Event Calendar


Saturday, March 25, 2023
10:00 to 11:30 A.M.


Land access is one of the biggest barriers beginning farmers face. This workshop will help you discover creative and community-oriented solutions to land access. Whether you've identified the land you want to farm or are just starting your search, this session will share tools and best practices to help you in the process.

Led by Farmland Specialist Kelly Cabral, this virtual workshop will cover:

- whether buying or leasing is the best option for you;
- resources for finding land;
- tips for conducting a land assessment; and
- what to know about financing.

This is meant to be an overview of land access topics and not an in-depth workshop; however, additional resources will be provided to support your on-going learning. Participants will leave with practical tools and resources to aid their land search process.

The event will be held virtually on Zoom. It will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. Registration is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

BIPOC participants can receive 75 percent off the member and non-member registration by using discount code: BIPOC75.


Robin Hackett / (614) 947-1633 /



Chesterhill, Ohio 

Monday, March 27, 2023
1-4 p.m.


Do you own or operate a farm business? Join Rural Action and Central State University to get up to date on how agricultural products should be produced, packed, handled, and stored to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards.

Learn about safe and sustainable agricultural production practices from our partners at Central State University! The training is open to the public. Seats are limited.

Click the link below to register for free.

**GAP Certification is not included in this training.

Triple Nickel Center
1060 High St.
Chesterhill, OH 43728

Rural Action / (740) 677-4047 /



Columbiana, Ohio 

Friday, April 14, 2023 through Saturday, April 15, 2023
9 a.m.


This two-day course will cover the principles of permaculture and how they have been used for over a decade to bring abundance and ecological restoration to Lamppost Farm's 160 acres of pasture land, vegetable gardens, and food forest. It will also cover soil health, rotational grazing, food forest design elements, fruit and nut tree guild design, water management and more. Your weekend will not only be filled with education, but also personal restoration as you experience life on this amazing farm.

The teaching will be guided by Steve Montgomery of Lamppost Farm and John Creasy of Garfield Community Farm. Both have been farming for more than a decade in very different settings. Steve's experience on Lamppost Farm has centered on pasture restoration through intensive rotational grazing of diverse livestock. John is the executive director of Garfield Community Farm where he and a team of staff and volunteers are developing three acres of abandoned city land into an ecologically diverse landscape of food forests, vegetable gardens, and community gathering space.

Housing is included in the price for Friday night and includes a bed and bathroom in the old farmhouse or the retreat house. Discounts on cost are available for those who want to tent camp on the property. Friday we will celebrate with a farm to table dinner included in the price that will feature grass-fed meats from Lamppost farm. Gluten Free, vegan, and vegetarian options can be made available upon request. Saturday's breakfast and lunch are simple and covered by the hosts.

To register, visit the link below.

Lamppost Farm
14900 Market St.
Columbiana, OH 44408

John Creasy / (412) 979-7764 /




Saturday, April 29, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


The dream to farm is powerful! But the road to get there is long and complicated. We're here to help navigate it.

Join us for Farm Vision, a virtual workshop that will help you map out your farm plan, clarify your goals, and assess your strengths, resources, and needs before starting a farming enterprise.

A panel of mid-career farmers will reflect on their beginnings, followed by a Q&A. In addition to learning from the successes and challenges of these farmers, this interactive workshop will provide you with tools to help you get started, including:

- Assessment of the rewards and risks of starting a new farm business;
- Farm mapping and enterprise brainstorming;
- Farming and business skills assessment; and
- Action plan for starting your business.

This workshop will use a combination of virtual presentation, individual skill assessments and vision exercises, and breakout discussions to help you find out if you are ready to begin farming. Participants will leave with an action plan for developing their farm dreams.

COST: $20 for non-members, $15 for OEFFA members.

Beginning farmers (with <10 years operating their own farm/ranch) who would benefit from tuition assistance may enter "BEGINFARMING" at checkout to receive $15 off their registration.


Jerah Pettibone / (614) 725-3166 /



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


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