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Naturally Raised Lamb Pasture Walk

Langsville, OH  

Saturday, September 26, 2015
1-3pm

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Beth and Brian Duffy of Find a Way Farm invite visitors for a two hour pasture walk on their beautiful 80 acre farm in southeast Ohio to experience life as a shepherd. The Duffys will describe what it takes to raise lamb naturally while providing access to clean, healthy pastures. They’ll discuss the practice of management-intensive rotational grazing and demonstrate the use of polynets. Visitors will have an opportunity to sample lamb and make purchases.

Registration: Space is limited to 40 participants. Pre-registration is required. To register, email findawayfarm45741@gmail.com by September 12.

Directions: From Athens, take Rte. 32 W. About 5 miles past Albany, take Rte. 689 S. After about 3 miles, turn left on Point Rock Rd./Township Rd. 27. There is no sign for Point Rock Rd.; however, there is a sign to the right that says North Run Rd. and a blue building before the turn. Take the first right onto Mine Rd. Disregard the gate, guard shack, and "Do Not Enter" sign. Proceed slowly and watch for pot holes. Take the first right onto Buzzard Den Rd. after exiting the mine area. It is a gravel road with a small yellow bridge. The farm is about 1 mile from the intersection. Look for a two story white house with a blue barn on the right side of the road.

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.

Find a Way Farm
36789 Buzzard Den Rd., Langsville, OH 45741

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

Beth and Brian Duffy / (740) 669-0057 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Alpaca Farm Tour

Minerva, OH  

Saturday, September 26, 2015
10am-4pm

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See, touch, and learn how to raise alpacas naturally! Guests will discover how Alicia Rocco raises alpacas at Alpaca Spring Valley Farm using no pesticides or medicines (unless it is an emergency). See healthy alpacas and learn how Alicia uses natural preventative health care. Walk the farm's pastures, touch the alpacas, and learn the cost involved in being an alpaca farmer.

Directions: From I-77, take Rte. 30 E to Minerva. Turn left on N. Market St and left on Whitacre Ave.

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.

Alpaca Spring Valley Farm
3944 Whitacre Ave. SE, Minerva, OH 44657

Contact:
Alicia Rocco / (330) 868-5353 /

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

http://www.alpacaspringvalley.com

 

On-Farm Processing, Cheesemaking, and Agritourism Tour

Lewisville, OH  

Saturday, September 26, 2015
11am-2pm

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David and Nikki Blackstone operate an on-farm licensed commercial kitchen, licensed cheesemaking facility, milking parlor, and catering business. The farm also features a flock of Russian Romanov sheep, bed and breakfast and vacation/hunters cottages, a pond with swans, a smokehouse, a greenhouse with extensive flower beds, and 50 varieties of hostas. Enjoy free samples of baklava, honey, cheese, breads, stuffed smoked sausage, and more.

Directions: From I-77, take the exit for Rte. 78 in Caldwell. Travel east about 17 miles. The farm is located about 0.75 miles off of Rte. 78 on Township Rd. 58.

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.

Blackstone Farmstead
49800 Township Rd. 58, Lewisville, OH 43754

Contact:
David and Nicki Blackstone / (740) 567-3463 /

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

 

Off-Season Farm Production Tour and Workshop

Roseville, OH  

Sunday, September 27, 2015
10am

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Willow farmer and basket weaver Howard Peller will describe how you can diversify your farm or garden and create off-season production opportunities through the planting and harvesting of woody perennial plants. Howard established a grove of 5,000 willow plants in 50 different varieties on his farm and uses traditional European methods to fitch, slew, rand, wale, slath, and twine the willow to make artisanal handcrafts, including baskets and garden structures.

View Howard’s wildlife and beneficial insect reserves, learn about coppicing (a method of pruning which allows for long-term harvest), and discover opportunities to create fencing, beanpoles, and trellises from woody plants.

A guided tour will take place at 10 a.m. Guests may also take a self-guided tour beginning at 12 p.m.

Following the free tour, Howard will offer a workshop from 2-4 p.m. on the traditional art of creating garden structures with cut willow rods. He will demonstrate the techniques to craft a treillage for growing plants in your garden. This is a hands on demonstration with participation encouraged.

Cost: The farm tour is free and open to the public. The cost of the workshop is $20, or $30 with a kit. Workshop attendance is limited to 15 people.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, email hp@columbus.rr.com or call (740) 697-0027.

Directions: From Zanesville, take Rte. 93 S toward Roseville. Turn left on Fultonrose Rd. and drive east 100 yards to the stop sign. Turn left on Rosehill Rd. Turn right at the first gravel driveway and park where indicated.

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.

Rose Hill Willow Farm
7680 Rosehill Rd., Roseville, OH 43777

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

Howard Peller / (740) 697-0027 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Steel in the Field Workshop

New Lebanon, OH  

Sunday, September 27, 2015
1-5pm

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Well-maintained and appropriately-scaled equipment is essential to a successful and efficient farm. Learn how to make sound equipment decisions for your farm and about the basics of maintaining, modifying, and fabricating common farm equipment. During this hands-on workshop, you will see the tools, techniques, and shop space utilized on an eight acre certified organic specialty crop farm, producing cut flowers and mixed vegetables. Ben and Emily Jackle of Mile Creek Farm will talk about how they select and modify their equipment to suit their needs and how they keep all of it working smoothly. Learn how the Jackles manage their operation with a two-wheel walk behind tractor, a cultivating tractor, and two larger tractors using implements like a mechanical transplanter, disc bedder, chisel plow, rototiller, and side-dresser.

Cost: $25 for OEFFA members, $30 for non-members

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 20 participants and we sold out last year, so please register early. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/steelinthefield or send a check made out to OEFFA along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Steel in the Field, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, or to register by phone, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 206. To learn more about Mile Creek Farm, call (937) 687-8762 or go to www.milecreekfarm.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.

Mile Creek Farm
10786 Mile Rd., New Lebanon, OH 45345

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

Milo Petruziello / /

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

 

Draft-Horse Powered Farmstead Tour

Fletcher, OH  

Saturday, October 3, 2015
2pm

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Lee and Jennifer Ruff started End of the Road Farm five years ago. Since then, they’ve been working to transform the 21 acre conventional farm into a sustainable homestead. The Ruffs produce sweet sorghum syrup, whole spelt flour, 40 varieties of heirloom vegetables, and pastured eggs, chicken, and pork. They use draft horses for the majority of their field work, including squeezing sorghum cane into sweet syrup. When they’re not producing their own animal feed, relocating old barns, butchering chickens, or rebuilding horse-drawn equipment, the Ruffs sell at three farmer's markets, and through a co-op and small community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Join Lee and Jennifer for a guided tour of their Certified Naturally Grown farm and a demonstration of their sorghum-making process.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Eric Pawlowski at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209 or eric@oeffa.org by October 2.

Directions: From the west, take I-75 to Exit 82 for Piqua/Urbana. Take Rte. 36 E toward Urbana and drive 6 miles into Fletcher. Turn right on Mill St. before the first stop light. Take the next right onto First St. which becomes the farm's driveway. From the east, follow Rte. 36 for 20 miles past Urbana to Fletcher. Turn left at the first stoplight onto Rte. 589. Turn right on First St. at the Methodist Church, which becomes the farm's driveway. Follow the driveway up and around the teardrop and park facing out.

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.

End of the Road Farm
455 W. First St., Fletcher, OH 45326

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

Lee and Jennifer Ruff / (937) 903-5249 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Beekeeping Webinar: Honey Bee Foraging in Ohio's Landscapes

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, October 7, 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 Doug Sponsler, The Ohio State University.


Contact:
Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension /

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

 

Poultry Processing for the Small Farm and Homestead Workshop

Loudonville, OH  

Sunday, October 11, 2015
10am-4pm

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Take control of your food by learning to efficiently and humanely process your own chickens. Join Cara and Jason Tipton of Tea Hills Farms for a firsthand processing experience and tour of the pastured poultry operation. Together they raise poultry on lush pastures and run an on-farm state-inspected processing facility. The day will begin with a hands-on training in start to finish poultry processing, with students directly participating in each step. Attendees will tour the pastures and look at different shelter designs while learning about the basics of raising poultry on pasture and results of recent OSU research on using naked oats for feed. After a home-cooked lunch provided by Tea Hills Farms, Cara and Jason will discuss on-farm processing regulations and equipment. At the end of the day, each attendee will be able to take home two fresh chickens!

Cost: $75 for OEFFA members, $90 for non-members. Price includes lunch and two fresh chickens to take home.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 15 participants, so please register early. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/poultryprocessing or send a check made out to OEFFA along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Process Your Own Poultry, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, or to register by phone, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 206. To learn more about Tea Hills Farms, call (419) 685-1689 or go to www.teahillsfarms.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.

Tea Hills Farms
269 Township Rd. 2450, Loudonville, OH 44842

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

Milo Petruziello / /

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

 

Solar Electric Workshops

Wooster, OH 

Monday, October 12, 2015 through Friday, October 16, 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, October 7 for the Wooster workshop.

Local Roots
140 S. Walnut St., Wooster, OH

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

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

 

Finding Your Niche: Aligning Products, Markets, and Your Interests for Maximum Productivity, Profit

Cleveland, OH  

Saturday, October 24, 2015
2-5pm

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With space at a premium, it is important for urban farmers to choose their crops and markets wisely. Urban homesteader Rachel Tayse Baillieul of Columbus will share how she hones in on trends and researches competition when making product decisions, evaluates potential sales outlets including farmers' markets and wholesale clients, and tries to factor her own happiness and good health into decision-making. Rachel will present in the event space at Great Lakes Brewery. After the workshop enjoy networking and a private tour of Ohio City Farm hosted by the Refugee Response.

About the Instructor: Rachel Tayse Baillieul farms with Swainway Urban Farm, which specializes in microgreens, mushrooms, vegetables, and seedlings for farmers' markets, restaurants, and retailers. She also educates urban farmers and homesteaders as a founder of the Columbus Agrarian Society, and blogs about her family’s adventures in urban homesteading. Learn more at: www.swainway.com, www.columbusagrariansociety.com, and www.harmonioushomestead.com.

Cost: $20, includes the presentation, tour, and light refreshments.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/niche or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the workshop of your choice, the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Urban Ag Exchange, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information or to register by phone, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 206.

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.

The Refugee Response at Ohio City Farm
Bridge Ave. and W. 24th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

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

Milo Petruziello / /

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

 

Permaculture Design Course

Johnstown, OH 

Sunday, September 13, 2015 through Sunday, November 8, 2015

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This hands-on PDC unites theory with practical applications. Our transformative, 72-hour curriculum prepares individuals to become pro-active ecological designers, and covers the following topics:

• Permaculture Principles and Ethics
• Rapid Soil Rehabilitation
• Designing with the Patterns of Nature
• Water Harvesting
• Food Forests
• Regenerating Resilient Communities
• Animal Systems
• Renewable Energy Solutions
• Homesteading Urban Ecosystems
 
Taught by experts in our field, you will get a deep understanding of permaculture from a scientific background. Bonus! Featured guest speaker Joel Salatin!
 
Cost: $1,000. Coffee, tea, and snacks included.

Copia Farm 

Contact:
Copia Farm / (614) 915-9269 /

http://www.copiaohio.com

 

Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, November 17, 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 /

 

First Friday Hops Tours

Wooster and Piketon, OH 

Friday, January 2, 2015 through Friday, December 4, 2015
10am-12pm

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The new, innovative Ohio hops research program offered by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is offering free monthly tours of its hops fields in Wooster and Piketon, where specialists are studying new production and management techniques.

The free tours are designed to be mini-workshops to provide basic information on getting started in hops production and what resources are available for growers. The tours will feature basic information on the ins and outs of hops production, including trellis construction, drip irrigation and evaluation of different varieties of hops. The tours are offered by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the outreach and research arms of the college.

The Wooster tours are hosted by Mary Gardiner, an Ohio State entomologist, and led by Chelsea Smith, an Ohio State entomology research assistant. The South Centers tours are hosted by Brad Bergefurd and assisted by Thom Harker, an Ohio State horticulture research assistant.
Topics to be discussed during the tours include:
• Hop yard construction
• Establishment cost
• Bine training
• Irrigation
• Variety selection
• Fertilization

The deadline to register is the Wednesday before the first Friday of the month.



Wooster and Piketon, OH

Contact:
/ 740-289-2071 /

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

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