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Planning for Spring Chickens

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:30pm-8pm

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So you think you want to get chickens? Rachel Tayse Baillieul, urban chicken keeper for five years, will discuss the basic supplies and equipment needed to keep chickens as well as basic chicken care. We'll weigh the pros and cons of starting from chicks or pullets, breeds, feed options, and coop designs.

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

 

Marketing Meat

Free online webinar 

Thursday, September 25, 2014
12-1 p.m.

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Food and agriculture marketing experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will be offering a series of free monthly webinars the last Thursday of every month through October.

This session is led by Mark Mechling, an OSU Extension educator.


Contact:
Brad Bergefurd / 740-289-2071 /

http://www.carmenconnect.osu.edu/marketmeat

 

Natural and Sustainable Beekeeping

Columbus, OH 

Thursday, September 25, 2014
6:30pm-8pm

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If you have been thinking about becoming a bee keeper or are interested in the practice of natural bee keeping this timely class is for you. Learn more about keeping bees to prepare for starting your bee keeping adventure next spring. Experienced beekeepers Janine (certified by Gunther Hauk) and Tim will offer you the basics on keeping bees including bee behavior, equipment choices and natural and sustainable methods of managing your hive. Join Janine and Tim in their passion for bees, honey and the natural world.

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

 

Tagging Monarchs

Cincinnati, OH 

Thursday, September 25, 2014
4:30 p.m.

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There is no charge, but if a person would like to sponsor a tag all proceeds go to www.monarchwatch.org.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Farm to School Regional Workshop

North Canton, OH 

Friday, September 26, 2014
8:30am-3:00pm

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Are you interested in promoting Farm to School activities in your local schools and communities? Attend a regional Farm to School Workshop to learn about supporting and developing Farm to School programs in your community! Encourage local food service directors and producers to participate, too. Workshop sessions will provide information and resources on the following topics: Farm to School updates at a state, regional and national level; Purchasing Local Foods for Schools—The Cafeteria Perspective; Food safety related to Farm to School; Direct Marketing—Connecting producers, cooperatives, distributors with schools; The Education Connection—Farm to School in the classroom; Networking opportunities.


Walsh University
2020 E. Maple St., North Canton, OH 44720

Contact:


http://farmtoschool.osu.edu/events/workshops/

 

Solar Cooking the Blue Rock Station Way

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, September 27, 2014
2pm-4pm

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It’s been almost three decades since Annie Warmke walked into a hog field in China and learned the fine art of solar cooking from women who had taken on the electric company in Trinidad and Tobago. For Annie the idea of solar cooking was mesmerizing and she still feels that way about the process of capturing the sun’s heat into a small cardboard box and being able to cook almost anything. And why should we want to know this skill set? How many times a year does the electricity go out, or the propane? How hot is the kitchen when you cook and the air conditioning is trying to keep up with that heat? And wouldn’t it be nice to put the evening meal in a solar cooker in the morning and forget about it until evening without worrying that the food will burn or be overcooked?

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

 

Composting Field Trip

Wooster, OH 

Saturday, September 27, 2014
9am-2pm

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Visit OSU’s Compost Research Center located on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Wooster campus and a commercial composting facility. Tour the facilities and find out what local research is contributing to compost system development! Transportation will be provided, leaving at 9am. Registration is required.

Cuyahoga County OSU Extension

Contact:
Cuyahoga County OSU Extension / (216) 429-8200

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu/other-links/2014%20UrbanAg%20Workshop%20Schedule.pdf

 

Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction Workshop

Yellow Springs, OH 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 through Saturday, September 27, 2014

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In this five-day hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to make a relatively quiet and durable wind turbine from scratch. Students will develop knowledge and skills in basic electricity, wood working, metal working, resin casting, and a variety of other skills. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on work, participants will learn the theory behind and how to build each component of the turbine, as well as final assembly and testing of the finished product.

During this course, participants will complete a 10 feet diameter wind turbine and learn how to scale the design to larger and smaller sizes. These turbines are designed for battery-charging systems, and can also be grid-tied. The design is similar to, and inspired by the work of Hugh Piggott. This design is ideal for those who are interested in building their own wind power systems from scratch for fun, to save money, or for generating power in the developing world. Some time will be spent each day in lecture learning about electricity, wind energy, wind turbine design, towers, wind site assessment, and the basic physics of how the energy in moving air is turned into electricity.

Participants will fabricate the three-phase axial flux alternators, wooden blades, and the metal frame for the wind turbines from scratch. This is an ambitious course, so expect to stay busy. Participants will not take home a wind turbine. The turbine made during the course will be for sale to participants, however.

The class is accredited for 40 Continuing Education Credit Hours (CEUs) by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) in the USA, and the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) internationally.

Instructor: Dan Bartmann, co-author of Homebrew Wind Power: A hands-on guide to harnessing the wind (Buckville Publications, 2009).

Antioch College
Yellow Springs, OH

Contact:


http://antiochcollege.org/small-wind-turbine-design-and-construction-workshop

 

8th Annual Harvest MOON Festival

Oxford, OH 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
1-5 p.m.

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Come to enjoy:
- Farm animals from Double J Farm
- Lively music by the Jericho Old Time Band
- Cider, popcorn, cookies, cakes, homemade soups, salad, and breads
- Vendors from Oxford Farmer’s Market Uptown
- Free hands-on activities for kids
- Information booths with Oxford and Miami University clubs and organizations
- Food demonstrations at 2 p.m. by Patrick Nipper from Kona Bistro and at 3:30 p.m. by Steve Townsend from the MOON Co-op Market
- Educational speakers at 1:30: “Gardening for the Bees – We Need Them!” with Beth Harnist from Adopt-A-Plant, and at 3 p.m.: “The Advantages of Using Raw Milk” with Joe Streit from Double J Farm.
- Rides on a mule drawn wagon sponsored by the Ogle & Paul R. Young Funeral Home

The Festival is co-sponsored by OEFFA's Miami/Oxford Organic Network (MOON) Chapter and the MOON Co-op Market.

Oxford Uptown Park
Oxford, OH

Contact:
Harv Roehling / 513-478-1761

Nani Ball / 513-523-2360 /

 

An Introduction to Farming with Horses

Navarre, OH 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

Draft horses are a great way for farmers and homesteaders to increase their self-sufficiency and maintain a sustainable lifestyle. A good team of horses help limit a farm’s reliance on fossil fuels while providing companionship, efficient tillage, and manure for healthy soils. Seasoned organic farmer and teamster Alex Dragovich has used horse power on Mud Run Farm since 1995 to grow vegetables, hay, small grains, fruit, berries, and free-range chicken and eggs. Join Alex for a day-long, hands-on training in the basics of horse-based agriculture. Safety, grooming, stabling, harnessing, and hitching will be covered. Alex will also share simple work exercises and demonstrate homemade equipment.

Cost: $65 for OEFFA members, $75 for non-members. Lunch, coffee, and tea will be provided by Raisin Rack Natural Food Market, a proud partner of Mud Run Farm.

Registration: Registration is now closed. Space is limited to 10 participants, and we've sold out. For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at 614-421-2022 Ext. 206 or milo@oeffa.org. To learn more about Mud Run Farm, call (330) 268-2600 or email acdrag@yahoo.com.

Safety Note: Participants will have hands-on experience with horses. The horses are well-trained and any interaction will be supervised by a professional; however, there are still risks involved in working with large draft animals. Mud Run Farm and OEFFA cannot accept any liability for injury resulting from participation in this workshop.

This event is presented by OEFFA and part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Mud Run Farm
14126 Millersburg Rd. SW, Navarre, OH 44662

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

http://www.oeffa.org/documents/farmtour2014.pdf

 

Plant Identification Weed Walk

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
9am-10am

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Instructor: Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadows

Bring your guidebooks, binoculars, walking shoes and appropriate clothing.

It is recommended that you pre-register. Cost: Free.

Prairie Oaks
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Dawn Combs / 614-354-5162 /

http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com

 

Sourdough 101

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
1:30pm-3pm

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Sourdough is the original leavened bread. Harnessing the complex ecosystem of a traditional sourdough starter allows you to bake more delicious and digestible bread at home. Sourdough aficionado Jessica Mills will share the history and science behind sourdough and show you how to care for and bake with your own starter. Participants will be guided through the steps of sourdough baking, taste various loafs of bread, and receive a traditional sourdough starter to take and bake with at home. All levels of bread baking skill are welcome.


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

 

National Alpaca Farm Days

Springfield, OH 

Saturday, September 27, 2014 through Sunday, September 28, 2014
12-4 p.m.

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It’s that time of year again…National Alpaca Farm Days is almost here! Root Down Acres will be participating again this year. Learn about alpacas, fiber processing, and watch alpacas grazing in the pasture. The Farm Store will be open and complimentary refreshments will be available.

Root Down Acres
Springfield, OH

Contact:
Missy Kroninger /

http://www.rootdownacres.com/national-alpaca-farm-days-2014/

 

Livestock Inputs Webinar

Online Webinar 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
1 p.m.

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This webinar presented by IOIA and the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) will introduce commonly used organic materials, what organic inspectors look for during an inspection, and how OMRI evaluates livestock inputs. It will include pre-course self-study; in-class discussion, examples, exercises, and the opportunity for questions and answers; and a post-course evaluation. Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI NOP Livestock Input Materials Certificate of Completion. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a Letter of Participation to document their attendance.

This webinar is conducted as part of a partnership between OEFFA, Ohio State University’s Department of Preventative Veterinary Medicine, and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) funded by a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) professional development grant. The project is designed to provide educational programming for veterinarians, Extension educators, and other professionals who routinely work with organic livestock herds and flocks.

To register, for more information, or to recommend a veterinarian or other livestock professional who could benefit from receiving information about this project, contact Eric Pawlowski.


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

 

2014 National eXtension Food Security Conference

Cleveland, OH 

Monday, September 29, 2014 through Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Cleveland, OH

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The eXtension Community of Practice (eCoP) on Community, Local & Regional Food Systems will host a Food Security Conference entitled Building Extension Capacity to Address Community Food Security through Food Systems. Its goal is to concretely position food security as a priority in food system research and practice, and to enhance Extension’s capacity to work on food security and food systems.

Hilton Garden Inn
Cleveland, OH

Contact:


http://fyi.uwex.edu/cfsi/2014/06/16/extension-colleagues-this-post-is-for-you/

 

Organic Dairy Farm Tour

Greensfield, OH 

Saturday, October 4, 2014
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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The DeBruin family have been farming seasonally for more than 20 years and certified organic since 2006. They operate a 33 cow seasonal grass-based dairy on 65 acres of pasture and woods, raising nine heifers and nine calves each year. Join this tour to learn about operating an organic dairy and why the DeBruins purchase their supplemental hay and grain. Following the tour, a talk is scheduled with a local grazing group. Guests are welcome to bring a packed lunch and join in the discussion.

This event is presented by OEFFA and part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, providing unique opportunities for growers, educators, and conscientious eaters to learn about sustainable food and fiber production in a real world setting from farmers with years of practical experience.

Consumers interested in local foods, farmers and market gardeners wanting to learn more and network with other farmers, and aspiring and beginning farmers, are encouraged to attend.

All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted.

DeBruin Family Dairy
7580 Pisgah Rd., Greenfield, OH 45123

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

http://www.oeffa.org/documents/farmtour2014.pdf

 
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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 
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Columbus OH 43214

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