Event Calendar


Thursday, January 5, 2023 through Monday, February 6, 2023
9 a.m.


Motivating and managing employees is essential to most diversified vegetable farms, and rare is the farmer who comes to farming with those labor management skills. Whether you have worked with employees for many years or are in the early stages of hiring staff, this series will give you practical tools to make your farm an employer of choice.

FairShare CSA Coalition will cover hiring the right people, developing a motivated workforce, establishing a positive farm business culture, providing reviews and feedback, and much more through this nine-part series. Research-based approaches and real world examples make this series practical and useful for any vegetable farm employer. Please note that this program is for all vegetable farm owners and for hired managers with at least 10 years of experience.

Be prepared to attend online sessions with your camera on and ready to engage in discussions with your farmer peers. Space is limited. Register via the link below.

Sessions are on Thursdays from 9:00-11:00am and Mondays from 4:00-6:00pm Central Time.

Dates and Topics:
5 January from 9-11 AM: Strategic Leadership
9 January from 4-6 PM: Developing a Motivated Workforce
12 January from 9-11 AM: Hiring the Right People
16 January from 4-6 PM: Employee Onboarding and Training
19 January from 9-11 AM: Farm Business Culture
23 January from 4-6 PM: Reviews and Feedback
30 January from 4-6 PM: Becoming an Ethical H-2A Employer
2 February from 9-11 AM: Developing Intercultural Competence for Farm Employers
6 February from 4-6 PM: Managing Conflict

David Bachhuber, Lovefood Farm
Kat Becker, Cattail Organics
Katie Bishop, PrairiErth Farm
Stacey Botsford, Red Door Family Farm
Kristen Kordet, Blue Moon Community Farm
Robyn Calvey, Park Ridge Organics
Linda Halley, Gwenyn Hill Farm
Cassie Noltnerwyss, Crossroads Community Farm
Michelle Week, Good Rain Farm
Claire Strader, Extension Dane County & FairShare
Sarah Janes Ugoretz, FairShare


Beth Knorr / (234) 231-8166 /



Newark, Ohio 

Thursday, February 16, 2023
10 a.m.-4 p.m.


This day-long workshop at the 2023 OEFFA Conference will help attendees launch their own on-farm research ideas. Work with others to develop research questions and the partnerships, ideas, and resources to get them answered. Discussion will include available funding sources, like the upcoming Warner Grants program.

There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided. Sign up by January 31, 2023 via the link below.

This workshop is sponsored by Central State University, Ohio State University Organic Food and Farming Education and Research, and Agrosystems Management Program, North Central SARE, and OEFFA.

2023 OEFFA Conference - Cherry Valley Hotel
2299 Cherry Valley Rd SE
Newark, OH 43055

Cassy Brown / (330) 263-3634 /



Columbus, Ohio 

Friday, March 3, 2023
9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Farm law effects everyone, especially our most innovative, direct-to-consumer farmers. Unfortunately, legal answers aren't always easy to come by—and they can be boring and difficult to understand.

The Discovering Resilience Workshop offered by Farm Commons and OEFFA is different. It's interactive and informative. It empowers farmers and ranchers with helpful resources to resolve legal vulnerabilities in land use and leasing, farm financing, agritourism, diversification, farm events, value-added production, business structures, insurance, sales contracts, and food safety liability.

Nearly 90% of farmers plan to make changes to their operation as a result of the workshop's 10 easy-to-follow steps to build legal resilience. In today's difficult farm climate, we need all the resilience we can get. This workshop provides exactly that.

The event will be on Friday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District office. Registration is $65 for non-members and $50 for members. Included in this price is a one-year membership to Farm Commons (a $99 value). The Farm Commons membership provides access to live workshops, farm law resources, and community connections.

This event is made possible in part thanks to the generous space contribution from the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District. This program is supported by NIFA USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (2019-49400-30033).

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District office
1404 Goodale Blvd #100
Columbus, Ohi0 43212

Robin Hackett / (614) 947-1633 /



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


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