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Farm to Fork Field Day: A Farm-Out Experience

Eaton, OH 

Sunday, October 26, 2014
1pm

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Starting at 1pm, take a tour of Boulder Belt Eco-Farm, and then dive right into work: building a compost pile, moving a high tunnel and putting it up over overwintering crops, and putting the market garden to bed for the winter. People can choose to do one or more of these activities or just hang out and enjoy the farm.

At 5 p.m., leave the field and come in for dinner to enjoy a feast of foods mainly from Boulder Belt Eco-Farm. They will have both meat and vegan dishes made from seasonal produce and drinks. International folk/blues recording artist, Lisa Biales, will serenade diners.

A fundraiser for MOON Co-op in Oxford. Cost is $40. You can purchase your tickets at MOON Co-op, Boulder Belt Eco-Farm and The Wildberry. This will be held rain or shine.

Boulder Belt Eco-Farm
Eaton, OH

Contact:
Lucy Owsley

http://www.boulderbeltfarm.com

 

Value-Added Food Production and Marketing

Free online webinar 

Thursday, October 30, 2014
12-1 p.m.

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Food and agriculture marketing experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will be offering a series of free monthly webinars the last Thursday of every month through October.

This session is led by Emily Adams, an OSU Extension educator.


Contact:
Brad Bergefurd / 740-289-2071 /

http://www.carmenconnect.osu.edu/valueadded

 

Basics of Poultry Health and Management

Free online webinar 

Thursday, October 30, 2014
1 p.m.

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Veterinary Extension within The Ohio State University’s Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine and the OEFFA have joined together to provide a series of webinars and workshops for veterinarians, Extension educators, and other professionals who work with certified organic livestock herds and flocks.

This webinar will cover the basic concepts of poultry disease diagnosis and control in organic production systems, with a brief discussion of management conditions that will impact poultry health. This webinar is presented by Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar, Poultry Extension Veterinarian with OSU’s Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine.

To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7199139605511528193

This project is made possible with funding from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education’s (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program.


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

http://www.oeffa.org/news/?page_id=1556

 

Celebrate Autumn Harvest at Turner Farms

Cincinnati, OH 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 through Friday, October 31, 2014

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Enjoy hay rides, farm tours, pull turnips to fee the sheep, and harvest your own pumpkins.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Internal Parasite Management in Pasture-Based Sheep and Goat Operations

Free online webinar 

Monday, November 3, 2014
1 p.m.

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Veterinary Extension within The Ohio State University’s Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine and the OEFFA have joined together to provide a series of webinars and workshops for veterinarians, Extension educators, and other professionals who work with certified organic livestock herds and flocks.

Internal parasite control is one of the most important and difficult to manage health issues for sheep and goat farmers. This webinar will cover various internal parasite management and preventative strategies suitable for organic production systems. Participants will learn the basic biology and life cycle associated with the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) and about chemical anthelminthic resistance. This webinar is presented by Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator with OSU Extension Wayne County.

To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6088907739364733953

This project is made possible with funding from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education’s (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program.


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

http://www.oeffa.org/news/?page_id=1556

 

Mechanical Farm Implements: Scale-Appropriate Technology for Specialty Crop Production

Free online webinar 

Thursday, November 6, 2014
1 p.m.

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Join OEFFA for a free webinar, "Mechanical Farm Implements: Scale-Appropriate Technology for Specialty Crop Production."

This webinar will explore factors to consider in choosing equipment for a successful specialty crop farm, including:
- Your farm's personal goals, plans, and field preparation, cultivation, and harvest needs;
- The horsepower and wheel spacing requirements of tractors; and
- How to prioritize equipment purchases.

This session will be presented by Jean-Paul Cortens of Roxbury Farm in New York. With his wife and farming partner, Jody Bolluyt, the farm produces vegetables, herbs, grass-fed lamb and beef, and pork for more than 1,100 community supported agriculture members. The 390 acre farm includes 90 acres of vegetable production (half in green manure and half in vegetables) and 200 acres of grassland.

Jean-Paul will also cover the various pieces of equipment used at Roxbury Farm to produce vegetables and the best equipment to use for tillage, weed control, mulching, planting, seeding, harvesting, and haymaking. He will explore how different pieces of equipment can be integrated to maximize their effectiveness.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but pre-registration is required.

This webinar is part of a series of educational programs offered in collaboration with the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy designed to address the business and production aspects of managing successful specialty crop operations.

These programs are made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, and the United States Department of Agriculture under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant.


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

http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7946701958534602754

 

High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop

Amesville, OH 

Saturday, November 8, 2014 through Sunday, November 9, 2014
9:30am-4:30pm

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Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association whose mission is, “Increasing Quality in the Food Supply,” will present a 2-session workshop.
The High Bionutrient Crop Production workshops are designed to inform and support participants to grasp and apply innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing more nutritious food crops that lead to healthier lives. The learning focus of the series includes soil biology, mineralogy and energy dynamics. At the same time, the workshops intend to establish a relational infrastructure among growers that will provide the basis for increasing collaboration between them, and also with the businesses and organizations that supply their needs and buy their products.
The workshop will begin with an analysis of participants' soil tests, discussion about cover crops, and recommended soil amendments. These are ways to build the battery of the soil and stimulate its digestive processes to assure maximum potential for effective crop growth and improved yield in the following spring and summer. Specific forward-looking topics and themes will be addressed and explored, and a gradual immersion will take place as we reach an increasing depth of understanding about the multi-faceted nature of the biological system of the soil and the interaction that takes place between the soil, the air, the plants and our observations and interventions.
Each session will consist of a classroom-style discussion and hands-on demonstration and practice. Those participants who provide their email will also receive periodic e-newsletters to supplement the workshop presentations. Registrants will be expected to procure their own soil tests as desired, and instruction for interpreting those will be covered during the workshop.

Amesville Grange
Amesville, OH

Contact:
Gary Nueves / /

http://www.bionutrient.org/workshops

 

Predator Control/Wildlife Nuisance

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, November 10, 2014
7-9 p.m.

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OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter has announced their meeting and event schedule for the 2014-2015 season. All events begin with a short business meeting, which usually features farm policy updates, and include a discussion geared toward both urban and rural gardeners and farmers. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Gary Cromer, Ohio Department of Wildlife, will be leading the discussion.

Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr., Alexandria, OH

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

 

Slow Money National Gathering

Louisville, KY 

Monday, November 10, 2014 through Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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A local and global gathering on food, investing, and culture.

Featured Speakers: Vandana Shiva, Eliot Coleman, Joel Salatin, Gary Nabhan, David Buchanan, David Orr, Patrick Holden, Greg Steltenpohl, Amy Domini, and Mary Dee Berry

The program of Slow Money National Gatherings integrates internationally recognized thought leadership, next generation social entrepreneurship, and an environment that fosters shared learning across the full spectrum of backgrounds—from the most sophisticated financiers to individual investors, from farmers to food entrepreneurs.

The program also includes elements of film, music, and Meet the Author sessions, because fixing the economy from the ground up is not only a financial activity, but also a cultural one.

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Louisville, KY

Contact:
/ 303.443.1154 /

http://slowmoney.org/national-gathering/2014/home

 

Renewable Energy Workshop

Wooster, OH 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
9am-3pm

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The annual Renewable Energy Workshop will include presentations, case studies, a trade show, and tours of local green energy operations dealing with a variety of technologies — solar, biomass, anaerobic digestion and bioproducts.

Registration, which includes continental breakfast and lunch, costs $40 per person if paid before Nov. 4. The cost goes up to $50 if paid after that date. Registration for college students is $20.

The workshop will begin with presentations about the sustainability of renewable energy. Joseph Fiskel, executive director of Ohio State’s Center for Resilience, will talk about “Challenges and Opportunities.” Then, Ajay Shah, assistant professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will offer a “Techno-Economic Analysis” of renewable energy technologies.

The workshop will continue with renewable energy case studies and examples of byproduct utilization:
• “Solar: Environmental and Economic Impacts,” Fred Michel, Ohio State.
• “Bioenergy: Environmental and Economic Impacts,” Barry McGraw, Ohio Soybean Council.
• “Effluent from Anaerobic Digestion,” Clemens Halene, quasar energy group.
• “By-products of Biofuel Production,” Li.

Following lunch, there will be a tour of two facilities engaged in bioproducts and bioenergy work: Ohio State’s pilot-scale plant for the processing of alternative, domestic sources of natural rubber such as Russian dandelions and guayule; and the city of Wooster’s wastewater treatment plant, which was recently retrofitted by quasar to become a “resource recovery” facility that provides state-of-the-art water processing and anaerobic digestion of waste to generate energy.

Exhibitors at the workshop will include quasar, BioHio Research Park, the Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network and Ohio State's Office of Energy and Environment.

Fisher Auditorium
1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH

Contact:
Mary Wicks

http://go.osu.edu/qvv

 

Season Creation Workshop at Green Edge Gardens

Amesville, OH 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

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Green Edge Organic Gardens and Rural Action are providing growers, agriculture educators, and other professionals with the tools and understanding they need to increase the productive use of high tunnels.

Now is your chance to experience and learn the Green Edge model of year-round growing!

Green Edge Organic Gardens
Amesville, OH

Contact:
Tom Redfern / (740) 677-4047 /

 

Five-Day Solar Electric Workshop

Wooster, OH 

Monday, November 10, 2014 through Friday, November 14, 2014
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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With prices for photovoltaic (PV) systems falling and demand exploding, systems are suddenly economical for nearly every home or farm. If you have ever wanted to make your farm energy independent, take your homestead off the grid, or start your own business installing PV systems, now is a great time!

Join OEFFA and Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a five-day training course where you will learn how to design and install photovoltaic systems. The course will be equally divided between lectures and hands-on labs. You will learn with a working PV system, dismantling and reinstalling it, troubleshooting, and test its proper operation. You will also learn how to integrate a working wind turbine into the PV system. At the end of the week, you will have the opportunity to sit for an internationally recognized certification Level 1 examination offered by the Electronic Technicians Association (ETA), which allows you to receive a respected industry credential demonstrating your knowledge.

Cost: $930 for OEFFA members, $970 for non-members. The cost includes ETA fees, an installation toolkit, and a course workbook. Lunch is provided on each class day. Contact OEFFA if you would like to discuss installment options. All attendees must be paid in full by the beginning of their first class.

Registration: Registration is limited to 10 students. Register online at www.oeffa.org by Wednesday, November 5. To register by mail, send a check made out to OEFFA along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA Solar Workshop, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, go to www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/pv-certification-solar-electric-workshops.

Local Roots Market and Café
140 S. Walnut St., Wooster, OH 44691

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

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Organic Inputs: Options and Opportunities for Improving Crop Health and Productivity

Free online webinar 

Thursday, November 20, 2014
1 p.m.

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Crop inputs include seed, fertilizers, and pesticides, and the National Organic Program guidelines provide clear guidance on what can and cannot be used for certified organic production. This webinar will review key concepts and principles involved in choosing organically acceptable inputs. Details that will help growers make sound and profitable choices for their operations will be provided.

This webinar will be presented by Brian McSpadden Gardener, Ph.D. He is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), where he also directs the Plant Microbial Ecology and Biopesticide Development Lab and Organic Food, Farming, Education, and Research (OFFER) program.

Please note this was originally scheduled for October 9, but cancelled and rescheduled for this date. Individuals who previously registered for the October date will need to re-register.

OEFFA and the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy have partnered to offer this webinar and other educational opportunities designed to address the business and production aspects of managing successful specialty crop operations. These programs are made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, and the United States Department of Agriculture under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant.


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

http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1279356907400168193

 

Evergreen Workshop

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, November 29, 2014
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

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Presented by Melinda O’Briant, get in the holiday spirit by making your own fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath and/or centerpiece. Use balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and adornments such as handmade bows and pinecones to make a unique natural wreath. Decorate your home with your one of a kind arrangement or give it to a friend as a fantastic gift. All necessary materials are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own pruners. The class fee is $35. Pre‐pay in order to reserve a spot.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Evergreen Workshop

Cincinnati, OH 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Presented by Melinda O’Briant, get in the holiday spirit by making your own fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath and/or centerpiece. Use balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and adornments such as handmade bows and pinecones to make a unique natural wreath. Decorate your home with your one of a kind arrangement or give it to a friend as a fantastic gift. All necessary materials are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own pruners. The class fee is $35. Pre‐pay in order to reserve a spot.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Evergreen Workshop

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, December 6, 2014
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

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Presented by Melinda O’Briant, get in the holiday spirit by making your own fresh and fragrant evergreen wreath and/or centerpiece. Use balsam, cedar, and juniper boughs and adornments such as handmade bows and pinecones to make a unique natural wreath. Decorate your home with your one of a kind arrangement or give it to a friend as a fantastic gift. All necessary materials are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own pruners. The class fee is $35. Pre‐pay in order to reserve a spot.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 
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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