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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 /

 

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/

 

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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Save the date! 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 courses on Thursday;
• Engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers;
• Made-from-scratch, local, organic meals;
• Thursday and Friday evening networking and receptions;
• Kids' conference, child care, and more!

Registration opens this fall. Sign up to receive conference updates at www.oeffa.org/conference2018.

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 /

 

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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