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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

 

Making Plant Medicine

Marysville, OH 

Saturday, October 4, 2014
2:00-5:00 p.m.

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Instructor: Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadows

In this seminar we'll head into the kitchen for hands on medicine making! Have you been drawn to natural health aides, but disappointed in the effect that they have on your family budget bottom line? Have you ever wondered about the quality, age or effectiveness of those supplements?

Come and learn how to make your own. The preparations that we will cover include, but are not limited to: Salve, Tincture, Herbal oil, Decoction, Infusion, Herbal oil, Syrup

Pre-registration is required. Cost: $75.

Mockingbird Meadows
Marysville, OH

Contact:
Dawn Combs / 614-354-5162 /

http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com

 

Pumpkin Centerpiece Workshop

Cincinnati, OH 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Welcome the fall season as Turner Farmers guides you through a fun and festive arrangement. Using a squash or pumpkin, you will make a one-of-a-kind flower arrangement limited only by your imagination.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Pumpkin Field Night

Piketon, OH 

Thursday, October 9, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.

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OSU South Centers will showcase their pumpkin field research including cultivar evaluations, disease and insect identification and control, irrigation management, pollination, Israeli drip irrigation demonstration and management, and Integrated Pest Management techniques. Those in attendance will learn how to perform pumpkin fruit and stem evaluations to determine disease tolerance and have an opportunity to compare individual pumpkin weights, sizes, shapes, colors, and other market characteristics.

Cost: $15, includes dinner. To register, contact Charissa McGlothin at mcglothin.4@osu.edu or (740) 289-2071 Ext. 132.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Send checks to OSU South Centers.

This event is presented by the OSU Sustainable Agriculture Team 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.

OSU South Centers
1864 Shyville Rd., Piketon, OH 45661

Contact:
/ (740) 289-2071 /

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

 

Organic Inputs: Options and Opportunities for Improving Crop Health and Productivity

Free online webinar 

Thursday, October 9, 2014
1 p.m.

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Crop inputs include seed, fertilizers, and pesticides, and the National Organic Program guidelines provide clear guidance on what can and cannot be used for certified organic production. This webinar will review key concepts and principles involved in choosing organically acceptable inputs. Details that will help growers make sound and profitable choices for their operations will be provided.

This webinar will be presented by Brian McSpadden Gardener, Ph.D. He is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), where he also directs the Plant Microbial Ecology and Biopesticide Development Lab and Organic Food, Farming, Education, and Research (OFFER) program.

OEFFA and the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy have partnered to offer this webinar and other educational opportunities designed to address the business and production aspects of managing successful specialty crop operations. These programs are made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, and the United States Department of Agriculture under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant.


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

http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1092307988071912194

 

Restoration Agriculture Design Course with Mark Shepard

Minerva, Ohio 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 through Saturday, October 11, 2014

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This is the first of a 3-part Design Certification Course in Restoration Agriculture to be held at Creekview Ridge Farm. Spend three days with Mark Shepard, author and owner of New Forest Farm in Southwestern Wisconsin, learning the theory and practice of Restoration Agriculture - the intentional restoration of healthy, functional ecosystems as the context for economically-viable farm operations, integrating perennial crops and livestock to produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel while restoring critical ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water purification and infiltration, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity. 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 first course will focus on hands-on assessment and planning for future development at Creekview Ridge Farm. Parts 2 and 3 will take place during Spring/Summer 2015.

The cost 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 30 participants.

There will be a limited amount of camping (10-15 tent spaces) available at the farm. There are also several
affordable motels within easy driving distance of Minerva.

Creekview Ridge Farm, Minerva, Ohio

Contact:
Kip Gardner / 330-265-5992 /

http:// info@forestag.com

 

Restoration Agriculture Farm Tour

Minerva, OH 

Sunday, October 12, 2014
12-4 p.m.

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Kip Gardner of Creekview Ridge Farm grows fruit, seasonal vegetables, hay, and small livestock on 25 acres of fields, hillside pasture, woodlands, streams, and wetlands. From October 9-11, the farm will host Permaculture practitioner, teacher, and author Mark Shepard for a multi-part workshop on Restoration Agriculture. Restoration Agriculture is aimed at restoring farm-scale agricultural ecosystem services by integrating perennial crops and livestock to produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel. Join this tour to see how the theory of Restoration Agriculture is being put into practice on a diversified family farm. For those wishing to delve deeper, contact Kip to learn more or register for the October 9-11 workshop.

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.

Creekview Ridge Farm
9047 Magnet Rd. NE, Minerva, OH 44657

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

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

 

First Aid Naturally

Marysville, OH 

Sunday, October 12, 2014
2:00-4:30pm

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Instructor: Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadows

Learn to identify and plant a selection of herbs that are handy in the case of emergency. You will learn the terminology for basic natural first aid and leave with a list of tools and herbs with which to stock your Herbal First Aid kit. Cut yourself in the kitchen? Find out the common weed that will stop the bleeding. Your child has a stubborn splinter and you would rather not cut it out? Learn the herb in your backyard that can be used to draw it out.

Pre-registration is required. Cost: $50.

Mockingbird Meadows
Marysville, OH

Contact:
Dawn Combs / 614-354-5162 /

http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com

 

Soil Testing and Soil Health

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, October 13, 2014
7-9 p.m.

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OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter has announced their meeting and event schedule for the 2014-2015 season. All events begin with a short business meeting, which usually features farm policy updates, and include a discussion geared toward both urban and rural gardeners and farmers. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Gary Horrisberger, from Holmes Laboratory, will be leading the discussion.

Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr., Alexandria, OH

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapters

 

Market Gardening

Granville, OH 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Have you ever considered taking it up a notch and growing for market? Or daydreamed about becoming a farmer? Come hear what it’s really like. We’ll talk about things you should consider if you’re thinking about raising vegetables (or other farm products) to sell. Topics will include planning, identifying markets, understanding regulations, and marketing. We’ll also consider the pros and cons of various sorts of direct marketing such as farmers markets, CSAs and selling to restaurants.

Workshop Presenter: Erin Harvey is an experienced farmer who has trained in permaculture and ecological horticulture (at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems in Santa Cruz, CA). She has operated The Kale Yard, an experimental market garden in Granville, for the past three years, where she specializes in growing interesting and beautiful vegetables. You can find her most Saturdays at the Granville Farmers Market. She has worked in a variety of farm settings, urban and rural, and considers herself part of a new crop of young farmers who understand that growing real food is important for so many different reasons - political, economic, environmental, cultural, and for our health.

Part of the Veggie School series. Sign up for: 1 class: $25, 3 classes: $70, 6 classes: $135, 9 classes: $200

The Going Green Store
909 River Road, Granville, OH

Contact:
The Going Green Store / 740.963.9644 /

http://www.thegoinggreenstore.com

 

Plant Identification Weed Walk

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, October 19, 2014
9am-10am

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Instructor: Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadow

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

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

Sharon Woods Metropark
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Dawn Combs / 614-354-5162 /

http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com

 

OEFFA Board Meeting

Location TBD 

Monday, October 20, 2014
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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OEFFA's Education and Certification boards will meet. For an agenda or additional details, contact Carol Goland.


Contact:
Carol Goland / (614) 421-2022 /

 
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