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Women Grow Ohio Farm Tours

various locations 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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See how women are transforming agriculture in Ohio! This one-day event features women-run farms, gardens, and homesteads in Athens, Fairfield, Franklin, Harrison, Licking, Lorain, Muskingum, and Perry counties. Connect and unite with women in agriculture and learn how they are feeding Ohio’s families through urban gardens, permaculture, community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, and commercial family farms.

Eleven women-operated farms, gardens, and homesteads will be featured. For a detailed list of all sites, including tour descriptions, contact information, and specific times, go to www.oeffa.org/q/womengrowohio.

Registration: Pre-registration is required for each site. Email womengrowohio@yahoo.com.

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 www.oeffa.org.


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

Annie Warmke / (740) 674-4300 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/womengrowohio

 

Farming for Farmers’ Markets Tour

Sardinia, OH  

Sunday, July 19, 2015
1-4pm

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Visit Jaybird Farms' greenhouse and walk the field to see the plants Vivian Pfankuch grows and picks for market sales. Guests can also see an empty hive and learn about the beekeeping process.

Directions: From Cincinnati, take Rte. 32 E to Sardinia. Turn north on Rte. 134. Go about 5 miles and turn right on Rte. 321 E. Go 2.5 miles to the farm.

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 www.oeffa.org.

Jaybird Farms
2091 State Rte. 321, Sardinia, OH 45171

Contact:
Vivian Pfankuch / 937) 442-4800 /

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

http://www.jaybirdfarms.com

 

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 /

 

Urban Fruit and Vegetable Production and Marketing Tour

Columbus, OH  

Saturday, July 25, 2015
2-4pm

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Franklinton Gardens is a nonprofit urban farm in the Franklinton community of Columbus. Franklinton Gardens maintains a mosaic of urban food production gardens that total just over 1.5 acres, including multiple market gardens, a perennial fruit and nut nursery, a bramble garden, a community garden, and a neighborhood produce stand. Franklinton Garden's goal is to demonstrate that urban agriculture can be a cornerstone of a healthy urban food system by showcasing high output gardens and inspiring others to garden to strengthen household food security and the local food economy. This tour will focus on seven gardens that contribute the bulk of Franklinton Gardens' annual fruit and vegetable production. Guests will see four high tunnels, a seedling start house, a produce rinse and refrigeration area, drip irrigation, and an assortment of cold frames.

Directions: From Rte. 315 S, take the Rich/Town St. exit and continue south to the Rich St. intersection. Turn right on Rich St. From Rte. 315 N, take the Rich/Town St. exit and continue north to the Town St. intersection. Turn left on Town St. Continue to Martin Ave. Turn left on Martin Ave. Park near Martin Ave. and Rich St. and walk west to 909 W. Rich St.

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

Franklinton Gardens
909 W. Rich St., Columbus, OH 43222

Contact:
Nick Stanich / (614) 233-1887 /

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

http://www.franklintongardens.org

 

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

 

Adult Farm Camp

Delaware, OH 

Saturday, July 25, 2015 through Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Why should the kids have all the fun? Now it's your turn to experience life on a small diversified farm. Arrive Saturday morning with a packed lunch, ready for animal chores. Spend the day in step with the farmer learning the ropes. Better appreciate the connection between nature and food production as you spend time alone in the forest. Working together we will prepare a homegrown dinner and breakfast. Bring your tent; sleep under the stars or in the hay loft and wake with the rooster. $100/person.

Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH

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

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org

 

Michigan Sustainable Farm and Business Tour

Grass Lake, MI  

Sunday, July 26, 2015
10am

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This three-in-one tour will stop at Salomon Gardens, a pastured livestock and poultry farm, Argus Farm Stop, a new retail outlet for year-round local food sales, and Sunseed Farm, a diverse vegetable farm with a year-round community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

The first stop, Salomon Gardens is a 35 acre farm in its third year of production. Salomon Jost, who has worked on organic and biodynamic farms since the early 1980s, and his wife, Nina White, tend to a small flock of sheep, 1,200 free-range broilers, 200 or more laying hens, and 50 Bourbon Red turkeys. All animals are intensively grazed on ecologically-managed pasture. Salomon and Nina process their broilers and turkeys on-site and direct market to customers and restaurants. In this two hour tour participants will see firsthand how the lambs, broilers, hens, and turkeys are managed and learn about Salomon and Nina’s challenges and innovations for pasture management; animal health, productivity, and breeding; marketing; infrastructure, and more.

Participants will drive to Ann Arbor for the second part of the tour at Argus Farm Stop, a market which sells locally produced vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy, and baked goods. Kathy and Bill Sample opened the small market on the edge of downtown Ann Arbor in August 2014 to provide a convenient venue for consumers to buy local foods year-round. Farmers own and price their products, and receive 80 percent of the sales price, helping them to expand their businesses and access new customers. Hear from Bill and Kathy about what they’ve learned in the last year of doing business, what challenges they’ve faced, and about the marketing and availability of local produce.

The last stop, Sunseed Farm, is a year-round vegetable CSA farm started in 2009 by Tomm and Trilby Becker. Tomm worked as the production manager at the Student Organic Farm at Michigan State University and is one of the area’s foremost experts on extending the growing season with hoop houses. He is dedicated to mentoring new farmers. In addition to his work with Tilian Farm Development Center, Sunseed Farm employs 2 or more beginning farmers at any given time. In the summer months, Trilby runs a cut flower CSA that also serves restaurants, florists, and markets like Argus Farm Stop. Join the Beckers and their employees for a tour of their hoop houses and to learn about their crops, their CSA, and what they have learned in the last six years of running Sunseed Farm.

Directions to Salomon Gardens: From I-94, take Exit 153 for Clear Lake Rd. Turn south on Clear Lake Rd. which becomes Francisco Rd. Go 2 miles, crossing Michigan Ave. and turn right on Grass Lake Rd. Drive west 1 mile. Pass grain storage silos, three houses, and a large red barn on the right. Follow the parking signs at the barn.

Directions to Argus Farm Stop: From Salomon Gardens, return to Rte. 94 and drive east. Take Exit 172 for Jackson Rd. Drive east on Jackson Rd. which becomes Huron St. Turn right on 3rd St. The second left is W. Liberty St. Argus Farm Stop is on the right.

Directions to Sunseed Farm: From Argus Farm Stop, take W. Liberty St. east. Turn left on S. Main St. Turn left onto W. Huron River Dr. Turn right on N. Maple Rd. Turn left onto W. Joy Rd. The first right is Boyden Dr. Sunseed is at the end on the left.

Registration: There is no cost to participate in these tours. Lunch is available for purchase. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Register by July 19 at http://goo.gl/5hLSBc.

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 www.oeffa.org.

Salomon Gardens
13712 Grass Lake Rd., Grass Lake, MI 49240

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

Nina White and Salomon Jost / (517) 775-2057 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Pasture-Based Livestock and Poultry Tour

Williamsport, OH  

Saturday, August 1, 2015
1:30-4pm

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Kelly and Ryan Jeter of Three Moon Farm started as aspiring farmers who “knew nothing.” Since purchasing their land, they've created a self-sustaining 34 acre family farm that offers a satisfying lifestyle and provides eggs, beef, Thanksgiving turkeys, and pre-ordered meat chickens to word-of-mouth customers. Learn what infrastructure investments and conservation practices make this farm work. Kelly and Ryan will discuss the challenges and benefits of a recently established breeding program and on-farm poultry processing. Self-directed learners who graduated from the OSU Small Farm College and utilized other OSU programs and services, Kelly and Ryan will share the harder lessons learned only from experience, along with their plans for the future, including two acres of new fruit trees and on-farm processed cider.

Directions: From I-71, take exit 65 and travel east on Rte. 35 through Washington Court House. After about 24 miles, take the Rte. 138 exit toward Greenfield/Clarksburg. Turn left onto Rte. 138 and drive to the farm. Parking will be in a field area.

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 www.oeffa.org.

Three Moon Farm
8181 State Rte. 138, Williamsport, OH 43164

Contact:
Kelly and Ryan Jeter / (740) 253-9029, /

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

http://www.threemoonfarm.com

 

Organic Dairy Farm Tour

Hillsboro, OH  

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
9:30am-12pm

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Landis Weaver started his first dairy with his brother on his father’s farm in 2008. Today, he runs his own certified organic dairy on 250 acres of rented land, where he pastures cows and grows 30 acres of corn and triticale. Landis milks 85 cows with seasonal calving beginning in late February, and raises 30 or more replacement heifers each year. Join Landis and tour co-sponsor the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council for a pasture walk and tour, filled with spirited conversation about the finer points of organic, grass-based dairying.

Directions: From Rte. 50, take Rte. 41 S from Bainbridge for approximately 7 miles. Drive through Cynthiana and turn left on Frost Rd. Frost Rd dead ends at the farm.

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 www.oeffa.org.

Weaver Dairy
1285 Frost Rd., Hillsboro, OH 45133

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

Landis Weaver / (740) 634-2440

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Grain and Alfalfa Production Farm Tour

Lindsey, OH  

Friday, August 7, 2015
1-3pm

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Turnow Ventures began operation in 1980 with 600 acres in production. As market dynamics changed, Steve Turnow begain experimenting with organic production in 1998. In 2002, during the first year of the National Organic Program, he certified all 1,500 acres of his farm. Today, 600 acres are dedicated to alfalfa production to serve a value-added supply chain of dehydrated pellets for chicken feed, an operation managed by extended family. On the tour attendees will see a corn, soybean, wheat, black bean rotation; test plots studying various weed control cultivation methods, and soil fertility approaches utilizing soil-balancing techniques.

Directions: From Toledo, take I-280 S. At the Ohio Turnpike, I-280 becomes Rte. 420. Continue for 2 miles and merge onto Rte. 20 E toward Fremont. Travel approximately 13 miles. Turn left on County Rd 92. Continue for 1.75 miles; the farm is on the left. From I-75 N, take Exit 179. Travel east on Rte. 6 toward Fremont for about 11 miles. Turn left on Rte. 23 N. Travel for 3 miles. Turn right on Rte. 600 E. After 10 miles, Rte. 600 becomes County Rd. 92. Continue on County Rd. 92 for 2 miles; the farm is on the left.

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 www.oeffa.org.

Turnow Ventures
2956 County Rd. 92, Lindsey, OH 43412

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

Steve Turnow / (419) 283-1450 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Urban Farming in Small Spaces Tour

Columbus, OH  

Sunday, August 9, 2015
2-4 pm

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Swainway Urban Farm began as a backyard garden in 2007 and now includes three growing sites producing certified organic mushrooms, microgreens, seedlings, and specialty vegetables for sale at farmers' markets and restaurants. This tour will feature the original farm of permanent raised beds for intensive market gardening. Join Joseph Swain to discuss the challenges and rewards of expanding and refining an urban farm. Visitors will see the farm's extensive composting systems, hoop houses used for season extension and hardening off seedlings, personal perennial gardens, and egg-laying chickens.

Directions: From I-71, take the Cooke Rd. exit. Travel west to Indianola Ave. and turn left. Continue south to Glenmont Rd. and turn right. Follow Glenmont Rd. to Sharon Rd. and turn right. Turn left on Canyon Dr. Please park on the street, being respectful of neighbors' yards. Carpooling is encouraged.

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

Swainway Urban Farm
285 Canyon Dr., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Joseph Swain / 614) 557-8902 /

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

http://www.swainway.com

 

Aquaponic Fish Production Tour

Columbus, OH  

Friday, August 14, 2015
12-2 pm

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Visit Pine Lane Farm to see Martha Fix's herd of registered Saanen and Toggenburg dairy goats. Guests can try their hand at showing and milking, learn about cold process soapmaking, and see finished goat milk body care products including soaps and lotions.

Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-275 and exit at Rte. 50 (Milford/Hillsboro exit). Travel east on Rt. 50 for about 8 miles, going through the town of Owensville. Continue east on Rt. 50 for 4 miles and look for the intersection of Rte. 133. Turn right, going south on Rte. 133 towards Williamsburg for 0.8 miles. The farm is on the right before the stop sign. Parking is available at the end of the driveway.

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 www.oeffa.org.

St. Stephens Community House
1500 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43219

Contact:
Henry Pettigrew / (614) 294-6347 /

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

 

Value-Added Fruits and Vegetables Farm Tour

Fredericktown, OH  

Sunday, August 16, 2015
1-4pm

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Enjoy a self-guided tour of Ann's Raspberry Farm to see red raspberries produced using season extension methods and to learn about growing Brussels sprouts all season long. End your visit with a taste of what Knox County has to offer, including local meat, syrup, cheese, baked goods, artisan jams and preserves, and farm fresh produce. A local chef will also be preparing various Brussels sprout dishes. Celebrating 10 years growing specialty crops and crafting artisan products from seed to jar, Daniel and Ann Trudel will share the challenges and rewards of growing a hobby farm into a full-time operation during this multi-faceted event.

Registration: Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, contact Eric Pawlowski at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209 or eric@oeffa.org by August 10.

Directions: From Columbus, take I-71 N to Exit 151. Travel east on Rte. 95/ Mt. Gilead Rd. for about 5 miles to Lucerne Rd./Township Rd. 392. Turn left and go north on Lucerne Rd. for 4 miles. Turn right on Blair Rd. and travel east for 0.5 miles to the farm.

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

Ann's Raspberry Farm
6645 Blair Rd., Fredericktown, OH 43019

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

Daniel and Ann Trudel / (740) 694-1935 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Beekeeping Webinar: Royal Jelly and Queen Development: A Chemical Perspective

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, August 19, 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 Thom Janini, The Ohio State University.


Contact:
Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension /

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

 

Large-Scale Urban Farm Tour

Columbus, OH  

Monday, August 24, 2015
5-7pm

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Urban Farms of Central Ohio, an initiative of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, transforms vacant and underutilized sites in underserved neighborhoods into productive, sustainable urban farms that provide low-income, food-insecure residents increased access to fresh, local produce. One site has been fully transformed, the Clarfield Farm, and a second site will begin in 2015, the Wheatland Farm. Each farm works to sustain itself and raise awareness about hunger by selling a portion of crops directly to local restaurants in addition to feeding the neighborhood around the farm. The Clarfield Farm operates on three acres of vacant elementary school property in the Marion-Franklin neighborhood. Each week, neighbors visit the farm stand to fill up on fresh, wholesome produce. With three high-tunnel structures at the farm, produce and opportunities for engagement are available year-round.

Directions: From I-71, take the Frank Rd./Rte. 104 exit and head east. Exit Frank Rd./Rte. 104 at Groveport Rd. Turn right and drive south. The farm will be about 1.5 miles from the exit and will be on the left, with parking in the rear of the school building.

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

Clarfield Farm
3220 Groveport Rd., Columbus, OH 43207

Contact:
Dana Hilfinger / (614) 277-3663 /

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

http://www.midohiofoodbank.org/programs-services/our-programs/UFCO

 

Hops Production Workshop

Bowling Green, OH  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
9am-3pm

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Brad Bergefurd, Horticulture Specialist with OSU South Centers, will showcase the newly established hops research planting. Learn about new hop cultivars; innovative hop production techniques; insect and disease control methods; and harvesting, processing, and marketing techniques that can be adopted by Ohio farmers wanting to provide hops for Ohio’s breweries.


Cost: $50, includes materials and meal

Registration: Workshop pre-registration is required. To register, email sundermeier.5@osu.edu by August 18.

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.

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

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

http://www.agincubator.org

 
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