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Restoration Agriculture Design Course with Mark Shepard

Minerva, OH 

Friday, May 22, 2015 through Sunday, May 24, 2015

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This is the second of a 3-part Design Certification Course in Restoration Agriculture held at Creekview Ridge Farm.

Spend three days with Mark Shepard, author and owner of New Forest Farm in southwestern Wisconsin to learn the theory and practice of Restoration Agriculture - the intentional restoration of healthy, functional ecosystems, integrating perennial crops and livestock to produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel while restoring critical ecosystem services.

Building on the basic elements of Permaculture design, our certified curriculum is expanded to cover the design, development, and management of farm-scale agricultural ecosystems. This second course will focus on the layout, final design and initial installation of the Key Line water
management system. This will be an intensively hands-on weekend!

Part 3 will take place September 4-6, 2015.

Course Highlights:
• Keyline design
• Keyline layout and installation (hands-on)
• On-farm tree propagation methods
• Integrated multispecies grazing, fencing options
• Tool and equipment options, hands-on demonstrations
• Course meals prepared with local farm-raised meats and veggies!

Creekview Ridge Farm is a diversified family farm located in the northeast Ohio hill country, owned and stewarded by Kip Gardner, his wife Beth and daughter Hannah. Kip is a former agricultural scientist and currently teaches environmental science at a local 2-year college. They farm a total of 25 acres, focusing on fruits, seasonal vegetables, hay and small livestock. The farm is an intriguing mix of fields, hillside pasture, woodlands, streams, a pond and wetlands that present many design possibilities. Founded around 1870, there are 2 farmhouses and a bank barn dating to about 1880-1900. The Gardners farm using 2 high tunnels, one purchased in 2012 with the help of a USDA EQIP grant.

The cost of the Part 2 course is $325.00 per person. Co-register with someone else and you will each receive a $25.00 registration discount!

Early registration is recommended - the course is limited to 40 participants.

There will be a limited amount of camping (10 - 15 tent spaces) available at the farm. We also have basic indoor accommodations (beds) for 5-6 people in our unrenovated farmhouse. The public parts of the main farmhouse will be open all weekend for free time visiting, networking, cleaning up, etc.
There are a several affordable motels within easy driving distance of Minerva.

Creekview Ridge Farm
Minerva, OH

Contact:
Kip Gardner / 330-265-5992 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/permaculture-design-restoration-agriculture-certification-courses-with-

 

Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Bath, OH 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 through Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6-9 p.m.

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This highly rated four-session course will take a small group of participants through the process of setting personal and farming goals, assessing available resources, and developing an action plan to guide next steps. Along the way, participants will take a close look at the realities of working for themselves and managing a successful agriculture venture. This class will feature speakers from successful farm businesses like Breakneck Acres and Breezy Hill Farm, and includes a tour of Trapp Family Farm.

Originally developed by New England Small Farm Institute, Exploring the Small Farm Dream is specially designed for anyone who has wondered what it would be like to start a small farm or other agricultural business. This may include people thinking about changing careers to start a farm, taking over an existing family farm business, farming part-time while continuing other employment, or developing an informal agricultural pastime into a more series business activity. This is not a farm business planning course, but a precursor to farm business planning, with the ultimate goal of helping participants answer the question, “Is starting an agricultural business right for me?”

Registration is $100 per person, or $150 for two people from the same farm business.

Crown Point Ecology Center
3220 Ira Rd., Bath, OH

Contact:
Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy

http://www.cvcountryside.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=22282

 

Eliot and Clara Coleman on successful techniques of sustainable four-season farming

Cincinnati, OH 

Thursday, May 28, 2015
7:30-9pm

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Greenacres is honored to host organic farming pioneer and author, Eliot Coleman, and his daughter, Clara Coleman, for a speaking engagement on Thursday, May 28th from 7:30-9pm at the Greenacres Arts Center. This unique event will provide attendees the opportunity to hear Eliot and Clara speak about successful techniques of sustainable four-season farming – ultimately demonstrating that nothing is impossible on a small farm. Tickets for this speaking engagement, followed by a book signing, are available at www.green-acres.org.
With 48 years of dedicated and inspiring work honing his craft, Eliot Coleman is revered as an early forerunner in the organic farming movement. Eliot seeks to push the limits of what is possible. Through careful observation and many years of experimentation, he has developed the successful techniques of sustainable four-season farming now practiced on countless small-scale farms in northern climates around the world.
Greenacres is a 501 (c) (3) private operating foundation that offers environment, arts, garden, equine, water quality and agriculture education classes to students. The Greenacres mission is to preserve for the public an area reflecting the traditional environment of Indian Hill and its historical significance by preserving Greenacres in its current state of woodland and farmland; to encourage conservation and appreciation of nature by providing to the public, particularly children, the opportunity to study and enjoy plant and animal life in their natural settings; and to encourage appreciation of music and culture by providing facilities and an atmosphere that will encourage artists to display their talents for all age groups.
Cost: $20/person.

Greenacres Foundation
8400 Blome Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Greenacres Foundation / (513) 891-4227 /

http://www.green-acres.org

 

Make a Solar Generator

Columbus, OH  

Sunday, May 31, 2015
1pm

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Learn how you can build your own solar generator. Harness the clean energy of the sun and power your critical loads in quiet comfort.

City Folks Farm Shop
4760 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214

Contact:
City Folks Farm Shop / 614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Low Cost, Max Productivity at Peace, Love & Freedom Gardens

Columbus, OH  

Sunday, May 31, 2015
2-3:30pm

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Harvesting the most food with the least input is every grower's goal. Milan Karcic has gardened in this manner for five years as the Peace, Love, and Freedom Gardens He sells his specialty produce to CSA members, select restaurants, and the Clintonville farmers' market.

Milan will tour his farm, sharing how he maintains health, saves seeds, uses space wisely, and employs season extension techniques. He'll tell how he uses minimalist financing and marketing techniques to reduce costs while creating a unique identity.

This class will be held outside in any weather; please dress appropriately.

$30 registration fee applies

Peace, Love, and Freedom Gardens
4662 Indianola Ave., Columbus OH

Contact:
Columbus Agrarian Society / 614-557-8902 /

http://www.columbusagrariansociety.com

 

CSI for Dairy: Assessing the Risk of Uterine Disease

Free online webinar 

Monday, June 1, 2015
12 p.m.

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Ohio State University Associate Professor and Extension Veterinarian Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann will discuss transition herd management with an emphasis on preventing calving-related diseases. To register for the webinar, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6874783680207969538.


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

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

 

Nutrition and Mammary Health

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
12 p.m.

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Dr. William Weiss, a Dairy Extension Specialist and Ohio State University Animal Sciences Professor, will describe how the proper supplementation of vitamins and minerals can improve immunity and mammary gland health in dairy cows. Dr. Weiss will also discuss how proper feeding, particularly at the time of calving, can reduce metabolic problems that are a major risk factor for mastitis. To register for the webinar, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4368720703151038978.


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

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

 

Pastured Poultry Research Tour

Wooster, OH  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
3-5pm

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Muddy Fork Farm, in collaboration with the Ohio State University, will demonstrate a pastured poultry project using small moveable shelters and a novel feed ingredient. This project was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Research Extension Initiative (OREI) grant, and explored a whole farm approach to incorporating pasture-raised organic poultry and the cereal grain naked oats into a multi-year organic rotation. Two types of broiler chickens, commercial cross broilers and RedBros, were used in this project to compare growth and feed conversion ratios. The simple organic poultry diet based on naked oats and whole roasted soybeans will be discussed, as well as options and considerations for poultry in organic crop rotations. In addition to poultry, tour host Monica Bongue of Muddy Fork Farm grows certified organic produce which is marketed through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, at area farmers’ markets, and to local restaurants.

Directions: Muddy Fork Farm is located on the border of Wayne and Ashland counties, between Rte. 250 and Rte. 30A. From Rte. 250, take Township Rd. 35 and drive 2 miles to the farm, which will be on the left. From Rte. 30A, take N. Reedsburg Rd. 1.5 miles to the farm, which will be on the right. Look for the red and blue barn.

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.

Muddy Fork Farm
2289 N. Reedsburg, Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

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

Monica Bongue / (330) 465-1399 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Composting with Worms

Columbus, Ohio  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
6:30 pm

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We will show you how to turn your food scraps into amazing worm casting that can be used in potted plants and gardens. Set up & care for your worm bin including how to collect your castings and how to avoid problems in the bin are covered.

City Folks Farm Shop
4760 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214

Contact:
City Folks Farm Shop / 614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Creating the Perfect Jar

Columbus, OH  

Thursday, June 4, 2015
6:30 pm

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We’ll discuss canning techniques including a demo of how to can food, properties of properly canned foods and using the right recipes to ensure safety. Bring your preservation questions!

City Folks Farm Shop
4760 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214

Contact:
City Folks Farm Shop / 614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs State Food Policy Summit

Columbus, OH  

Thursday, June 4, 2015
3:30pm-7pm

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The State Food Policy Summit held by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs is the single annual event for food policy interests to join together across the state. The Summit is intended to inspire action by fostering awareness of food policy activities and possibilities at the state level.

The 2015 Summit will address a range of state food policy topics related to healthy food access, hunger, and food production. A reception will follow.

Please join us to learn about the current state of food policy in Ohio and envision future policy priorities for strengthening our local food systems. This event is free and open to the public.

Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Dr. Columbus, OH 43210

Contact:
The John Glenn School of Public Affairs / (614) 247-8161

 

Snowville Creamery Open House

Pomeroy, OH  

Saturday, June 6, 2015
1-4pm

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Snowville Creamery is celebrating their fifth year of successful business this year, having broken ground only six years ago and having grown tremendously in that time. Snowville seeks to provide ‘milk the way it used to be,’ maintaining a tradition of high quality, natural milk while simultaneoulsy striving for social and environmental sustainability. Join dairy farmers Bill Dix and Stacy Hall, as well as 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, pet a baby calf, or help make frosty ice cream to the sound of a live bluegrass band!

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

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

http://www.snowvillecreamery.com

 

Compost System Makeover Workshop

Cleveland, OH  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
6-7:30 pm

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Using the experiences of Quarry Park and other community gardens in South Euclid, learn how to renovate a composting system from one that is not working to one that is! This will be a hands-on workshop helping the garden build a new composting system from the ground up. This workshop is free; no registration is required.

Quarry Park Community Garden
Quarry Park North, South Euclid, OH 44121

Contact:
Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County Urban Agriculture Workshops / 216-429-8200

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu

 

Inside the Mind of the Beehive

Delaware, OH 

Thursday, June 11, 2015
6-8 p.m.

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Join apiarist Dave Noble on a tour of the world of the honey bee hive. You will explore the communication and thought processes of a hive and discover how the hive thinks and acts as a 'super- organism'. "Bee" sure to bring your questions! $10/person/all ages.

Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH

Contact:
Stratford Ecological Center / 740-363-2548 /

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org

 

Dairy Goats and Goat Milk Soaps Tour

Batavia, OH  

Saturday, June 13, 2015
12pm-6pm

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Visit Pine Lane Farm to see Martha Fix's herd of registered Saanen and Toggenburg dairy goats. Guests can try their hand at showing and milking, learn about cold process soapmaking, and see finished goat milk body care products including soaps and lotions.

Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-275 and exit at Rte. 50 (Milford/Hillsboro exit). Travel east on Rt. 50 for about 8 miles, going through the town of Owensville. Continue east on Rt. 50 for 4 miles and look for the intersection of Rte. 133. Turn right, going south on Rte. 133 towards Williamsburg for 0.8 miles. The farm is on the right before the stop sign. Parking is available at the end of the driveway.

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.

Pine Lane Farm
5057 State Rte. 133, Batavia, OH 45103

Contact:
Martha Fix / (513) 260-4352 /

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

http://www.pinelanesoaps.com

 

Just Chicken Feed

Columbus, OH  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
6:30 pm

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A well-balanced diet for your hen can help her to produce a superior quality egg. Learn how to boost nutritional benefit of your home grown eggs while providing the maximum benefit for your girls too.

City Folks Farm Shop
4760 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214

Contact:
City Folks Farm Shop / 614-946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 
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OEFFA

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

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