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The events listed here may be cancelled or otherwise affected by coronavirus. We cannot confirm the accuracy of the events listed here. Please contact event hosts to confirm all meetings in advance.

Online 

Monday, October 16, 2023 through Monday, January 20, 2025
1-3 p.m.

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Whether you're just starting or are a seasoned farmer, are transitioning to organic or certified organic, or simply have questions about sustainable agriculture practices and strategies, OEFFA's sustainable agriculture educators can help! Drop in virtually from 1-3 p.m. on the third Monday of each month to talk to OEFFA's team of educators with your queries and questions.

Click the link below to register and receive the Zoom meeting link.

Location:
Online

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/wZBHAxHYcE2TOTXoC1sb8A2

 

Online 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
1 p.m.

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Organic farmers work hard to ensure the integrity of the crops they produce. Unfortunately, challenges with imports have led us to question the organic integrity of much of the grain being imported. Efforts have been made to close loopholes, but more work is needed.

Join Nebraska farmer and organic leader, Amy Bruch to hear about a marker bill that would work to ensure only truly organic grains enter U.S. ports on February 28, 2024.

This webinar will include information about how you can advocate for organic integrity, discussion, and Q&A. Register at the link below.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Organic Farmers Association / 202-643-5363 /

http://actionnetwork.org/events/webinar-preserving-organic-integrity-a-marker-bill-for-organic-impo

 

Cleveland, Ohio 

Friday, March 1, 2024 through Friday, March 29, 2024
5 p.m.

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A Solo Exhibit of Cyanotypes and Photography by Bonnie O App
March 1- March 29

Opening Reception, Friday March 1, 5-9 p.m. featuring The Chef's Garden produce transformed by local chefs into Edible Art. Live Music.

It is Bonnie's hope that the exhibit will raise awareness of this shift in agriculture, encourage the support of local farms, farmers markets, and policies that bolster regenerative agriculture practices.

The artwork has been created using both cyanotype, a 19th century photographic process and conventional photography. The plants that had been used for the art were sourced exclusively from The Chef's Garden, which follows regenerative agriculture practices.

Location:
Pinwheel Gallery
2019 Broadview Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44109

Contact:
Bonnie O App / (000) 00-0000 /

http://bonoappart.wixsite.com/bonoappart/copy-of-cyanotype

 

Virtual 

Monday, March 4, 2024
4-5 p.m.

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This Illinois Soil Health Week presentation will explain how regenerative agriculture farming practices combat climate change by improving soil health to sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere that is causing global warming.

The Illinois Stewardship Alliance will also explain the benefits of RA to farmers, ranchers, and eaters, and the reasons why supporting climate-friendly policies in the 2024 Farm Bill and Inflation Reduction Act are so important. The Regenerative Agriculture (RA) Coalition is part of Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, an international organization that recruits, trains, and mobilizes individuals to educate the public about climate change. There are 127 U.S. Chapters in 39 states with 18,000 members. The RA Coalition is focused on Nature-Based Solutions that reduce greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere causing global warming with the goal of achieving Net-Zero emissions before 2050.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/nekKi5RYsEe92wVCHU0ssQ2

 

Virtual 

Monday, March 4, 2024
2-3:30 p.m.

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Follow the journey of a young woman managing a chronic illness through the lens of soil health and human health microbiome. Join the Illinois Stewardship Alliance in three short narratives covering the roadmap from soil to farm to human health and nutrition, followed by a discussion with the speakers. Who should join this Illinois Soil Health Week webinar? The person who grows our food, nurtures the soil, and protects our ecosystems; the health professional who supports a holistic healing approach and wellness; the food service professional feeding growing youth and healing people and all interested citizens. What is your health journey?

Panelists: Anya Knecht, Farmer & Knecht Research Consulting and Design; Dr. Carl Rosier, PhD, Soil Microbial Ecologist, Basi's Harvest; Dr. Jasia Steinmetz, PhD, RD, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; and Erin Meyer, MSFS, RD, Basil's Harvest – Moderator

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/ZMQIbroFUUC4zT7ZhC1xKg2

 

Online 

Monday, March 4, 2024
6:30-9:30 p.m.

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Thinking of starting a garden this season?

Learn some Vegetable Gardening Basics to get you off to a good start!

We'll cover planning your space, types of beds or containers, healthy soil, composting, seed starting, planting techniques including companions, interplanting and crop rotation. You'll learn the difference between hybrids, GMO, heirlooms and organic seeds; perennials and annuals. We will touch on watering or irrigation systems, pest and disease management and why organic methods are important. Even if you are an experienced gardener, I bet you learn something new in this very thorough workshop!

Location:
Online

Contact:
Green Guerrilla / 937-610-3845 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/vegetable-garden-basics-tickets-818449423257

 

West Jefferson, Ohio 

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
5:30–6:30 p.m.

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Are you a beginning farmer trying to nail down all the resources and information you need to be successful? This series is designed to introduce you to some of the most important topics and resources of which a farm should be aware. OSU Extension, USDA and Farm Credit staff will present critical information on each of these topics allowing attendees to build relationships with these critical partners.

March 5
Marketing and Alternative Sales Channels with Tim McDermott, OSU Extension
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Hurt Battelle Memorial Library
270 Lilly Chapel Rd, West Jefferson, OH 43162

These events are free but pre-registration is requested as space is limited.

Location:
Hurt Battelle Memorial Library
270 Lilly Chapel Rd
West Jefferson, OH 43162

Contact:
OSU Extension / 740-852-0975 /

http://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6lBSafvnsftzvHo

 

Virtual 

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
12-1 p.m.

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This virtual Illinois Soil Health Week event is Hosted by Erin Meier, Green Lands, Blue Waters

A key to soil health on working lands is production with continuous living cover (CLC), and hot off the presses is a new, free online course about CLC agriculture! The course is for early career technical assistance providers – and really, anyone. So join us for a quick preview – learn how to access the course for you, your staff, colleagues, farmers and learn a little about CLC along the way!

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/4lGMhE1p6keivAVP4Cf5kg2

 

Virtual 

Thursday, March 7, 2024
2-3 p.m.

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This Illinois Soil Health Week presentation will explore the connections between soil health and mental health – emphasizing that in order to have healthy, vibrant farms we need healthy, thriving farmers. We will explore existing resources for farmers and farm families navigating farm stress related to running a successful farming operation including financial uncertainty, familial conflict, and the impacts of unpredictable weather. Join the webinar to hear about resources that are available to farm families in Illinois and share your own insights on the main challenges to addressing farm stress in your community.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/S37DocgkRUyhbXmrxLzi8w2

 

Online 

Thursday, March 7, 2024
8-9 a.m.

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Farmers, industry, and academic experts will weigh in on practical steps to improve soil health and measure impact on crop yield and farm profitability.

March 7's topic is What's the beef with Soil Health and livestock? Speakers: Dr. Anna Cates, University of Minnesota, Dr. Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska, and Doug Jackson-Smith, The Ohio State University

Location:
Online

Contact:
Rachel Cochran / (000) 00-0000 /

http://go.osu.edu/SoilHealthWeb

 

Virtual 

Friday, March 8, 2024
11 a.m.-12 p.m.

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American Farmland Trust (AFT) provides technical assistance to farmers and landowners to transition portions of subprime farmland to produce perennial bioenergy crops like switchgrass, miscanthus, and native prairie mix.

Marlee Giacometti is a program associate at AFT and a member of the Perennial Bioenergy Crop Diversification project team in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. In this Illinois Soil Week presentation, Marlee will share information about the soil health and water quality benefits of these crops and how they can help boost farm resiliency. In addition to sharing environmental benefits, AFT will share details on harvest and end use of these crops for added economic opportunities on the farm.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/zV7vFgCt7ka0omUi7fWXfg2

 

Virtual 

Friday, March 8, 2024
9-10 a.m.

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Agricultural carbon markets and programs continue to change rapidly, with corporations increasingly using purchase of carbon credits to meet their sustainability goals. Farmers utilizing "climate-smart practices" like reduced tillage or no-till, cover crops, and nitrogen management can generate carbon credits and reap financial benefits; however, among the many agricultural carbon market programs there are significant variations in costs, risks, and benefits. It is hard to keep it all straight!

To help farmers and advisors navigate these programs, American Farmland Trust recently published the "Top 10 Things You Wanted to Know About Agricultural Carbon Markets." The guidebook helps farmers, agricultural advisors, and conservation professionals navigate the agricultural carbon markets and includes key background information on how ag carbon markets work, and questions that are top of mind for business-minded farmers.

Join this Illinois Stewardship Alliance webinar for an overview of the guidebook.

Location:
Zoom

Contact:
Liz Rupel / (614) 725-3164 /

http://secure.everyaction.com/7Ah_XroHLk62NHiIktRJ6Q2

 

Online 

Sunday, March 17, 2024
3-5 p.m.

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This symposium from the Real Organic Project is going deep into the rapid, food system corporate consolidation and pulling the threads on what this reality will bring to farmers, eaters, and citizens.

Sessions take place virtually on March 17 and April 7.

March 17: Rapid consolidation across our food system is limiting consumer choices, inflating prices, and putting farmers out of business. As meat packers, grocery chains, and distributors absorb smaller players and increase their market power, we look to make sense of this grim new reality. How can US antitrust laws play a role in saving organic farmers and ensuring that real organic food remains available? Millions of citizens desperately want such food, and they are losing the choice. How can we best locate and use the institutional acupuncture points that will lead to the future we seek?

Learn more and register at the link below.

Location:
Online

Contact:
ROP / (000) 00-0000 /

http://realorganicproject.org/symposium-2024/

 

Online 

Monday, March 18, 2024
8:30-10:30 p.m.

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Farming can be hard, both physically and mentally. Collaborating with other farmers helps share the load, whether through marketing together, group supply orders or sharing farmland through multi member LLC's or cooperative farms. We'll look at pros, cons, resources, and some examples of beneficial collaborations.

Location:
Online

Contact:
Green Guerrilla / 937-610-3845 /

http://bit.ly/3SUG8i7

 

Galloway, Ohio 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
5:30–6:30 p.m.

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Are you a beginning farmer trying to nail down all the resources and information you need to be successful? This series is designed to introduce you to some of the most important topics and resources of which a farm should be aware. OSU Extension, USDA and Farm Credit staff will present critical information on each of these topics allowing attendees to build relationships with these critical partners.

March 19
Business Plan Development and Ag Lending with Amanda Douridas, OSU Extension and Hallie Hiser, Farm Credit
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Prairie Township Community Center
5955 W Broad St, Galloway, OH 43119

These events are free but pre-registration is requested as space is limited.

Location:
Prairie Township Community Center
5955 W Broad St
Galloway, OH 43119

Contact:
OSU Extension / 740-852-0975 /

http://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6lBSafvnsftzvHo

 

Roanoke, Virginia 

Friday, March 22, 2024 through Sunday, March 24, 2024
8 a.m.

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The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition's (ABFFC) Gather to Grow multi day Forest Farming Conference will be held in Roanoke, Virginia from March 22-24, 2024 and feature learning, networking, and strategic planning programs that will shape the future of forest farming of woodland crops such as botanicals, mushrooms, and decorative products in Appalachia and beyond.


Keynote speakers, working group meetings and panels, field tours, expo, exhibitors, breakout presentations, flash talks, a youth program, poster presenters, great food, socials, and a classic hotel in Appalachia are included.

Location:
Hotel Roanoke
Roanoke, VA

Contact:
Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition / (000) 00-0000 /

http://www.appalachianforestfarmers.org/2024-conference

 

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
Fax: (614) 421-2011

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