in the hayloft. During this adult program geared toward making apple butter, you will have a unique hands-on experience, from peeling apples to cooking over an open fire to canning.

Along the way there will be ample opportunity to learn about the inter-workings of our 236 acre organic farm and nature preserve.

Participants will leave with home-made apple butter, and a deeper understanding and connection to life on the farm.

Cost includes three meals. $100 per person.
Pre-resgistration required, call 740-363-2548.

Location:
At Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd.
Delaware, Ohio 43015

Contact:
Emily Pidock / 740-363-2548 /

http://stratfordecologicalcenter.org/calendar/2017-04/

 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Saturday, October 21, 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:
McGregor Hall
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Contact:
Jess Chadwell / 740.593.5971 /

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

 

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/

 

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

 

Athens, OH 

Saturday, January 20, 2018
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:
Athens Community Center
701 E State St
Athens, Ohio 45701

Contact:
Jess Chadwell / 740.593.5971 /

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

 

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