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Sunday, September 16, 2018
2-5 p.m.

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Zilke Vegetable Farm grows a diverse array of vegetables for their flexible community supported agriculture (CSA) program and other direct-to-consumer markets, including a workplace wellness program and an on-site farm stand. They are Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified and follow sustainable growing practices. Explore the farm in fall production and learn about the Zilke's winter storage system, small grains trials, and recent wash-pack improvements. At the end, you'll have the option to take a short trip to see their new certified kitchen for value-added production. Come see a successful, diversified family farm!

Registration: RSVP at www.moffa.net by September 2.

Directions: From Rte. 23, take Exit 27 to Carpenter Rd. Turn north and drive .25 miles to the farm stand. Parking is available on-site, with overflow parking across the street.

This Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Zilke Vegetable Farm
12491 Carpenter Rd.
Milan, MI 48160

Contact:
Vicki and Tom Zilke / (734) 260-2324 /

http://www.zilkevegetablefarm.com

 

Pollinator Diversity in Ohio Soybeans 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
9:00am

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Kelley Tilmon, of OSU Entomology, will be presenting on the topic of "Pollinator Diversity in Ohio Soybeans".

This is the sixth and final webinar in a six part series hosted by The Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology.

All webinars are free, and registration is not required.

To join a webinar, follow the link posted below and LOG IN AS A GUEST at about 8:55 the day of the event: http://go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz

Location:
Ohio State Extension, Department of Entomology

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / 330-263-3723 /

 

Rutland, OH 

Saturday, September 22, 2018
1-3 p.m.

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Participants will have an opportunity to see wild populations of at-risk native medicinal herbs such as goldenseal, ginseng, and more during this farm tour co-sponsored by Rural Action and United Plant Savers. Learn about efforts to conserve at-risk plants and see demonstrations on how to grow medicinal plants in your own woodlands.

From Albany, take Rte. 681 S to Rte. 684. Continue to New Lima Rd. Turn right on Loop Rd. From Rutland, drive north on New Lima Rd. Turn left on Loop Rd.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary
35703 Loop Rd.
Rutland, OH 45775

Contact:
John Stock / (740) 742-3455 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Dayton, OH 

Sunday, September 23, 2018
3:30-6 p.m.

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Tour two of the most active farms in Dayton in the same neighborhood! The first stop is Dayton Urban Grown, a training farm that broke ground in September 2016 and features a year-round, no-till, high rotation system for market vegetables and do-it-yourself infrastructure that new farmers can construct, including hoophouses, low tunnels, and perennial hedgerows. They offer a year-long classroom training program to train new market farmers and their wash/pack shed and other equipment are available to course graduates and cooperative members. The tour will continue at Mission of Mary Farm, which operates a network of urban farm sites around inner east Dayton and sells through markets and a community supported agriculture program to neighbors of diverse incomes through a sliding price CSA business model. Join this tour to see their headquarters building, garage, propagation nursery, wash and pack area, apiary, movable hoophouses, and one of their production gardens.

From Rte. 35 in Dayton, take the Keowee/Wayne Ave. exit. Coming from the east, turn left on Keowee St. and left on Xenia Ave. From the west, turn right on Keowee St. and take an immediate left on Xenia Ave. Dayton Urban Grown will be on the left in about 12 blocks. Mission of Mary Farm is a short two block walk walk from Dayton Urban Grown. Walk west on Xenia Ave. and turn left on St. Paul Ave. Turn right on Andrews St. Turn left on Silver Ln. Mission of Mary Farm is on the right.

This Central State University Extension event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Dayton Urban Grown Training Farm/Mission of Mary Farm
933 Xenia Ave.
Dayton, OH 45410

Contact:
Lisa Helm / (937) 610-3845 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 through Saturday, February 2, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Heartland Farm BeginningsĀ® is a year-long, farmer-led training and support program designed to help early career farmers committed to creating a sustainable farm business achieve their goals. This intensive, eight-part workshop series will enable farmers with at least one year of production experience to develop a whole farm plan that encompasses realistic goal setting, financial management, and assessment of resources, skills, and markets. Early career farmers will also receive the business planning tools necessary to successfully implement their plan. In addition to the course work, the program includes 2019 conference registration and a mentorship for March through November upon successful completion of the course.

Cost and Registration: $1,000 by August 17, $1,200 by September 21. Pre-registration is required for the entire series.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours.

Location:
OEFFA
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Kelly Henderson / (614) 421-2022 /

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

 

Chillicothe, OH 

Saturday, October 27, 2018
2-4 p.m.

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Join Paul and Heather Dorrance in the beautiful Appalachian countryside for a guided tour of their pasture-based livestock operation. Experience management-intensive rotational grazing, and appreciate the multi-species synergies of cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens, and turkeys working together for the benefit of the animals, the land, and our food. After the free farm tour, you are invited to stay for their annual Farm-To-Table Dinner and Movie, which runs from 4-8 p.m. This event features a cash bar with local craft beers and wine, organic and sustainably raised ingredients sourced from local farms, and an outdoor showing of an award-winning food documentary. Dinner tickets cost $50.

This event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Pastured Providence Farmstead
3316 Chapel Creek Rd.
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Contact:
Paul Dorrance / (740) 851-3883 /

http://www.pasturedprovidence.com

 

Akron, OH 

Friday, November 30, 2018 through Saturday, December 1, 2018
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Early career farmers interested in advancing their farm's earning potential will benefit from this two-day intensive workshop focused on enhancing the management plans of established operations to maximize soil fertility and yield. Session topics for larger scale sustainable farms will include: growing transplants efficiently; planting from transplants and direct seeding; weed control; meeting demands of distributors, institutions, stores, restaurants, and cooperatives; and picking, washing, packing, cooling, storing, and delivering your products to maximize efficiency and freshness.

Scaling up your farm business also requires moving beyond paper fliers, random Facebook ads, and coupon codes. You need a marketing strategy, and you need to know the why behind it. In this workshop, you'll learn the principles behind building an online marketing system that continuously attracts qualified leads, grows your customers, and increases sales. You'll also leave feeling confident in how to design creative marketing collateral that will build your farm's brand and grow your profits.

About the Speakers: Linda Halley has been an organic farmer since 1989. As a pioneer of the community supported agriculture (CSA) movement, she developed one of Wisconsin's premier CSAs, Harmony Valley Farm. She left Wisconsin to manage Fairview Gardens, a nonprofit, educational farm in California, and later, Gardens of Eagan, a 126 acre greenhouse and produce operation in Minnesota. Currently, Linda is general manager of Gwenyn Hill Organic Farm and Garden in Wisconsin, a diverse, peri-urban, 400 acre farm transitioning to certified organic production. In addition to farming, Linda is an organic farm inspector and has served in leadership positions at the Minnesota Food Association and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service. Corinna Bench is the co-founder of Shared Legacy Farms, a 400 member certified organic CSA in northwest Ohio. Her farm grew its retention rate from 66 percent to 78 percent in one year after implementing an online branding content strategy. She is the founder of www.mydigitalfarmer.com and the CSA Marketing private Facebook group, offering free digital marketing training for CSA farmers.

Cost and Registration: $110 for OEFFA members, $130 for non-members. Price includes breakfast and lunch both days. Pre-registration is required by November 16 and space is limited to 35 participants. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/scalingup2018 or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Scaling Up Production and Marketing, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours

Location:
Mustard Seed Market & Café at Highland Square
867 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 44303

Contact:
Kelly Henderson / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/scalingup2018

 

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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
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Columbus OH 43214

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