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Marietta, OH 

Thursday, December 21, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join the Ohio Department of Agriculture for an informal town hall-type meeting designed for open, informal conversations between growers and the ODA about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety standards in Ohio. Bring your questions for the ODA to answer! There is no registration or cost to attend.

Location:
Marietta Public Library
615 Fifth St.
Marietta, OH 45750

The meeting will take place in the Basement Meeting Room.

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 
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East Lansing, MI 

Monday, January 8, 2018
More information coming soon.

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The Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance invites you to join us on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 for a one-day in-depth learning experience. Organic Intensives are an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners.

For 2018 we are working with individuals who are recognized experts and educators in one of three topic areas:
• Diverse Grain Options for Farms and Homesteads
• Small to Medium Scale Livestock for the Integrated Farm
• Secure a Successful Season with Succession Starts (Transplants)

Location:
Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue St.
East Lansing, MI 48823

Located on the MSU campus in East Lansing.

Contact:
N/A / 248-262-6826 /

http://www.moffa.net/oi-2018.html

 

Online 

Monday, January 8, 2018
All Day.

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The Growing Places Course helps beginning farmers learn the nuts and bolts of successful farm business start-up.

Participants learn about: goal setting and decision making; financial and business management; accessing capital and credit; and, marketing. "It gave me a good foundation for my business, and a lot more inspiration for thinking outside the box," said one recent graduate.

Growing Places is designed to help participants learn basic business skills and improve access to USDA program and services that support new farm and natural resource based business.

Growing Places Online is instructor-led, but the course is set up so that participants can do the work when it fits in your schedule. Weekly webinars provide opportunities for "real-time" interaction with the instructor, other students and guest speakers. Most participants spend 3-5 hours per week doing the course work. Graduates report that a little more time is needed in the beginning to get used to the platform.
Pre-registration is required. The course fee is $150, with early registration discounts available through December 12, 2017. Additional financial assistance is available for eligible applicants.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Mary Peabody / 802-656-7232 /

http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/registration.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html&utm_source=Wom

 

Alexandria, Ohio 

Monday, January 15, 2018
7:00pm - 8:30 pm

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Presenters Kelly Henderson, OEFFA Beginning Farmer Coordinator and Amalie Lipstreu, OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator

With 10% of small farmers exiting farming each year, and a current median farming age of 58, OEFFA is dedicated in helping new farmers successfully enter and thrive in their business, by providing aspiring early career farmers the support they need to understand what it takes to get into farming and grow their business. OEFFA's goal is to increase the number of successful sustainable and organic farmers in Ohio. Kelly Henderson will provide the details concerning the various programs that OEFFA is offering new and existing farmers.
Amalie Lipstreu will provide farm policy updates and a look ahead to the new farm bill.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Drive
Alexandria, OH 43001

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

 

The Plains, OH 

Saturday, January 20, 2018 through Sunday, January 21, 2018
9:30-4:30

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BFA founder, Dan Kittredge, will lead an in-depth weekend workshop, "Principles of Biological Systems." A potluck lunch will happen each day.

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

Contact:
Mary McMartin / 740.507.2088 /

http://bionutrient.org/site/chapters/US/southeast-ohio

 

Wooster, OH 

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:30 AM- 2:30 PM

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COST $25.00 includes light breakfast and lunch
This annual meeting of Ohio flower farmers will include presentations and open discussion. More details coming soon!

Location:
Secrest Arboretum Miller Pavilion
Wooster, OH 44691

Contact:
Nelli Ashmore / (419) 231-6089 /

 

Athens, OH 

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:15 am - 4:00 pm

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The workshop is led by faculty from Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami University and Antioch College as well as staff from Cleveland Seed Bank. The series involves four workshop locations; each location includes four presenters and a locally catered lunch. The workshop provides professional training for seed savers, growers, and plant breeders; creates the foundation for a statewide seed savers alliance; and expands opportunities and reduces barriers for small-scale seed producers in Ohio. This course is recommended for those with some seed saving experience.

This is a collaborative effort between Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Miami University, Antioch College, and the Cleveland Seed Bank.

Location:
Athens Community Center
701 E State St
Athens, Ohio 45701

Contact:
Jess Chadwell / 740.593.5971 /

https://communityfoodinitiativesorg.presencehost.net/s2s-workshop/

 

Ohio City, OH 

Saturday, January 27, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Join the Cleveland Seed Bank in celebrating NATIONAL SEED SWAP DAY by attending their Fourth Winter Annual Seed Swap on January 27th. The event is free and open to all!

Come and swap heirloom seeds, rhizomes, roots, and tubers with other gardeners across our bioregion. Learn, network and prepare for the gardening season ahead. Connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about saving seeds and sharing their seed stories!

They will provide envelopes, labels, markers and seed saving knowledge. Everyone will leave with seeds, new garden friends and a renewed enthusiasm for seed saving!

No seeds required! They'll be bringing seeds with them for those who may not have seeds of their own to swap. Feel like you need to bring something? They will have a collection box for food items to donate to a local food pantry.

Also, bring your sourdough starters, cheese and yogurt cultures, kefir grains and kombucha scoby to share.

They're looking forward to seeing everyone on the 27th!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a family & kid friendly event and an inclusive, anti-oppressive space.

Location:
St. John's Episcopal Church
2600, Church Ave West 26th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

GETTING TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD & PARKING: Plenty of street parking is available. Overflow parking is also available in the Rex Auto lot next door. Ohio City is conveniently accessible on the RTA Red Line (West 25th Street Station) and located along

Contact:
Katie S / please email /

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-winter-seed-swap-tickets-40146300666

 

Reynoldsburg, OH 

Monday, February 5, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm

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The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is designed for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement: 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'

The course will cover: an introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation and developing a farm food safety plan. As a participant, you can expected to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.
Registration is required. The ODA will mail registration forms 1-2 months prior to each training to area farmers. If you don't receive a mailing for a training in your area, call the ODA at 614-728-6250 and register via phone. There is no cost for the training and the book will be provided.

Additional training's will be offered throughout Ohio; more details TBA. Class size is limited to 30 participants.

Location:
Broomfield Building
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

The workshop will take place in sections A and B in the auditorium.

Contact:
Jodi Taylor / 614-995-0640 /

http://www.agri.ohio.gov

 

Dayton, OH 

Thursday, February 15, 2018 through Saturday, February 17, 2018
9 a.m. Thursday- 5 p.m. Saturday

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The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, will return to Dayton this winter! Ohio's largest sustainable food and farm conference features:
• Nearly 80 educational, inspiring workshops on sustainable farming, livestock, homesteading, gardening, and business on Friday and Saturday;
• A three day trade show with 90+ businesses, organizations, and government agencies offering food, books, equipment, products, information, and services;
• In-depth, full day Food and Farm School classes on Thursday;
• Engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers Jeff Moyer of the Rodale Institute and Stacy Malkan of U.S. Right to Know;
• Made-from-scratch, local, organic meals;
• Thursday and Friday evening networking and receptions;
• Kids' conference, child care, and more!

Online registration opens November 29 and runs through January 29. A Member Special discounted price is available through December 14. Other rates increase January 18, so register early to save!

Location:
Dayton Convention Center
22 E. 5th St.
Dayton, OH 45402

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/conference2018

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, February 25, 2018
February 25 - February 27

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The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is currently planning our upcoming Annual Meeting, "FROM DUST TO DIAMONDS: Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future," which will take place on February 25-27 at the Columbus Renaissance Hotel. The excitement stems from the fact that This year's meeting is our 75th Celebration! So this meeting is going to be very special!

Location:
Columbus Renaissance Hotel
50 N 3rd Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Contact:
Mindy Bankey / 614-784-1900 /

http://www.ofswcd.org

 

Alexandria, Ohio 

Monday, March 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Presenter – Jim Bidigare, Vice Chair of the Licking County Land Trust

A quote from a previous land trust speaker sums up the mission of the Licking County Land Trust – "One of the concepts that we want to emphasize is that we have to look at the soil and land as more than just space to build on." During this meeting, Jim Bidigare will provide information about long-term conservation protection for land, the importance of protecting our land and the processes that landowners can take to protect their land from becoming space to build on.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Drive
Alexandria, OH 43001

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

 

Alexandria, Ohio 

Monday, April 16, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Presenter – Joe Koehler, NRCS District Conservationist

Need a hoophouse, irrigation system, cover crop system, a grass waterway, wetland and much more, then this program is for you. Joe Koehler, District Conservationist, will discuss the many grants that a farmer can apply for along with the many other services provided by the NRCS and Licking County Soil and Water.

Location:
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Drive
Alexandria, OH 43001

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

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 through Friday, April 27, 2018
Wednesday 4/25 - Friday 4/27

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Save the date for the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference coming to Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene more than 1,000 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America.

The term "farm to cafeteria" encompasses all efforts to bring healthy, locally sourced food, nutrition and agriculture education opportunities to institutional cafeteria settings. This includes but is not limited to public and private early care and education settings, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, hospitals and prisons. The conference is designed to appeal to beginners and veterans of the movement alike, and attendees will come from across the nation and Canada, and from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Mark your calendar now with these important conference dates:

Workshop and poster proposal deadline: Nov. 14, 2017
Notification of workshop/poster proposal selection: Dec. 15, 2017
Scholarship application period: Dec. 18, 2017 - Feb. 12, 2018
Early bird registration: Jan. 29 - March 9, 2018
Registration closes: April 9, 2018
Conference: April 25-27, 2018


Additional information coming soon. Sign up for their e-newsletter to receive the latest updates and important deadline alerts. Questions? Send them a note at conference@farmtoschool.org and someone from their team will be in touch as soon as possible.

Location:
To be announced
Cincinnati, OH

Contact:
please email / please email /

http://www.farmtoschool.org/our-work/farm-to-school-cafeteria-conference

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30 pm

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TBD

Location:
TBD

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

 

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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