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Chillicothe, OH 

Saturday, June 25, 2016
2 p.m.

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Paul Dorrance and his wife, Heather, started Pastured Providence Farmstead, a small, sustainable, diversified, pasture-based farm, in 2014. They strive to "partner with creation to produce healthy food" by raising livestock without any growth hormones, antibiotics, or chemicals. The farm's cows and sheep are 100 percent grass-fed and finished, and the pigs, chickens, and turkeys get a daily helping of grass and hay and a non-genetically modified feed, sourced from a local farmer. Pastured Providence Farmstead focuses on producing healthy food for south-central Ohio using heritage breed stock, including Red Poll cattle, St. Croix sheep, Large Black hogs, Narragansett turkeys, and Buckeye laying hens. Paul and Heather will share their values, methods, and lessons learned to both educate and encourage others who want to produce food in an ethical, humane, ecologically sound manner.

Registration: To register, email paul@pasturedprovidence.com by June 18.

This tour is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Pastured Providence Farmstead
3316 Chapel Creek Rd.
Chillicothe, OH 45601

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, June 26, 2016
2-4 p.m.

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Peace, Love, and Freedom Urban Farm is a certified organic urban farm focusing on specialty crops like ground cherries, currant tomatoes, cucamelons, orach, garnishes, rainbow carrots, and rainbow beets. They operate a Clintonville-based community supported agriculture (CSA) program, sell at the Clintonville Farmers' Market, and provide produce to central Ohio locally-sourcing restaurants. Learn about intensive and sustainable growing practices during this tour.

This event is offered by the Columbus Agrarian Society as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with OEFFA, The Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Peace, Love, and Freedom Urban Farm
4541 N. 4th St.
Columbus, OH 43224

Contact:
Columbus Agrarian Society / (614) 557-8902 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Loveland, OH 

Sunday, June 26, 2016
2-5 p.m.

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Earth-Shares CSA's mission is to provide members with fresh, organic vegetables produced by their farmers. They distribute healthy food through their community supported agriculture (CSA) program, a self-serve produce stand, and at the Loveland Farmers Market. Earth-Shares CSA started 10 years ago and leases long-time certified organic land from Grailville Farm.

Join this workshop to learn about small-scale organic agriculture and see on-the-ground demonstrations. Gain insight into the organic label, which integrates cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Engage in hands-on activities, such as soil preparation with a broad fork, weeding with a wheel hoe, mulching tomatoes with a scythe, preparing irrigation systems, direct sowing and broadcast seeding, and observations of soil, plant health, cover crops, row cover, and insect habitats.

Cost and Registration: $10. Pre-registration required. To register, email Ken Stern at farmtrainingOH@gmail.com or call (513) 473-1860 by June 22.

This event is offered by the Our Harvest Research and Education Institute as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with OEFFA, The Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, and Columbus Agrarian Society. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Earth-Shares CSA at Grailville
932 O'Bannonville Rd.
Loveland, OH 45140

Contact:
Our Harvest Research and Education Institute / (513) 473-1860 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

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

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, June 26, 2016
1 p.m.

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Join Steve and Gretel Adams for a guided tour of Sunny Meadows Flower Farm. This seven acre urban flower farm specializes in mixed cut flower bouquets for local farmers' markets, grocery stores, florists, weddings, special events, and their on-site retail farm stand.

This tour is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Sunny Meadows Flower Farm
3555 Watkins Rd.
Columbus, OH 43232

Contact:
Sunny Meadows Flower Farm / (614) 362-5102 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Coshocton, OH 

Thursday, June 30, 2016
6:30-9 p.m.

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Eli Yoder grows 15 acres of nutrient-dense mixed vegetables at Blossom Acres Farm, which serves more than 100 community supported agriculture (CSA) shareholders. When Eli purchased the farm five years ago, the soil was extremely degraded after many years of being cash cropped in Roundup Ready corn. As a result, Eli lost most of his first CSA customers due to crop failures and poor fruit quality.

After integrating a regenerative program on his farm to bring back life to the dead soil, his yields, produce quality, and soil biology all improved dramatically. His CSA business rebounded and continues to grow each season. Attend this farm tour for a first-hand look at Eli's crops and to hear the methods he employed to regenerate his farm. Refreshments will follow the tour.

Registration: To register, call (440) 632-1014 or go to http://bit.ly/blossom-acres by July 11.

This event is offered by Advancing Eco Agriculture as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with OEFFA, The Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Blossom Acres Produce
44548 County Rd. 19
Coshocton, OH 43812

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

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

 

Sunbury, OH 

Saturday, July 9, 2016
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Join Glass Rooster Cannery for a discussion on the benefits of fermentation as a preservation method.

Explore a variety of gourmet tastes in a fermented dinner together and learn how to make your own batches of fermentation.

Plan on taking fermentation starters home to care for and enjoy.

Cost:$75 per person

Location:
Glass Rooster Cannery
1673 South State Route 605
Sunbury, OH 43074

Contact:
Glass Rooster Cannery / 614-499-2958 /

http://glassroostercannery.com/class-registration/fermentation-for-health-9/

 

Sunbury, OH 

Saturday, July 9, 2016
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Fermented foods offer a world of health benefits and gourmet options!

Join Glass Rooster Cannery for a discussion on the benefits of fermentation as a preservation method. Together, we will explore a variety of gourmet tastes in a fermented dinner and learn how to make your own batches of fermentation.

Plan on taking fermentation starters home to care for and enjoy.

Cost: $75.00 per person

Location:
Glass Rooster Cannery
1673 South State Route 605
Sunbury, OH 43074

Contact:
Glass Rooster Cannery / 614-499-2958 /

http://glassroostercannery.com/class-registration/fermentation-for-health-9/

 

Evendale, OH 

Saturday, July 9, 2016
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (workshop), 12:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (tour)

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Gorman Heritage Farm is a 122 acre working farm and outdoor education center, inviting visitors to explore and learn the history, methods, and values of a working farm. The farm, purchased in 1835 by Edward Brown, was passed through the Brown family and eventually, through marriage, to the Gormans. In 1943, siblings Jim and Dorothy Gorman took over the property and continued to farm the land, inviting neighbors, particularly children, to learn about food and farming. Today, Gorman Heritage Farm continues that good work. This farm tour will explore the historic property, including the three original buildings: the Farmhouse, Spring House, and Bank Barn. Visit the gardens, explore the farmyard, and meet the farm's friendly animals.

Before the tour, a biochar workshop will cover the history, production methods, and benefits of biochar in sustainable agriculture. A type of charcoal, biochar can be added to soils to improve soil health and plant growth and sequester carbon. The creation and application of biochar is an ancient practice receiving new attention as a method of mitigating climate change while simultaneously improving soil structure, aeration, water retention, and beneficial microbial growth.

The workshop will be broken into three main parts. It will begin with a one hour presentation on the history, production methods, and benefits of biochar. A 45 minute tour of the composting area and market garden to see the application steps will be followed by a 45 minute visit to Gorman's biochar kiln to see how it is produced on-farm. Attendees are encouraged to bring water and a snack, and to wear appropriate shoes and clothes.

Cost and Registration: The farm tour is free and open to the public, but space is limited to 40 people. Pre-registration is required. To register, email kgetz@gormanfarm.org by July 1.The biochar workshop costs $15. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 40 people. To register, go to http://www.gormanfarm.org/product/3383/.

This tour is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Rd.
Evendale, OH 45241

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Delaware, OH 

Saturday, July 9, 2016
10 a.m.-12 p.m. (tour), 12:30-2:30 p.m. (workshop)

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Join Stratford Ecological Center apiarist Dave Noble for a discussion of the challenges and benefits of incorporating bees, beekeeping, and apiculture into a sustainable, organic farming system. Gain an overview of the issues related to establishing an apiary, or just a few hives, from Colony Collapse Disorder and varroa mites to Africanized bees and chemical-free hive management.

After the tour, stay for a workshop for a more in-depth look at the hives. Dave will take guests out to open up the hives and meet the bees themselves. Bring your own lunch to enjoy while exploring what it takes to become a successful beekeeper and discussing the many hive products that can be harvested, marketed, and sold.

Cost and Registration: The farm tour is free and open to the public. The cost of the workshop is $10. Workshop pre-registration is required. To register, go to www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org or call (740) 363-2548.

This tour is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd.
Delaware, OH 43085

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Sunbury, OH 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Make jam while you learn to put up your harvest in a water bath canning lesson!

Glass Rooster Cannery will offer a variety of fruit and creative add-ins to create your own signature jar of jam.

Taste your way through samples as we discuss the ins and outs of the process of water bath canning, then get ready for a hands-on lesson.

Each participant takes home a jar of jam.

Cost: $49.00 per person

Location:
Glass Rooster Cannery
1673 South State Route 605
Sunbury, OH 43074

Contact:
Glass Rooster Cannery / 614-499-2958 /

http://glassroostercannery.com/class-registration/we-can-water-bath-canning-101-13/

 

Sunbury, OH 

Thursday, July 14, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Make your own fresh mozzarella cheese with Glass Rooster Cannery!

Learn simple techniques to produce a plain, salted loaf of creamy goodness or spice things up by adding aromatic and spice.

Then, we will sample our cheese with hors d'ouervers and choose the class' favorite combination.

Leave with your cheese, recipes, and the confident ability to master mozzarella at home.

Cost: $55.00 per person

Location:
Glass Rooster Cannery
1673 South State Route 605
Sunbury, OH 43074

Contact:
Glass Rooster Cannery / 614-499-2958 /

http://glassroostercannery.com/class-registration/mozzarella-cheese-making-6/

 

Yorkshire, OH 

Friday, July 15, 2016
10 a.m.

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Thomas and Jamie Heckman are fifth generation dairy farmers. Together with Thomas' parents, Bill and Mary Beth, the family maintains 80 cows year-round and raise replacements, which are rotationally grazed on the farm's 340 certified organic acres. To be self-sufficient, they grow all their own feed, raising corn, corn silage, hay, triticale, timothy, forage sorghum, oats, and soybeans. Hear how Thomas and Jamie produce quality forages and manage their herd. This tour will feature rotational paddocks and information on expansion opportunities for organic producers. Organic Valley staff veterinarian Dr. Guy Jodarski will also discuss the benefits of high quality forage in a dairy feed ration. Refreshments will be provided by co-sponsor Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative.

Registration: Pre-registration is encouraged. To register, email rose.smith@organicvalley.coop.

This tour is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Heckman Family Dairy
9276 State Rte. 705
Yorkshire, OH 45388

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, July 17, 2016
2-4 p.m.

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Foraged & Sown is a growing and foraging operation that seeks out flavors to share with customers at the Clintonville Farmers' Market and select area retail outlets. The cultivated half of Foraged & Sown focuses on herb seedlings, culinary herbs, and specialty berries grown on multiple parcels. This tour takes place at the "home base," which includes a front yard perennial and annual culinary herb garden, alpine strawberries, backyard-scale greenhouse and high tunnel, and multiple experimental plantings.

This event is offered by the Columbus Agrarian Society as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with OEFFA, The Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Foraged & Sown
1264 Elmore Rd.
Columbus, OH 43224

Contact:
Columbus Agrarian Society / (614) 557-8902 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

The Plains, OH 

Monday, July 18, 2016 through Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Full-day sessions

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Whether you are a local food entrepreneur, farmer, processor, retailer, or locavore, this gathering has something for everyone; creative, ideas, proven approaches, great connections, plenty of interaction and fun!

This year's conference highlights the economic impacts of local/regional food, the development of food production and distribution hubs, and development of retail markets. In addition to in-depth panel sessions, time will be set aside for peers in the local food economy to share their experiences with one another and discuss their own projects.

Location:
The Eclipse Company Store
11309 Jackson Dr.
The Plains, OH 45780

Contact:
Real Food Real Local Institute / 740-592-3854 /

http://realfoodreallocalinstitute.org/5th-annual-real-food-real-local-conference/upcoming-classes-co

 

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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
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Columbus OH 43214

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