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Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 through Tuesday, September 27, 2022
5:30-7 p.m.

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Want to harvest berries from May to September from your yard? From strawberries to serviceberries to paw paw you can fill your yard with edible, perennial food plants for a long summer harvest!

Join Agraria Education Director Kat Christen to learn how to plant a small backyard food forest or just incorporate edible food forest plants into your existing landscape. This is a 4-session series.

A food forest is a planting of edible herbs, berries, shrubs and trees that provide food or medicine in a forest like setting. Plants in a food forest are perennial, that is grow back every year, and require minimal care once established.

Participants will learn about soil and perennial plant site prep, the best edible perennials for our region, perennial planting, and ongoing perennial plant care, through discussion and hands on work in Agraria's Youth Forage Garden and Perennial Pantry Garden.

They will focus on tried-and-true perennials, especially berries and tree fruits, that thrive in our region using organic, regenerative practices and provide great forage opportunities throughout the growing season for kids and adults alike. Native edible plants will also be featured.

Sessions will take place at Agraria in the Barn and on the land in the Youth Forage Garden and Perennial Pantry Gardens. Any experience level welcome. Participants will leave with a 6-pack of food forest plants recommended for your growing site. Registration is $80. To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Contact:
Maureen Fellinger / (937) 767-2161 /

http://community.agrariacenter.org/e/backyard-food-forest-garden-series/

 

Columbus, Ohio and Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Sunday, September 18, 2022 through Sunday, October 16, 2022
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Co-hosted by OEFFA and Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice, this four-part series will offer on-the-ground approaches to finding and financing land, leasing and purchasing land, and assessing land. Participants will clarify their personal and business goals, assess their financial position, and learn what resources are available to find and finance land. The four workshops are intended as a series, but can be taken as standalone. Participants will have pre-work assigned before each workshop to help develop a land access plan.

Details: The first three workshops will be held at a location in the Columbus area. Visit oeffa.org/farmtours for more details closer to the event. The last workshop will be held at Agraria's barn.

Cost and Registration: $25 per workshop, $100 for all four. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO).

To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Columbus area (location TBD) and Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

The first three workshops will be held at a location in the Columbus area. The last workshop will be held at Agraria's barn.

Contact:
Lainie Rini / (614) 725-3163 /

http://www.oeffa.org/farmtours

 

St. Marys, Ohio 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
10 a.m.

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This farm tour will focus on Settlage & Settlage Farm's incorporation of the PaddockTrac technology into their grazing management system. PaddockTrac is an innovative technology developed by researchers at the University of Missouri that uses and ATV-mounted sensor to measure forage availability.

Settlage & Settlage is a certified organic dairy milking 120 cows for Organic Valley on more than 300 acres of perennial and annual pasture.

Location:
Settlage & Settlage Farm
12218 St. Rt. 29
St. Marys, OH 45885

Contact:
Robin Hackett / (614) 947-1633 /

http://oeffa.org

 

Carrollton, Ohio 

Friday, September 30, 2022
2-4 p.m.

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Learn about this SARE-funded grant project to develop value-added products made from Grade B chestnuts, tour the nut processing facility, sample chestnut products, and more!

The Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative is partnering with four farmers from the Route 9 Cooperative and two local mills to develop value-added products, including a fine chestnut flour made from Grade B chestnuts.

The demand for culinary chestnuts far exceeds the supply from the region and, thanks to a recent grant from North Central SARE, they are researching and developing fine flour and other products from chestnuts grown at Route 9 Cooperative. While Grade B chestnuts don't immediately offer the same return as fresh chestnuts, they hold promise if processed into a value-added product. After a first milling day at Shagbark Seed & Mill in Athens, they distributed fine and medium flour to bakers, chefs, and brewers from the region and beyond.

Join this free event to learn more about their work and try a sampling of chestnut products. Stick around after the tour to harvest some chestnuts for yourself!

Visit the link below to learn more and register.

Location:
Route 9 Cooperative
4300 Germano Rd. SE
Carrollton, OH 44615

Contact:
Rural Action / (740) 677-4047 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chestnut-field-day-tickets-405359419937

 

Friday, September 30, 2022 through Sunday, October 2, 2022
9 a.m.

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OEFFA's Lake Effect Chapter encourages members to explore the 2022 National Solar Tour, the largest grassroots solar, renewable energy, and sustainable living event in the nation.

To learn more and view details on Ohio stops, visit the link below.

Location:
Various locations

Contact:
Tom Rapini / (440) 257-2673 /

http://www.nationalsolartour.org/

 

Ohio 

Saturday, October 1, 2022
2 p.m.

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Come see the faces, hands, cows, and greenhouses that make A Bounty of Eden magnificent. And, of course, eat some delicious ice cream.

Please RSVP how many are coming via the email address below. Space is limited. Address will be provided upon RSVP.

Location:
A Bounty of Eden

Address provided upon RSVP

Contact:
A Bounty of Eden / (937) 901-0041 /

http://www.facebook.com/aboeclub/

 

Rutland, Ohio 

Saturday, October 1, 2022
9:30 a.m.

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Join the United Plant Savers plant propagation team on Saturday, October 1 to learn how to sustainably cultivate, manage, and market ginseng roots using the wild-simulated method.

This workshop will provide participants with a detailed look at ginseng's history, life cycle, ecology, and habitat preferences; an overview of the wild-simulated method; as well as a wild-simulated planting demonstration. Stratified ginseng seed will be available for purchase.

To learn more and register, visit the link below.

Location:
United Plant Savers Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary
35703 Loop Rd.
Rutland, OH 45775

Contact:
Molly Sowash / (740) 677-4047 x610 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/forest-farming-wild-simulated-ginseng-tickets-391762932477

 

Athens, Ohio 

Friday, October 7, 2022
3-5:30 p.m.

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J´╗┐oin Rural Action at Trouvaille Farm as we learn from Lindsay Klaunig about how to save seeds for home or commercial sales.

This workshop will include touring the farm, group discussion, and hands-on seed processing. Attendees will explore: seed production, seed saving techniques, on-farm processing kitchens, growing produce for both seed and home use, season extension, conservation practices, and the economic realities of full-time farming. Participants will each get a seed-saving kit to take home.

To learn more and register, visit the link below.

Location:
Trouvaille Farm
12118 Rainbow Lake Rd.
Athens, OH 45701

Contact:
Molly Sowash / (740) 677-4047 x610 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/seed-saving-at-trouvaille-farm-tickets-420534468917

 

Bowling Green, Ohio 

Saturday, October 8, 2022
1 p.m.

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Designed for beginning growers, Central State University Extension (CSUE) is partnering with the Agriculture Incubator Foundation (AIF) Farm to teach a hands-on workshop in backyard mushroom production.

The program, which will take place beginning at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the AIF Farm located at 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green.

Participants will:
- Learn how to inoculate cut logs with mushroom spawn
- Learn how to seal the spawn with wax
- Learn how to overwinter the inoculated logs

Presenters will include CSUE Agriculture/Natural Resources Educator Marc Amante and Michelle Wallace.

The Backyard Mushroom Production Workshop is free but pre-registration is required and limited to the first 25 individuals. Register via the link below.

Location:
AIF Farm
13737 Middleton Pike
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Contact:
CSUE / (937) 376-6264 /

http://forms.office.com/r/pGDzGTninM

 

Amanda, Ohio 

Saturday, October 8, 2022
Noon

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Paige's Produce Family Farm Market is a family vegetable farm and orchard, selling at farmers markets and their home farm store. They offer a CSA program and u-pick orchard for apples and peaches, as well as pumpkins in the fall.

At this tour, a live Bluegrass band and Da Que Barbecue food truck are on site from noon to 2 p.m. The tour begins at 2 p.m. Apples will likely be available to demonstrate how to select and pick fruit from a tree (participants will be able to purchase their bag for the picking session if desired). Pumpkins will also be for sale. The farm store will be open for shopping.

This event is part of Common Greens' farm tour series. Visit the link below to learn more about Common Greens.

Location:
Paige's Produce Family Farm Market
7975 Cincinnati-Zanesville Rd.
Amanda, OH 43102

Contact:
Brian Helser / (740) 601-8419 /

http://www.commongreensohio.org

 

Lodi, Ohio 

Sunday, October 9, 2022
1-4 p.m.

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Join fellow Ohio farmers for camaraderie, skill sharing, and supportive conversations around late season challenges and opportunities. Return to your farm reinvigorated, reassured that you are not alone, and ready to end the season strong. This gathering is organized by FairShare - a farmer network that supports and connects diversified vegetable farmers throughout the Midwest.

FairShare connects farmers and eaters, provides skill building opportunities for both production and management, and fosters strong relationships between growers to improve diversified vegetable growing operations and CSAs.

This will take place at Front9Farms in Lodi (Medina County) with Jimmy Myers and Casondra Clawson. Jimmy and Cassie coordinate a CSA, and also sell at multiple area farmers' markets. The event will proceed rain or shine. Bring a camp chair (if you have one) for the roundtable. To register, visit the link below.

1 p.m. Gather
1:30 p.m. Farm Tour
2:15 p.m. Grower to Grower Round Table
3:15 p.m. Snacks

Location:
Front9Farms
8421 Richman Rd.
Lodi, OH 44254

Contact:
Beth Knorr / (234) 231-8166 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ne-ohio-diversified-vegetable-grower-gathering-from-isolation-to-commun

 

Cincinnati, Ohio 

Sunday, October 9, 2022
7 p.m.

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The Southwest Ohio OEFFA chapter (SWOEFFA) will meet at 7 p.m. on October 9 at the Gorman Heritage Farm Sunflower Room (10052 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241). Attendees will view the film "Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry."

Light snacks and drinks provided. The film is about 1 hour and 20 minutes and a short discussion will follow.

Questions? Contact Cori via the information below. Please join us!

Location:
Gorman Heritage Farm Sunflower Room
10052 Reading Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45241

Contact:
Cori Yaeger / (513) 706-9323 /

http://oeffa.org/chapter

 

Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
TBD

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Gourds have been grown and used around the world for thousands of years. Join gourd expert and enthusiast, River Johnson, as she leads attendees through an exploration of this amazing plant as it connects nature, humans and art. Using the theme of the gourd, participants will consider common cultural elements and community resilience, as well as practice gourd gardening and create a work of gourd art in this 3-part series.

One ticket covers all 3 sessions in series:
Session I (September 14): Gourds in the Ground: Growing, Historical Usage, & Preparing Gourds for Craft

Session II (October 12): Gourds in Craft: Practice & Techniques in Gourd Art

Session III (November 9): Gourds in Culture: Storytelling, Literature & Community Celebration

Cost: Adults (ages 15+): $90, Children (Ages 5-15): $45, with paying adult. To register, visit the link below.

Location:
Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice
131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Contact:
Maureen Fellinger / (937) 767-2161 /

http://community.agrariacenter.org/e/the-amazing-gourd-workshop-series/

 

Online 

Friday, October 14, 2022 through Friday, November 11, 2022
10 a.m.

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Free, weekly webinars from October 14 through November 11. All sessions are on Fridays at 10 a.m. and will last for approximately 60 minutes plus questions. The same link will allow you to join each session.

10/14: Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware
Pollinators' Best Hope: A New Approach to Pollinator Habitat That Starts in Your Yard

10/21: Harland Patch, Penn State University
Creating Pollinator Gardens: the Role of Plant Choice and Design

10/28: Heather Holm, Author and Biologist
Creating and Managing Habitat for Native Bees

11/4: Matthew Shepherd, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Deciding To Create A Pollinator Garden Is The Easy Step -- What To Do Next?

11/11: Shana Byrd, The Dawes Arboretum
Getting Started with Wildflower Patches, Flower Strips, and Meadows

This program is funded in part by a USDA/NIFA Integrated Pest Management Pollinator Health grant.

Coordinated by Denise Ellsworth, OSU Department of Entomology

This event will be presented with automated closed captions. If you wish to request traditional CART services or other accommodations, please contact Denise Ellsworth at ellsworth.2@osu.edu. Requests made by will 10/10/22 will allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Denise Ellsworth / (614) 688-0218 /

http://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__y1hvBGcRC28dybWXThGgQ

 

Online 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 through Tuesday, November 8, 2022
6-7:30 p.m.

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Join Rural Action's Farmer Mentor Faith Gilbert for a workshop series on financial management for farmers! Sessions will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m., October 18-November 8. You must register for and attend all sessions.

Sessions include:

Class 1: Context & Enterprise Budgeting (October 18)
This session covers the basics of what farm financial management is all about, then dives into enterprise budgeting (creating a budget for each significant crop or product on your farm). Participants will be set up with a budget and recordkeeping template to create their own enterprise budgets outside of class.

Class 2: Whole Farm Budgeting, Cash Flow, and Budgeting for Investments (October 25)
After reviewing last session's homework, attendees will weave together multiple enterprise budgets into a "whole farm budget" or general budget for the whole business, including general business or "overhead" costs. Discussion will include cash flow planning, or planning for how money will enter and leave bank accounts over a year. Lastly, a simple budget will be introduced for making investments or applying for loans.

Class 3: Financial Statements: Income Statement & Balance Sheet (November 1)
In this session, attendees will switch gears from looking forward (projections) to looking backward (historical records, or "actuals"). Learn to generate the two main financial statements used to evaluate a business and to apply for grants and loans.

Class 4: Record keeping (November 8)
Good budgets and financial statements require good records. In this session, attendees will look at basic bookkeeping (financial recordkeeping) practices, and discuss production and sales records.

To learn more and register, visit the link below.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Katie Lloyd / (740) 677-4047 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/whole-farm-planning-financial-management-workshop-registration-40631293

 

Online 

Thursday, October 27, 2022 through Thursday, December 8, 2022
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Are you a farmer thinking about transferring your farmland or business? Are you a non-farming landowner looking for ways to support the next generation?

Whether you intend to transfer your farm within your family or to an unrelated farmer, succession planning is real work. This interactive three-part online workshop series will help you prepare to engage in a transfer process, identify business and legal tools, assess your financial situation, build your advisor team, and prepare to develop a plan for transferring your land and/or farm business to a new farm owner.

Led by OEFFA Farmland Specialist Kelly Cabral, and developed as a pilot with a national network of land transfer professionals and the American Farmland Trust, you will spend the first session learning how farm transfer works, assessing your current situation, and setting goals. You will leave with specific homework tasks, such as holding family meetings and talking to advisors, to help develop your plan.

During the second and third workshops, you will explore your options, hear from professionals, develop effective communication to build trust and engage in conversation for farm transfer, and clarify steps to succession with OEFFA staff support. You will finish the intensive workshop series with solid action steps in place.

Workshops will take place virtually on October 17, November 17, and December 8, 2022.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Lainie Rini / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/farmtours

 

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

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