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Columbus, OH 

Friday, May 13, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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While unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have quietly filled supermarket shelves, more and more of us are raising concerns about the human health and environmental risks of these largely untested and unregulated genetically modified foods.

In search of answers, GMO OMG film director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert set out on a journey across the globe to uncover how GMOs affect our children and the health of our planet.

Along the way, he reveals the state of our industrial food system and we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to consumers everywhere: What's really on our plate?

Watch the trailer here: http://www.gmofilm.com/

Then, join Simply Living and OEFFA for a FREE screening, followed by an expert Q&A panel discussion.

Space is limited. RSVP at bit.ly/1LGI2hf to save your spot!

Location:
Northwood-High Building, Community Room 100
2231 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

Contact:
Chuck Lynd, Simply Living / (614) 354-6172 /

http://bit.ly/1LGI2hf

 

Thornville, OH 

Saturday, May 14, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch, in partnership with Women Grow Ohio and Rural Action, will hold a bison farming workshop, covering various topics around bison farming including:
- Why Raise Bison,
- Fencing and Pasture,
- Health and Vet Care,
- Calving,
- Processing, and
- Lessons Learned.

The workshop will include a farm tour of Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch. The cost of the workshop is $100 and includes a bison chili lunch. Women Grow Ohio is sponsoring an early bird registration price of $75 available until March 28. To utilize early bird registration, register with the code PREREGWGO.

Accommodations for payment (including partial deposit) will be made on a case by case basis. If you would like to discuss payment options, contact Carie Starr at (740) 403-3763 or cherokeevalleybison@yahoo.com.

Women Grow Ohio (WGO) is a volunteer based group that was formed in 2015 to demonstrate the important work of Ohio women working in agriculture as farmers, homesteaders, urban growers/homesteaders, and backyard garden producers. Rural Action is a membership based organization working to build sustainable local economies in Appalachian Ohio.

Location:
Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch
12320 Lonesome Rd.
Thornville, OH 43076

Contact:
Carrie Starr / (740) 403-3763 /

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ece1wsrrb23df317&llr=du8cg7iab

 

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, May 14, 2016
12 p.m.

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Leave with confidence in your ability to design, plan, and construct a raised bed, and backyard composting system suited to your needs during this workshop organized by the Columbus Growing Collective. In addition, participants will receive a pamphlet of research into where and how to source the most cost-effective materials to build your garden.

Cost: $20

Location:
Italian Village Urban Farm
750 N. 4th St.
Columbus, OH 43201

Contact:
Tama Ricks / (419) 689-3884 /

http://www.columbusgrowingcollective.com

 

North Bend, OH 

Sunday, May 15, 2016
4-8 pm

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Carriage House Farm presents the first farm-to-table dinner of the 2016 series!

This dinner will feature a forage party led by Botanist Abby Artemisia where guests will learn identify in-season wild edibles and their uses. The dinner will focus on a mix of wild edibles and mid-spring garden produce, prepared by Chef Mark Bodenstein and Chef Doni Attebery of Nuvo at Greenup.

Alcohol is not served. Ticket holders will be presented a menu from which they can pair their own drink selections which they are welcome and encouraged to bring to the dinner.

Cost: $150.

Location:
Carriage House Farm
10251 Miamiview Rd.
North Bend, OH

Contact:
Carriage House Farm / (513) 967-1106 /

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2484253

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, May 15, 2016
6-9 p.m.

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Join the National Young Farmers Coalition for the launch party of the Central Ohio Young Farmers Coalition, Ohio's first NYFC chapter!

While the chapter will be based around central Ohio, farmers from all over the state are invited to help us celebrate and learn how they can start their own local chapter.

Share drinks, tasty treats, and stories. Discuss what we feel are the most pressing issues facing young Ohio farmers today, and brainstorm how we can work together to find solutions. Sophie Ackoff, NYFC's National Field Director, will be there to tell us about the work of NYFC and how we can engage in young farmer organizing both in our community and on the national level.

Open to farmers of all ages and farm friends!

Location:
Seventh Son Brewing
1101 N 4th St
Columbus, OH 43201

Contact:
Sophie Ackoff / (518) 643-3564 /

http://youngfarmers.org/ohiolaunch

 

Free online webinar 

Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:00 pm

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How would you like to access zero-interest, zero-fee capital to grow your farm business? You can, and OEFFA can help!

Join us for a webinar to learn about Kiva, a global crowdfunding site with more than 1.4 million lenders around the world who invest in zero-interest, zero-fee microloans of $10,000 or less, with up to a one-year grace period for borrowers. OEFFA became a Kiva Zip trustee in 2014 to help Ohio's sustainable farmers access this unique funding opportunity.

Kiva fellow Reese Neader will explain how the program works and walk you through the application process. Learn how OEFFA, as a Kiva Zip trustee, can endorse loan requests from individual borrowers to Kiva's community of lenders, helping farmers affordably access the capital they need to grow their businesses.

Reese is the founder and CEO of Forge Columbus, a civic organization that supports entrepreneurship and innovation in Columbus. He attended Denison University before serving as policy director for the Roosevelt Institute. He has given trainings on community development to international organizations including the United Nations and World Bank.

This summer, Forge Columbus, will launch Columbus as a "Kiva City," an official partnership between local government, community organizations, and community financial organizations to expand access to low-interest capital for entrepreneurs. The Kiva City program was pioneered by Bill Clinton in Little Rock, Arkansas and has since expanded to 13 U.S. cities, including Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.

Location:
Free online webinar

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

http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5731078289869431042

 

Akron, OH 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.

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Shopping is not as simple and easy as it was in the past. As consumers increasingly care about the hidden environmental, social, and public health costs of conventional food production, companies and farms are striving to set their products apart.

But as more food labels—like local, organic, natural, fair trade, grass-fed, and non-GMO—show up on market shelves, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new and competing claims. What do all these labels really mean, and how do they impact you and your family?

Join OEFFA for a free presentation to learn, What's in a Name?

Discover how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of food labels. Learn how to understand different labels and how to protect your right to clear and honest labeling.

All are welcome, but space is limited. RSVP in person at Mustard Seed Market & Cafe or go to http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/.

Location:
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
3885 W Market St.
Akron, OH 44333

Contact:
Abraham Nabors / (330) 666-7333 /

http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/

 

Cleveland, OH 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.

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Shopping is not as simple and easy as it was in the past. As consumers increasingly care about the hidden environmental, social, and public health costs of conventional food production, companies and farms are striving to set their products apart.

But as more food labels—like local, organic, natural, fair trade, grass-fed, and non-GMO—show up on market shelves, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new and competing claims. What do all these labels really mean, and how do they impact you and your family?

Join OEFFA for a free presentation to learn, What's in a Name?

Discover how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of food labels. Learn how to understand different labels and how to protect your right to clear and honest labeling.

All are welcome, but space is limited. RSVP in person at Mustard Seed Market & Cafe or go to http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/.

Location:
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
6025 Kruse Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44139

Contact:
Abraham Nabors / (440) 519-3663 /

http://www.mustardseedmarket.com/navigating-food-labels/

 

Cincinnati, OH 

Saturday, June 4, 2016
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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The Turner Farm Community Garden Program is offering a series of five free gardening classes for home and community gardeners. During the five sessions, learn garden basics together in the classroom and the Franciscan Community Garden. Class topics will include growing fruits and vegetables naturally, sowing seeds and potatoes, seasonal growing practices, managing pests, when and how to harvest as well as storing and preserving your garden bounty.

To help you better understand how to grow fruits and vegetables, and learn the annual cycle of work in a garden, everyone will work in their own garden journal. The journal will also be supplemented with gardening fact sheets and diagrams to help you successfully garden at home or in a community garden. In addition through the Learn-Grow-Earn Program participants will have the opportunity to earn a garden bed for their home in exchange for participating in the garden classes, practicum and volunteer work.

Classes are FREE with advance registration.

Location:
Franciscan Community Garden
110 Compton Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45215

Contact:
Turner Farm Community Garden Program / 513-328-0100 /

 

Cadiz, OH 

Saturday, June 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Observe a five acre working homestead with installed solar panels to learn about:
- No till, sheet composting gardening method
- Pasturing chickens
- Soap making
- Beekeeping/honey production basics
- Processing beeswax and dipped beeswax candle making
- Making kombucha, yogurt, and goat's milk cheese
- Solar energy

Lunch and dinner included plus free samples of soap and candles. Gluten free, vegetarian, and dairy free options at both meals. Optional Yoga Nidra session at 6:30 P.M.

Cost: $75 Single, $100 Couple, $25 each additional family member (youth 13 or over only)

Pre-registration is required.

Location:
Home of Bob & Mary Hooker
86724 Keyser Rd.
Cadiz, OH 43907

Contact:
Bob & Mary Hooker / 740-945-0189 /

 

Berlin Heights, OH 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
1-6 p.m.

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Get out of your business for the day to network with your peers, take a tour of Quarry Hill Orchards' innovative farm, enjoy one-on-one time with industry vendors, get the information you need to stay current on food safety regulations, and have some fun.

Member Price: $25 for the first registrant, $10/guest with same company

Non-member Price: $30 for the first registrant, $10/guest with same company

Location:
Quarry Hill Orchards
8403 Mason Rd.
Berlin Heights, OH

Quarry Hill Orchards is a 130-acre fruit tree farm and retail market that specializes in growing, harvesting, and bringing to market boutique apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, and nectarines. In 2005, Quarry Hill Winery was opened.

Contact:
Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association (OPGMA) / (614) 228-4739 /

http://www.opgma.org/event-2193080

 

Alma, MI 

Sunday, June 26, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Ensuring a healthy stand of direct seeded or transplanted crops in the field is critical to farm success. This workshop provides an intensive focus on stand establishment in vegetable crop production covering seed, seeders, germination, and knowing when to till it in and start again for direct seeded crops. This workshop will also cover field establishment from greenhouse to a thriving crop for transplanted crops. We will explore various methods of transplanting and transplant production/management. All core plant families will be covered and optimum systems for each considered. Presenters will cover the right scheduling to get your production on-time for a continuous and bountiful harvest.

Cost: $150 for 1 person ($40 additional for a 2nd person from the same farm)

Presenters: Fred Monroe, Monroe Family Organics, Lee Arboreal, Live Edge Farm

Location:
Monroe Family Organics
8009 N. Ennis Rd.
Alma, MI 48801

Contact:
Tom Cary / (616) 916-9823 /

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

 

Fredericktown, OH 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 through Friday, July 8, 2016
All Day

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Hosted by Sweet Grass Dairy, which has been using multi-species grazing and holistic planning to build soil and establish a more diverse grass stand on the farm. They have also developed an extensive direct marketing outlet for their diverse product line.

Speaker Ian Mitchell-Innes is one of the leading holistic management educators in the world. He is from South Africa and has spoken widely across the U.S., but this is his first time to Ohio. He will speak about
- The relationship between animals and soil life
- Monitoring animals and plants
- Animal nutrition
- Getting correct stock density
- Proper timing of grazing

Speaker Mark Bader of Free Choice Enterprises will speak on animal health and minerals in an animal's diet.

Lunch each day is included and made from the farm's larder of meats and locally sourced vegetables.

Register before May 20 for $495. Register after May 20 for $595.

Location:
Sweet Grass Dairy
Fredericktown, OH

Contact:
Sweet Grass Dairy / 814-758-2708 /

http://sweetgrassdairy.eatfromfarms.com/page/352

 

Columbus, OH 

Sunday, July 24, 2016
1-4 p.m.

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Women Grow Ohio (WGO), in partnership with Rural Action, invites the public to tour and learn about women owned or operated farmsteads. This Farm Fair will gather women farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and food producers from Central Ohio to discuss and showcase their work. Bee Good Gardens will act as the convening host site, and will offer tours and insight to their operations. Gather with women farmers to participate in farm tours, informational sessions, networking, and fun!

The Farm Fair is free to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

Women farmers who are interested in being participants in the Farm Fairs are urged to contact Annie Warmke at annie@bluerockstation.com or (740) 674-4300.

Women Grow Ohio (WGO) is a volunteer based group that was formed in 2015 to demonstrate the important work of Ohio women working in agriculture as farmers, homesteaders, urban growers/homesteaders, and backyard garden producers. For more information about Women Grow Ohio's work, visit www.womengrowohio.com.

Rural Action is a membership based organization working to build sustainable local economies in Appalachian Ohio. For more information about Rural Action's work visit www.ruralaction.org.

Location:
Bee Good Gardens
1360 Home Acre Dr.
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Annie Warmke / (740) 674-4300 /

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecfra3y54b8bf52a&llr=du8cg7iab

 

Battle Creek, MI 

Monday, August 1, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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A hands-on workshop covering the nuts and bolts of successful planning, production, post-harvest handling, packaging, and marketing of summer fruit under hoops (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers). The workshop will also cover ginger, sweet potatoes, and basil.

Led by experienced hoophouse growers and hosted on their farms, content includes an overview of the varieties and techniques that have worked best for them including plant dates, fertility, trellis systems, pest and disease management, harvesting, marketing and more. Don't miss this chance to see their operations and learn from two expert growers in the field.

Cost: $150 for 1 person ($40 for a 2nd person from the same farm)

Presenters: Trent Thompson, Green Gardens Farm and Adam Montri, Ten Hens Farm, facilitated by Jeremy Moghtader, MSU Student Organic Farm/Organic Farmer Training Program

Location:
Green Gardens Farm
14201 H Dr. N
Battle Creek, MI

Contact:
Tom Cary / (616) 916-9823 /

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

 

Grafton, OH 

Thursday, August 4, 2016
1-4 p.m.

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Women Grow Ohio (WGO), in partnership with Rural Action, invites the public to tour and learn about women owned or operated farmsteads. This Farm Fair will gather women farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and food producers from northeast Ohio to discuss and showcase their work. Aggie's Rest will act as the convening host site, and will offer tours and insight to their operations. Gather with women farmers to participate in farm tours, informational sessions, networking, and fun!

The Farm Fair is free to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

Women farmers who are interested in being participants in the Farm Fairs are urged to contact Annie Warmke at annie@bluerockstation.com or (740) 674-4300.

Women Grow Ohio (WGO) is a volunteer based group that was formed in 2015 to demonstrate the important work of Ohio women working in agriculture as farmers, homesteaders, urban growers/homesteaders, and backyard garden producers. For more information about Women Grow Ohio's work, visit www.womengrowohio.com.

Rural Action is a membership based organization working to build sustainable local economies in Appalachian Ohio. For more information about Rural Action's work visit www.ruralaction.org.

Location:
Aggie's Rest
19107 Avon Belden Rd.
Grafton, OH

Contact:
Annie Warmke / (740) 674-4300 /

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecfreanmebd55d29&llr=du8cg7iab

 
OEFFA

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

Phone: (614) 421-2022   Fax: (614) 421-2011

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