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Columbus, OH 

Sunday, October 6, 2019 through Sunday, February 9, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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OEFFA's flagship Begin Farming course is now accepting applications. Heartland Farm Beginnings® is a nationally field-tested, farmer-led, sustainable farm planning program. 

The intensive, eight-part workshop series will enable farmers, with at least one year of production experience, to develop a whole farm plan through realistic goal setting, financial management, and assessment of resources, skills, and markets. Early career farmers will also receive the business planning tools necessary to successfully implement their plan.

The Heartland Farm Beginnings® program includes:
- 56 hours of farmer-led, community-based sustainable agriculture classroom education 
- Course supplies (including a binder and reading materials)
- OEFFA Family Farm membership for one year
- Registration and lunches to attend the OEFFA conference (February 14-15, 2020)
- A passionate and like-minded cohort
- One-on-one mentorship with an experienced farmer, FSA Borrower Training Completion Certificate, and KIVA loan endorsement for qualified participants
- Guided development of a Growing Season Learning Plan

Cost: $1,000 ($1,200 for applications received after September 1, 2019) for up to two individuals from the same farm business working on the same business plan. Payment plans and partial scholarships of up to $500 are available.

Ready to learn more? Contact the Begin Farming Program Coordinator for an information packet including specific class topics, dates, and an application. Applications require a $75 deposit and will be accepted until September 20, 2019 or until the cohort fills.

Location:
OEFFA Office
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Rachel Tayse / (614) 421-2022 /

https://beginfarming.oeffa.org/heartland-farm-beginnings/

 

Owensville OH 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. Participants can expect to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
OSU Extension Clermont County Office
100 Locust Street
Owensville, OH 45160

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

Dalton OH 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. Participants can expect to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
Aaron Weaver Farm
5454 S. Mt. Eaton Road
Dalton, OH 44618

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

Hamilton OH 

Thursday, January 30, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. Participants can expect to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
OSU Extension Butler County Office
1802 Princeton Rd
Hamilton, OH 45011

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

Georgetown, OH 

Sunday, February 9, 2020
1:45pm - 5:00pm

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Keynote by Dan Remley, Field Specialist, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, OSU Extension, South Centers, Piketon, Ohio. "Food Councils: What They Are and What They Can Do For Your Community"

Followed by workshops and discussions on topics of interest to consumers, producers, and anyone with an interest in food policy:

Tools to form a Food Council
Starting a Rural Food Council: Lessons Learned
The Joys of Free Range Chickens and the Benefits of Free Range Eggs
Establishing an Animal Welfare Approved Processing Plant
Ohio Hemp Laws and Cultivation Practices
Successfully Growing Edible Figs in Southern Ohio


Bring your favorite seed catalogs and saved seeds to share during the break!

There is no charge for admission, and preregistration is not required but appreciated. For more information or to register, call Julie Kline at 937-515-1807 or Pat Hornschemeier at 513-752-0647

Sponsored by the Catholic Rural Life (CRL) and the Adams-Brown Diabetes Education Coalition

Location:
St George parish hall
509 East State Street
Georgetown, Ohio 45121

Contact:
Julie Kline / 937-515-1807 /

https://catholicrurallife.org/event/buy-local-foods-seminar-crl-st-martin-deanery/

 

Perry OH 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
9:30am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. Participants can expect to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
Perry Local Library Meeting Room
3753 Main Street
Perry, OH 44081

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

Fremont OH 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. Participants can expect to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
North Central Agricultural Research Station
1165 County Road 43
Fremont, OH 43420

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

Cincinnati OH 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Vegetable Gardening Basics for the Home and Community Gardener 2020 - A Series of Six Classes offered by the Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Learn garden basics in the classroom and with hands-on practice in the Mckie Community Garden and the Price Hill Community Garden. To support you in successfully gardening at home, or in a community garden, everyone will receive a handbook outlining gardening best practices, including fact sheets and diagrams.

Classes are FREE and open to the public.

CLASS #1 TOPICS: Best Practices for Natural and Sustainable Gardening, Garden Layout, Site and Soil Evaluation, Seed Starting

Location:
Mckie Recreation Center
1655 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /

https://turnerfarm.org/community-garden-program/

 

Gallipolis OH 

Thursday, February 20, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. Participants can expect to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
OSU Extension Gallia County Office
111 Jackson Pike
Gallipolis, OH 45631

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

Dayton OH 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. Participants can expect to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
Montgomery County OSU Extension Office
580 Calumet Lane
Dayton, OH 45417

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

Cincinnati OH 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Vegetable Gardening Basics for the Home and Community Gardener 2020 - A Series of Six Classes offered by the Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Learn garden basics in the classroom and with hands-on practice in the Mckie Community Garden and the Price Hill Community Garden. To support you in successfully gardening at home, or in a community garden, everyone will receive a handbook outlining gardening best practices, including fact sheets and diagrams.

Classes are FREE and open to the public.

CLASS #2 TOPICS: Composting and Healthy Soil, Crop Rotation, Inter-planting and Succession Planting, Transplanting Annual Vegetables and Perennial Plants, Preparing and planting Potatoes

Location:
Mckie Recreation Center
1655 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /

https://turnerfarm.org/community-garden-program/

 

Athens OH 

Thursday, February 27, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. Participants can expect to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
OSU Extension Athens County Office
280 West Union Street
Athens, OH 45701

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Don't lay awake at night wondering if a legal mistake is going to take your farm away. Developing a strong, legally resilient farm business is easier than you think.

Farm Commons' collaborative, accessible approach to learning farm law alongside farmer-peers will set you on the right path.

This workshop isn't a set of boring lectures filled with legal lingo. This workshop is led by a farm law expert and OEFFA-member farmer co-presenters, guaranteeing you'll pick up the practical wisdom and the knowledge you need to navigate legal issues with confidence.

This workshop addresses farmers' greatest vulnerabilities in land matters and leasing, business structures, farm employment law, diversification and agritourism, as well as liability and food safety issues.

Framed around the 10 steps every farm needs to take to build legal resilience, you'll leave this workshop with a personal action plan, checklists, and model documents for your own farm. Learn how to build a resilient business with the law on your side.

Cost: Registration is $35 for OEFFA members and $45 for non-members. Registration includes: 8 hours of activities and instruction, printed materials, coffee, snacks, and lunch.

Location:
OEFFA Office
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Rachel Tayse / (614) 421-2022 /

https://beginfarming.oeffa.org/legally-resilient-farm-workshop/

 

Cincinnati OH 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Vegetable Gardening Basics for the Home and Community Gardener 2020 - A Series of Six Classes offered by the Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Learn garden basics in the classroom and with hands-on practice in the Mckie Community Garden and the Price Hill Community Garden. To support you in successfully gardening at home, or in a community garden, everyone will receive a handbook outlining gardening best practices, including fact sheets and diagrams.

Classes are FREE and open to the public.

CLASS #3 TOPICS: Pest Management, Prevention and Organic Solutions, Introduction to Season Extension. Companion Planting, Cover Crops and Green Manures

Location:
Mckie Recreation Center
1655 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /

https://turnerfarm.org/community-garden-program/

 

Cincinnati OH 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm

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Vegetable Gardening Basics for the Home and Community Gardener 2020 - A Series of Six Classes offered by the Turner Farm Community Garden Program

Learn garden basics in the classroom and with hands-on practice in the Mckie Community Garden and the Price Hill Community Garden. To support you in successfully gardening at home, or in a community garden, everyone will receive a handbook outlining gardening best practices, including fact sheets and diagrams.

Classes are FREE and open to the public.

CLASS #4 TOPICS: What is a Healthy Meal?, How to Plan a Nutritious Family Menu, Preparing and Cooking Healthy Meals

Location:
Mckie Recreation Center
1655 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /

https://turnerfarm.org/community-garden-program/

 

Ottawa OH 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm

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The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. Participants can expect to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

There will be one hour for lunch (lunch is not provided)

Location:
OSU Extension Putnam County Office
1206 East 2nd Street
Ottawa, OH 45875

Contact:
Jordyn Brown / (614) 728-6250 /

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/news-and-events/all-events

 

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

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OEFFA: (614) 421-2022
OEFFA Certification: (614) 262-2022

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