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Flower Crown Workshop

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Learn to make your very own flower crown with our team of designers! Crowns are a major trend right now with our wedding customers, and they're always a big hit. You will not only leave with a beautiful crown of your own but the knowledge for how to make one for yourself in the future!

Reserve a spot at

Sunny Meadows Flower Farm
3555 Watkins Road Columbus, OH 43232

Gretel and Steve Adams


The Farmers’ Table

Auburn Township, OH  

Sunday, August 30, 2015
4 p.m.


The Farmers’ Table is coming to northeast Ohio this year!

OEFFA, organic farmers Jake and Dawn Trethewey of Maplestar Farm, and their long-time restaurant partners, the Driftwood Group, will be offering a truly delicious experience that celebrates Ohio farms and flavors. Erik Martinez, Executive Chef at Cibreo, will prepare something extra special for the occasion.

Tour an organic farm, enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and experience a locally sourced menu rooted in organic vegetables with tasteful snout-to-tail accents from a pastured hog.

All proceeds support OEFFA. More information and tickets are now available at

Maplestar Farm
10382 E. Washington St., Auburn Township, OH

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /

Milo Petruziello / /


OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Planning Meeting

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, August 31, 2015
7-9 p.m.


OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter is holding a planning meeting to select the topics for the 2015-2016 meetings and individuals can lead the discussions. The goal is to select topics that relate to our chapter members and help them grow as producers. If you cannot attend the planning meeting but have a topic that you want considered please email Chuck Dilbone at before the August 31 meeting.

Currently, the chapter has received the following ideas:
• GMO – Why not? Discussion of all the variables concerning the GMO topic.
• What does an organic certification mean and how do you become certified
• Controlling weeds
• Irrigation
• Raising berries and other small fruits
• Growing in hoophouses
• Making jelly and jams
• Canning and freezing produce
• Permaculture

The following are the meeting dates, times, and location for this year’s meetings:
August 31, 7:00 – 9:00 Alexandria Library
October 19, 7:00 – 9:00 Alexandria Library
November 16, 7:00 – 9:00 Alexandria Library
January 19, 7:00 – 9:00 Alexandria Library
March 21, 7:00 – 9:00 Alexandria Library
April 18, 7:00 – 9:00 Alexandria Library
May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 Farm Visit

We hope you will join us for the planning meeting! Your input is important to our chapter.

Alexandria Public Library
Alexandria, OH

Chuck Dilbone /


Cover Crop Farm Tour

Cloverdale, OH  

Thursday, September 3, 2015


This tour will look at more than 10 different cover crops and cover crop mixtures after wheat that are broadcast, drilled, and applied with and without manure, for a total of more than 40 combinations. Participants will learn about soil health concepts, ways to enhance cover crop growth through different seeding methods, and how cover crops may enhance soil productivity, improve yields, and increase profits.
Directions: From the south, take Rte. 65 which becomes Rte. 115. Turn left on Rte. 224/Rte. 115/Rte. 114/Rte. 224. Continue to follow Rte. 224 W. Turn right on Rte. 634. Turn left onto Rd. N. From the east or west, take Rte. 224 to Rte. 634. Turn north on Rte. 634. Turn left on Rd. N.
This event is sponsored by the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to

Turnwald Farm
22714 Rd. N, Cloverdale, OH 45827

Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team / (614) 866-6900 /

Terry and Dennis Turnwald / /


Restoration Agriculture Design Course with Mark Shepard

Minerva, OH 

Friday, September 4, 2015 through Sunday, September 6, 2015


This is the third and final of the 3-part Design Certification Course in Restoration Agriculture at Creekview Ridge Farm.

Spend three days with Mark Shepard, author and owner of New Forest Farm in southwestern Wisconsin to learn the theory and practice of Restoration Agriculture - the intentional restoration of healthy, functional ecosystems, integrating perennial crops and livestock to produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel while restoring critical ecosystem services.

Building on the basic elements of Permaculture design, our certified curriculum is expanded to cover the design, development, and management of farm-scale agricultural ecosystems.

This third course will review the layout, final design and initial installation of the Key Line water management system. We will focus on the planting of our selected trees and installing secondary systems. This will be an intensively hands-on weekend!

Course Highlights:
• Keyline design, layout and installation review
• On-farm tree propagation methods
• Integrated multi-species grazing, fencing options
• Tool and equipment options, hands-on demonstrations
• Tree-planting methods
• Making the Restoration Agriculture Farm profitable.

Course meals prepared with local farm-raised meats and veggies!

Creekview Ridge Farm is a diversified family farm located in the northeast Ohio hill country, owned and stewarded by Kip Gardner, his wife Beth and daughter Hannah. Kip is a former agricultural scientist and currently teaches environmental science at a local 2-year college. They farm a total of 25 acres, focusing on fruits, seasonal vegetables, hay and small livestock. The farm is an intriguing mix of fields, hillside pasture, woodlands, streams, a pond and wetlands that present many design possibilities. Founded around 1870, there are 2 farmhouses and a bank barn dating to about 1880-1900. The Gardners farm using 2 high tunnels, one purchased in 2012 with the help of a USDA EQIP grant.

The cost of the Part 2 course is $325.00 per person. Co-register with someone else and you will each receive a $25.00 registration discount!

Early registration is recommended - the course is limited to 40 participants.

There will be a limited amount of camping (10 - 15 tent spaces) available at the farm. We also have basic indoor accommodations (beds) for 5-6 people in our unrenovated farmhouse. The public parts of the main farmhouse will be open all weekend for free time visiting, networking, cleaning up, etc. There are a several affordable motels within easy driving distance of Minerva.

Creekview Ridge Farm
Minerva, OH

Kip Gardner / 330-265-5992 /


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Field Day

Bowling Green, OH  

Thursday, September 10, 2015


During this field day, co-sponsored by the Organic Food and Farming Education Research (OFFER) program, learn about organic grain crop production and Zeolite soil amendment research, pest scouting, organic controls, and other OFFER projects. An OREI grant project with soil balancing of calcium and magnesium by gypsum, Epsom, and sulfur amendments will be shown. A meal will be provided at no cost.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, email by September 5.

Directions: The Agricultural Incubator Foundation is located 5 miles north of Bowling Green. From I-75, take the exit for Rte. 582 W/ Middleton Pk. Take Rte. 582 W past Rte. 25. The Foundation will be on the south side.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to

Agricultural Incubator Foundation
13737 Middleton Pk., Bowling Green, OH 43402

Alan Sundermeier, OSU Sustainable Agriculture Team / (419) 354-9050 /


Monitoring Health Events in Dairy Herds

Free online webinar 

Thursday, September 10, 2015
12 p.m.


Are you or your clients confronting postpartum diseases in your certified organic dairy herd? Cow diseases, such as mastitis, metritis, and lameness can delay conception, decrease milk yield, and increase the risk for culling. Similarly, calf diseases prior to weaning, such as diarrhea or pneumonia, significantly reduce body weight gain and the future life performance of replacement heifers. These diseases diminish the health of the herd and the profitability of the farm.

Join OEFFA and the Ohio State University on Thursday, September 10 at 12 p.m. ET, for a free webinar, "Monitoring Health Events in Dairy Herds."

Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann, Associate Professor at the Department of Veterinary Medicine at OSU, will explain how you can recognize and record common diseases and implement a preventive health management program that focuses on monitoring risk factors, such as diet and feed, water quality, comfort of pre- and postpartum cows, and calving management.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but pre-registration is required.

Veterinary Continuing Education (CE) credits will be granted on an “hour for hour” basis.

This event is part of an educational livestock health series offered by OSU Veterinary Extension and OEFFA. For more information, go to, call (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209, or email

This series is made possible with funding from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education’s (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program.

Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /


Canning 101

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Learn how to extend the season's bounty by preserving those delicious garden vegetables and fruits of your labor! We will be teaching the basics of water-bath canning and preservation through a hands-on workshop to ensure that your canned goods are safe, fresh, and delicious! $30/member; $40/nonmember

Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH

Gorman Heritage Farm / (513) 563-6663 /


Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
4:30-7:30 p.m.


Formed in late 2011, the Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC) seeks to expand, strengthen, and maintain a resilient and local food system in Franklin County and the surrounding area.The Council meets every other month; meetings are open to the public and all are welcome!

MORPC Headquarters
Columbus, OH

Franklin County Local Food Council /


Beekeeping Webinar: What "Newbees" Need to Know

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
9-10 a.m.


Part of a free, monthly webinar series. Registration is not required. Access the live or recorded session on your computer, smart phone, or iPad. All webinars are recorded and archived at

This session features Alex Zomchek, Master Beekeeping Instructor.

Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension /


Specialty Crops: Cultural Specialties and Unusual Crops

Cleveland, OH 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Learn about culturally important and unusual crops you can grow in NE Ohio. This workshop is free; no registration is required.

Ohio City Farm
W. 24th Pl. and Bridge Ave., Cleveland,44113

Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County Urban Agriculture Workshops / 216-429-8200


Sustainable Living Farm Tour

Weston, OH  

Saturday, September 19, 2015


A tour of Schooner Farms is a unique experience. Tour visitors will see Becky White Schooner's classrooms and sundry shop; various huglekultur mound gardens, including a one-third scale replica of the Great Serpent Mound which is aligned with the moon and sun; a lavender labyrinth; herbs; berries; aquaculture; ponds; a CSA pick up; an apiary, and more.

Directions: From I-75, take Rte. 6 W. The farm is located on the corner of Rte. 6 and Rte. 235/Otsego Pk., about 12 miles from I-75. The farm is roughly two miles west of the wind turbines on Rte. 6.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and the Ohio Women in Agriculture Leadership Network and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to

Schooner Farms
14890 Otsego Pk., Weston, OH 43569

Becky White Schooner / (419) 261-0908 /

Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team / (614) 866-6900 /


Free GMO OMG Film Screening

Bainbridge, OH 

Saturday, September 19, 2015
5:30 p.m.


While unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have quietly filled our supermarket shelves, biotech companies are hoping that consumers won’t ask questions and will eat what we’re told. However, more and more consumers and farmers 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 and whether its possible for consumers to make informed choices and reject the food system currently in place. Along the way, he reveals the state of our current industrial food system and we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to consumers everywhere: What's really on our plate?

Join OEFFA for a FREE screening of GMO OMG!

To RSVP, call (937) 365-1330. Limited space is available.

A community potluck will be held at the film screening, so please bring a dish to share.

7240 Cave Rd., Bainbridge, OH

RSVP / (937) 365-1330

Amalie Lipstreu / (614) 421-2022 /


5K Trail Run/Walk

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, September 19, 2015


The course will show you the full extent of Gorman Heritage Farm. Beginning at the Interpretive Center the course will take participants through the gardens, around the perimeter of the fields, up the hill through the trails to the upper meadow with great views from the overlook on the way back down. The last leg will pass through the farmyard back to the Interpretive Center for the finish!

Participants will be provided with water on course and healthy, replenishing refreshments after race. Water stations at miles 1 and 2 will be added for 2015. The course consists of pavement, hard packed dirt, gravel, wood chips, grass. No spikes allowed.

Timing by Don Connolly Race Management

$25 registration fee includes an athletic T-Shirt, coffee and snacks at the start/finish, and prizes for the top 20 men and top 20 women.

Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH

Gorman Heritage Farm / (513) 563-6663 /


Organic Weed Management Farm Tour

West Jefferson, OH  

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Rock Dove Farm was founded in 2010 by Todd and Heather Schriver. The farm primarily specializes in roots and greens, which are sold at local farmers’ markets and through Great River Organics. The Schrivers will highlight their weed management strategies by demonstrating proper hoeing techniques. They’ll also discuss bed staling and what weed management approaches have and haven’t worked on their farm.

Directions: From Columbus, take I-70 W to Rte. 142 (just past Hilliard Roam Rd. exit). Travel south on Rte. 142. Turn right at the stop light to continue on Rte. 142. Drive through West Jefferson. To stay on Rte. 142, turn left just after the railroad tracks. Continue for 4 miles; the farm is on the left. Pull into the driveway and park in the grass on either side.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to

Rock Dove Farm
5319 State Rte. 142 SE, West Jefferson, OH 43162

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /

Todd and Heather Schriver / (614) 738-1050, (614 /


Carriage House Farm Open House

North Bend, OH  

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Carriage House Farm is a diversified Ohio Century farm that produces grains, fresh produce, herbs, and honey. The farm focuses on sustainable local food production and distribution. Tour the garden and high tunnel, examine machinery used to bale hay, take a wagon ride, tour the new on-farm market and processing facility, and sample farm ingredients prepared by local chefs and artisan producers.

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

Carriage House Farm / (513) 967-1106 /

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

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