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• Composting With Worms

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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City Folk’s Farm Shop holds a series of classes and special events to support beginning and advanced gardeners.

This class will be taught by One20 Farm’s Jeremy Gedert.

City Folks Farm Shop
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Shawn Fiegelist / (614) 946-5553 /

http://www.cityfolksfarmshop.com/calendar

 

Profitable High Tunnel Management

Free online webinar 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
7 p.m.

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Join OEFFA and Adam Montri, owner of Ten Hens Farm and Michigan State University Hoophouse Specialist, for a free one hour webinar on high tunnel management.

Topics will include identifying the costs of production; fertility, disease, and pest management; profitable crops and cultivars; successful rotations; product pricing, and market strategies.

To register, go to http://bit.ly/1pBbLqH.


Contact:
Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Coconut: A Miracle Food

Granville, OH 

Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:30-8:00 p.m.

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Did you know that coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti- viral, and anti-fungal? Coconut and coconut oil have many benefits, nutritional and topical. In this class we will discuss the many benefits of coconut and coconut oil, uses for coconut oil, other coconut products & their benefits, and sample a recipe using both coconut meat and oil. Participants will take home a reference packet with information on the benefits of coconut products, references, and recipes.

Workshop Presenter: JoBeth Fruechtnicht and her young daughters were diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2008. Since then, JoBeth has studied food sensitivities that cause inflammation which can underlie many health problems, and she has learned how to keep her family healthy by eliminating grains from their diet and incorporating anti-inflammatory foods that are nutritious and satisfying. JoBeth isn’t a professional chef or a dietician, but an experienced mom who has been through a transition to a grain-free diet and seen the difference it can make.
Cost: $15. Part of the Eating Well for Good Gut Health series. Register for all four classes in the series for $60. Receive 10% off all coconut products the evening of the class.

The Going Green Store
909 River Road, Granville, OH

Contact:
The Going Green Store / 740.963.9644 /

http://www.thegoinggreenstore.com

 

Living on the Shale

Coshocton, OH 

Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Schedule of Events
• 10:00-10:30 am Vendors set up
• 10:30-11:00 am Attendees browse tables, meet others
• 11:00-11:15 am CECA introduces group/discusses mission; intro to speakers
• 11:15-12:30 pm Speakers
• 12:30-1:45 pm Lunch, browse tables, talk to neighbors
• 2:00-3:00 pm Speaker - John Fenton, Rancher from Pavillion, WY
• 3:00-4:00 pm Keynote Speaker Calvin Tillman, Former Mayor of Dish, Texas
• 4:00-5:30 pm Q&A with Calvin and John
• 5:30-6:00 pm Wrap up, clean up

John Fenton is a rancher from Pavillion, Wyoming where residents say their water is being contaminated by gas well drilling. He is a community advocate working to hold the industry accountable for the problems that he and his neighbors have had to live with since drilling began in the Pavillion area. He was recently featured in the movies Gasland and Gasland 2 by Josh Fox.

Calvin Tillman is the former mayor of the small town Dish, Texas. Elected as mayor of Dish in May of 2007, he served his second term as mayor, after serving a two year term as town commissioner of Dish. Due to Dish being the crossroads of many natural gas pipelines, the mayor was active in pursuing state legislation regarding the routing of natural gas pipelines as well as the powers that the pipeline companies have been given. A resolution was passed by the town of Dish regarding this subject and was passed by forty other towns with well over a million people represented. Dish, which has the smallest budget of any town in North Texas, commissioned an independent air quality study near a large natural gas compression station. This testing was among the first of its kind. The town of Dish is leading the cause for responsible drilling and pipelines in North Texas.

Coshocton Village Inn
115 N. Water St., Coshocton, OH

Contact:


http://www.cecaware.org/

 

Tomatoes 101

Granville, OH 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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All about tomatoes: hybrids vs. heirlooms, determinate vs. indeterminate, you name it. We’ll talk about planting, watering, various ways to trellis tomatoes, and how and when to prune for a nicer yield and less disease.

Workshop Presenter: Erin Harvey is an experienced farmer who has trained in permaculture and ecological horticulture (at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems in Santa Cruz, CA). She has operated The Kale Yard, an experimental market garden in Granville, for the past three years, where she specializes in growing interesting and beautiful vegetables. You can find her most Saturdays at the Granville Farmers Market. She has worked in a variety of farm settings, urban and rural, and considers herself part of a new crop of young farmers who understand that growing real food is important for so many different reasons - political, economic, environmental, cultural, and for our health.

Part of the Veggie School series. Sign up for: 1 class: $25, 3 classes: $70, 6 classes: $135, 9 classes: $200

The Going Green Store
909 River Road, Granville, OH

Contact:
The Going Green Store / 740.963.9644 /

http://www.thegoinggreenstore.com

 

Good Agricultural Practices Training

Dayton, OH 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6 - 9pm

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This Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) session will provide produce growers the basics of on-farm food safety. In addition, participants will hear the latest news on revisions that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making to proposed regulations for produce growers under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Cost: $20. Pre-registration is required one week before the training by printing and mailing a check and the registration form available online for each session.

Montgomery County Extension Office, 1001 South Main St., Dayton, OH 45309

Contact:
Suzanne Mills-Wasniak / 937-224-9654, ext. 1 /

 

Local Fest: Celebrating Local Food, Local Art, and Local Music

Loveland, OH 

Saturday, May 24, 2014
12 - 5pm

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Join Grailville, in partnership with Turner Farm and media sponsor WNKU, for the second annual Local Fest, an outdoor event celebrating local food, local art and local music.

The festival features the artwork of local artisans and their wares; bites and light fare from organic and/or local food vendors including Bones Burgers, which serves grass fed burgers with local ingredients, and wonderful local music from the award winning, Comet Bluegrass All Stars, a local bluegrass band. Our exclusive beer vendor will be the local brewery, Mad Tree Brewing. Other participants are: Loveland Symmes Fire Department, Gorman Heritage Farm, Granny’s Gardens and so much more! This will be a day spent recognizing the green grass in our backyards and celebrating the community we live in.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a nominal fee.

Grailville Retreat and Program Center, 932 O’Bannonville Rd., Loveland, OH

Contact:
Morgan Lyn / 513-683-2340 /

http://www.grailville.org

 

How to Make Your Own Herbal Medicines

Granville, OH 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Have you ever wondered if you might be able to save a little money making your own tinctures and oils? Join us as we learn some of the basic herbal medicine preparations and how we can make them at home with ease.

Workshop Presenter: Dawn Combs is a wife, mother, homesteading herbalist, beekeeper, herbal educator and co-founder of BEES first. She has over 20 years of ethnobotanical experience, is a Certified Herbalist and has a B.A. in Botany and Humanities/Classics from OWU. Dawn is co-owner of Mockingbird Meadows, a medicinal herb and honey farm near Columbus, Ohio, where she consults with women and their partners on issues of hormonal balance, oversees their United Plant Savers (UpS) Botanical Sanctuary and operates their Herbal Learning Center.

Cost: $30. Part of the Herbal Health series. Register for all 4 classes in the series for $110.
Receive 10% off Mockingbird Meadows products the evening of the class.

The Going Green Store
909 River Road, Granville, OH

Contact:
The Going Green Store / 740.963.9644 /

http://www.thegoinggreenstore.com

 

Good Agricultural Practices Training

Jefferson, OH 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
9am - 12pm

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This Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) session will provide produce growers the basics of on-farm food safety. In addition, participants will hear the latest news on revisions that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making to proposed regulations for produce growers under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Cost: $20. Pre-registration is required one week before the training by printing and mailing a check and the registration form available online for each session.

Ashtabula County Extension Office, 39 Wall St., Jefferson, OH 44047

Contact:
David Marrison / 440-576-9008 /

 

Good Agricultural Practices Training

Burton, OH 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
1 - 4pm

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This Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) session will provide produce growers the basics of on-farm food safety. In addition, participants will hear the latest news on revisions that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making to proposed regulations for produce growers under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Cost: $20. Pre-registration is required one week before the training by printing and mailing a check and the registration form available online for each session.

Geauga County Extension Office, 4269 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton, OH 44021

Contact:
Erik Draper / 440-834-4656 /

 

Aquaponics Production and Marketing

Free online webinar 

Thursday, May 29, 2014
12-1 p.m.

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Food and agriculture marketing experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will be offering a series of free monthly webinars the last Thursday of every month through October.

This session is led by Brad Bergefurd, OSU Extension.


Contact:
Brad Bergefurd / 740-289-2071 /

http://www.carmenconnect.osu.edu/marketaqua

 

Farm to School Workshop

Nelsonville, OH 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:30-3 p.m.

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Educators, farmers, food producers, businesses and anyone else interested in beginning or expanding a Farm to School program or other related activities can learn how to do so from the experts during a series of Farm to School workshop conducted by Ohio State University Extension.

Workshop sessions will include:
• State and national Farm to School update
• School food service perspectives on purchasing and serving local foods
• Food safety
• Making connections with local producers
• The education connection -- taste tests, school gardens, farm trips, and more

Registration is $25 and includes lunch.

Inn at Hocking College
3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, Ohio

Contact:
Ruth Dudding /

http://farmtoschool.osu.edu/events/workshops

 

Planning for the Fall and Winter Garden

Granville, OH 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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It may seem early, but now is the time to decide what you’ll eat this fall and winter! We’ll talk about the “second spring” and what you should be thinking about planting soon. Then, we’ll talk about how to make it possible with all the various methods for extending the harvest, including row covers, low tunnels and mulching. We’ll pay special attention to cold-hardy varieties that thrive into early winter. This could be the year you eat from the garden all winter long!

Workshop Presenter: Erin Harvey is an experienced farmer who has trained in permaculture and ecological horticulture (at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems in Santa Cruz, CA). She has operated The Kale Yard, an experimental market garden in Granville, for the past three years, where she specializes in growing interesting and beautiful vegetables. You can find her most Saturdays at the Granville Farmers Market. She has worked in a variety of farm settings, urban and rural, and considers herself part of a new crop of young farmers who understand that growing real food is important for so many different reasons - political, economic, environmental, cultural, and for our health.

Part of the Veggie School series. Sign up for: 1 class: $25, 3 classes: $70, 6 classes: $135, 9 classes: $200

The Going Green Store
909 River Road, Granville, OH

Contact:
The Going Green Store / 740.963.9644 /

http://www.thegoinggreenstore.com

 

Season Creation Professional Development Program

Amesville, OH 

Friday, June 20, 2014
10am - 4pm

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Rural Action and Green Edge Organic Gardens will host another USDA SARE-funded season creation workshops for agriculture professionals and practitioners. This workshop series trains agricultural professionals on season extension and creation, growing, and marketing techniques developed by Green Edge Organic Gardens. All agriculture educators are encouraged to attend this free workshop. Potential educators include producers, school faculty, state and local agriculture personnel, and a variety of others.


Each event will take place at Green Edge Organic Gardens for the first half of the day (16232 Henry Road Amesville, OH 45711) and Amesville Grange Hall for the second half of the day (17486 State Street, Amesville, OH 45711).

Green Edge Organic Gardens, 16232 Henry Road, Amesville, OH 45711

Contact:
Tom Redfern / 740-677-4047 /

http://www.northcentralsare.org/Newsroom/Regional-News-and-Press-Releases/Beyond-Season-Extension-2013-High

 

Five-Day Solar Electric Workshop

Columbus, OH 

Monday, June 16, 2014 through Friday, June 20, 2014

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With prices for photovoltaic (PV) systems falling and demand exploding, systems are suddenly economical for nearly every home or farm. If you have ever wanted to make your farm energy independent, take your homestead off the grid, or start your own business installing PV systems, now is a great time!

Join OEFFA and Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a five-day training course where you will learn how to design and install photovoltaic systems. The course will be equally divided between lectures and hands-on labs. You will learn with a working PV system, dismantling and reinstalling it, troubleshooting, and test its proper operation. You will also learn how to integrate a working wind turbine into the PV system. At the end of the week, you will have the opportunity to sit for an internationally recognized certification Level 1 examination offered by the Electronic Technicians Association (ETA), which allows you to receive a respected industry credential demonstrating your knowledge.

Cost: $930 for OEFFA members, $970 for non-members. The cost includes ETA fees, an installation toolkit, and a course workbook. Lunch is provided on each class day. Contact OEFFA if you would like to discuss installment options. All attendees must be paid in full by the beginning of their first class.

Registration: Registration is limited to 10 students. Register online at www.oeffa.org by Wednesday, June 11. To register by mail, send a check made out to OEFFA along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA Solar Workshop, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, go to www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/pv-certification-solar-electric-workshops.

OEFFA Office
41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH

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

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/pv-certification-solar-electric-workshops

 

On-Farm Health Audit Webinar

Online Webinar 

Monday, June 23, 2014
1 p.m.

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Led by OSU Extension veterinarian Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann, this webinar, “CSI for Dairy: On-Farm Audits to Assess Risk,” will cover information on transition cow management with an emphasis on prevention of calving-related diseases and on-farm risk assessment.

This webinar is conducted as part of a partnership between OEFFA, Ohio State University’s Department of Preventative Veterinary Medicine, and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) funded by a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) professional development grant. The project is designed to provide educational programming for veterinarians, Extension educators, and other professionals who routinely work with organic livestock herds and flocks.

To register, for more information, or to recommend a veterinarian or other livestock professional who could benefit from receiving information about this project, contact Eric Pawlowski.


Contact:
Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /

 
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Columbus OH 43214

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