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Columbus, OH 

Sunday, March 26, 2017
1:30-4pm

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Join farm workers and Fair Food supporters from across the nation from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Return to Human Rights Tour, calling on Wendy's to make a real, verifiable commitment to protecting farm workers' fundamental human rights.

Show your support at this Parade and March for Human Rights that will begin at Goodale Park.

Location:
Goodale Park
120 W Goodale St
Columbus, OH 43201

Contact:
Shelby Mack or Priscilla Velez / n/a /

http://www.boycott-wendys.org/tour-schedule/

 

Cincinnati, Ohio 

Friday, March 31, 2017
2:00-4:00pm

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This class will help current and future specialty crop producers determine whether or not organic certification makes sense for their operations. Topics include:
1. What does "Certified Organic" actually mean?
2. Is organic certification right for your business?
3. Record keeping and record keeping structures needed to incorporate into your operations in order to obtain organic certification.

Taught by Megan Gambrill: Megan managed crop production and organic certification at Turner Farm for five years. She was responsible for the production of over seventy different crops serving CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale outlets, and managed a team of farmers supported by seasonal apprentices who receive in-depth education in production methods and decision-making.

This year she is excited to join the team at Carriage House Farm.

Cost: $25 for SWOEFFA / OEFFA members; $30, farmers; students, $10 Pre-registration is required.
Sign up NOW: 10 Attendees Needed to Hold Class

Location:
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Ken Stern / 513-473-1860 /

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdc8xgglVJQ_JsF6ycmkHxmpcdv52gfNMPHrvoc00XFI1RQfg/viewform?

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, April 1, 2017
1-3pm

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Join instructor David K Koester, UK Extension Campbell County, in this hands-on workshop in grafting fruit trees. Participants will receive instruction in the different techniques of grafting fruit trees. Rootstock, scionwood as well as tools will be provided for participants to graft their own fruit trees.  

Participants will leave with several newly grafted fruit trees to plant at home or in community gardens.

How to Register:
Workshop is open to the public, however it is limited to 25 participants so please enroll early.  To register please contact:               
Marsha Lindner
Hayfields Orchard
blindner@fuse.net

Fee: $20.
 

Location:
Hayfields Orchard
8835 Old Indian Hill Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45243

Contact:
Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /

http://www.turnerfarm.org

 

Delaware, Ohio 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
10am-1pm

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Every other Tuesday and Saturday, starting Tuesday April 4th and Saturday April 8th going until Tuesday September 19th and Saturday September 16th (with some days varying), Stratford Ecological Center invites you to take part in their Beekeeping Apprenticeship Program.

The program is a bee-centered beekeeper training program
that focuses on learning the biology and behavior of bees as the basis for developing practical beekeeping practices. The program puts a high premium on actual time spent with the bees to help new and aspiring beekeepers develop a high level of comfort and confidence with bees.

Cost: $390

Location:
Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Road
Delaware, OH 43015

Contact:
Dave Noble / 614 -512 -2849 /

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org/apiarybees

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Friday, April 7, 2017
2:00-5:00pm

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This class will walk through post-harvest handling techniques from field to plate for everything from leafy greens to tomatoes. Washing, packing, and storage techniques for wholesale and retail outlets will be covered. FSMA, the Food Safety Modernization Act, will NOT be covered. Topics will include:
1. Best practices for post harvest handling
2. Options for washing, packing, and storage facilities
3. Sizing of bunches, cases, etc. for both wholesale and retail

Taught by Megan Gambrill: Megan managed crop production and organic certification at Turner Farm for five years. She was responsible for the production of over seventy different crops serving CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale outlets, and managed a team of farmers supported by seasonal apprentices who receive in-depth education in production methods and decision-making.

This year she is excited to join the team at Carriage House Farm.

Cost: $25 for SWOEFFA / OEFFA members; $30, farmers; students, $10. Pre-registration is required.
Sign up NOW: 10 Attendees Needed to Hold Class

Location:
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Contact:
Ken Stern / 513-473-1860 /

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUgVo4VfF1tPKKXVDdyFPNVI6CHvVOaQPt36qrNcYG76sDzw/viewform?

 

Wilberforce, OH 

Friday, April 7, 2017 through Saturday, April 8, 2017
3-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday

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Through workshops, exhibits and presentations offered by Central State University Extension and the Central State Campus Community, you'll gather techniques and resources to help improve your small farm operation. Network and strengthen existing partnerships with other small farm professionals, and take home new ideas to help ensure you not only survive, but thrive in today's economy.

Conference track highlights include:
- Agriculture Finance: USDA Funding Opportunities, New & Beginning Farmers
- Farm Management: Women In Agriculture, Organic Farming, Pesticide Certification
- Sustainable Agriculture: Small Farm Programs, Natural Resources, Local Food Systems
- Urban Agriculture: Farmers Market, Community Gardening & Urban Farming, High Tunnels (Hoop Houses), Aquaponics/Aquaculture
- Research & Extension: Small Farm Systems, Community and Leadership in Agriculture, Healthy Communities, Carbon Sequestration & Soils

Cost: $50. Includes Concurrent Sessions, Friday's Network Reception, Saturday's Continental Breakfast and Lunch.

Location:
Central State University (CSU) Cooperative Extension Service
Wilberforce, OH

Contact:
Central State University (CSU) Cooperative Extension Service / 937-376-6089 /

http://www.centralstate.edu/PR/index01.php?num=119

 

Nelsonville, OH 

Saturday, April 8, 2017
6:00-10:00pm

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The Adventure Auction will take place at The *new* Lodge at Hocking College in Nelsonville, April 8th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will feature silent and live auctions with Shamrock Auction Service and features regional adventure-themed packages.

Guests will be wined and dined with an array of heavy appetizers catered by Hocking College. All proceeds will support Rural Action whose mission it is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio.

Let your next adventure, help Rural Action on their next adventure! For more information about the Adventure Auction, or Rural Action please contact susi@ruralaction.org or 740.677.4047 ext. 11

Preview auction items and purchase tickets beginning in Mid-February at www.adventureauction.org

Can't join Rural Action on April 8th? From March 1st to April 1st, they will hold an online Adventure Auction at www.adventureauction.org Bid on select packages from some of their favorite past auction packages and some new adventures as well.

Location:
The Lodge at Hocking College
15770 OH-691
Nelsonville, OH 45764

Contact:
Rural Action / 740.677.4047 ext. 11 /

http://ruralaction.org/events/

 

Philo, OH 

Saturday, April 8, 2017
1-3:30pm

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Join Annie and Jay for a guided tour of Blue Rock Station. The Warmkes are happy to periodically open their farm for a glimpse of how their version of sustainable living works. This is a tour of a private farm so some places may be off limits.

Visitors will view some of the buildings made with rammed-earth tires, straw bales and earth plaster. There are a total of 18 buildings that can potentially be a part of the tour. After a short walk down the lane visitors will be invited to visit the sun room and living room of the first Earthship east of the Mississippi.

Depending on the weather, time will be given for discussion of ideas and questions. Children are always welcome, unless otherwise noted but please keep in mind that this is an adult tour. Please bring something for young children to do since adults will be talking about lots of things that might not be interesting to children.

Reservations and pre-payment are required. Private tours can be scheduled for visitors with more specific questions about their personal building projects.

Register today with a fee of $10.

Location:
Blue Rock Station
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, OH 43771

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/04/08/336/36%7C35%7C34/NmJjYmRiMjUwN

 

Philo, OH 

Saturday, April 15, 2017
11:00am-5:00pm

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You'll work directly with the goat herd. Annie will provide an overview of her philosophy for keeping goats, touching on what to look for when starting your herd, natural goat health, simple remedies for common health challenges, herbal parasite control and the general make-up of a healthy animal. She will demonstrate hoof trimming since it is a major part of goat health. There will be lots of opportunity for asking questions and gaining confidence around goats.

Gaining confidence when working with goats is an important skill so time will also be spent instructing on the psychology of goat herds, and how to select the right goat. PLEASE NOTE: In 2017 there will be several Blue Rock Station does for sale.

All workshop participants will receive an eBook version of Annie Warmke's NATURALLY HEALTHY GOAT REFERENCE GUIDE.

The Full-Day Version:

Several times a year we will spend a full day working with the goats of Blue Rock Station. During this session we will discuss how to manage the herd, how to keep the farmyard parasite free, the social dynamics within the herd and the various routines that will keep your herd healthy and happy. We will also make our way to the kitchen and prepare various cheeses from raw goat milk. We will also serve all participants lunch in which we will test a number of goat cheeses.

Cost: The class fee is $100 for the first perrson in your group and $75 for additional folks. The fee includes the eBook version of NATURALLY HEALTHY GOAT REFERENCE GUIDE and lunch.Only people above age 14 please. Class size is limited to 10 students, so register early.

Location:
Blue Rock Station
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, OH 43771

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/04/15/346/36%7C35%7C34/MmI2YzZkMTY4Z

 

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

 

Athens, OH 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
1:00-5:00pm

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Join Blue Rock Station for an afternoon and learn how you can build your own solar generator. Harness the clean energy of the sun and power your critical loads in quiet comfort. Here is how it works...

The solar panel charges a battery bank within the generator. When the grid goes down, simply plug your appliance into the outlet on the side of the generator and it will run, quietly, with no fumes, while the grid is down. If the sun is shining, you can recharge your batteries using the solar panel as you are using the generator. Keep the generator in your home if you would like, with the panel outside (no noise or fumes, remember?)

As part of the class, you will be provided with detailed drawings, sizing charts, typical use sizing guidelines - basically everything you need to design and build your own generator. You will also receive a free copy of our newly published book: Assembling Your Very Own Solar Generator ($20 value)

Small Groups: This is a definite "hands-on" experience. In order that everyone gets ample change to participate, class size will be limited to 15 students.

Cost: $55

Location:
Rural Action Offices
9030 Hocking Hills Dr
The Plains, OH 45780

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/icalrepeat.detail/2017/04/18/363/36%7C35%7C34/ZDc4ZmNlZGI3M

 

online 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
9:00am

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Join Alex Zomchek, Master Beekeeping Instructor, The Ohio State Beekeepers Association as he will be presenting on the topic: Reduce Your Hive Losses through "Monitoring" (introducing OSBA's Apiary Diagnostic Kit).

To Join a webinar, follow the link below and LOG IN AS A GUEST at about 8:55 the day of the event: http://go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz

Reminders will be sent out and log-in instructions prior to each session to everyone on our beekeeping e-mail list.

They looking forward to an exciting, educational year!

Location:
online at http://go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / n/a /

http://go.osu.edu/theOSUbuzz

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, April 23, 2017
1:00-3:00pm

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Basic cheese making is a simple process that requires milk – amazing but true. And, the basic recipe for simple cheese can be made into dozens of different-tasting cheeses with simple items commonly found in the kitchen. Sweet or savory – it's all easy once you know the basics.

What You'll gain from the City Folks Farm Shop class: We'll spend our time sampling cheeses (how hard can that be?), and walking through the processes needed to create cheese curd and whey. And, we'll turn the curd into a variety of great tasting cheeses that can served as dessert, as appetizers or as toppings. Ricotta, cottage cheese, junket, and raw goat cheese. You'll also learn how to ferment the curd, and preserve the cheeses so that nothing goes to waste. All participants will receive an eBook version of Annie's book NATURALLY HEALTH GOAT REFERENCE GUIDE which contains a short chapter on basic cheese making.

THE INSTRUCTOR: Annie Warmke is a farmer and writer, and the instructor for the BRS Goat School. She has been teaching natural goat health for the past four years and is the author of the NATURALLY HEALTHY GOAT REFERENCE GUIDE, available through Blue Rock Station's website, Amazon.com, City Folks Farm Shop and Hoegger Goat Supply. She is a graduate of Ohio University and co-owns (with her husband, Jay) Blue Rock Station, a sustainable living center located in southeast Ohio.

Cost: $35

Location:
City Folks Farm Shop
4760 North High St.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/events/cheese-making-with-annie/

 

Chillicothe, OH 

Saturday, April 29, 2017 through Sunday, April 30, 2017
Contact Pastured Providence for specific hours.

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Equipping both new and seasoned farmers for success in pasture-based animal agriculture

Topics include:
- Rotational, management-intensive grazing
- Business planning and farm finances
- Branding and marketing techniques
- And so much more!

Early bird prices available.

Location:
Pastured Providence Farmstead
Chillicothe, OH

Contact:
Paul Dorrance / 740-851-3883 /

http://www.pasturedprovidence.com

 

Nelsonville, OH 

Friday, May 5, 2017
8:00am-3:00pm

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ACEnet is excited to invite you to ACEnet's 2017 Women in Business conference on May 5th, 2017 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the newly renovated Lodge at Hocking College in Nelsonville.

This event will unite women entrepreneurs in all stages of business development for a one day conference that will focus on three main objectives: professional development, personal development, and networking with other women who own and operate small businesses.

With topics from Financial Planning to Marketing workshops, and much more, this conference will prove to be an asset to any woman, in any stage of business development.

For more information, please visit our website at: http://acenetworks.org/community/2017-women-business-conference/

Location:
The Lodge at Hocking College
15770 OH-691
Nelsonville, OH 45764

Contact:
Erin Phillips / 740-592-3854 ext. 11 /

http://acenetworks.org/community/2017-women-business-conference/

 

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

 

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