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Cincinnati, OH 

Sunday, January 22, 2017
2-5 p.m.

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WHAT? A conversation among farmers about how Cincinnati's local food movement has affected their farming practices, bottom line, and hopes for the future.

WHY? With the explosion of demand for local food, and the landslide of government and public sector interest in the food economy, we need to hear the clear voices of farmers.

WHO? Current farmers (farm owners and employees of farms and organizations) who are actively and personally involved in food production; AND who serve the greater Cincinnati area via CSAs, Farmers' Markets, on farm sales, wholesale supply, or restaurant/store supply are invited to the conversation.

HOW? SWOEFFA's core group has engaged Jeff Stec, a group process facilitator, to lead the conversation. As a grower for a local cafe and member of the Enright Ridge CSA, Jeff has an understanding of the importance of local food production. He will lead a process that makes it easy for all voices to be heard and included. Select leaders of the local food movement will also be invited to listen and learn with the intention of developing better collaborations with producers.

RSVP: If you would like to attend, please reply to swoeffa@gmail.com by January 20, with your name and the name of the farm you are associated with. Please forward the invitation to other farmers you feel will appreciate participating in the conversation.

Location:
Kennedy Auditorium at Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH

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

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

 

Brighton MI 

Monday, January 23, 2017
9am-5pm

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Join Michigan State University for this dynamic workshop on the key record-keeping practices for running an efficient, informed, and profitable farm.

If you are looking for information and experienced perspectives on:
• The critical records to keep for your farm,
• Tools and techniques for capturing your farm activity and outcomes (including yields, labor hours, etc.),
• Strategies for getting started or expanding your record-keeping,
• How to use records to inform your prices, and
• Using records to identify costly problem areas and profit centers so you can make informed changes and more profits.
...then this workshop is for you!

Presenters: Joannee DeBruhl, Stone Coop Farm, Katie Brandt, Groundswell Farm, and additional other farmers.

Cost: $150 ($40 for each additional from same farm)

Location:
Stone Coop Farm
9615 Musch Rd.
Brighton, MI 48116

Contact:
Tom Cary / 616-916-9823 /

http://www.msuorganicfarm.org/farmer-field-school.html

 

Lexington, Kentucky 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Pre-Conference: January 25th at 9am - January 26th until 7:30pm General Conference: January 27th from 7:30am - January 28th until 9pm

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Join Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group ("Southern SAWG") for their 2017 annual conference.
Start planning now to join them in Lexington, Kentucky January 25-28, 2017 to learn, network and celebrate.
Pre-conference events start on Wednesday the 25th - Thursday the 26th, with the general conference starting Friday the 27th lasting until Saturday the 28th.
They are honored to have two nationally known figures as keynote presenters: Ricardo Salvador, Director of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and K. Rashid Nuri, founder and CEO of The Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.
It is the must-attend event for those serious about sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems!

Location:
Lexington Convention Center
430 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Contact:
Jean Mills / 205-333-8504 /

http://www.ssawg.org/2017-conference-program

 

Columbus, OH 

Monday, January 30, 2017
4-6pm

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Want to help guide a state food policy agenda?

The Ohio Food Policy Network is hosting a series of regional meetings to connect the visions, values, activities, needs, and priorities of Ohio's key food system members and organizations. These meetings are the foundation for the development of a shared agenda for Ohio's food system.

The meetings will involve mapping, visioning and prioritization activities. All are welcome to attend - visit the website to register and to learn more about this project and share this within your own networks.

Location:
Columbus Public Health Auditorium
240 Parsons Ave
Columbus, OH 43201

Contact:
Amy Baskes / n/a /

http://glenn.osu.edu/food/

 

Loveland, Ohio 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
9am-4pm

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The Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference offers five concurrent sessions with five classes to choose from during each session. Classes are mainly geared towards fruit and vegetable growers, but there is a little something for everyone. Classes are available on fruit and vegetable production, specialty cropping systems, pesticide safety, farm management, marketing and food safety.

Registration is required. No walk-ins will be accepted. The cost for the program is $50 and will include a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a USB memory stick containing all of the available handouts from the conference.

The registration deadline is February 3, 2017.

Location:
Oasis Conference Center
902 Loveland-Miamiville Road
Loveland, OH 45140

Contact:
Greg Meyer / 513-695-1311 /

http://warren.osu.edu/program-areas/agriculture-and-natural-resources/southwestern-ohio-fruit-vegeta

 

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

 

Reynoldsburg, OH 

Friday, February 10, 2017
9am-3pm

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Join the MORPC's Central Ohio Regional Food Counicl's Meat Marketing Summit.

The Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Beef Council, OSU Extension, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and MORPC, along with farmers, meat processors, retailers and others, decided to reach out to grocers and institutions to understand their marketing needs.

The daylong Summit will feature Dr. Henry Zerby as a keynote speaker on the state of the meat industry in Ohio. It also will include a buyer's panel, a seller's panel, lunch (courtesy of the Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Pork Council), ample networking time, and short breakout sessions on meat processing, innovative business models, cold storage, local pricing mechanisms, and other topics.

Location:
Ohio Department of Agriculture Auditorium
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Contact:
Brian Williams / 614-233-4187 /

 

Akron, OH 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
9-11am

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Want to help guide a state food policy agenda?

The Ohio Food Policy Network is hosting a series of regional meetings to connect the visions, values, activities, needs, and priorities of Ohio's key food system members and organizations. These meetings are the foundation for the development of a shared agenda for Ohio's food system.

The meetings will involve mapping, visioning and prioritization activities. All are welcome to attend - visit the website to register and to learn more about this project and share this within your own networks.

Location:
Akron Summit County Public Main Library
60 S. High Street
Akron, OH 44322

Contact:
Amy Baskes / n/a /

http://glenn.osu.edu/food/

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Thursday, February 16, 2017
1-4 p.m.

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Starting seeds is a critical component of every commercial vegetable farm's success. This hands-on workshop provides practical experience in the entire seed-starting process. Learn about methods that can increase your success in growing plant starts and discuss management of pests and diseases in the greenhouse or grow space.

The workshop will be in the propagation house at Bahr Farm, a 100 year old diversified vegetable and livestock farm.

Presenter: Charles Griffin teaches in the sustainable agriculture program at Cincinnati State. He has been training students and apprentices in plant propagation techniques for small farms and gardens in the Midwest for over 15 years.

Cost: $25 for OEFFA members; $30 for farmers/growers; $10 for students. Class limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required. Registration fee includes materials, coffee, and cookies.

Location:
Bahr Farm
969 W. North Bend Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Contact:
Ken Stern / 513-473-1860 /

https://goo.gl/forms/ixtzY1nItJbOMz1A2

 

Georgetown, OH 

Sunday, February 19, 2017
1:45-5:00 p.m.

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Keynote Speaker: Dan Remley, MSPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Field Specialist, Food, Nutrition and Wellness, Ohio State University Extension

Followed by workshops and discussions on topics of interest to consumers and producers:
• Rainbow of Colors Choice Food Pantry System – Dan Remley
• Community Food/Hunger Councils – Dan Remley
• Wild Edibles – Christine Tailer
• An Experiment in Hazelnuts – Mike Murphy
• Stone Milling Local Grains – Mark Frommeyer
• Raising Beef Cooperatively and Sustainably – Aubrey Bolender

Bring your favorite seed catalogue to share during the break.

No charge, but donations welcome. Pre-registration is not required, but it is appreciated.

Sponsored by the Catholic Rural Life Conference (CRLC), OK River Valley Chapter of OEFFA, and the Adams-Brown Diabetes Education Coalition.

Location:
St. George Parish Hall
509 East State St.
Georgetown, OH 45121

Contact:
Julie Kline / (937) 392-1543 /

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

 

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

 

Piketon, OH 

Friday, February 24, 2017
Friday February 24th: 9:30am-9:30pm Saturday February 25th: 9am-4pm

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The Ohio State University will be holding the Ohio State University Hops Conference and Trade Show.

This conference will be of interest to beginning, as well as advanced hop growers, or anyone interested in the rapidly growing Ohio craft brewing and hops industry. There will be multiple sessions geared towards the level of grower, taught by experts, growers, and many others in the hops industry. Check out the wide range of presentations that will be offered over the course of the two days and immerse yourself in the craft brewing industry.

An Ohio Hops Celebration Banquet will be held on the evening of February 24th at additional fees.

Conference cost: $150.00 for two days*
$100.00 for one day*
Deadline to register is Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Location:
Endeavor Center and Large Auditorium
1864 Shyville Rd
Piketon, OH 45661

Contact:
Charissa E. Gardner / 740-289-2071 Ext. 13 /

https://southcenters.osu.edu/horticulture/other-specialties/hops/2017-the-ohio-state-university-hops

 

Delaware, Ohio 

Saturday, February 25, 2017
10am-1pm

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Stratford Ecological Center welcomes you to start the year with this 3 class series that covers basic honey bee
biology, and how to use bee biology to develop better beekeeping management practices. Classes are on selected Saturdays in February and March for a total of 9 hours of classes

Cost: $120

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

Contact:
Dave Noble / 614 - 512 - 2849 /

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org/apiarybees

 

Piketon, OH 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
4-6pm

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Want to help guide a state food policy agenda?

The Ohio Food Policy Network is hosting a series of regional meetings to connect the visions, values, activities, needs, and priorities of Ohio's key food system members and organizations. These meetings are the foundation for the development of a shared agenda for Ohio's food system.

The meetings will involve mapping, visioning and prioritization activities. All are welcome to attend - visit the website to register and to learn more about this project and share this within your own networks.

Location:
OSU South Centers
1864 Shyville Rd
Piketon, OH 45661

Contact:
Amy Baskes / n/a /

http://glenn.osu.edu/food/

 

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

 

Oxford, OH 

Saturday, March 11, 2017
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Ray Arlinghaus will lead a fruit tree grafting demonstration and discuss pruning and general orchard care. A donation of $5 is requested. Grafted trees can be purchased for $10.

Location:
Oxford Lane Library
441 S. Locust St.
Oxford, Ohio

Contact:
Nani Ball / (513) 478-1761 /

http://www.oeffa.org/chapter

 

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

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

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