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Plight of the Pollinator

Delaware, OH 

Thursday, May 14, 2015
6-8 p.m.

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Why are honey bees and other pollinators disappearing? Together with you and your questions, apiarist Dave Noble will help to make sense of the many factors contributing to the loss of pollinators. Join Stratford Ecological Center for a lively discussion about this global problem. $10/person- all ages.

Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH

Contact:
Stratford Ecological Center / 740-363-2548 /

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org

 

High Tunnel Series: Tomato Grafting and Management

Cleveland, OH 

Saturday, May 16, 2015
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Grafting tomatoes is a technique to combine a specific tomato variety with a different rootstock for increased production and disease resistance. Join Cuyahoga County OSU Extension to learn the basics of grafting along with tomato management inside a high tunnel. This workshop is free; no registration is required.

Good Earth Garden
Corner of Madison Ave. and W. 96th St., Cleveland, OH

Contact:
OSU Extension / 216-429-8200

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu

 

Urban Shepherds Training

Peninsula, OH 

Saturday, May 16, 2015
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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The Urban Shepherds Training day teaches people how to care for a flock during maintenance. Topics include: The Shepherd's Calendar, How to Handle a Sheep, How to Oversee Grazing Flocks, How to Recognize Common Sheep Ailments, How to Handle Sheep, and Moving and Maintaining Fencing. Upon completion on training, you should be ready to care for flocks during the Maintenance Period of the Shepherd's Calendar and prepared your urban grazing project.

Reservations required. $35 per person. Lunch and FAMACHA training included.

The Spicy Lamb Farm
6560 Akron Peninsula Rd., Peninsula, OH

Contact:
Urban Shepherds

http://thespicylamb2.publishpath.com/urban-shepherds-training-class

 

Drip Irrigation

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, May 17, 2015
2-4 p.m.

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Cost: $35

The Columbus Agrarian Society is a resource center for and by the gardeners of central Ohio complete with space to gather, network, and share skills. They offer classes and workshops on topics related to intensive growing, services such as consulting and garden tilling, and professional growing supplies and materials to meet the needs of a new breed of growers in central Ohio.

Harmonious Homestead
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Columbus Agrarian Society /

http://www.columbusagrariansociety.com

 

Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
4:30-7:30 p.m.

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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

Contact:
Franklin County Local Food Council /

 

Beekeeping Webinar: American Foul Brood

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
9-10 a.m.

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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 http://u.osu.edu/beelab/.

This session features Jim Tew, Alabama Cooperative Extension Service.


Contact:
Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension /

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/

 

Managing a High Tunnel in a Community Garden

Cleveland, OH 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
6-8 p.m.

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Growing successfully in a high tunnel involves learning a new set of gardening knowledge and skills. Join Cuyahoga County OSU Extension to find out what is different about growing in a high tunnel than outdoors and how to share the knowledge and responsibility with fellow community garden members. This workshop is free; no registration is required.

Medina Ave. Garden
8316 Medina Ave., Cleveland, OH

Contact:
OSU Extension / 216-429-8200

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu

 

Restoration Agriculture Design Course with Mark Shepard

Minerva, OH 

Friday, May 22, 2015 through Sunday, May 24, 2015

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This is the second of a 3-part Design Certification Course in Restoration Agriculture held 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 second course will focus on the layout, final design and initial installation of the Key Line water
management system. This will be an intensively hands-on weekend!

Part 3 will take place September 4-6, 2015.

Course Highlights:
• Keyline design
• Keyline layout and installation (hands-on)
• On-farm tree propagation methods
• Integrated multispecies grazing, fencing options
• Tool and equipment options, hands-on demonstrations
• 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

Contact:
Kip Gardner / 330-265-5992 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/permaculture-design-restoration-agriculture-certification-courses-with-

 

Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Bath, OH 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 through Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6-9 p.m.

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This highly rated four-session course will take a small group of participants through the process of setting personal and farming goals, assessing available resources, and developing an action plan to guide next steps. Along the way, participants will take a close look at the realities of working for themselves and managing a successful agriculture venture. This class will feature speakers from successful farm businesses like Breakneck Acres and Breezy Hill Farm, and includes a tour of Trapp Family Farm.

Originally developed by New England Small Farm Institute, Exploring the Small Farm Dream is specially designed for anyone who has wondered what it would be like to start a small farm or other agricultural business. This may include people thinking about changing careers to start a farm, taking over an existing family farm business, farming part-time while continuing other employment, or developing an informal agricultural pastime into a more series business activity. This is not a farm business planning course, but a precursor to farm business planning, with the ultimate goal of helping participants answer the question, “Is starting an agricultural business right for me?”

Registration is $100 per person, or $150 for two people from the same farm business.

Crown Point Ecology Center
3220 Ira Rd., Bath, OH

Contact:
Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy

http://www.cvcountryside.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=22282

 

Inside the Mind of the Beehive

Delaware, OH 

Thursday, June 11, 2015
6-8 p.m.

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Join apiarist Dave Noble on a tour of the world of the honey bee hive. You will explore the communication and thought processes of a hive and discover how the hive thinks and acts as a 'super- organism'. "Bee" sure to bring your questions! $10/person/all ages.

Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH

Contact:
Stratford Ecological Center / 740-363-2548 /

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org

 

Beekeeping Webinar: Social Insects: An Overview

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
9-10 a.m.

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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 http://u.osu.edu/beelab/.

This session features Joe Raczkowski, The Ohio State University.


Contact:
Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension /

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/

 

Solar Electric Workshops

Columbus, OH 

Monday, June 15, 2015 through Friday, June 19, 2015
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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With prices for photovoltaic (PV) systems falling and demand exploding, solar energy is becoming economical for nearly every home or farm. If you have ever wanted to make your farm energy independent, take your homestead off the grid, or start your own business installing PV systems, now is a great time!

Join OEFFA and Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a five-day training course where you will learn how to design and install PV systems. The course will be equally divided between lectures and hands-on labs. You will learn with a working PV system, dismantling and reinstalling it, troubleshooting, and testing its proper operation. You will also learn how to integrate a working wind turbine into the PV system. At the end of the week, you will have the opportunity to sit for an internationally recognized certification Level 1 examination offered by the Electronic Technicians Association (ETA), which allows you to receive a respected industry credential demonstrating your knowledge.

Cost: $930 for OEFFA members, $970 for non-members. The cost includes ETA fees, an installation toolkit, and a course workbook. Lunch is provided on each class day. Contact OEFFA if you would like to discuss installment options. All attendees must be paid in full by the beginning of their first class.

Registration: Registration is limited to 10 students. Register online at www.oeffa.org by Wednesday, June 10.

OEFFA
41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH

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

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/pv-certification-solar-electric-workshops

 

Botanical Home Health Weekend

Marysville, OH 

Saturday, July 11, 2015 through Sunday, July 12, 2015

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This is Mockingbird Meadow's introductory weekend for those folks just getting started with using plant based health in the home. Dawn Combs will cover the following and more:
- Hands-on instruction for basic medicine-making techniques,
- Research techniques and reliable sources for herbal information,
- An introduction to various forms of holistic medicine,
- Basic planting, harvesting and processing of home grown herbs,
- First aid techniques,
- Herbal health terminology,
- How much, how often, and how to scale herbal medicine for family members,
- Traditional food options, methods and lifestyle modifications for vital health.

All materials and herbs for class are covered in the fee. It is suggested that you pack a lunch both days.

Mockingbird Meadows Herbal Health Farm
Marysville, OH

Contact:
Down Combs / (614) 354-5162 /

http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com/shop/botanical-home-health-weekend-2/

 

Beekeeping Webinar: Effect of Tank-mix Pesticide Combinations on Bees

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
9-10 a.m.

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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 http://u.osu.edu/beelab/.

This session features Reed Johnson, The Ohio State University.


Contact:
Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension /

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/

 

Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
4:30-7:30 p.m.

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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

Contact:
Franklin County Local Food Council /

 

Midwest Native Plant Conference

Dayton, OH 

Friday, July 24, 2015 through Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Featured keynote speakers include Kenn Kaufman, author, artist, naturalist and conservationist, known for his work on several popular field guides of birds and butterflies. Professor Don Leopold, Forest Ecologist, John Magee, landscape architect, and Hal Mann, master gardener and President of Wild Ones Oaks Openings Chapter will also be speaking.

The event also features engaging and informative breakout sessions and field trips on Saturday, evening programs on Friday and Saturday followed by "Sights and Sounds of the Night" walks. On Sunday, there will be field trips to some of the most diverse and interesting places around the state.

Bergamo Center
Dayton, OH

Contact:
Kathy / (937) 477-1131 /

http://www.midwestnativeplants.org

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

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