Sustainable Organic Specialty Crop Farm Tour
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Guy and Sandy Ashmore, owners of That Guy's Family Farm, have been serving Wilmington and surrounding areas for more than 40 years. Originally, they used commercial fertilizers and other chemicals on traditional row crops, but they became a certified organic farm in the late 1990s. During the transition period, they also diversified the commodities they grew, and how much land they maintained. They focus on produce but needs vary depending on the year. They learned that you don't need large acreages of land to turn a profit. In fact, if you can manage your resources and do right by the soil, profit can be had with any farm size.
They grow year-round in high tunnels and raise produce and flowers on 10 acres. They maintain a diverse business network with their daughter, Nellie, who runs That Girl's Flowers, and their son, Conard, who is a partner in the produce operation, and raises some grain.
At this farm tour co-sponsored by OSU Extension Clinton County and Clinton County Natural Resources and Conservation Serivce (NRCS), learn how this farm transitioned from traditional crops to specialty crops, the business decisions that went into it, and the results. Hear from the Ashmore's about the struggles, the successes, and the learning curves transitioning to raise produce and cut flowers. Come with your questions and leave inspired to changes or begin your farm future business venture! In addition to the Ashmores, federal, state, and local employees will be on-site to share information about services and resources available to farmers.
Cost and Registration: To RSVP for this free tour, call James Tillman at NRCS at (937) 382-2461 by August 9. Space is limited to 60 people.
This event is presented by The Ohio State University and part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about OSU's other events, go to www.extension.osu.edu. For more information about all events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.
419 N. Beechgrove Rd.
Clarksville, OH 45113
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