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Free online webinar 

Thursday, May 26, 2016
12 p.m.

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If there's a food-borne illness outbreak, is your farm prepared for a recall? Do you have traceability procedures and records in place so you can react quickly and effectively?

Join Eric Pawlowski, OEFFA's Sustainable Agriculture Educator, for a free webinar hosted by the Ohio State University to discover how to protect your farm and your customers in the event of a food safety incident. Learn about:

- Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety rule requirements
- Methods and goals of lot coding systems
- Establishing audit and recall procedures
- Conducting a mock audit

At OEFFA, Eric works directly with farmers, helping to answer their production and marketing questions, and assisting them in developing food safety plans. He is a former organic inspector and experienced organic farmer and farm manager.

This webinar is part of OSU's Direct Marketing Webinar Series.

Location:
Free online webinar

Contact:
Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /

http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/productrecallandtracibility/

 

Akron, OH 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.

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Shopping is not as simple and easy as it was in the past. As consumers increasingly care about the hidden environmental, social, and public health costs of conventional food production, companies and farms are striving to set their products apart.

But as more food labels—like local, organic, natural, fair trade, grass-fed, and non-GMO—show up on market shelves, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new and competing claims. What do all these labels really mean, and how do they impact you and your family?

Join OEFFA for a free presentation to learn, What's in a Name?

Discover how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of food labels. Learn how to understand different labels and how to protect your right to clear and honest labeling.

All are welcome, but space is limited. RSVP in person at Mustard Seed Market & Cafe or go to http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/.

Location:
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
3885 W Market St.
Akron, OH 44333

Contact:
Abraham Nabors / (330) 666-7333 /

http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/

 

Cleveland, OH 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.

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Shopping is not as simple and easy as it was in the past. As consumers increasingly care about the hidden environmental, social, and public health costs of conventional food production, companies and farms are striving to set their products apart.

But as more food labels—like local, organic, natural, fair trade, grass-fed, and non-GMO—show up on market shelves, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new and competing claims. What do all these labels really mean, and how do they impact you and your family?

Join OEFFA for a free presentation to learn, What's in a Name?

Discover how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of food labels. Learn how to understand different labels and how to protect your right to clear and honest labeling.

All are welcome, but space is limited. RSVP in person at Mustard Seed Market & Cafe or go to http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/.

Location:
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
6025 Kruse Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44139

Contact:
Abraham Nabors / (440) 519-3663 /

http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, June 4, 2016
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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The Turner Farm Community Garden Program is offering a series of five free gardening classes for home and community gardeners. During the five sessions, learn garden basics together in the classroom and the Franciscan Community Garden. Class topics will include growing fruits and vegetables naturally, sowing seeds and potatoes, seasonal growing practices, managing pests, when and how to harvest as well as storing and preserving your garden bounty.

To help you better understand how to grow fruits and vegetables, and learn the annual cycle of work in a garden, everyone will work in their own garden journal. The journal will also be supplemented with gardening fact sheets and diagrams to help you successfully garden at home or in a community garden. In addition through the Learn-Grow-Earn Program participants will have the opportunity to earn a garden bed for their home in exchange for participating in the garden classes, practicum and volunteer work.

Classes are FREE with advance registration.

Location:
Franciscan Community Garden
110 Compton Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45215

Contact:
Turner Farm Community Garden Program / 513-328-0100 /

 

Cadiz, OH 

Saturday, June 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Observe a five acre working homestead with installed solar panels to learn about:
- No till, sheet composting gardening method
- Pasturing chickens
- Soap making
- Beekeeping/honey production basics
- Processing beeswax and dipped beeswax candle making
- Making kombucha, yogurt, and goat's milk cheese
- Solar energy

Lunch and dinner included plus free samples of soap and candles. Gluten free, vegetarian, and dairy free options at both meals. Optional Yoga Nidra session at 6:30 P.M.

Cost: $75 Single, $100 Couple, $25 each additional family member (youth 13 or over only)

Pre-registration is required.

Location:
Home of Bob & Mary Hooker
86724 Keyser Rd.
Cadiz, OH 43907

Contact:
Bob & Mary Hooker / 740-945-0189 /

 

Ashtabula, OH 

Saturday, June 4, 2016
1-4 p.m.

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Ashtabula County Water Watch (ACWW), an all-volunteer community group focused on water quality issues in Ashtabula County, has announced plans for a tour of Ashtabula County's sites of environmental interest and concern.

The Toxic but Terrific Tour highlights the county's long history with environmental issues including past and present super fund sites, injection wells, as well as the area's positive efforts towards environmental remediation.

ACWW invites members of the public to join them to learn about local environmental sites. The goal is to raise awareness in the community as well as inspire others to take action. Organizers are hoping that by learning about some of the environmental issues in Ashtabula, participants will start to think about ways to make it better.

The tour kicks off at 1 p.m. from the Harbor Topky Library in Ashtabula. It will start with an introduction and orientation to the event followed by a brief presentation by Vanessa Pesec with the Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection. Ms. Pesec will give an overview of fracking activity in the area and provide information about the hazards of horizontal drilling and the impact of injection wells and drilling by-products.

Attendees will then be invited to get on board the bus for a tour of local sites of environmental interest. The tour is expected to take two hours and will include narration about each site along with relevant historical and environmental information.

Attendees are welcome to drive separately if needed and maps will be provided on the day of the event.

This event is free and open to the public. Funds for the tour were provided by a mini-grant from the Center for Health and Environmental Justice.

Location:
Harbor Topky Library
Ashtabula, OH

Contact:
Ashtabula County Water Watch / (440) 549-0111 /

http://bit.ly/1Tlyw3f

 

Cadiz, OH 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
2 p.m.

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Stand in solidarity with one of OEFFA's founding members and organic farming pioneer Mick Luber of Bluebird Farm. Bluebird Farm produces fresh, organic vegetables, apples, and wild crops, including ramps, berries, and mushrooms, on about 65 acres, serving markets in Wheeling, WV and Pittsburgh, PA.

The Utopia pipeline, which would carry ethylene and propane to plastics manufacturing plants in Canada, is threatening to cross Bluebird Farm and could negatively impact the rich, organic soils Mick has worked so hard to foster for 36 years.

As part of a National Day of Action on Fracking, join OEFFA and Mick to oppose this pipeline and learn about all Bluebird Farm does to produce quality organic food for the communities it serves.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Eric Pawlowski at (614) 421-2022 or eric@oeffa.org by May 31.

This tour is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Bluebird Farm
86663 Fife Rd.
Cadiz, OH 43907

Contact:
Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Langsville, OH 

Saturday, June 11, 2016
1-4 p.m.

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Veterans turned farmers, Brian and Beth Duffy of Find A Way Farm invite you to a self-paced pasture walk to experience life on their beautiful 80 acre farm in southeast Ohio. Visitors will learn how lamb is raised naturally, visit with free-range hens, pet lambs, and trek to the ridge top for picturesque views. Lamb sampling and sales will be available.

This tour is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Find A Way Farm
36789 Buzzard Den Rd.
Langsville, OH 45741

Contact:
Find A Way Farm / (937) 361-0421 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Peninsula, OH 

Saturday, June 11, 2016
2-4 p.m.

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Sheep producers are invited to join Laura DeYoung of The Spicy Lamb Farm, a Cuyahoga Valley National Park Countryside Conservancy farm, to learn about the value of using ultrasound technology to select breeding stock and improve product quality. Funded by a grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, the North Coast Lamb Co-Op is using carcass ultrasound scanning to enhance the market quality of their lamb and to measure muscle quality deficiencies.

Cost and Registration: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, contact Laura Minnig at laura@thespicylamb.com by June 3.

This workshop is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
The Spicy Lamb Farm
6560 Akron-Peninsula Rd.
Peninsula, OH 44264

Contact:
Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Pomeroy, OH 

Saturday, June 11, 2016
1-4 p.m.

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Located on the diary farm of Lin and Eric Karcher, join Warren and Victoria Taylor of Snowville Creamery for a leisurely field walk and milking parlor tour to learn how milk is processed and bottled for delivery. Enjoy cranking homemade butter or help make frosty ice cream to the sound of live music!

This tour is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Snowville Creamery
32623 State Rte. 143
Pomeroy, OH 45769

Contact:
Snowville Creamery / (740) 698-2340 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Lancaster, OH 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Join Jerry Iles, OSU Extension Educator, and farmers Josh and Lynne Schultz of Schultz Valley Farms for a tour of this diversified family farm and to learn how they use high tunnels for season extension. The Shultz family grows greens, sweet corn, root vegetables, eggplant, melons, and other crops for market and restaurant sales and a successful community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

This event is offered by The Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with OEFFA, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
Schultz Valley Farms
424 Zion Rd. SE
Lancaster, OH 43130

Contact:
Jerry Iles / (740) 652-7260 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, June 18, 2016
8-11:30 a.m.

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Following Chadwick Arboretum's very successful Spring Plant Sale & Auction, there are approximately 14,000 plastic pots, cell packs, and trays out there that need to be recycled or re-used. There are many materials in our community that can be recycled and kept out of our general trash collection. Join us to reduce this waste and help our planet.

OSU will be partnering with Phoenix Recycling and accepting horticultural plastics such as pots, cell packs, and trays. They'll also be collecting non-food grade Styrofoam such as the material that your computer or TV is packed in.

The hope is to fill a semi-truck with these horticultural plastics as in the past. You are also welcome to stand by and take any of these plastics that you might need for your home projects.

Please note that Chadwick Arboretum won't be able to accept any materials prior to the morning of June 18th, but you should also know that you can drop off your horticultural plastics at any of the Lowe's stores in central Ohio if you can't participate in our recycling event.
They are also unable to accept any items prior to or after the event.

Please spread the word and invite others to meet the goal and have the largest turn out to date!

Chadwick Arboretum will host a membership table during this event so you can join or renew your support of the programs and gardens.

Location:
Chadwick Arboretum
2001 Fyffe Ct.
Columbus, OH 43210

Contact:
Chadwick Arboretum / 614-688-3479 /

http://chadwickarboretum.osu.edu/

 

Delaware, OH 

Monday, June 20, 2016
3-7 p.m.

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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule includes detailed water quality and testing requirements for water used in contact with produce before, during, and after harvest. Join Don Stoeckel of Cornell University's Produce Safety Alliance, Gary Horrisberger of Holmes Laboratory, Inc., and Tadd Petersen of Seminary Hill Farm on the campus of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio for a workshop and tour designed to increase understanding of these FSMA water quality requirements and how they can protect your farm, your business, and your customers. This session will focus on irrigation and packing shed water use and review good agricultural practices (GAP) for farm water usage.

Cost and Registration: $20 for OEFFA members, $30 for non-members. Price includes dinner. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/findyourpathogen.

This workshop is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
MTSO's Seminary Hill Farm
3081 Columbus Pk.
Delaware, OH 43015

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Berlin Heights, OH 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
1-6 p.m.

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Get out of your business for the day to network with your peers, take a tour of Quarry Hill Orchards' innovative farm, enjoy one-on-one time with industry vendors, get the information you need to stay current on food safety regulations, and have some fun.

Member Price: $25 for the first registrant, $10/guest with same company

Non-member Price: $30 for the first registrant, $10/guest with same company

Location:
Quarry Hill Orchards
8403 Mason Rd.
Berlin Heights, OH

Quarry Hill Orchards is a 130-acre fruit tree farm and retail market that specializes in growing, harvesting, and bringing to market boutique apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, and nectarines. In 2005, Quarry Hill Winery was opened.

Contact:
Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association (OPGMA) / (614) 228-4739 /

http://www.opgma.org/event-2193080

 

Hillsboro, OH 

Friday, June 24, 2016
1-5 p.m.

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Consumer demand for grass-fed beef is high, but finishing beef on pasture with a consistent quality that consumers expect is a delicate art form. Dr. Jim Linne of White Clover Farm and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Grazing Specialist Troyce Barnett will delve into the finer points of managing a grass-fed herd to improve the marbling and flavor of your beef. Participants will walk White Clover Farm's pastures and discuss Jim's forage and cattle selection and frame score. Learn about forage species selection, establishment, and management for different soils, terrains, and microclimates, as well as watering systems and water quality, livestock rotations, stockpiling fescue, and using warm season annuals to extend grazing days.

Cost and Registration: $20 for OEFFA members, $30 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/raisingthesteaks.

This workshop is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

Location:
White Clover Farm
9600 E. Prospect Rd.
Hillsboro, OH 45133

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

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

Chillicothe, OH 

Saturday, June 25, 2016
2 p.m.

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Paul Dorrance and his wife, Heather, started Pastured Providence Farmstead, a small, sustainable, diversified, pasture-based farm, in 2014. They strive to "partner with creation to produce healthy food" by raising livestock without any growth hormones, antibiotics, or chemicals. The farm's cows and sheep are 100 percent grass-fed and finished, and the pigs, chickens, and turkeys get a daily helping of grass and hay and a non-genetically modified feed, sourced from a local farmer. Pastured Providence Farmstead focuses on producing healthy food for south-central Ohio using heritage breed stock, including Red Poll cattle, St. Croix sheep, Large Black hogs, Narragansett turkeys, and Buckeye laying hens. Paul and Heather will share their values, methods, and lessons learned to both educate and encourage others who want to produce food in an ethical, humane, ecologically sound manner.

Registration: To register, email paul@pasturedprovidence.com by June 18.

This tour is one of 21 farm tours and workshops OEFFA is offering this summer as part of the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. In total, the series features 32 farm tours and 10 educational workshops, offered in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team, Advancing Eco Agriculture, Ashtabula Local Food Council, Columbus Agrarian Society, and Our Harvest Research and Education Institute. All tours and workshops are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information about the series, go to http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours.

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

Contact:
Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/2016farmtours

 

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