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OEFFA's 37th Annual Conference: Growing Right by Nature

Granville, OH 

Friday, February 12, 2016 through Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Ohio’s largest sustainable agriculture conference will feature keynote speakers John Ikerd and Lindsey Lusher Shute, approximately 100 workshops, local and organic meals, full-day pre-conference events, a kids’ conference, childcare, a trade show, Saturday evening entertainment, and more.

Keynote Speakers:
Lindsey Lusher Shute is the Executive Director and co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). Shute and her husband, Benjamin, raise two daughters and own and manage Hearty Roots Community Farm, an organic farm in New York’s Hudson River Valley serving 900 community supported agriculture program members. In 2014, Shute was selected as a White House Future of American Agriculture Champion of Change.

John Ikerd is one of the nation’s leading experts and speakers on agricultural economics and a well-known, passionate, and insightful sustainable agriculture advocate and speaker. He is the author of six books including Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms: Sustaining People Through Agriculture, and The Essentials of Economic Sustainability—along with book chapters, journal articles, magazine and trade publications, and conference proceedings on various aspects of the sustainable agriculture movement.

Workshops:
The conference will offer nearly 100 beginner, intermediate, and advanced workshops across 16 tracks. Taught by experienced OEFFA members, farmers, researchers, and sustainable agriculture leaders from across the country, the workshops cover a range of topics including sustainable farming, gardening, homesteading, cooking, livestock and poultry production, business management, food and farm policy, research, and more.

Pre-Conference Events:
Three pre-conference workshops on Friday, February 12 will provide in-depth learning opportunities.

Answering the Call to Farm, facilitated by Lindsey Lusher Shute, is designed for beginning farmers and those considering a farming profession. It will cover start-up business planning, accessing land, transition and restoration of new ground, budgeting, and more.

The Dirt on Organic Matter, led by Ohio State University soil scientist Rafiq Islam, will explore time tested holistic organic farming practices that can help retain and build soil organic matter.

During Marketing Organic Grain: A Farmer’s Guide, OFARM Executive Director John Bobbe, NForganics Field Representative Tim Boortz, and Illinois organic grain farmer Harold Wilken will take a detailed and practical look at successful organic grain marketing.

Other Features:
• Saturday evening entertainment, including a performance by The Back Porch Swing Band and a conversation with OEFFA's founding members about the history of the organic movement;
• A trade show featuring dozens of businesses, non-profits, and government agencies offering an array of food, books, farm and garden products, tools, information, and services;
• A kid’s conference with engaging activities for children ages 6-12;
• A playroom for young children;
• A teen conference where teenagers ages 12-15 can create their own personal weekend schedule;
• Locally sourced, from-scratch meals; volunteer and scholarship opportunities, a raffle; book table; book signings; seed swap, and much more.

Read more and register at http://www.oeffa.org/conference2016.

Granville Middle and High schools
248 New Burg St., Granville, OH

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/conference2016

 

Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
4:30- 6 p.m.

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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. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome!

MORPC headquarters
111 Liberty St., Columbus, 43215

Contact:
Franklin County Local Food Council /

 

EPA Public Hearing for Gas Compressor Station in Medina County

Seville, OH 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
6 p.m.

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The Ohio EPA is holding a public meeting so residents of Medina County can voice their concerns regarding the Nexus compressor station. Those who intend to speak can leave a copy of their written statements with the Ohio EPA representative at the meeting.

Communities within a 5 mile radius of the Guilford Compressor Station include:
TOWNSHIPS: Guilford, Lafayette, Montville, Sharon, Wadsworth, Westfield
CITIES: Medina, Rittman, Wadsworth
VILLAGES: Seville, Gloria Glens, Chippewa Lake, Westfield Center

Cloverleaf Elementary School
8337 Friendsville Rd., Seville, OH

Contact:
Sustainable Medina County

http://www.sustainablemedinacounty.org

 

League of Women Voters Candidates' Forum

Athens, OH 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
6:30-8 p.m.

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The Athens League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Candidates' Forum.

There is one local primary contest: Democratic nomination for 94th Ohio House of Representatives. Candidates are Sarah Grace and Eddie Smith. The Republican candidate in the primary, Jay Edwards, is unopposed for the nomination.

Find out where the candidates stand on the food and farming issues you care about using OEFFA's Questions for Candidates guide: http://policy.oeffa.org/q4c.

Athens Public Library
Athens, OH

Contact:
League of Women Voters

http://athensleagueofwomenvoters.org/

 

Creating Pollinator Habitat

Wooster, OH 

Thursday, February 18, 2016
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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This workshop will focus on the creation of habitat in diverse ecosystems, including vacant urban property, roadsides, field edges, utility rights-of-way, pastures, gardens and woodlands. Featured projects include Iowa State University’s STRIPS native prairie research project, Pollinator Partnership’s Monarch Wings Across Ohio and Bee Buffers, The Ohio Department of Transportation roadside pollinator plantings, and First Energy’s utility right-of-way projects.

Presenters include: Mary Galea, Pollinator Partnership; Reed Johnson, OSU Entomology; Dianne Kahal-Berman, ODOT; Ashley Kulhanek, OSU Extension; Marci Lininger, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and coordinator of the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative; Amy Moorhouse, Iowa State STRIPS program; Kathy Smith, OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources; Becky Spach, FirstEnergy Corp.; Lori Stevenson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife; Marne Titchenell, OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources; Katie Todd, OSU Entomology.

$50 fee, includes handouts, morning refreshments and lunch.

OARDC Shisler Conference Center
Wooster, OH

Contact:
OSU Bee Lab

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/creating-pollinator-habitat-conference/

 

Farm Financial Fitness: Business Planning and Managing for Profit

Holt, MI 

Saturday, February 20, 2016
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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This two-day workshop will focus on planning, running, monitoring and revising your farm business for profit. Presenters will cover business planning including values and visioning for your farm business, your goals, objectives and sound strategies for getting there. Operations management, production planning, labor, asset analysis, business structures, taxes, and marketing will be covered as they relate to development of a sound and profitable business, including looking at the future and planning for your retirement or exit strategy. The workshop will emphasize financial management tools for understanding, calculating and utilizing key financial metrics (cash flow, balance sheet, partial budget analysis, enterprise budgets, return on investment, etc.) and will look at computer and web tools for financial management and record keeping that allow you to get a clearer picture of what is working and what needs changing to improve your bottom line.

Presenters: Tomm Becker - Sunseed Farm, Fred Monroe - Monroe Organics, Jeremy Moghtader - Farm Manger, MSU Student Organic Farm, Director MSU Organic Farmer Training Program

Must attend both days: Sat., February 20 and Sat., March 12

Cost: $225 for 1 person, $60 additional for 2nd person from same farm

The Farmer Field School series is organized through the collaboration of MSU Student Organic Farm, Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS), and the Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS).

MSU Student Organic Farm
3291 College Rd. Holt, MI 48842

Contact:
Megan DeLeeuw / 734-718-5506 /

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

 

Building a National Food Policy From the Ground Up: If the Feds Can't Do It, Can We?

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
5:30-7 p.m.

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There is both an urgency and a yearning to change our nation's food system to one that is sustainable, healthy, and equitable. Joining these goals through one national food policy is a desire around which campaigns are being built and hopes raised. This dialogue will examine the dynamic and sometimes chaotic work of local and state food policy making, and consider how it might "scale up" to secure the kind of national food system change increasingly being sought by many.

Mark Winne, senior advisor at the Center for a Livable Future, will discuss this timely and important topic in a forum facilitated by Jill Clark, Glenn College professor and Chair of United Way of Central Ohio's Health, Nutrition and Fitness Results Committee. Mark Winne, a community food activist, writer, and trainer, is visiting the John Glenn College at Ohio State to discuss building local food policy.

The event is free and open to all, but registration is required.

OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs
1810 College Rd., Room 130, Columbus, OH

Contact:


http://glenn.osu.edu/dialogue/

 

Fruit Trees: Pruning, Care and Selecting Varieties

Cincinnati, OH  

Saturday, February 27, 2016
1- 3:30 p.m.

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Retired University of Kentucky Extension specialist David Koester, with the assistance of Hayfield orchardist Marsha Lindner and Peter Huttinger of Turner Farm Community Garden Program, will lead an onsite demonstration and instruction in pruning fruit trees at Hayfields Orchard. The workshop will also cover the care of and selection of varieties of fruit trees suited for our region. David will emphasize sustainable organic biological practices including organic sprays and treatments, but conventional approaches to orchard management will also be reviewed.

Fee: $10. The workshops is limited to 25 participants.

The workshop is cosponsored by Cincinnati Area Organic Fruit Growers and the Turner Farm Community Garden Program. Proceeds from the workshop will benefit the Bhutanese Refugee Community Garden initiatives at the Franciscan and Northgate Community Gardens.

Hayfields Orchard
8835 Old Indian Hill Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45243

Contact:
Marsha Lindner /

 

League of Women Voters Candidates' Forum

Nelsonville, OH 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
6:30-8 p.m.

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The Athens League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Candidates' Forum.

There is one local primary contest: Democratic nomination for 94th Ohio House of Representatives. Candidates are Sarah Grace and Eddie Smith. The Republican candidate in the primary, Jay Edwards, is unopposed for the nomination.

Find out where the candidates stand on the food and farming issues you care about using OEFFA's Questions for Candidates guide: http://policy.oeffa.org/q4c.

Nelsonville Public Library
Nelsonville, OH

Contact:
League of Women Voters

http://athensleagueofwomenvoters.org/

 

2016 Southeast Ohio Farm to School Conference

The Plains, OH 

Thursday, March 3, 2016 through Friday, March 4, 2016

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Registration for the 2016 Southeast Ohio Farm to School Conference: Partnerships and Innovations for Successful Farm to School Programs is now open. School educators, administrators, farmers, parents, community organizers, and individuals interested in local foods are all welcomed and encouraged to attend. Cost of the event is $30 per day, with scholarships available.

The 2016 Southeast Ohio Farm to School Conference will bring together stakeholders from across the Appalachian region to exchange knowledge on topics such as Farm to School Procurement, School Gardens, Food Safety, Food Service Training, Sourcing Local Food, Healthy Food Curriculum, Food Policy, and more.

The conference is a collaborative event coordinated by Southeast Ohio Food Partners: Rural Action, the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), Community Food Initiatives (CFI), and Live Healthy Appalachia (LHA). The event is funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Community Development Initiative, The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, Sisters Health Foundation, the Stinner Summit, and the Central Appalachian Network.

The conference keynote will take place Thursday, March 3 at 1:00 and will be given by Chef Katie McGushin, Program Director for the School of Hospitality at Hocking College. Chef McGushin works with the Rural Action Farm to School program, and coordinates a partnership between Rural Action and Hocking College that encourages local schools to purchase local produce and assists in the local economic development of the area.

Eclipse Company Store
11309 Jackson Dr., The Plains, OH

Contact:
Rural Action / 740-677-4047 /

http://www.ohiofoodshed.org

 

Access to Land and Financial Capital for New and Beginning Farmers

Holt, MI 

Monday, March 7, 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Access to land and financial capital are among new and beginning farmers’ greatest challenges. This full-day session will help new and beginning farmers understand the types and uses of capital and to prepare to access it. Presenters from Michigan State University Student Organic Farm will explore land tenure options, financial and investment readiness, finding and assessing land, and negotiating with investors and landowners through discussions, handouts and exercises. Cost: $25.

Michigan State University
Kellogg Center Rm 104AB, Holt, MI

Contact:
Megan DeLeeuw / 734-718-5506 /

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

 

GMO OMG! Free Film Screening and Discussion

Canton, OH 

Thursday, March 10, 2016
6 p.m.

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StarkFresh and OEFFA welcome you to a free screening of GMO OMG!

A reception will take place from 5:30-6:00 pm. In addition, before the start of the film, guest speaker Alex Dragovich from Mud Run Farm will share how the proliferation of GMOs in the food supply affect his organic crops and business.

The screening will start at 6:00 pm. Afterward, there will be a group discussion about the movie and how to get involved in this issue.

Please pre-register online if possible. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The StarkFresh Monthly Film Screenings are sponsored by Mercy Medical Center and the Sisters of the Humility of Mary.

About the Film:
While unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have quietly filled our supermarket shelves, biotech companies are hoping that consumers won’t ask questions and will eat what we’re told. However, more and more consumers and farmers 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 and whether its possible for consumers to make informed choices and reject the food system currently in place. Along the way, he reveals the state of our current 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 at http://www.gmofilm.com/

Deli Ohio
328 Walnut Ave. NE, Canton, OH

Contact:
StarkFresh

http://www.meetup.com/StarkCountyOH/events/228314470/

 

We Dig Ohio 2016 Urban Agriculture & Community Garden Summit

Columbus, OH 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Growing to Green program hosts this one-day summit focusing on urban agriculture and community gardening topics.

What’s happening in the field of urban agriculture and community gardening? Become versed in relevant topics that will expand your gardening expertise. Attend sessions and workshops in a variety of subjects. Network, share, and celebrate with individuals involved in projects across Ohio and beyond. Stay for a post-conference happy hour and book signing.

Cost: $45-$60. Fee includes admission to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, lunch and break refreshments.

Keynote Speaker:
Lisa Rose
The ReWilded Gardener: What the weeds and wild plants can teach us about health, ecology and our place on earth
Wild & Weedy Foraging Walk

Featured Speakers:
Chris Kline--Welcoming Pollinators to Your Community Garden
Caitlin Bergman and Dan McLeod--Permaculture 101

Nine other speakers from around the state will present topics such as specialty crops, integrated pest management, and raising urban chickens.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

http://www.fpconservatory.org/Growing-to-Green/We-Dig-Ohio

 

Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
4:30- 6 p.m.

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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. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome!

MORPC headquarters
111 Liberty St., Columbus, 43215

Contact:
Franklin County Local Food Council /

 

OEFFA Lake Effect Chapter Spring Grower's Round Table Meeting

Middlefield, OH 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
6:30 p.m.

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Please join OEFFA’s Lake Effect Chapter for the Fourth 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.

Conference highlights and Lake Effect OEFFA business also to be discussed. Bring a snack/dish/drink to share. Everyone welcome.

17201 Bundysburg Rd., Middlefield, OH

Contact:
Steven Corso / 440-635-0137 /

 

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter: Weed Control

Alexandria, OH 

Monday, March 21, 2016
7-9 p.m.

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Save the date! More details to follow. Each meeting’s discussion will provide information for both the “Urban Gardener/Farmer” and “Rural Gardener/Farmer”. All meetings begin with a short business meeting, which usually includes information concerning farm policy.

Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr., Alexandria, OH 43001

Contact:
Chuck Dilbone / 740-877-8738 /

http://www.heartofohio.oeffa.org/

 
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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 
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Columbus OH 43214

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