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Online virtual conference 

Monday, December 5, 2016 through Thursday, December 8, 2016
5-8 p.m. ET

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Growing for the Future is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, student loans, land tenure, food safety, women and veterans in farming, conservation and much more!

The conference is completely online, and features farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q & A, a discussion board, a resource center and free giveaways!

Location:
Online virtual conference

Contact:
National Farmers Union / (202) 554-1600 /

http://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, December 10, 2016
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Farmers of all scales, skill levels, and experiences, people wanting to farm for income, and students are invited to join OEFFA's Southwest Chapter for an event presented by Cultivate! Ohio Valley:

Presenter: Jim Lowenburg, Running Creek Farm

Cost: $15 for OEFFA or SWOEFFA members; $20 farmers / growers; $10 for students (bring payment to class)

Spend two hours with fellow farmers and Jim Lowenburg, who will discuss the essential tools he has successfully used to grow his business over the past 14 seasons. The class will allow you to understand what has worked for Running Creek Farm, and will include a round table discussion for asking questions and sharing ideas.

Class topics will include:
1. Discussion of various growing systems for small-scale farming
2. Planning techniques – planning for the next season, and planning for future growth
3. Basic strategies towards developing markets for your product

This is the first of four winter classes organized by Cultivate! Ohio Valley. The next workshop will be held January 18 at Bahr Farm, "Construction of a Small High Tunnel for In Field Vegetables."

Location:
Cincinnati State, Main Building Room 108
Cincinnati, Ohio

parking available in Lot A or D

Contact:
Cultivate! Ohio Valley / 513-473-1860 /

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMi5khHtQ38PryB8TtwMKrWiqsPaD_nvnzr-omKGMcaTGHFQ/viewform

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Sunday, December 11, 2016
1-3 p.m.

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OEFFA's Southwest Chapter's annual potluck and get-together will include:

Agenda
12:30 p.m. Doors Open
1:00 p.m. Potluck Starts
1:45 p.m. Business Meeting
2:30 p.m. "How Was Your Year?" Sharing Time
3:00 p.m. Tour of Ecovillage Greenhouse and Main Garden

Location:
Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage Common Roots Cafe
3642 W. 8th St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45205

Contact:
Southwest OEFFA Chapter / (917) 930-3329 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter.php

 

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, January 16, 2017
7-9 p.m.

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Joseph Swain of Swainway Urban Farm believes in promoting health through eating densely nutritious produce, paying fair wages while running a profitable business, and farming by hand to maximize yield while minimizing petroleum resource use.

As leaders of the urban farm scene in central Ohio, they started the Columbus Agrarian Society, a resource center to support other for-profit farm ventures, backyard gardeners and community projects.

Swainway Urban Farm serves farmers' markets, restaurants and retail outlets in the Columbus area with fresh organic microgreens, mushrooms, specialty vegetables, and seedlings. Joseph will share his growing tips.

This presentation and discussion is part of the Hearth of Ohio Chapter's 2016-2017 event series, "Sustainable living and farming/gardening in a changing climate." Each meeting's discussion will provide information for urban and rural farmers and gardeners. All meetings begin with a short business meeting, which usually includes information concerning farm policy.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr.
Alexandria, OH 43001

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter.php

 

Dayton, OH 

Thursday, February 9, 2017 through Saturday, February 11, 2017
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday

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Register by January 23 for Ohio's largest sustainable food and farm conference, now in its new home in Dayton!

This event offers lots of educational and networking opportunities for farmers, backyard growers, home cooks, homesteaders, and others committed to local food, sustainable agriculture, and green living, including:

• Nearly 80 educational workshops on a wide range of food, farming, and policy topics;
• A three-day trade show with 70+ businesses, organizations, and government agencies offering food, books, products, information, and services;
• Four full-day pre-conference intensive workshops led by farmers for farmers on farm business planning, niche fruit and poultry production, and growing bionutrient rich food;
• Keynote speakers Jim Riddle, an organic farmer, inspector, educator, and policy analyst; and Robyn O'Brien, a popular author and food advocate, known as "food's Erin Brokovich";
• The Contrary Farmers' Social at 2nd Street Market featuring food, drinks, and a remembrance of Ohio's Contrary Farmer, Gene Logsdon, led by David Kline of Farming Magazine;
• The Cream of the Crop Banquet on Friday, February 10 featuring a dinner celebrating Ohio's farming community;
• A Farm Land of Opportunity reception, on-farm innovation discussion and reception, and an OEFFA oral history discussion;
• Activities for kids and teens
• Locally-sourced, from-scratch lunches; raffle; book table; morning yoga and ta chi; book signings, and much more.

Location:
Dayton Convention Center
22 E. 5th St.
Dayton, OH 45402

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/conference2017

 

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, February 20, 2017
7-9 p.m.

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Trouble with insects, wilt, or other problems this past season? No problem! Ask the farm and garden panel your questions. This evening is always one of the chapter's most beneficial meetings, drawing on numerous skilled farmers who can provide a wealth of information to participants.

This presentation and discussion is part of the Heart of Ohio Chapter's 2016-2017 event series, "Sustainable living and farming/gardening in a changing climate." Each meeting's discussion will provide information for urban and rural farmers and gardeners. All meetings begin with a short business meeting, which usually includes information concerning farm policy.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr.
Alexandria, OH 43001

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter.php

 

Kent, Ohio 

Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:30am - 12:30pm

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Join the League of Women Voters of Kent in meeting our Ohio Candidates for the upcoming November Election!

This is a great way to utilize our Questions for Candidates guide, which is a comprehensive election year resource. This food and farm policy guide provides important background information and sample questions that relate to important issues regarding sustainable agriculture and local food systems. Access the guide here:
http://www.oeffa.org/documents/Questions_for_Candidates_final_web.pdf

Location:
United Church of Christ
1400 E. Main St.
Kent, Ohio 44240

Contact:
LWV of Kent / 330-688-9545 /

http://www.kent.oh.lwvnet.org/index.html

 

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, March 20, 2017
7-9 p.m.

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Through voluntary action and cooperation of landowners and other stakeholders, the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) works to conserve land, soil, water, forest, wildlife, and other natural resources through local leadership, education, and technical assistance. SWCD representatives will share their expert advice on how to build healthy soil.

This presentation and discussion is part of the Heart of Ohio Chapter's 2016-2017 event series, "Sustainable living and farming/gardening in a changing climate." Each meeting's discussion will provide information for urban and rural farmers and gardeners. All meetings begin with a short business meeting, which usually includes information concerning farm policy.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr.
Alexandria, OH 43001

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter.php

 

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, April 17, 2017
7-9 p.m.

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Denise Ellsworth of the Department of Entomology at OSU will lead a discussion on some of the most common pollinators/beneficials, and how to adapt the landscape to favor them.

This presentation and discussion is part of the Heart of Ohio Chapter's 2016-2017 event series, "Sustainable living and farming/gardening in a changing climate." Each meeting's discussion will provide information for urban and rural farmers and gardeners. All meetings begin with a short business meeting, which usually includes information concerning farm policy.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr.
Alexandria, OH 43001

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter.php

 

Pataskala, OH 

Monday, May 15, 2017
6:30 p.m.

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John and Anne Hohmann collect rain water through a multitude of sources and use this water for both agriculture and personal use. Using a system of rain barrels, cisterns, and a pond, the Hohmann's water their livestock, irrigate their garden, and supplement their grey water for personal use. Attendees will be in for a real treat on this farm visit!

This presentation and discussion is part of the Hearth of Ohio Chapter's 2016-2017 event series, "Sustainable living and farming/gardening in a changing climate." Each meeting's discussion will provide information for urban and rural farmers and gardeners. All meetings begin with a short business meeting, which usually includes information concerning farm policy.

Location:
Clearview Farm
11015 Mill St.
Pataskala, OH 43062

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter.php

 

Alexandria, OH 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
7 p.m.

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Join OEFFA's Heart of Ohio Chapter planning meeting for the 2016-17 season to help select the topics for the 2016-17 meetings and identify individuals who might want to lead the discussions. It is important that we select topics that relate to our chapter members and help them grow as producers. If you cannot attend the planning meeting but have a topic that you want considered please email Chuck Dilbone at cgdilbone@gmail.com before the August 29 meeting.

As of this date we have received the following ideas;
• Growing heirloom tomatoes
• Farm panel – question and answers
• Growing flowers commercially
• Irrigation
• No-till farming
• Controlling insects organically
• Growing, drying, storing and selling herbs
• Raised-bed gardening
• Cover crops

The following are the meeting dates, times and location for this year's meetings. All meetings are from 7-9 p.m. at the Alexandria Public Library unless otherwise indicated.

• August 29
• October 17
• November 21
• January 16
• March 20
• April 17
• May 15, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Farm Visit

We hope you will join us for the planning meeting! Your input is important to our chapter.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr.
Alexandria, OH 43001

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter.php

 

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