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Fresno, OH 

Monday, May 2, 2016
5:30-9:30 p.m.

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Ervin Barkman runs a 60 head, 100 percent grass-fed organic dairy on Hidden View Farm's 200 acres where he practices intensive grazing rotations and forage management. He has overcome many challenges of a grass-fed dairy, including mineral imbalances and lackluster soil life, by working with Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) to implement cutting edge methods to provide high quality forages and ensure the quality and consistency of the cows and milk. His herd has shown improved quality with no vet visits in several years, and the dairy has experienced extraordinary gains in milk production, fat and protein content, pasture growth, and herd health.

Attend this pasture walk with Ervin and experienced crop advisors David Miller and John Kempf from Advancing Eco Agriculture to discuss grazing practices and the impact of soil biology on forage quality and herd nutrition. Refreshments will follow the tour.

Advancing Eco Agriculture is a leader in the regeneration of food and agriculture. They create regenerative systems that help farmers grow disease and insect resistant crops with complete plant nutrition. Since its founding in 2006, the company has worked with thousands of farmers to provide complete soil and plant nutrition programs that foster a functional immunity in plants, which leads to high-yield, high-quality crops that are naturally resistant to disease and insect pests.

Registration: To register, call (440) 632-1014 or go to http://bit.ly/pasture-walk by April 29.

Location:
Hidden View Farm
31152 Township Rd. 227
Fresno, OH 43824

Directions: From Fresno, head southwest on Rte. 93 S to County Rd. 171 and turn right. After 2 miles, turn right on County Rd. 10. After 5.5 miles, turn left on Township Rd. 214.

Contact:
Advancing Eco Agriculture / (440) 632-1014 /

http://bit.ly/pasture-walk

 

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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The State Food Policy Summit will feature nationally recognized experts and address a range of state food policy topics such as state legislative trends from across the country, the upcoming farm bill, and federal initiatives around nutrition and health.

Please click on the link for more information and to register for the event.

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

Contact:
Cathy Startzman / (937) 225-6445 /

http://www.cvent.com/d/sfqd5z

 

Columbus, OH 

Friday, May 13, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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While unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have quietly filled supermarket shelves, more and more of us are raising concerns about the human health and environmental risks of these largely untested and unregulated genetically modified foods.

In search of answers, GMO OMG film director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert set out on a journey across the globe to uncover how GMOs affect our children and the health of our planet.

Along the way, he reveals the state of our industrial food system and we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to consumers everywhere: What's really on our plate?

Watch the trailer here: http://www.gmofilm.com/

Then, join Simply Living and OEFFA for a FREE screening, followed by an expert Q&A panel discussion.

Space is limited. RSVP at bit.ly/1LGI2hf to save your spot!

Location:
Northwood-High Building, Community Room 100
2231 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

Contact:
Chuck Lynd, Simply Living / (614) 354-6172 /

http://bit.ly/1LGI2hf

 

Thornville, OH 

Saturday, May 14, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch, in partnership with Women Grow Ohio and Rural Action, will hold a bison farming workshop, covering various topics around bison farming including:
- Why Raise Bison,
- Fencing and Pasture,
- Health and Vet Care,
- Calving,
- Processing, and
- Lessons Learned.

The workshop will include a farm tour of Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch. The cost of the workshop is $100 and includes a bison chili lunch. Women Grow Ohio is sponsoring an early bird registration price of $75 available until March 28. To utilize early bird registration, register with the code PREREGWGO.

Accommodations for payment (including partial deposit) will be made on a case by case basis. If you would like to discuss payment options, contact Carie Starr at (740) 403-3763 or cherokeevalleybison@yahoo.com.

Women Grow Ohio (WGO) is a volunteer based group that was formed in 2015 to demonstrate the important work of Ohio women working in agriculture as farmers, homesteaders, urban growers/homesteaders, and backyard garden producers. Rural Action is a membership based organization working to build sustainable local economies in Appalachian Ohio.

Location:
Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch
12320 Lonesome Rd.
Thornville, OH 43076

Contact:
Carrie Starr / (740) 403-3763 /

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ece1wsrrb23df317&llr=du8cg7iab

 

North Bend, OH 

Sunday, May 15, 2016
4-8 pm

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Carriage House Farm presents the first farm-to-table dinner of the 2016 series!

This dinner will feature a forage party led by Botanist Abby Artemisia where guests will learn identify in-season wild edibles and their uses. The dinner will focus on a mix of wild edibles and mid-spring garden produce, prepared by Chef Mark Bodenstein and Chef Doni Attebery of Nuvo at Greenup.

Alcohol is not served. Ticket holders will be presented a menu from which they can pair their own drink selections which they are welcome and encouraged to bring to the dinner.

Cost: $150.

Location:
Carriage House Farm
10251 Miamiview Rd.
North Bend, OH

Contact:
Carriage House Farm / (513) 967-1106 /

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2484253

 

Free online webinar 

Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:00 pm

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How would you like to access zero-interest, zero-fee capital to grow your farm business? You can, and OEFFA can help!

Join us for a webinar to learn about Kiva, a global crowdfunding site with more than 1.4 million lenders around the world who invest in zero-interest, zero-fee microloans of $10,000 or less, with up to a one-year grace period for borrowers. OEFFA became a Kiva Zip trustee in 2014 to help Ohio's sustainable farmers access this unique funding opportunity.

Kiva fellow Reese Neader will explain how the program works and walk you through the application process. Learn how OEFFA, as a Kiva Zip trustee, can endorse loan requests from individual borrowers to Kiva's community of lenders, helping farmers affordably access the capital they need to grow their businesses.

Reese is the founder and CEO of Forge Columbus, a civic organization that supports entrepreneurship and innovation in Columbus. He attended Denison University before serving as policy director for the Roosevelt Institute. He has given trainings on community development to international organizations including the United Nations and World Bank.

This summer, Forge Columbus, will launch Columbus as a "Kiva City," an official partnership between local government, community organizations, and community financial organizations to expand access to low-interest capital for entrepreneurs. The Kiva City program was pioneered by Bill Clinton in Little Rock, Arkansas and has since expanded to 13 U.S. cities, including Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.

Location:
Free online webinar

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

http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5731078289869431042

 

Akron, OH 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.

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Shopping is not as simple and easy as it was in the past. As consumers increasingly care about the hidden environmental, social, and public health costs of conventional food production, companies and farms are striving to set their products apart.

But as more food labels—like local, organic, natural, fair trade, grass-fed, and non-GMO—show up on market shelves, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new and competing claims. What do all these labels really mean, and how do they impact you and your family?

Join OEFFA for a free presentation to learn, What's in a Name?

Discover how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of food labels. Learn how to understand different labels and how to protect your right to clear and honest labeling.

All are welcome, but space is limited. RSVP in person at Mustard Seed Market & Cafe or go to http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/.

Location:
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
3885 W Market St.
Akron, OH 44333

Contact:
Abraham Nabors / (330) 666-7333 /

http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/

 

Cleveland, OH 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.

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Shopping is not as simple and easy as it was in the past. As consumers increasingly care about the hidden environmental, social, and public health costs of conventional food production, companies and farms are striving to set their products apart.

But as more food labels—like local, organic, natural, fair trade, grass-fed, and non-GMO—show up on market shelves, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new and competing claims. What do all these labels really mean, and how do they impact you and your family?

Join OEFFA for a free presentation to learn, What's in a Name?

Discover how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of food labels. Learn how to understand different labels and how to protect your right to clear and honest labeling.

All are welcome, but space is limited. RSVP in person at Mustard Seed Market & Cafe or go to http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/.

Location:
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
6025 Kruse Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44139

Contact:
Abraham Nabors / (440) 519-3663 /

http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, June 4, 2016
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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The Turner Farm Community Garden Program is offering a series of five free gardening classes for home and community gardeners. During the five sessions, learn garden basics together in the classroom and the Franciscan Community Garden. Class topics will include growing fruits and vegetables naturally, sowing seeds and potatoes, seasonal growing practices, managing pests, when and how to harvest as well as storing and preserving your garden bounty.

To help you better understand how to grow fruits and vegetables, and learn the annual cycle of work in a garden, everyone will work in their own garden journal. The journal will also be supplemented with gardening fact sheets and diagrams to help you successfully garden at home or in a community garden. In addition through the Learn-Grow-Earn Program participants will have the opportunity to earn a garden bed for their home in exchange for participating in the garden classes, practicum and volunteer work.

Classes are FREE with advance registration.

Location:
Franciscan Community Garden
110 Compton Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45215

Contact:
Turner Farm Community Garden Program / 513-328-0100 /

 

Cadiz, OH 

Saturday, June 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Observe a five acre working homestead with installed solar panels to learn about:
- No till, sheet composting gardening method
- Pasturing chickens
- Soap making
- Beekeeping/honey production basics
- Processing beeswax and dipped beeswax candle making
- Making kombucha, yogurt, and goat's milk cheese
- Solar energy

Lunch and dinner included plus free samples of soap and candles. Gluten free, vegetarian, and dairy free options at both meals. Optional Yoga Nidra session at 6:30 P.M.

Cost: $75 Single, $100 Couple, $25 each additional family member (youth 13 or over only)

Pre-registration is required.

Location:
Home of Bob & Mary Hooker
86724 Keyser Rd.
Cadiz, OH 43907

Contact:
Bob & Mary Hooker / 740-945-0189 /

 

Alma, MI 

Sunday, June 26, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Ensuring a healthy stand of direct seeded or transplanted crops in the field is critical to farm success. This workshop provides an intensive focus on stand establishment in vegetable crop production covering seed, seeders, germination, and knowing when to till it in and start again for direct seeded crops. This workshop will also cover field establishment from greenhouse to a thriving crop for transplanted crops. We will explore various methods of transplanting and transplant production/management. All core plant families will be covered and optimum systems for each considered. Presenters will cover the right scheduling to get your production on-time for a continuous and bountiful harvest.

Cost: $150 for 1 person ($40 additional for a 2nd person from the same farm)

Presenters: Fred Monroe, Monroe Family Organics, Lee Arboreal, Live Edge Farm

Location:
Monroe Family Organics
8009 N. Ennis Rd.
Alma, MI 48801

Contact:
Tom Cary / (616) 916-9823 /

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

 

Fredericktown, OH 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 through Friday, July 8, 2016
All Day

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Hosted by Sweet Grass Dairy, which has been using multi-species grazing and holistic planning to build soil and establish a more diverse grass stand on the farm. They have also developed an extensive direct marketing outlet for their diverse product line.

Speaker Ian Mitchell-Innes is one of the leading holistic management educators in the world. He is from South Africa and has spoken widely across the U.S., but this is his first time to Ohio. He will speak about
- The relationship between animals and soil life
- Monitoring animals and plants
- Animal nutrition
- Getting correct stock density
- Proper timing of grazing

Speaker Mark Bader of Free Choice Enterprises will speak on animal health and minerals in an animal's diet.

Lunch each day is included and made from the farm's larder of meats and locally sourced vegetables.

Register before May 20 for $495. Register after May 20 for $595.

Location:
Sweet Grass Dairy
Fredericktown, OH

Contact:
Sweet Grass Dairy / 814-758-2708 /

http://sweetgrassdairy.eatfromfarms.com/page/352

 

Battle Creek, MI 

Monday, August 1, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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A hands-on workshop covering the nuts and bolts of successful planning, production, post-harvest handling, packaging, and marketing of summer fruit under hoops (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers). The workshop will also cover ginger, sweet potatoes, and basil.

Led by experienced hoophouse growers and hosted on their farms, content includes an overview of the varieties and techniques that have worked best for them including plant dates, fertility, trellis systems, pest and disease management, harvesting, marketing and more. Don't miss this chance to see their operations and learn from two expert growers in the field.

Cost: $150 for 1 person ($40 for a 2nd person from the same farm)

Presenters: Trent Thompson, Green Gardens Farm and Adam Montri, Ten Hens Farm, facilitated by Jeremy Moghtader, MSU Student Organic Farm/Organic Farmer Training Program

Location:
Green Gardens Farm
14201 H Dr. N
Battle Creek, MI

Contact:
Tom Cary / (616) 916-9823 /

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

 

North Bend, OH 

Saturday, August 27, 2016 through Sunday, August 28, 2016
3:00 pm -7:30 pm

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An on-farm dinner like no other, featuring some of the region's best chefs and producers on one of the area's oldest farms: Carriage House Farm. Hood's Heritage Hogs will be providing the pork for this amazing snout to tail dinner, featuring three courses with pairings of wine and beer. Guests will socialize over pre-dinner drinks while the air is filled with notes of bluegrass.

Featured Chefs:
- Chef Dana Adkins
- Chef Jose Salazar
- Chef Mike Florea
- Chef Stephen Williams
- Chef Jason Louda
- Chef Nino Loreto

Ticket price: $150 for dinner; $200 for two-day event including BizarreBQ.

There are a limited number of special seating tickets that include a space at the invitation-only all-day BizzarBQ event taking place the day before the dinner (Saturday, August 27th). BizzareBQ is a potluck event featuring regional and national chefs, ranchers, farmers, and leaders in the charcuterie world.

Partial proceeds will benefit the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

Location:
Carriage House Farm
10251 Miamiview Rd.
North Bend, OH 45052

Carriage House Farm is an Ohio Century Farm, single-family owned since 1855. The farm supplies a host of regional chefs, artisan producers, and upscale markets.

Contact:
Carriage House Farm / (513) 967-1106 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-haymakers-social-a-75-mile-dinner-tickets-20932490643

 

North Bend, OH 

Sunday, September 18, 2016
12:00 - 4:00 pm

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Every year Carriage House Farm hosts a tour that is free and open to the public. This event highlights their connection with the Tri-State region's locally-owned restaurants and artisan food producers.

Guests can enjoy a Sunday afternoon walking in the garden, touring the stables, riding a hay wagon, and tasting from location to location as they go, different flavors, presented by chefs, cooks, and bakers.

RSVPs are encouraged.

Location:
Carriage House Farm
10252 Miamiview Rd.
North Bend, OH

Contact:
Richard Stewart / 513-967-1106 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-farm-tour-and-local-food-open-house-free-tickets-22789800908

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

Phone: (614) 421-2022   Fax: (614) 421-2011

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