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Jefferson, OH 

Saturday, March 25, 2017
1:30-4:30pm

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The Ashtabula Geauga Lake chapter of Ohio Farmers Union and Ashtabula Local Food Council will host a technical marketing workshop for growers on March 25, 2017.

The workshop, entitled "Farm to Facebook", will give farmers a crash course in leveraging online marketing to grow their businesses. Each grower will leave with a Facebook page, a 1-page website (or more!) and an online marketing plan

Attendees are asked to bring their laptops if possible.

$5 donation suggested.

This class is open to ALL growers, not just Ohio Farmers Union members!

Location:
Henderson Memorial Public Library
54 E. Jefferson St.
Jefferson, OH 44076

Contact:
Ashtabula Local Food Council / 440.261.5112 /

http://www.ashtabulafood.org/grower-home/farm-to-facebook/

 

Delaware, Ohio 

Saturday, March 25, 2017
10am-1pm

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Stratford Ecological Center welcomes you to Start the year with this 3 class series that covers basic honey bee biology, and how to use bee biology to develop better beekeeping management practices. Classes are on selected Saturdays in February
and March for a total of 9 hours of classes.

Cost: $120

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

Contact:
Dave Noble / 614 -512 -2849 /

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org/apiarybees

 

Cincinnati, Ohio 

Friday, March 31, 2017
2:00-4:00pm

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This class will help current and future specialty crop producers determine whether or not organic certification makes sense for their operations. Topics include:
1. What does "Certified Organic" actually mean?
2. Is organic certification right for your business?
3. Record keeping and record keeping structures needed to incorporate into your operations in order to obtain organic certification.

Taught by Megan Gambrill: Megan managed crop production and organic certification at Turner Farm for five years. She was responsible for the production of over seventy different crops serving CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale outlets, and managed a team of farmers supported by seasonal apprentices who receive in-depth education in production methods and decision-making.

This year she is excited to join the team at Carriage House Farm.

Cost: $25 for SWOEFFA / OEFFA members; $30, farmers; students, $10 Pre-registration is required.
Sign up NOW: 10 Attendees Needed to Hold Class

Location:
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Ken Stern / 513-473-1860 /

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdc8xgglVJQ_JsF6ycmkHxmpcdv52gfNMPHrvoc00XFI1RQfg/viewform?

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, April 1, 2017
1-3pm

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Join instructor David K Koester, UK Extension Campbell County, in this hands-on workshop in grafting fruit trees. Participants will receive instruction in the different techniques of grafting fruit trees. Rootstock, scionwood as well as tools will be provided for participants to graft their own fruit trees.  

Participants will leave with several newly grafted fruit trees to plant at home or in community gardens.

How to Register:
Workshop is open to the public, however it is limited to 25 participants so please enroll early.  To register please contact:               
Marsha Lindner
Hayfields Orchard
blindner@fuse.net

Fee: $20.
 

Location:
Hayfields Orchard
8835 Old Indian Hill Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45243

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Delaware, Ohio 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
10am-1pm

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Every other Tuesday and Saturday, starting Tuesday April 4th and Saturday April 8th going until Tuesday September 19th and Saturday September 16th (with some days varying), Stratford Ecological Center invites you to take part in their Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program.

The program is a bee-centered beekeeper training program
that focuses on learning the biology and behavior of bees as the basis for developing practical beekeeping practices. The program puts a high premium on actual time spent with the bees to help new and aspiring beekeepers develop a high level of comfort and confidence with bees.

Cost: $390

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

Contact:
Dave Noble / 614 -512 -2849 /

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org/apiarybees

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Friday, April 7, 2017
2:00-5:00pm

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This class will walk through post-harvest handling techniques from field to plate for everything from leafy greens to tomatoes. Washing, packing, and storage techniques for wholesale and retail outlets will be covered. FSMA, the Food Safety Modernization Act, will NOT be covered. Topics will include:
1. Best practices for post harvest handling
2. Options for washing, packing, and storage facilities
3. Sizing of bunches, cases, etc. for both wholesale and retail

Taught by Megan Gambrill: Megan managed crop production and organic certification at Turner Farm for five years. She was responsible for the production of over seventy different crops serving CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale outlets, and managed a team of farmers supported by seasonal apprentices who receive in-depth education in production methods and decision-making.

This year she is excited to join the team at Carriage House Farm.

Cost: $25 for SWOEFFA / OEFFA members; $30, farmers; students, $10. Pre-registration is required.
Sign up NOW: 10 Attendees Needed to Hold Class

Location:
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Ken Stern / 513-473-1860 /

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUgVo4VfF1tPKKXVDdyFPNVI6CHvVOaQPt36qrNcYG76sDzw/viewform?

 

Philo, OH 

Saturday, April 15, 2017
11:00am-5:00pm

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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.

Gaining confidence when working with goats is an important skill so time will also be spent instructing on the psychology of goat herds, and how to select the right goat. PLEASE NOTE: In 2017 there will be several Blue Rock Station does for sale.

All workshop participants will receive an eBook version of Annie Warmke's NATURALLY HEALTHY GOAT REFERENCE GUIDE.

The Full-Day Version:

Several times a year we will spend a full day working with the goats of Blue Rock Station. During this session we will 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. We will also make our way to the kitchen and prepare various cheeses from raw goat milk. We will also serve all participants lunch in which we will test a number of goat cheeses.

Cost: The class fee is $100 for the first perrson in your group and $75 for additional folks. The fee includes the eBook version of NATURALLY HEALTHY GOAT REFERENCE GUIDE and lunch.Only people above age 14 please. Class size is limited to 10 students, so register early.

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

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

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

 

Athens, OH 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
1:00-5:00pm

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Join Blue Rock Station for an afternoon and learn how you can build your own solar generator. Harness the clean energy of the sun and power your critical loads in quiet comfort. Here is how it works...

The solar panel charges a battery bank within the generator. When the grid goes down, simply plug your appliance into the outlet on the side of the generator and it will run, quietly, with no fumes, while the grid is down. If the sun is shining, you can recharge your batteries using the solar panel as you are using the generator. Keep the generator in your home if you would like, with the panel outside (no noise or fumes, remember?)

As part of the class, you will be provided with detailed drawings, sizing charts, typical use sizing guidelines - basically everything you need to design and build your own generator. You will also receive a free copy of our newly published book: Assembling Your Very Own Solar Generator ($20 value)

Small Groups: This is a definite "hands-on" experience. In order that everyone gets ample change to participate, class size will be limited to 15 students.

Cost: $55

Location:
Rural Action Offices
9030 Hocking Hills Dr
The Plains, OH 45780

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/04/18/363/36%7C35%7C34/ZDc4ZmNlZGI3M

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, April 23, 2017
1:00-3:00pm

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Basic cheese making is a simple process that requires milk – amazing but true. And, the basic recipe for simple cheese can be made into dozens of different-tasting cheeses with simple items commonly found in the kitchen. Sweet or savory – it's all easy once you know the basics.

What You'll gain from the City Folks Farm Shop class: We'll spend our time sampling cheeses (how hard can that be?), and walking through the processes needed to create cheese curd and whey. And, we'll turn the curd into a variety of great tasting cheeses that can served as dessert, as appetizers or as toppings. Ricotta, cottage cheese, junket, and raw goat cheese. You'll also learn how to ferment the curd, and preserve the cheeses so that nothing goes to waste. All participants will receive an eBook version of Annie's book NATURALLY HEALTH GOAT REFERENCE GUIDE which contains a short chapter on basic cheese making.

THE INSTRUCTOR: Annie Warmke is a farmer and writer, and the instructor for the BRS Goat School. She has been teaching natural goat health for the past four years and is the author of the NATURALLY HEALTHY GOAT REFERENCE GUIDE, available through Blue Rock Station's website, Amazon.com, City Folks Farm Shop and Hoegger Goat Supply. She is a graduate of Ohio University and co-owns (with her husband, Jay) Blue Rock Station, a sustainable living center located in southeast Ohio.

Cost: $35

Location:
City Folks Farm Shop
4760 North High St.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/events/cheese-making-with-annie/

 

Chillicothe, OH 

Saturday, April 29, 2017 through Sunday, April 30, 2017
Contact Pastured Providence for specific hours.

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Equipping both new and seasoned farmers for success in pasture-based animal agriculture

Topics include:
- Rotational, management-intensive grazing
- Business planning and farm finances
- Branding and marketing techniques
- And so much more!

Early bird prices available.

Location:
Pastured Providence Farmstead
Chillicothe, OH

Contact:
Paul Dorrance / 740-851-3883 /

http://www.pasturedprovidence.com

 

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