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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/

 

Columbus OH 

Saturday, October 19, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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The arrival of frost marks the best season of garden prep - AUTUMN! Learn how experienced gardeners anticipate seasonal change and simplify their gardening tasks. Topics include harvest and clean up, incorporating compost for spring success, and cool-season weed control. Attendees will complete a gardening checklist to have a customized action plan for autumn and winter. New gardeners are especially welcome!

This is a free event!

Instructor: Tisa Watts of the Columbus Garden School, has 18+ years of experience in eco-friendly landscape design and gardening education.

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

Columbus OH 

Sunday, October 20, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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The Monthly Plant Swap is a great way to get your plant fix on the cheap! Every month, join City Folk's Farm Shop to swap your outdoor plants, indoor plants, perennials, annuals, starts, seedlings, cuttings, seeds, pots, tools, anything plant related!

Don't have anything to swap? That's ok, come anyway! There are plants for sale in the shop and there are usually extras to share. Be sure to check out their selection of plants, soils, tools and amendments in the shop and go home with everything you need for your new plants!

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 through Sunday, October 27, 2019
9 am - 4 pm on Saturday 9 am - 12 pm on Sunday

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A two day intensive course on the production and use of bio-char for fuel and soil amending. From simple backyard production to high-tech machinery. Instructors Dale Hendricks, Gary Gilmore, and Mark Cohen will demonstrate machinery, including the BioGenelectricity generator, small engine machinery running solely on biochar, and the production and concepts of soil amendments and carbon sequestration.

Morning Coffee & Lunch on Saturday
October 26 & 27, 2019
Interactive Discussions & Demonstrations to include:
•Ecological Sourcing of Raw Materials for Making Biochar
•Gasification: Tractors, Generators & Internal Combustion Engines
•Space Heating & Cooling, Hot Water & Cook Stoves
•Combined Heating and Power Biochar(CHPB)
•Uses in Animal Agriculture, Soil Health & Carbon Sequestration
•Filtration & Sanitation

$75 Per Person -For reservations & directions email or text Mark

Location:
Far Valley Farm
Amesville, OH 45711

Contact:
Mark Cohen / 740-707-8161 /

 

Columbus OH 

Monday, October 28, 2019
9am-12pm Food Policy Council Workshop 12pm-5pm Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit 5pm-7pm Networking Happy Hour

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The Summit will kick-off with a morning workshop — "Redesigning the table: using equity and systems for collective action" — led by Johns Hopkins University's Food Policy Network that is intended to strengthen and equip Ohio's local food policy councils. This workshop is designed for members of local food policy councils, but anyone interested is welcome to register and attend.

The main public event in the afternoon focuses on food and farm policies developing at local, state, and national levels: including challenges faced by farmers, issues of social equity, and food system financing. During the keynote, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will discuss policy initiatives around children, food, agriculture, and health in the state of Ohio. The main event is open to all who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio.

From 5-7pm there will be a networking happy hour.

Location:
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Contact:
Amalie Lipstreu / (614) 421-2022 /

http://ohiofpn.org/events/food-policy-summit/

 

Columbus OH 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm

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Join fellow insect enthusiasts for a daylong exploration of the world of entomology. Participants will learn about pollinators, insects in the garden and landscape, and the role citizen/community science plays in what is known about insects. The day will include encounters with the OSU Bug Zoo and an optional visit to the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity.

Master Gardeners, OCVN volunteer naturalists, Chadwick Arboretum Volunteers, 4-H volunteers and all insect fans are invited to attend (6 CE hours for the day).

All participants will hear from morning speakers and will select from afternoon speakers at the event. Additionally, participants will register to either take an afternoon field trip to the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity (spaces limited) or will have a choice of additional afternoon speakers and topics at the event. No additional fees for afternoon options.

Location:
Nationwide and Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Dr
Columbus, OH 43210

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

https://u.osu.edu/certify/one-day-insect-university/

 

Lancaster OH 

Saturday, November 2, 2019
1:00pm - 2:30pm

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Rewild yourself by learning how to use plants to support your physical and mental health. In this workshop with local herbalist Aniko Zala participants will taste and meditate on a selection of medicinal herbal teas made from familiar kitchen herbs and garden weeds. Aniko will touch on plant identification, powerful and ancient connection with plants, the importance of ritual, and working with herbs to support the body through anything from IBS to headaches or cramps to anxiety.

Aniko Zala of Wild Origins teaches empowering herbal workshops and formulates quality herbal offerings with enjoyment and deep self care in mind.

The class fee is $40 for the general public or $35 for Friends of the Market members. Pre-registration is required.

Location:
Keller Market House
134 South Columbus St
Lancaster, OH 43130

Contact:
Erin Harvey / 740-277-6305 /

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Columbus OH 

Sunday, November 3, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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The Monthly Food Swap is back! Bring in your handmade, home made, home grown food and edible items. Baked goods, herbs and veggies from the garden, and home preserved items are all welcome. Be ready to answer questions about your methods, practices and ingredients. Please don't be offended is someone doesn't want to trade with you, diets vary widely and all are accepted. All trades happen at the discretion of the owner of the items and all owners of items are responsible for their items. Swapping starts at the big front table promptly at 1pm, so come ready! This is a great way to try new foods and meet new people!

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

Columbus OH 

Sunday, November 3, 2019
4:30pm - 6:30pm

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Join homestead hobbyist Elizabeth Jones of The Fresh Jam in crafting a simple and relaxing lavender castile soap using a variety of basic soapmaking techniques. Students will participate in this hands-on kitchen experiment and take home a sample of the soap to see the results of their work.

Topics discussed during the session will include: kitchen chemistry, lab safety, equipment basics, calculating recipes, sourcing ingredients (oils/scents/herbs/exfoliants), soap on the cheap, benefits of handmade soap.

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

Columbus OH 

Sunday, November 10, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Come check out this free demo about a making a very easy fermented beverage, kefir! Both Water Kefir (vegan) and Milk Kefir will be covered. Learn about the first and second ferment, ingredients needed, ways to flavor and of course, the how to! All of the supplies needed to make your own kefir will be available for purchase in the shop.

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

Lancaster OH 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm

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It's mushroom season! Too often relegated to garnish, mushrooms can be the centerpiece for a meal, as well as a complement to both vegetarian and meat dishes. This presentation will introduce you to several edible mushrooms, their unique qualities, differences in flavor and seasonality. From there, various methods for preparation and discover some well-known and not-so-well-known herbal seasoning partners will be discussed. Recipes will be provided.

The class fee is $35 for the general public and $30 for Friends of the Market members. Pre-registration is required.

About the Instructor: Janell Baran is co-owner and operator of Blue Owl Garden Emporium herb farm and Blue Owl Hollow forest farm. After spending 20 years in the computer industry, a series of events inspired her to leave that life and become a farmer full-time in 2006. She now lives a busy, dirty, physically exhausting, but very satisfying life on an old mid-1800s farmstead nestled in the hills and hollows of central Ohio.

Location:
Keller Market House
134 South Columbus St
Lancaster, OH 43130

Contact:
Erin Harvey / 740-277-6305 /

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Columbus, OH 

Friday, December 6, 2019
10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

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Effective grassroots leaders make the difference. Indeed, you, OEFFA's members, make THE difference. Whether you are a long-time advocate for sustainable agriculture, a farmer who sees far too many farm policies harming small farms, or someone newly interested in local food seeking the best way to engage, OEFFA wants to see you thrive as a leader and advocate. OEFFA has partnered with the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) to offer a special leadership training for OEFFA members. Participants will learn about OEFFA's structure, policy priorities, and avenues for engagement, while learning effective advocacy strategies and broadly applicable leadership skills, that will benefit you in your own work, business, or volunteer efforts.

Cost and Registration: $35, includes light breakfast fare and lunch. To register, go to https://action.oeffa.org/be-the-change.

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:
OEFFA Office
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Milo Petruziello / (614) 421-2022 /

https://action.oeffa.org/be-the-change

 

Columbus OH 

Sunday, December 8, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Join Paisley from Sunbury Urban Farm to talk about winter composting. Learn different methods, like bokashi, to keep composting all winter long. Everything needed to get started will be available in the shop.

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

Columbus OH 

Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Anxiety and stress can wreak havoc on the body and can do serious damage if not kept in check. There are lots of natural remedies that can help curb that anxiety, like herbs and essential oils. Come learn how to use these to deal with stress and make it more manageable, naturally.

Attendees will sample some teas and test some essential oils to find what is most beneficial. Everyone attending this class will go home with a customized essential oil roller ball.

This class is taught by local Herbalist Brandy James of Rainbow Bee. The cost of this class is $25 and preregistration is required as space is limited.

Location:
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / ​614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/

 

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

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