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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

 

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

 

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

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, July 24, 2016
1-4 p.m.

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Women Grow Ohio (WGO), in partnership with Rural Action, invites the public to tour and learn about women owned or operated farmsteads. This Farm Fair will gather women farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and food producers from Central Ohio to discuss and showcase their work. Bee Good Gardens will act as the convening host site, and will offer tours and insight to their operations. Gather with women farmers to participate in farm tours, informational sessions, networking, and fun!

The Farm Fair is free to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

Women farmers who are interested in being participants in the Farm Fairs are urged to contact Annie Warmke at annie@bluerockstation.com or (740) 674-4300.

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. For more information about Women Grow Ohio's work, visit www.womengrowohio.com.

Rural Action is a membership based organization working to build sustainable local economies in Appalachian Ohio. For more information about Rural Action's work visit www.ruralaction.org.

Location:
Bee Good Gardens
1360 Home Acre Dr.
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Annie Warmke / (740) 674-4300 /

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecfra3y54b8bf52a&llr=du8cg7iab

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, July 24, 2016
2-4 p.m.

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Join this tour to learn about the entire process off raising quail for meat and eggs including hatching, brooding, and egg and meat processing. Interact with birds of various types and ages, and see where they live, what they eat, and what they produce. Explore the perennial crops and plants on the homestead, visit with some Chukar partridges, and learn about some ways to use feathers and eggs for crafts.

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:
Pettibone Urban Game
2102 Ormond Ave.
Columbus, OH 43224

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

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

 

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

 

Granville, OH 

Thursday, August 4, 2016
7-8 p.m.

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When the Granville Schools Sustainability Project started almost 10 years ago, its goals were simple: to develop and maintain a sustainable garden to help students appreciate the "bounty" of their food and to take into account the land, resources, and labor required to produce it. As the project grew, however, they realized it could accomplish much more.

Jim Redding will explain how this project is encouraging his students to get involved in shaping the future and increasing their understandings of curriculum-related subjects such as conventional and sustainable agriculture, pollution, biodiversity, solid waste management, genetics, plant development and propagation, ecosystems, and species interaction. He will also explore how it is providing opportunities for collaboration with other teachers, subjects, grade levels, and schools, while engaging students with the natural world and enhancing the school grounds.

Tour the school garden, aquaponics system, hoop house, raised beds, bee hives, and see permaculture principles in practice while hearing how the project has become a growing part of the school lunch program and helped fuel discussions about diet and health. Join Jim for an evening of "show and tell" and hear more about the school's story.


This event is offered by The Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team 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, 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:
Granville High School
248 New Burg St.
Granville, OH 43023

Contact:
Jim Reding / (740) 334-2085 /

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

 

Grafton, OH 

Thursday, August 4, 2016
1-4 p.m.

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Women Grow Ohio (WGO), in partnership with Rural Action, invites the public to tour and learn about women owned or operated farmsteads. This Farm Fair will gather women farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and food producers from northeast Ohio to discuss and showcase their work. Aggie's Rest will act as the convening host site, and will offer tours and insight to their operations. Gather with women farmers to participate in farm tours, informational sessions, networking, and fun!

The Farm Fair is free to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

Women farmers who are interested in being participants in the Farm Fairs are urged to contact Annie Warmke at annie@bluerockstation.com or (740) 674-4300.

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. For more information about Women Grow Ohio's work, visit www.womengrowohio.com.

Rural Action is a membership based organization working to build sustainable local economies in Appalachian Ohio. For more information about Rural Action's work visit www.ruralaction.org.

Location:
Aggie's Rest
19107 Avon Belden Rd.
Grafton, OH

Contact:
Annie Warmke / (740) 674-4300 /

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecfreanmebd55d29&llr=du8cg7iab

 

Ravenna, OH 

Friday, August 5, 2016
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Making money from your pastured poultry requires careful planning, sound budgeting, and effective management. Join Ami Gignac and Tim Fox of Breakneck Acres and Casey Rogers of Fertrell for a day-long look at profitably raising healthy layers and broilers on pasture. Ami and Casey will connect financial health and flock health during this session exploring planning and forecasting, budgeting and cost tracking, operations, nutrition and feed mixing, disease management, and financial analysis and pricing. Attendees will receive customizable spreadsheet files with profit and loss statements for broilers and layers. A livestock and poultry specialist for Fertrell, Casey Rogers works with hundreds of pastured and organic farms across the country.

Cost and Registration: $50 for OEFFA members, $70 for non-members. Price includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/poultryinmotion.

This workshop 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:
Breakneck Acres
2743 Summit Rd.
Ravenna, OH 44266

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

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

 

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