Event Calendar

Zanesville, OH 

Monday, August 14, 2017 through Friday, August 18, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


This is an introductory but technical course on the design and installation of solar electric systems within residential and light commercial structures. The course will consist of lectures (about 60%) as well as hands-on labs (about 40%). You will work with a working PV system, dismantling and re-installing it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation. You will also learn how to design and build your own solar generator - to get you through those irritating power outages.

Registration is limited to 10 students. This course is offered in partnership with several not-for-profits. The fee for this one-week course is $970 and includes: Instruction, hands-on labs, textbook and lab material, ETA examination, and (in most cases) lunch.

Prepares students to sit for the ETA Photovoltaic Installer (PVI) Level 1.

Zanes State College
1555 Newark Road
Zanesville, Ohio 43701

Advanced Science and Tech Cntr, Room 105

Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /



Wooster, OH 

Thursday, August 17, 2017


The OARDC Mellinger Farm features a three year research project on farm diversification including four replications of seven different agricultural enterprises in rotation. Tour participants will learn about oilseed as an alternative rotation, hulless "naked" oats culture, value-added products, pastured poultry using chicken tractors, diverse vegetable production, scales of farm diversification and more.

Directions: From Wooster, take US 30 W. Approximately 1 mile west of the Rte. 250 interchange, turn right on Jefferson Rd. Travel 800 feet to the stop sign and turn left on W. Old Lincoln Way. Drive 1.8 miles. The farm is on the right.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org.

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Mellinger Farm
6885 W. Old Lincoln Way
Wooster, OH 44691

Clifford Ambers / 434-238-4584 /



Cincinnati, OH 

Thursday, August 17, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Join the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness at Turner Farm in Indian Hill for their summer community education program. This program is taught by John Sacco, MD, and includes a farm-fresh lunch.

Optimize your diet to work for you as you navigate your cancer treatment. Our body's ability to fight disease and inflammation can be enhanced by the foods we eat. Dr. Sacco will teach participants:
• How gene expression can be affected by dietary and lifestyle modification
• To identify at least 1 study showing the effect of diet and lifestyle on cancer progression
• How to design an appropriate diet for themselves

*Hands-on Teaching Kitchen Experience*

Turner Farm, Inc.
7400 Given Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45243

Peter Huttinger / 513-328-0100 /



Butler, OH 

Friday, August 18, 2017 through Sunday, August 20, 2017
Arrive anytime after 5:00 pm on the 18th; ends around noon on the 20th


Friday evening the 18th will be a meet and greet.
Saturday the 19th will be a day long injection well strategy working meeting.

If you are interested in attending, please email tmills@chej.org so that they may send you more information about the summit.

Food and lodging for the summit are covered.

Mohican School in the Out of Doors
5370 Bunkerhill North Rd.
Butler, Ohio 44822

Mohican School in the Out of Doors / 419-938-6671 /



Columbus, OH 

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Explore OEFFA's Growing Right Oral History project during this stop on its tour of Central Ohio farmers' markets and groceries! Oral historian Jess Lamar Reece Holler and others will be sharing oral history excerpts, photography, multi-media pieces, and print materials from OEFFA's grassroots oral history and media arts project on ecological farming in Ohio. Hear, see, and experience brand-new fieldwork from our summer 2017 interviews and even some experimental sound art! Join us in listening deeply to the stories and places of Ohio's diverse ecological farmers and food systems movement-builders at the very venues where our food choices matter most.

This event is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a complete list of events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

This program is made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Columbus stops on this tour are made possible, in part, by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

North Market Farmers' Market
59 Spruce St
Columbus, OH 43215

Jess Lamar Reece Holler / (614) 273-5907 /



Bellefontaine, OH 

Sunday, August 20, 2017
1:00-5:00 p.m.


12 Varieties of Garlic For sale
Local Crafts

Jandy's Farm
3624 Township Road 136
Bellefontaine, OH

Jan Dawson & Andy Reinhart / 937-468-2853 /



Columbus, OH 

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Over the Fence Urban Farm is dedicated to experimenting with, mastering, and sharing techniques for growing food that promote self-reliance and sustainability, and support the consumption of more fresh, locally harvested, delicious food. Toward these ends, the farm serves as a demonstration site for season extension practices, vertical gardening, and permaculture design. The farm is funded through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and family, friends, and neighbors help tend the land.

Directions: From Rte. 315 in Columbus, exit at Henderson Rd., and travel east toward Clintonville. Drive 0.5 miles and turn left on N. High St. Take the second right turn onto E. Dominion Blvd. The farm is on the right.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org.

Over the Fence Urban Farm
143 E. Dominion Blvd
Columbus, OH 43214

Jodi Kushins / 614-499-6176 /



Auburn Township, OH 

Sunday, August 20, 2017
4-8:30 p.m.


The Farmers' Table is returning to northeast Ohio! Join OEFFA, organic farmers Jake and Dawn Trethewey of Maplestar Farm, and The Driftwood Group for this unique experience that celebrates Ohio farms and summer flavors.

Tour Maplestar Farm's organic fields, enjoy local craft beer and wine, and dine on fresh-from-the-field appetizers, before sitting down in the barn for a three course meal prepared by celebrity chef and Food Network Star Chris Hodgson!

Tickets are $120 per person. Proceeds benefit OEFFA and Two Foundation.

This event is presented by OEFFA and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmtours2017.

Maplestar Farm
10382 E. Washington St.
Auburn Township, OH 44023

Milo Petruziello / 614-421-2002 /



Hillsboro, OH 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Grassroots Farm is a 380 acre grass-based farm raising Red Devon cattle, Katahdin lamb, Cornish Cross chickens, and Berkshire hogs. Value-added products produced on site are also sold through the Hyde Park Farmers' Market and Findlay Market in Cincinnati. They lease subparcels of their land to independent dairy producers and are seeking to transition the farm to someone who will assume business ownership in steps. Join this tour for a wagon ride to learn about the farm's wetland mitigation efforts, raising grass-fed beef and pastured meat and poultry, and unique land access opportunities.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, email eric@oeffa.org.

Directions: From Rte. 50, take Rte. 41 S from Bainbridge for approximately 7 miles. Drive through Cynthiana and turn left on Frost Rd. Frost Rd. dead ends at the farm.

This event is presented by OEFFA and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org.

Grassroots Farm
1727 Frost Rd.
Hillsboro, OH 45133

Drausin Wulsin / 740-634-2440 /



West Lafayette, IN 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


How-to Farmer Training on Organic Vegetable Seed Production

Join nationally renowned experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Organic Seed Alliance, and Purdue University this August for a one-day classroom and field-based workshop on organic seed production and variety development.

Learn the fundamentals needed to grow organic vegetable seed, including seed biology, harvesting, storage, and how to conduct variety trials. In addition to a classroom intensive, participants will tour The Student Farm and taste carrot and tomato varieties from current trials with a local chef.

Daniel Turf Center
1340 Cherry Ln
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

Lori Jolly-Brown / 765-494-1296 /



Bowling Green, OH 

Thursday, August 31, 2017


In-field soil health assessment tests will allow participants to conduct an analysis of soil characteristics on their farm. Chemical, physical, and biological measurements will determine soil health.The research plots at this location feature various cover crops and no-till corn, soybeans, and wheat rotations. This tour will provide hands-on training.

Registration: There is no cost to attend, but registration is needed for a complimentary lunch. To register, email sundermeier.5@osu.edu by August 28.

Directions: From 1-75, take Exit 181 for State Rte. 64/State Rte. 105 for Bowling Green. Drive east for 0.25 miles. At Dunbridge Rd. (look for traffic light and Meijer store), turn north and drive 1 mile. Cross Poe Rd. The field day is at the corner of Poe and Dunbridge Rds.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org.

Riker Farm Seed
10492 E. Poe Rd.
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Alan Sundermeier / 419-354-9050 /



Westerville, OH 

Saturday, September 2, 2017


Jedidiah Farm and Studio is a five acre working farmstead in the suburbs of Westerville, where the Taylor family utilizes ecologically inclusive principles to encourage biodiversity and resilient food production. Visitors can expect to see a space that is in transition from the typical suburban lawnscape to perennial food forests, guilds, woodlands, and pasture, incorporating annual and perennial crops within rotational grazing principles. The use of dairy goats, honeybees, pastured poultry, and heritage hogs for pasture rehabilitation will be discussed during the tour, as well as the importance of incorporating guilds and native plantings to create self-supporting systems.

Directions: From I-270 N, take Sunbury Rd. Turn east on Smothers Rd. The farm is on the left nearly 2 miles east of the bridge. Park on the east side of the driveway, leaving space to turn around by the house.

This event is presented by The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org.

Jedidiah Farm and Studio
5058 Smothers Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081

Sarah Taylor / 614-625-3461 /



Toledo, OH 

Saturday, September 2, 2017


Central State University Cooperative Extension believes that urban agriculture education can stimulate community development and revitalize cities. Mentor is a small historic city block in Toledo. Old dilapidated homes were an eyesore to neighbors, and attracted vandalism and arson. Elizabeth Harris saw an opportunity, and in August 2011, a dream was born. Glass City Goal Gals had a vision to take the abandoned cull-de-sac—once known as Murder Alley—and transform it into an urban farm with goats, growing plots, and a butterfly house. Tour this farm to learn how they worked with the city and community to create positive relationships and place-making in this neglected neighborhood. While in the area, visit the Toledo Farmers' Market, open from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., which is located less than one mile away. CSU Extension Agent Brittany Jones will be on site to describe their programs and Extension outreach, and to answer questions.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, email glasscitygoatgals@gmail.com no later than August 26.

This free event is presented by Central State University Cooperative Extension and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. For a full schedule of events, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmtours2017.

Glass City Goat Gals
329 Mentor Dr.
Toledo, OH 43608

Elizabeth Harris / 825-265-1364 /



South Bloomingville, OH 

Friday, September 8, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017
4:00 pm Friday - 4:00 pm Sunday


This ​multi-day ​workshop ​will ​provide ​beginning ​and ​experienced ​forest ​farmers ​with ​the ​tools, ​knowledge, ​and ​resources ​they ​need ​to ​take ​their ​small-scale ​or ​hobby ​operation ​to ​the ​next ​level. ​The ​event ​will ​provide ​classes ​on ​specific ​best ​business ​practices, ​as ​well ​as ​peer-to-peer ​learning ​opportunities ​through ​workshops ​led ​by ​forest ​farmers ​who ​have ​built ​their ​own ​successful ​businesses. ​Forest farmers ​will ​explore ​the ​intersections ​and ​divergences ​between ​the ​financial ​opportunities ​available ​and ​the ​draw ​of ​working ​on ​the ​land, ​and ​how ​to ​build ​an ​operation ​that ​allows ​you ​to ​incorporate ​what ​you ​love ​with ​what's ​commercially ​viable. Forest farmers ​will ​also ​explore ​cost ​share ​opportunities, ​and ​the ​economic ​trade-offs ​to ​consider ​before ​deciding ​between ​full-time ​and ​part-time ​forest ​farming.

Camp Oty'Okwa
24799 Purcell Rd
South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152

Tom Redfern / (740) 677-4047 ex. 2 /



Philo, OH 

Saturday, September 9, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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.

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.

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

Blue Rock Station
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, Ohio 43771

Annie Warmke / 740-674-4300 /



Massillon, OH 

Saturday, September 9, 2017
9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Grazing field day will be held with Bob Hendershot, a retired State Grassland Conservationist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service and recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Grasslander Award. The field day is open to any and all persons, but requires an RSVP by September 6th for food purposes.

Motts Mapleton Farm
3415 Lotz Ave SE
East Canton, Ohio 44730

Jay Jordan / 330-451-7643 /



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


OEFFA: (614) 421-2022
OEFFA Certification: (614) 262-2022

Investment Fund
OEFFA Policy
Growers Resources
Apprentice Program