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Organic Inputs: Options and Opportunities for Improving Crop Health and Productivity

Free online webinar 

Thursday, November 20, 2014
1 p.m.

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Crop inputs include seed, fertilizers, and pesticides, and the National Organic Program guidelines provide clear guidance on what can and cannot be used for certified organic production. This webinar will review key concepts and principles involved in choosing organically acceptable inputs. Details that will help growers make sound and profitable choices for their operations will be provided.

This webinar will be presented by Brian McSpadden Gardener, Ph.D. He is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), where he also directs the Plant Microbial Ecology and Biopesticide Development Lab and Organic Food, Farming, Education, and Research (OFFER) program.

Please note this was originally scheduled for October 9, but cancelled and rescheduled for this date. Individuals who previously registered for the October date will need to re-register.

OEFFA and the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy have partnered to offer this webinar and other educational opportunities designed to address the business and production aspects of managing successful specialty crop operations. These programs are made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, and the United States Department of Agriculture under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant.


Contact:
Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /

http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1279356907400168193

 

COSI Sustainability Series Environmental Film Screening: "Trashed"

Columbus, OH 

Thursday, November 20, 2014
6:30pm-9:30pm

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Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons embarks on an emotional exploration of the world’s most environmentally-polluted places to reveal the extent our rubbish is affecting our planet. Film includes a reception with local resources and refreshments, plus an expert presentation and Q&A. Save $5 with discount code GOGREEN.

COSI
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Courtney Price / 614-629-3146 /

http://cosi.org/families/adults/category/sustainability-series

 

Who's In Charge? An Information Session on the 70,000 Miles of Proposed Pipelines in Ohio

Athens, OH 

Thursday, November 20, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Due to the growth of fracking, energy companies want to move oil and gas out of Ohio and around the world. Companies are asking landowners to sign easements so they can build pipelines, and land is also being purchased, or acquired through easements, for compressors and processing facilities. Farmers, landowners, neighbors, and communities need to understand the environmental and financial risks.

Join OEFFA, Ted Auch of FracTracker Alliance, Nathan Johnson of the Ohio Environmental Council, and others to learn about:
• New proposed pipelines in Ohio
• How state and federal agencies regulate pipelines
• How you and your land may be impacted
• How organic farmers and farmland may be impacted
• Eminent domain and your rights as a landowner
• When you need to speak to an attorney

This event is co-sponsored by Ohio University Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics (http://ohio.edu/appliedethics). Director Alyssa Bernstein will provide an introduction and facilitate the discussion.

Ohio University, Porter Hall Room 105
Athens, OH

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

http://policy.oeffa.org/fracking

 

Evergreen Workshop

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, November 29, 2014
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

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Presented by Melinda O’Briant, get in the holiday spirit by making your own fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath and/or centerpiece. Use balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and adornments such as handmade bows and pinecones to make a unique natural wreath. Decorate your home with your one of a kind arrangement or give it to a friend as a fantastic gift. All necessary materials are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own pruners. The class fee is $35. Pre‐pay in order to reserve a spot.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

The Food Safety Modernization Act: What the Proposed Rules Mean for Farmers and Local Food

Free online webinar 

Monday, December 1, 2014
2 p.m.

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Join OEFFA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and the University of Illinois Extension for a webinar to learn about what the new food safety proposals mean for farmers and local food. Overwhelming public input led to this reproposal of last year's first draft rules; learn on this webinar what the FDA fixed and where there are still problems. Importantly, learn why your input is needed now to make sure the final rules don’t squash local food, undermine sustainability, or put family farms out of business.


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

http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4144794161457556226

 

Evergreen Workshop

Cincinnati, OH 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Presented by Melinda O’Briant, get in the holiday spirit by making your own fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath and/or centerpiece. Use balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and adornments such as handmade bows and pinecones to make a unique natural wreath. Decorate your home with your one of a kind arrangement or give it to a friend as a fantastic gift. All necessary materials are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own pruners. The class fee is $35. Pre‐pay in order to reserve a spot.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Ohio No-Till Conference

Plain City, OH 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
9am-3:45pm

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The conference will feature presentations from farmers and crop consultants, along with researchers and educators from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The day will begin with a welcome from David Brandt, president of the Ohio No-Till Council and operator of a 1,150-acre farm in Carroll, Ohio.

Topics to be discussed include:
• Managing nitrogen and phosphorus application and timing.
• Managing weeds in no-till and cover crops.
• Introduction to “big data” and what it can mean to a farmer.
• Planting into cover crops.

Early registration of $40 for the conference can be paid by Nov. 26. Onsite registration is $50. Registration includes lunch. A registration form with a full agenda for the day is available online.

Der Dutchman Restaurant
445 S. Jefferson, Plain City, OH

Contact:
Ohio No-Till Council

http://fabe.osu.edu/notill

 

Evergreen Workshop

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, December 6, 2014
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

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Presented by Melinda O’Briant, get in the holiday spirit by making your own fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath and/or centerpiece. Use balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and adornments such as handmade bows and pinecones to make a unique natural wreath. Decorate your home with your one of a kind arrangement or give it to a friend as a fantastic gift. All necessary materials are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own pruners. The class fee is $35. Pre‐pay in order to reserve a spot.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Evergreen Workshop

Cincinnati, OH 

Monday, December 8, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Presented by Melinda O’Briant, get in the holiday spirit by making your own fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath and/or centerpiece. Use balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and adornments such as handmade bows and pinecones to make a unique natural wreath. Decorate your home with your one of a kind arrangement or give it to a friend as a fantastic gift. All necessary materials are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own pruners. The class fee is $35. Pre‐pay in order to reserve a spot.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Evergreen Workshop

Cincinnati, OH 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Presented by Melinda O’Briant, get in the holiday spirit by making your own fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath and/or centerpiece. Use balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and adornments such as handmade bows and pinecones to make a unique natural wreath. Decorate your home with your one of a kind arrangement or give it to a friend as a fantastic gift. All necessary materials are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own pruners. The class fee is $35. Pre‐pay in order to reserve a spot.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Season Creation Workshop at Green Edge Gardens

Amesville, OH 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Green Edge Organic Gardens and Rural Action are providing growers, agriculture educators, and other professionals with the tools and understanding they need to increase the productive use of high tunnels.

Now is your chance to experience and learn the Green Edge model of year-round growing!

Green Edge Organic Gardens
Amesville, OH

Contact:
Tom Redfern / 740-677-4047 /

 

The Fascinating Life of the Honeybee

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, January 12, 2015
7-9 p.m.

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OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter has announced their meeting and event schedule for the 2014-2015 season. All events begin with a short business meeting, which usually features farm policy updates, and include a discussion geared toward both urban and rural gardeners and farmers. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Dr. Joe Latshaw, Latshaw Apiaries, will be leading the discussion.

Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr., Alexandria, OH

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapters

 

OEFFA Board Meeting

Location TBD 

Sunday, January 25, 2015
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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OEFFA's Education and Certification boards will meet. For an agenda or additional details, contact Carol Goland.


Contact:
Carol Goland / (614) 421-2022 /

 

OEFFA's 36th Annual Conference

Granville, OH 

Friday, February 13, 2015 through Sunday, February 15, 2015

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OEFFA invites you to its 36th annual conference, Sustainable Agriculture: Renewing Ohio’s Heart and Soil, for an inspiring weekend acquiring new knowledge and skills and making new friends and business contacts.

Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference in Granville will feature keynote speakers Doug Gurian-Sherman and and Alan Guebert; approximately 100 workshops on sustainable farming, gardening, homesteading, cooking, and livestock; a trade show; local and organic meals, a kids’ conference and childcare, full-day pre-conferences on Friday, February 13, Saturday night entertainment, and more!

Conference registration will open in December.

Granville Middle School
248 New Burg St., Granville, OH

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/conference2015

 

Developing a Planting Schedule, Greenhouse Work, Succession Planting, and Other Related Topics

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, March 9, 2015
7-9 p.m.

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OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter has announced their meeting and event schedule for the 2014-2015 season. All events begin with a short business meeting, which usually features farm policy updates, and include a discussion geared toward both urban and rural gardeners and farmers. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Erin Harvey, The Kale Yard, will be leading the discussion.

Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr., Alexandria, OH

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapters

 

Pruning Fruit Trees

Alexandria, OH 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
7-9 p.m.

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OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter has announced their meeting and event schedule for the 2014-2015 season. All events begin with a short business meeting, which usually features farm policy updates, and include a discussion geared toward both urban and rural gardeners and farmers. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Andy Lynd, Lynd Fruit Farm, will be leading the discussion.

Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr., Alexandria, OH

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapters

 
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