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Pancake Breakfast

Delaware, OH 

Saturday, March 7, 2015
8 a.m.- 12 p.m.


Pancakes, pure maple syrup, and Stratford sausage! Includes a hike to the sugar bush. Seatings every hour. $10/adult, $5/child. Reservations required.

Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH

Stratford Ecological Center / (740) 363-2548 /


OEFFA Grain Growers Chapter Meeting

Upper Sandusky, OH 

Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.


Join OEFFA's Grain Growers chapter for a business meeting, presentation, and discussion.

The chapter will be joined by Spencer Miller, soybean buyer for Boyd Station, a soybean processor and commodity distributor.

The chapter will also continue its lunch hour roundtable discussion by taking a deeper look at weed management issues.

2015 dues are $30 and should be submitted to Daryl Moyer.

Social time begins at 9:30 a.m. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to last until about 2:00 p.m.

Village Restaurant
435 N. Warpole St., Upper Sandusky, OH

Dave Shively / (419) 278-2701 /

Alivia Dean / (740) 507-1064 /


Starting and Preparing Transplants for Spring Planting

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, March 9, 2015
7-9 p.m.


OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter presents a free public discussion and information session on the Starting and Preparing Transplants for Spring Planting.

Erin Harvey of The Kale Yard will be leading a discussion concerning the many tasks related to preparing for the spring planting of both a backyard garden and/or fields. Topics will include, but are not limited to, developing a planting schedule, greenhouse preparation, seed starting, maintaining healthy transplants, proper irrigation, hardening off transplants, soil preparation, and proper transplanting techniques.

This meeting is part of the OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter’s regular meeting schedule which includes pertinent topics for both the rural and urban farmer/gardener.

Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr., Alexandria, OH

Chuck Dilbone / (740) 877-8738 /


OEFFA Lake Effect Chapter's Third Annual Growers Round Table

Middlefield, OH 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
6:30 p.m.


Please join OEFFA's Lake Effect Chapter for the Third Annual Growers Round Table, graciously hosted by Andy and Laura Miller. Local growers discuss the successes and challenges of the previous growing seasons and plans for the future. This is a great gathering to meet local growers and to learn from those making a living in ecological agriculture.

Lake Effect OEFFA business and future events also discussed. Please contribute. Bring a snack to share. Everyone welcome.

Farm of Andy and Laura Miller
17201 Bundysburg Rd., Middlefield, OH

Steven Corso / 440-635-0137 /


Organic Gardening 101 Workshop

Delaware, OH 

Saturday, March 14, 2015
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.


Dig into gardening! All skill levels are welcome for these fun, hands-on garden programs. Cost: $10/person. Reservations required.

Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH

Stratford Ecological Center / (740) 363-2548 /


Small Farm Conference: Opening Doors to Success

Wilmington, OH 

Friday, March 13, 2015 through Saturday, March 14, 2015


Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will offer a two-day conference featuring multiple workshops and a trade show for landowners and small farmers, designed to help landowners and producers learn techniques to make their small farm operations more successful.

Researchers and educators with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, as well as industry experts, will conduct the workshops.

The March 13 session is from 2-5 p.m. at the Wilmington College Academic Farm, 1590 Fife Ave. in Wilmington. The event features hands-on workshops focusing on:
• Pastures and fence
• Specialty crop production techniques including hoop house management, irrigation, and grafting
• Woodlands management

The March 14 session is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wilmington College’s Boyd Cultural Arts Center, 1870 Quaker Way. This session will feature workshops by Ohio State and industry experts, and a trade show. Topics to be addressed during the March 14 session include:
• Farm management
• Livestock production
• Foods business and marketing
• Forages and pastures
• Vegetable and fruit production
• Organics

The conference is an outgrowth of the Ohio New and Small Farm College, an eight-week program created by OSU Extension that offers an introduction to the business of small farming for those who are new to the industry. The program offers information on budgeting, business planning, and developing a farm structure, among other issues.

Registration for the conference is $20 for the March 13 session and $60 for the March 14 session, or $70 for both days. The deadline to register is March 5.

Wilmington College

Tony Nye / 937-382-0901 /


Little Miami Chapter Meeting

Wilmington, OH 

Sunday, March 15, 2015
2 p.m.


Join us at the Farm In The Dell for a meeting of OEFFA's Little Miami Chapter. The Farm in the Dell is owned by Randy and Diane Dell. The grass-based Jersey dairy milks six cows with a herd of thirteen. Their pipeline milk parlor was built to pass Grade A inspection. For over 15 years, the Dells have used no chemicals on their 25 acres of pasture and hay. They currently offer herd-shares. Bring a dish to share.

Note: This meeting was originally scheduled for February 23, but was rescheduled due to weather.

Farm In The Dell
1091 N. Webb Rd., Wilmington, OH

Kimberly Zerkle / (937) 382-0846 /


Botanical Home Health Weekend

Marysville, OH 

Saturday, March 14, 2015 through Sunday, March 15, 2015


This is Mockingbird Meadow's introductory weekend for those folks just getting started with using plant based health in the home. Dawn Combs will cover the following and more:

- Hands-on instruction for basic medicine-making techniques,
- Research techniques and reliable sources for herbal information,
- An introduction to various forms of holistic medicine,
- Basic planting, harvesting and processing of home grown herbs,
- First aid techniques,
- Herbal health terminology,
- How much, how often, and how to scale herbal medicine for family members,
- Traditional food options, methods and lifestyle modifications for vital health.

All materials and herbs for class are covered in the fee. It is suggested that you pack a lunch both days.

Mockingbird Meadows Herbal Health Farm
Marysville, OH

Down Combs / (614) 354-5162 /


Livestock and the Land Workshop Series

Piqua, OH 

Monday, February 23, 2015 through Monday, March 16, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Livestock operations come in all sizes, whether your operation is small or large, manure management is challenging. Please join us for a free workshop series covering the benefits and options regarding manure management.

FEBRUARY 23rd: Manures as Fertilizer
(Can receive 2 Continuing Education Credits)

• Soil Health Benefits of manures, cover crops, and other organic fertilizers
• Organic Matter as a Fertilizer
• Applying Manure to Fields
• New Regulations

March 16th: Livestock Operation Designs for less
Manure Management
(Can receive 2 Continuing Education Credits)

• Combining Cropland and Livestock for Soil Health and Profits
• Cover Crop for Feed
• Setting up a Pasture

RSVP to Melissa Shuck

Upper Valley Applied Technology Center
8901 Looney Rd, Piqua, OH

Melissa Shuck / (937) 492‐6520 /


Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
4:30-7:30 p.m.


Formed in late 2011, the Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC) seeks to expand, strengthen, and maintain a resilient and local food system in Franklin County and the surrounding area.The Council meets every other month; meetings are open to the public and all are welcome!

MORPC Headquarters
Columbus, OH

Franklin County Local Food Council /


Dormant Pruning Workshop

Wooster, OH 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
9 a.m.-12 p.m.


The workshop addresses the needs of individuals and landscape businesses regarding how to begin pruning, which branches to prune, and how much to prune. Registration is $50. Pre-registration is required; participation is limited.

Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
2122 Williams Rd., Wooster, OH



Season Creation Workshop

Amesville, OH 

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Rural Action’s Season Creation Workshop will focus on methods used in the Season Creation model developed by Green Edge Organic Gardens. Their innovative use of high tunnel greenhouses and grow rooms ensures a year-round selection of seasonal vegetables, micro greens, and specialty mushrooms extending their growing season to include a fourth winter period. The workshop will include both on-farm and classroom portions and is taught by the farmers.

Green Edge Organic Gardens
Amesville, OH

Rural Action


A Garden for Every Space

Westerville, OH 

Saturday, March 21, 2015
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m


Jorgensen Farms is thrilled to present “A Garden for Every Space,” featuring author Stacey Hirvela. Stacey is the author of “Edible Spots and Pots: Small-Space Gardens for Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Containers, Raised Beds, and More.” She will present an all-day workshop featuring techniques from her book for growing food in containers and tight spaces. Space is limited.

Jorgensen Farms
5851 East Walnut Street, Westerville, OH



New and Small Farm College

Xenia, OH 

Monday, February 2, 2015 through Monday, March 23, 2015
6:30-9 p.m.


Are you interested in learning how to make the most of a few acres? If so, this eight-week course from Ohio State University Extension held on Mondays is just for you! Filled with practical knowledge on a variety of topics— you won’t be disappointed! Registration deadline: January 30, 2015. Limited to the first 50 registrants.

OSU Extension Greene County
100 Fairground Rd., Xenia, OH



Fermenting Veggies Made Easy

Wooster, OH 

Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Learn how to put up all those extra veggies from your garden or farm market before the frost in the ancient pre-refrigeration technology of brine lacto-fermentation. We will learn the easy simple basics of making krauts. We will discuss the values of fermented foods in our diets and learn to make a kraut full of amazing health benefits from cancer fighting anti-oxidants, immunity enhancing probiotic microbes, and intestinal-healing vitamins and minerals.

The Road to Health is Paved with Good Intestines!!!! A most important priority of healthy intestines and digestion is the regular consumption of symbiotic microbial life in food form. Instead of canning which actually reduces nutritional content of most vegetables learn to store veggies in the old barrel brining method, which will be demonstrated.

In this class we will prepare veggies to ferment at home using the jar method. This class will include one quart of kraut ready-to-ferment to take home ($17 value)

PLEASE BRING A QUART JAR although, there will be jars for purchase if you forget. Also their will be airlock fermentation lids for wide mouth ball jars available for purchase.

If you wish to take home more than one full quart that is possible at a price of $12 each quart, however I will need to know in advance, so email, call, or message me with those requests.

Andy Reed is senior owner at Krazy Kraut, a local organic worker-owned fermented foods business. Andy is also a folk healer and acupuncturist specializing in oncology and healing with the art of Asian food energetics.

Class fee: $47.50

Register in person at Local Roots Market and Cafe, or by calling the number listed.

Local Root Market and Cafe
140 S. Walnut Street, Wooster, OH

Andy Reed / 330-263-5336 /


Fermenting Veggies Made Easy

Wooster, OH 

Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:30-8:30 p.m.


People in northern climates have been making dishes like sauerkraut for ages as a way to preserve foods for winter. Little did they know that the process they used also increased the vitamin content of the food and provided a source of the beneficial bacteria we now call probiotics. However, in our 21st century mindset, the notion of leaving food sit at room temperature for weeks may seem too foreign (or dangerous) to try!

Local Roots Market and Café hopes to change this with a workshop called “Fermenting Veggies Made Easy.” This hands-on class will be taught by Andy Reed, owner of Columbus based Krazy Kraut. Andy will teach the basics of making krauts with the traditional brine lacto-fermentation process and discuss the benefits of adding fermented foods to our diets.

The cost for this class is $47.50. Please preregister with Local Roots by 3/21 and bring a one quart jar to the class. Participants will leave with one quart of ready-to-ferment sauerkraut, instructions, and a head full of knowledge on the health benefits and history of fermented foods!

Local Roots Market and Café
Wooster, OH

Jessica Eikleberry / 330-347-7183 /

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Columbus OH 43214

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