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Urbana, OH 

Thursday, August 9, 2018
9:00 am - 11:30 am

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This interactive workshop series provides women landowners with the confidence, skills, and resources necessary to interact with tenants and ensure the integrity of their land is preserved for future generations.

The series runs every other Thursday, June 14 through August 23 from 9:00-11:30 in the Champaign County Community Center Auditorium in Urbana, Ohio. It is $50 for the series. If you are only able to attend a couple of session, it is $10 per session.

Registration includes all materials and refreshments.

Aug 9- Leasing and Budgets
• Good Leasing Contracts
• Hunting Leases
• Overview of Commodity Budgets

Location:
Champaign County Community Center Auditorium
1512 South US Hwy 68
Urbana, OH 43078

Contact:
Amanda Douridas / 937-484-1526 /

http://go.osu.edu/agevents

 

Napoleon, OH 

Saturday, August 11, 2018
2 p.m.

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The 40 acre Honey Blossom Orchard consists of 10 acres of plum, peach, and apple trees; bee hives; 1.5 acres of transitional organic vegetables, and 25 acres of transitional organic grain managed by another local farmer. The owners have raised vegetables utilizing sustainable methods since 2011 after a family member died of cancer, and they are now in their second year of transitioning the fruit orchard to organic. They are working on creating an educational environment by helping others learn organic practices, preserve organic integrity, and care for bees and livestock. Join this tour to learn about their transition to organic; discuss the mistakes, successes, and difficulties they've had in working with the local government, and to shop their on-site farm store, featuring farm-produced honey, fruit, vegetables, and bee supplies.

Directions: Honey Blossom Orchard is located adjacent to Rte. 24 that runs from Toledo to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Take the Napoleon exit for Industrial Dr. At the top of the ramp, travel north onto Industrial Dr. and proceed to the four way stop at American Rd. Turn right and drive east on American Rd. At the intersection of American Rd. and Enterprise Rd., continue on American Rd. Drive across Enterprise Rd. directly into the orchard.

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.

Location:
Honey Blossom Orchard
2950 Enterprise Ave.
Napoleon, OH 43545

Contact:
Laura Hubbard / (419) 467-7848 /

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

 

Peebles, OH 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
2 p.m.

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More than a century old, Mound View Farms is a certified organic farm in the heart of Adams County. Located near Serpent Mound, the farm offers organic farm goods, vacation cabin rentals, and down home country charm. They manage a certified organic beef herd and a small herd of hogs, selling cuts of beef and pork at the farm. They raise all of the feed for their animals, along with grain and hay sold to local Amish organic dairy farms. They also produce their own electricity from a 60 panel solar array. Learn how their practices, including using no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, help ensure the health of their lands, animals, and customers.

Directions: From Rte. 50/Hillsboro, take Rte. 62/High St. south 4 blocks. Turn left on Muntz St. and follow Rte. 73 S approximately 17 miles. Turn right on County Rd. 13/Louden Rd. and drive about 1.5 miles. Turn left on Township Rd. 117/Thomas Rd. and drive 0.5 miles. Turn left on Hedrick Rd. and continue until the road ends at the farm. From Rte. 32, travel north on Tranquility Rd., which becomes Rte. 770. Drive approximately 17 miles. Turn right on County Rd. 15A/Louisville Rd. and drive for 1 mile. Turn left on County Rd. 15C/May Hill Rd. and drive 2.25 miles. Turn left on County Rd. 13/Louden Rd. and drive about 0.5 miles. Turn right on Township Rd. 117/Thomas Rd. and drive 0.5 miles. Turn left on Hedrick Rd. and continue until the road ends at the farm.

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:
Mound View Farms
203 Hedrick Rd.
Peebles, OH 45660

Contact:
Steve and Amy Hedrick / (937) 587-3489 /

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

 

Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
9:00am

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Elizabeth Long, of OSU Entomology, will be presenting on the topic of "Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides".

This is the fifth 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 /

 

Toledo, OH 

Saturday, August 18, 2018
1 p.m.

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In 2017, urban farmer Thomas Jackson faced $30,000 in fines from the city of Toledo for using wood chips to remediate soil on vacant lots he acquired in his neighborhood. The resulting political fallout led growers to form the Urban Agriculture Alliance of Lucas County, which works to enact local policies that protect and support urban agriculture.

With the Ohio House of Representatives considering House Bill 175, a measure which would allow small livestock on residential properties and prohibit zoning authorities from regulating certain agricultural activities conducted on residential property for non-commercial purposes, the future of urban agriculture is being shaped, for better and worse, at the state and local level.

This tour focuses on the historic challenges faced by Toledo urban agriculture projects, the current status of proposed zoning ordinances, successful production models to replicate, and support and resources available to assist urban agriculture projects. Come prepared to learn, share, and engage in the creation of a supportive urban agriculture alliance.

This Central State University 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:
Urban Agriculture Alliance at Jackson Industries
2291 Auburn Ave.
Toledo, OH 43606

Contact:
Thomas Jackson and Sean Nestor / (419) 376-9746 /

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

 

Auburn Township, OH 

Sunday, August 19, 2018
4-8:30 p.m.

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Welcome, friends! Jake and Dawn Trethewey invite you to their farm for a celebration of local food benefiting two causes near and dear to their hearts. Maplestar Farm and Driftwood Catering are collaborating on a fabulous farm-to-table menu of small plates showcasing a diversity of Ohio flavors. Guests will tour the farm, sample appetizers in the field, and enjoy Great Lakes Brewing Company beer and special wine pairings from Wente Vineyards. Proceeds will support Ohio's organic farmers with a gift to OEFFA and Ohio's veterans with a gift to Operation Homefront.

Cost and Registration: Tickets are available at Maplestar Farm or you can reserve your seat online at www.maplestarfarm.com. For more information, please call Maplestar Farm at (440) 543-4459.

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 noted. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours.

Location:
Maplestar Farm
10382 E. Washington St.
Auburn Township, OH 44023

Contact:
Jake Trethewey / (440) 543-4459 /

https://maplestarcelebrationdinner.brownpapertickets.com

 

Windsor, OH 

Saturday, August 25, 2018
3 p.m.

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Marshy Meadows Farm is an all grass farm raising USDA certified grass-fed beef on certified organic pastures. Beef is sold to a local grocery chain. This tour will focus on the challenges of grazing in the Lake Erie snowbelt where the soils are saturated or snow covered five months out of the year (also known as barn time). Following the walking tour will be a discussion of how beginning farmers can use conservation easements to help purchase farm land, with an opportunity to talk with Alex Czayka, Western Reserve Land Conservancy eastern field director. The Ashtabula Local Food Council and the new Ashtabula County Community Harvest Food Hub will also be on hand. The food hub can serve as a good marketing option for smaller and beginning farmers.

From Cleveland/I-271, take Exit 34 for Mayfield Rd./Rte. 322 E. Drive approximately 26 miles into Windsor. At the only traffic light, turn left on Rte. 534 N and immediately bear right at the fork to go north on Noble Rd. The farm is approximately 0.5 miles on the right. From Youngstown/I-80, take Exit 228B. Drive north on Rte. 11 for about 27 miles to Exit 73. Drive west on Rte. 322 for approximately 12 miles. Turn right on Rte. 534 N and immediately bear right at the fork to go north on Noble Rd. The farm is approximately 0.5 miles on the right.

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:
Marshy Meadows Farm
7490 Noble Rd.
Windsor, OH 44099

Contact:
Mardy Townsend / (440) 272-5174 /

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

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, August 25, 2018
1-5 p.m.

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Initially comprised of neighborhood yard gardens, Urban Earth Farms expanded their farm into a rubble-filled vacant lot, making new connections with their diverse communit in the process. Every town has empty lots, but how do you turn that negative into a positive growing environment? Learn the history of Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village, an intentional community in Price Hill on Cincinnati's westside. Tour the rejuvenated gardens in neighbor's backyards, the original community garden plot, the repurposed greenhouse, and see what is underway for the new site, the former location of a municipal ice house. Visit their community supported agriculture distribution and greenhouse marketplace, poised to become a food hub for this underserved community.

RSVP to Urban Earth Farms at suellyn7@yahoo.com by August 18.

Directions: From 1-71/1-75 in downtown Cincinnati, take the exit for Rte. 50 W. From I-75 S, take the Freeman Ave./Rte. 50 exit. Use the far right lane to take Warsaw Ave. up the hill. Turn left past the Kroger parking lot on to Enright Ave. Watch for the sign on the left in the second block.

This Central State University 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:
Urban Earth Farms
824 Enright Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45205

Contact:
Suellyn Shupe / (859) 445-5044 /

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

 

West Alexandria, OH 

Thursday, August 30, 2018
9:30 a.m.

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Join the Filbrun family on this farm tour double-header. Dale Filbrun of Morning Sun Farm is an early organic pioneer, first becoming OEFFA certified in 1995. The farm focuses on organic egg production and produces its own feed grain. During this stop, attendees will viisit the layer houses, tour the Great Harvest Seed grain trial plots, and observe the mechanical cultivation equipment used on the farm. The tour will continue at the adjacent Sonlight Acres for a discussion about transitioning land into organic management. Kenton Filbrun will address various transition strategies, effective approved fertility products, and the path he has followed toward organic certification. After the tour, the Filbruns invite you to a farmstead lunch sponsored in part by Great Harvest Seed.

Registration: If you plan to stay for the lunch, RSVP by August 20 by calling (513) 267-0148 or emailing sonlightacres@gmail.com.

From I-70, take Exit 14 for Rte. 503, and drive south approximately 11 miles. The farm is on the left. From I-75, take Exit 32 for Rte. 122, and drive west approximately 20 miles into the village of Gratis. Turn left on Franklin St. and right on the second cross street, Ada Doty St./Rte. 503 N. The farm is on the right in approximately 3 miles.

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:
Sonlight Acres/Morning Sun Farm
3993 State Rte. 503 S
West Alexandria, OH 45381

Contact:
Kenton and Dale Filbrun / (513) 267-0148 /

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

 

Michigan 

Thursday, August 30, 2018
2-5 p.m.

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Starting at Gateway Farm on Joy Rd., manager Ben Kasmenn will guide a tour of the 8 acre organic vegetable and cut flower farm that markets through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, wholesale, and on-site farmstand.

At 3 p.m., the group will travel to Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill, a 100 acre certified organic apple orchard and farm that also grows small grains, raspberries, blackberries, asparagus, hay, and cover crops. The Plymouth Orchards owner, Mary Emmett, will greet everyone and lead a tour of the orchard and farm on hay wagons. During the tour, co-sponsored by the Organic Farmers Association, organic apple tree management, small grain production, multi-species cover crops, and cane berry management will be discussed. After the farm tour, manager Alicia Estrada will take guests to the cider mill to see the organic processing of dried apples. They hope to show the cider press in action, and share samples of some of the season's first cider with fresh donuts!

Registration: RSVP at www.moffa.net by August 17.

Directions: From Rte. 14, take the Gotfredson Rd. exit. Turn left at light on Ann Arbor Rd. and drive 1.25 miles to Joy Rd. Turn left. The sign for Gateway Farm is at the corner of Ann Arbor Rd. and Joy Rd. Park in the farm parking lot or along Joy Rd. From Gateway Farm, drive west on Ann Arbor Rd. for about 1 mile to the Plymouth Orchards Red Shed Market entrance. Follow the farm road to the cider mill parking lot.

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:
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill/Gateway Farm
10685 Warren Rd./10540 Joy Rd.
Plymouth, MI 48170

Contact:
Michael Adsit / (570) 493-1731 /

http://www.gatewayfarmplymouth.com

 

Pataskala, OH 

Sunday, September 2, 2018
10 a.m.

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Freshtown Farm and City Bird Columbus is a partnership between vegetable farmer, Marcie Todd, and egg producer, Mike Kelley. They farm on some leased land in Pataskala and on a small plot rented from the Columbus Land Bank Program on the city's south side. They have a small community supported agriculture program and attend the Westgate Farmers Market and Clintonville Farmers' Market. They established their farms in late 2017, so while the infrastructure is rudementary, they provide only the best for the chickens and are working hard to build the soil. Join this tour if you'd like to know more about what it has taken to get their farms off the ground and the steps they are taking for a more successful future.

Directions: From Columbus, take I-70 toward Wheeling. Exit at Rte. 310 toward Pataskala and turn left. Continue on Rte. 310 until it turns into Broad St. Turn right and take the immediate next left back onto Rte. 310. Pass by a golf coarse and a real estate agent office, and take the first left onto Hadley's Mill Rd. Take the first left onto McIntosh Rd. The property will be just past the big park on the right.

This Clintonville Farmers' Market 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:
Freshtown Farm/City Bird Columbus
10452 McIntosh Rd.
Pataskala, OH 43062

Contact:
Marcie Todd and Mike Kelley / (916) 533-8646 /

http://www.freshtownfarm.com

 

North Bend, OH 

Sunday, September 9, 2018
12-4 p.m.

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Carriage House Farm is a diversified Ohio Century Farm that produces grains, fresh produce, herbs, and honey for local distribution. Tour the garden and high tunnel, examine machinery used to bale hay, take a wagon ride, tour the on-farm market and processing facility, and sample farm ingredients prepared by local chefs and artisan producers.

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:
Carriage House Farm
10251 Miamiview Rd.
North Bend, OH 45052

Contact:
Richard Stewart / (513) 967-1106 /

http://www.carriagehousefarmllc.com

 

Rushsylvania, OH 

Sunday, September 9, 2018
1-4 p.m.

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Kingdom Fish is an all natural tilapia farm. They raise fish using no hormones, chemicals, or antibiotics. They have been in business since 2007 and sell their fish to local restaurants, food trucks, and farmers markets throughout the Columbus area. On the tour, you will see their fish raising operation, new processing building where they fillet and package fish, as well as their aquaponics operation.

Directions: From Rte. 68, take County Hwy 111 E. Turn right on County Rd. 112. Kingdom Fish is on the left.

This Clintonville Farmers' Market 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:
Kingdom Fish
6746 County Rd. 112
Rushsylvania, OH 43347

Contact:
Don and Lisa Jones / (937) 539-2529 /

http://www.kingdomfish.com

 

Michigan 

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

 

OEFFA
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
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Columbus OH 43214

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