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Worker-Owned Cooperative Farm Tour

Morrow, OH 

Saturday, September 20, 2014
2-4 p.m.

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Our Harvest Cooperative is a worker-owned urban incubator farm and food hub. Take this tour to learn from the Our Harvest staff how they are creating green, union cooperative jobs with good wages and health care; promoting sustainable, organic, fair trade products, and cultivating new growers—all while improving access to local, healthy food for Cincinnati area residents. The tour will include an overview of the farm's model, its recent progress, and how food hubs can rebuild essential infrastructure needed to improve our local food systems.

Please note that the tour location has changed from what was originally advertised in the farm tour brochure and postcard. Our Harvest farms on multiple properties in southwest Ohio. This tour will no longer be held at the Cincinnati location, but instead at the White Oak Farm in Warren County, where the co-op has leased additional land this year in order to increase its growing capacity and to expand and improve its storage and packing facilities. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the 10 additional acres Our Harvest has put into production this season, the equipment used to do so, and the packing and storage facilities that serve as the base for distribution for Our Harvest's weekly harvest box program, and farmers' market, restaurant, grocery store, and institutional sales.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP by September 12 to Eric Pawlowski at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209 or eric@oeffa.org.

Directions: Our Harvest Cooperative's White Oak Farm location is 2707 S. Waynesville Rd., Morrow, OH.

From I-71, take Exit 32. Drive east on Rte. 123 for 1.3 miles and turn right (south) on S. Waynesville Rd. The farm entrance is 0.8 miles down the road on the right. Limited parking is available, so please plan to carpool if possible. If necessary, a small fee may be charged for shuttles from the parking area to the farm.

This event is presented by OEFFA and part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, providing unique opportunities for growers, educators, and conscientious eaters to learn about sustainable food and fiber production in a real world setting from farmers with years of practical experience.

Consumers interested in local foods, farmers and market gardeners wanting to learn more and network with other farmers, and aspiring and beginning farmers, are encouraged to attend.

All tours and workshops in this series are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted.

Our Harvest Cooperative White Oak Farm Location
2707 S. Waynesville Rd., Morrow, OH

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

http://www.oeffa.org/documents/farmtour2014.pdf

 

Northside's Apple Street Market Organizing Meeting and Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, September 20, 2014
6-8 p.m.

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Come enjoy a home cooked spaghetti dinner while learning about and supporting our new neighborhood grocery store. Support Northside's Apple Street Market. Suggested donation is $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. There will be a vegetarian sauce with vegetables from Our Harvest Cooperative and meat sauce with local grass fed beef, salad from Our Harvest, garlic bread, beverages, apple crisp, and ice cream. Split the pot to be drawn at the end of the evening. Winner must be present.

Listen to a presentation on Apple Street Market. Watch a video about Our Harvest an urban farm co-op operating since April 2012. Like the market, Our Harvest is a Cincinnati Union Co-operative Initiative.

Apple Street Market will be a full service grocery carrying products to please a diverse socioeconomic neighborhood including packaged goods for Save-a-lot prices, organic products, locally grown produce and meats as well as conventional meats. We need you to make the Apple Street Market happen!

Thinking about waiting until the market opens to be a member? No! We need you now! Why the rush? The old Save-A-Lot landlord has other tenant options and may not wait. We need to convince potential sources of funds that this can be a successful project. The way to do this is prove that there is community support and membership money, equity, to represent that support. We have a loan from the Cincinnati Development Fund below market costs if we can raise the requisite equity. When we have the requisite money, we can lease the old Save-A-Lot building and begin construction of Apple Street Market. The City has agreed to give us a 75% tax abatement on the property and the landlord has agreed to lower the leasehold costs in return. Join Apple Street Market Cooperative for $100 and help the store become a reality. If there is not enough interest to start the store membership fees are in escrow and everyone gets their $100 back. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Help Apple Street Market open. Become a co-op member, come to our fundraiser, eat a delicious meal and learn!

North Presbyterian Church
4222 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Chris Gutjahr / 513-541-0540 /

 

Steel in the Field: Selecting, Maintaining, and Fabricating Farm Machinery

New Lebanon, OH 

Sunday, September 21, 2014
1-5 p.m.

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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Well maintained and appropriately scaled equipment is essential to a successful and efficient farm. Learn how to make sound equipment decisions for your farm and about the basics of maintaining, modifying, and fabricating common farm equipment. During this hands-on workshop, you will see the tools, techniques, and shop space utilized on an eight acre certified organic specialty crop farm, producing cut flowers and mixed vegetables. Ben and Emily Jackle of Mile Creek Farm will talk about how they select and modify their equipment to suit their
needs and how they keep all of it working smoothly. Learn how the Jackles manage their operation with a two-wheel walk behind tractor, a cultivating tractor, and two larger tractors using implements like a mechanical transplanter, disc bedder, chisel plow, rototiller, and side-dresser.

Registration: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! For more information, or to register by phone, contact Milo Petruziello at 614-421-2022 Ext. 206 or milo@oeffa.org. To learn more about Mile Creek Farm, call (937) 687-8762 or go to www.milecreekfarm.com.

This event is presented by OEFFA and part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Mile Creek Farm
10786 Mile Rd., New Lebanon, OH 45345

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

http://www.oeffa.org/documents/farmtour2014.pdf

 

Sustainable Beekeeping Seminar

Marysville, OH 

Sunday, September 21, 2014
1:00-6:00pm

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Instructor: Dawn and Carson Combs, Mockingbird Meadows

The first part of the day we will cover the philosophy and science behind sustainable beekeeping methods. We will also be covering herbal medicine for the hive.

In the second part of the day we will focus on application of sustainable beekeeping methods and will have opportunities for hands on learning.

Pre-registration is required. Cost: $70.

Mockingbird Meadows
Marysville, OH

Contact:
Dawn Combs / 614-354-5162 /

http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com

 

Monthly Wild Food Walk

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, September 21, 2014
2pm-4pm

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The same mechanism that allows us to recognize someone we haven’t seen in years allows us to achieve effortless identification for plants, flowers, trees and fungi. Visual imprinting of nature’s friends and foes can allow us the opportunity to partake in a great variety of wild edibles with lower risk. Like any skill or knowledge, this ability must be cultivated through repetition. Join a group of fellow wild food enthusiasts to hone your identification skills in a different environment each month. Locations will be selected based on seasonal species availability.


City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / 614-946-5553

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Planning for Spring Chickens

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6:30pm-8pm

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So you think you want to get chickens? Rachel Tayse Baillieul, urban chicken keeper for five years, will discuss the basic supplies and equipment needed to keep chickens as well as basic chicken care. We'll weigh the pros and cons of starting from chicks or pullets, breeds, feed options, and coop designs.

City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / 614-946-5553

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Marketing Meat

Free online webinar 

Thursday, September 25, 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 Mark Mechling, an OSU Extension educator.


Contact:
Brad Bergefurd / 740-289-2071 /

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

 

Natural and Sustainable Beekeeping

Columbus, OH 

Thursday, September 25, 2014
6:30pm-8pm

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If you have been thinking about becoming a bee keeper or are interested in the practice of natural bee keeping this timely class is for you. Learn more about keeping bees to prepare for starting your bee keeping adventure next spring. Experienced beekeepers Janine (certified by Gunther Hauk) and Tim will offer you the basics on keeping bees including bee behavior, equipment choices and natural and sustainable methods of managing your hive. Join Janine and Tim in their passion for bees, honey and the natural world.

City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / 614-946-5553

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Tagging Monarchs

Cincinnati, OH 

Thursday, September 25, 2014
4:30 p.m.

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There is no charge, but if a person would like to sponsor a tag all proceeds go to www.monarchwatch.org.

Turner Farm
7400 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
Mary Joseph / 513-561‐7400 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Farm to School Regional Workshop

North Canton, OH 

Friday, September 26, 2014
8:30am-3:00pm

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Are you interested in promoting Farm to School activities in your local schools and communities? Attend a regional Farm to School Workshop to learn about supporting and developing Farm to School programs in your community! Encourage local food service directors and producers to participate, too. Workshop sessions will provide information and resources on the following topics: Farm to School updates at a state, regional and national level; Purchasing Local Foods for Schools—The Cafeteria Perspective; Food safety related to Farm to School; Direct Marketing—Connecting producers, cooperatives, distributors with schools; The Education Connection—Farm to School in the classroom; Networking opportunities.


Walsh University
2020 E. Maple St., North Canton, OH 44720

Contact:


http://farmtoschool.osu.edu/events/workshops/

 

Solar Cooking the Blue Rock Station Way

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, September 27, 2014
2pm-4pm

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It’s been almost three decades since Annie Warmke walked into a hog field in China and learned the fine art of solar cooking from women who had taken on the electric company in Trinidad and Tobago. For Annie the idea of solar cooking was mesmerizing and she still feels that way about the process of capturing the sun’s heat into a small cardboard box and being able to cook almost anything. And why should we want to know this skill set? How many times a year does the electricity go out, or the propane? How hot is the kitchen when you cook and the air conditioning is trying to keep up with that heat? And wouldn’t it be nice to put the evening meal in a solar cooker in the morning and forget about it until evening without worrying that the food will burn or be overcooked?

City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
City Folk's Farm Shop / 614-946-5553

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

 

Composting Field Trip

Wooster, OH 

Saturday, September 27, 2014
9am-2pm

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Visit OSU’s Compost Research Center located on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Wooster campus and a commercial composting facility. Tour the facilities and find out what local research is contributing to compost system development! Transportation will be provided, leaving at 9am. Registration is required.

Cuyahoga County OSU Extension

Contact:
Cuyahoga County OSU Extension / (216) 429-8200

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu/other-links/2014%20UrbanAg%20Workshop%20Schedule.pdf

 

Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction Workshop

Yellow Springs, OH 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 through Saturday, September 27, 2014

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In this five-day hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to make a relatively quiet and durable wind turbine from scratch. Students will develop knowledge and skills in basic electricity, wood working, metal working, resin casting, and a variety of other skills. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on work, participants will learn the theory behind and how to build each component of the turbine, as well as final assembly and testing of the finished product.

During this course, participants will complete a 10 feet diameter wind turbine and learn how to scale the design to larger and smaller sizes. These turbines are designed for battery-charging systems, and can also be grid-tied. The design is similar to, and inspired by the work of Hugh Piggott. This design is ideal for those who are interested in building their own wind power systems from scratch for fun, to save money, or for generating power in the developing world. Some time will be spent each day in lecture learning about electricity, wind energy, wind turbine design, towers, wind site assessment, and the basic physics of how the energy in moving air is turned into electricity.

Participants will fabricate the three-phase axial flux alternators, wooden blades, and the metal frame for the wind turbines from scratch. This is an ambitious course, so expect to stay busy. Participants will not take home a wind turbine. The turbine made during the course will be for sale to participants, however.

The class is accredited for 40 Continuing Education Credit Hours (CEUs) by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) in the USA, and the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) internationally.

Instructor: Dan Bartmann, co-author of Homebrew Wind Power: A hands-on guide to harnessing the wind (Buckville Publications, 2009).

Antioch College
Yellow Springs, OH

Contact:


http://antiochcollege.org/small-wind-turbine-design-and-construction-workshop

 

8th Annual Harvest MOON Festival

Oxford, OH 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
1-5 p.m.

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Come to enjoy:
- Farm animals from Double J Farm
- Lively music by the Jericho Old Time Band
- Cider, popcorn, cookies, cakes, homemade soups, salad, and breads
- Vendors from Oxford Farmer’s Market Uptown
- Free hands-on activities for kids
- Information booths with Oxford and Miami University clubs and organizations
- Food demonstrations at 2 p.m. by Patrick Nipper from Kona Bistro and at 3:30 p.m. by Steve Townsend from the MOON Co-op Market
- Educational speakers at 1:30: “Gardening for the Bees – We Need Them!” with Beth Harnist from Adopt-A-Plant, and at 3 p.m.: “The Advantages of Using Raw Milk” with Joe Streit from Double J Farm.
- Rides on a mule drawn wagon sponsored by the Ogle & Paul R. Young Funeral Home

The Festival is co-sponsored by OEFFA's Miami/Oxford Organic Network (MOON) Chapter and the MOON Co-op Market.

Oxford Uptown Park
Oxford, OH

Contact:
Harv Roehling / 513-478-1761

Nani Ball / 513-523-2360 /

 

An Introduction to Farming with Horses

Navarre, OH 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

Draft horses are a great way for farmers and homesteaders to increase their self-sufficiency and maintain a sustainable lifestyle. A good team of horses help limit a farm’s reliance on fossil fuels while providing companionship, efficient tillage, and manure for healthy soils. Seasoned organic farmer and teamster Alex Dragovich has used horse power on Mud Run Farm since 1995 to grow vegetables, hay, small grains, fruit, berries, and free-range chicken and eggs. Join Alex for a day-long, hands-on training in the basics of horse-based agriculture. Safety, grooming, stabling, harnessing, and hitching will be covered. Alex will also share simple work exercises and demonstrate homemade equipment.

Cost: $65 for OEFFA members, $75 for non-members. Lunch, coffee, and tea will be provided by Raisin Rack Natural Food Market, a proud partner of Mud Run Farm.

Registration: Registration is now closed. Space is limited to 10 participants, and we've sold out. For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at 614-421-2022 Ext. 206 or milo@oeffa.org. To learn more about Mud Run Farm, call (330) 268-2600 or email acdrag@yahoo.com.

Safety Note: Participants will have hands-on experience with horses. The horses are well-trained and any interaction will be supervised by a professional; however, there are still risks involved in working with large draft animals. Mud Run Farm and OEFFA cannot accept any liability for injury resulting from participation in this workshop.

This event is presented by OEFFA and part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

Mud Run Farm
14126 Millersburg Rd. SW, Navarre, OH 44662

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

http://www.oeffa.org/documents/farmtour2014.pdf

 

Plant Identification Weed Walk

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, September 28, 2014
9am-10am

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Instructor: Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadows

Bring your guidebooks, binoculars, walking shoes and appropriate clothing.

It is recommended that you pre-register. Cost: Free.

Prairie Oaks
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Dawn Combs / 614-354-5162 /

http://www.mockingbirdmeadows.com

 
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