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Columbus, OH 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 through Saturday, February 2, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Heartland Farm Beginnings® is a year-long, farmer-led training and support program designed to help early career farmers committed to creating a sustainable farm business achieve their goals. This intensive, eight-part workshop series will enable farmers with at least one year of production experience to develop a whole farm plan that encompasses realistic goal setting, financial management, and assessment of resources, skills, and markets. Early career farmers will also receive the business planning tools necessary to successfully implement their plan. In addition to the course work, the program includes 2019 conference registration and a mentorship for March through November upon successful completion of the course.

Cost and Registration: $1,000 by August 17, $1,200 by September 21. Pre-registration is required for the entire series.

This OEFFA event is part of the 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring farm tours, workshops, and other events. For a complete schedule, go to www.oeffa.org/q/2018farmtours.

Location:
OEFFA
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Kelly Henderson / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/q/farmbeginnings

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
1:30-3:00 p.m. EST

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"You don't know enough to know what you need to know." This recent recollection by a farmer after their encounter with a more experienced one reminds us that the questions matter. Much is said, written, and claimed about Soil Balancing but all is still not clear about it. If there is to be a more useful knowledge base about Soil Balancing—shared by farmers, consultants, and researchers alike—new questions and new ways of addressing them must be shared and accepted by many. Join The Ohio State University to discuss and shape where investigations of Soil Balancing should go next and how.

This is the third and final Conference Call-in event on the topic of Soil Balancing. Each call-in will bring together a panel of growers, agricultural advisors, and researchers to share their perspectives and experiences.

Anyone with an interest in this topic may call in to listen to the conversation or may contribute questions or comments of their own before, during, or after the event. For more details or to register, visit: https://offer.osu.edu/SB-call-in

What is Soil Balancing:
Soil Balancing is an approach to soil management which is practiced widely by organic farmers, but is relatively untested by research. A multidisciplinary team at Ohio State is working to develop a more complete and widely shared understanding of soil balancing. Efforts include documenting effects on crops and soils when soil balancing is used, and gathering insight on the ways soil balancing is understood and practiced among researchers, farmers, and consultants.

Location:
Webinar: The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
1680 Madison Ave
Wooster, OH 44691

Once registered, you will receive call-in instructions by email. Dial in the day of the broadcast to listen live to the conversation. Participants may send in questions before, during, and after each scheduled conversation.

Contact:
Matthew Kleinhenz / 330-263-3810 /

https://offer.osu.edu/SB-call-in

 

Hosted by Green Edge Organic Gardens and Rural Action 

Thursday, December 13, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Arrive at 9:30am for co_ ee & registration!

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Are you a farmer looking to extend your growing season year-round? Are you a small farmer scaling your business? Are you an educator working in the local food system?
This is the perfect workshop for you!

Join Green Edge Organic Gardens and Rural Action for a highly acclaimed, on-farm workshop. This training focuses on the use of gabled high tunnels for winter production, focusing on multiple aspects of the Green Edge Organic Gardens model of year round high tunnel farming. The workshops include both on-farm and classroom portions, all taught by Green Edge staff.

The workshop is $20, which includes a locally catered lunch. Interested attendees please
register in advance by contacting Joe Barbaree at 740-677-4047 or joeb@ruralaction.org.

Online registration is available. Please follow the link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efv4bg4z519c15bd&llr=du8cg7iab

Be sure to RSVP on Facebook, too!

Location:
Amesville Grange Hall
17486 State St.
Amesville, OH 45711

Contact:
Joe Barbaree / 740-677-4047 /

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efv4bg4z519c15bd&llr=du8cg7iab

 

Sponsored by The Ohio State University 

Thursday, December 13, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm

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Are you are a small-scale food producer? If so, you will want to attend this workshop. This workshop is intended for small (< $1 million in sales/year) producers of fermented, canned, and other shelf-stable foods.

This one-day course is a hands-on opportunity for processors to develop their food safety documentation in small groups with individual coaching from instructors.

There is required documentation you will need to complete to be compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This includes documentation of your size exemption as a "qualified facility" and various food safety programs.

Participants are encouraged to bring their existing documentation, if they have it, for review by instructors. Attendees should leave with completed or nearly completed food safety documentation for size exemptions, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Preventive Control Food Safety Plans as relevant.

This workshop will be held in multiple locations and on various dates. Please follow the provided link for information on the future dates and times: https://southcenters.osu.edu/marketing/events/value-added-workshops


Cost is $25.00 per person. Cost includes educational materials and lunch Attendees must preregister. Space is limited (only 20 attendees per session)

This course is made possible through a grant supported by the USDA and grant support from the Connect & Collaborate program at The Ohio State University.

Attendees who wish to work on digital versions of their plans are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Location:
Agricultural Administration Building, Auditorium
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202

Class sessions are held on The Ohio State University campus in room 043 of the Agricultural Administration Building

Contact:
Abby Snyder / 614-292-7004 /

https://foodindustries.osu.edu/events/food-safety-document-development-small-food-processors

 

Upper Sandusky 

Friday, December 14, 2018
10:00 a.m.

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Join OEFFA's Grain Grower's Chapter to hear Mike Garland from Ag Source presenting information about growing
sunflowers. Please let Dave Shively know if you are able to attend. Lunch will be off the menu.

Location:
Village Restaurant
435 N Warpole St.
Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351

Contact:
Dave Shively / 419-278-2701 /

 

Hosted by the Ohio State University Extension IPM program 

Friday, December 14, 2018
10:00am-12:00pm

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Recognizing weather conditions that could cause inversions is important when using certain herbicides in corn and soybeans. On Dec. 14, join a discussion about recognizing inversions as well as ways to improve communication between farmers growing sensitive crops and pesticide applicators.

Leading off the workshop will be Aaron Wilson, weather specialist and atmospheric scientist with OSU Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. Wilson will focus on weather conditions that cause inversions and provide useful measures and observation to help determine if inversions are happening. Wilson will also look at average growing years and the days available for herbicide applications that avoided inversion or wind concerns.

Jared Shaffer, plant health inspector with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, will speak next focusing on FieldWatch, the sensitive crop registry available to Ohio farmers and used throughout the Midwest. Shaffer will showcase tools available for farmers with sensitive crops to communicate about the location of their crops. Shaffer will also detail techniques available to applicators to find real-time information about crops in the area and how this information can be used in their spray planning.

There is no cost for the workshop; however, pre-registration is required at attend in-person at the Reynoldsburg location and is limited to the first 75 registrants. Registration is online at go.osu.edu/IPM. Commercial and private applicator recertification credits for core will be available only at the Reynoldsburg location. No recertification credits are available for online participants.

Location:
Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 E. Main St.
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Farmers and pesticide applicators can attend the workshop in-person or attend virtually through the online webinar link. More information about the workshop is available at http://go.osu.edu/IPM

Contact:
Cindy Folck / 614-247-7898 /

http://u.osu.edu/vegnetnews/2018/11/19/inversion-and-drift-mitigation-workshop-dec-14/

 

Hosted by FACT: Food Animal Concerns Trust 

Monday, January 7, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM est.

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Join FACT to learn practical strategies for protecting your flock from predators such as raccoons, foxes, and birds of prey. This webinar will help you identify threatening species through tracks, scat, and the damage they leave behind. By understanding how predators think and behave, where and how they live, and how they attack and kill prey, you'll be able to interpret the potential threats. Nonlethal methods for prevention and protection will be discussed.

Our presenter, Jan Dohner, is an author and researcher who lives on her small family farm in Michigan. Jan has over 40 years of hands on experience using livestock guardians for predator control and is the author of The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators.

Please visit this link to register: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED55D78285493F

Location:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)- Webinar
3525 West Peterson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659

Contact:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) / 773-525-4952 /

https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org/webinars/

 

Sponsored by AceNet 

Monday, January 7, 2019
9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

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Are you are a small-scale food producer? If so, you will want to attend this workshop. This workshop is intended for small (< $1 million in sales/year) producers of fermented, canned, and other shelf-stable foods.

This one-day course is a hands-on opportunity for processors to develop their food safety documentation in small groups with individual coaching from instructors.

There is required documentation you will need to complete to be compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This includes documentation of your size exemption as a "qualified facility" and various food safety programs.

Participants are encouraged to bring their existing documentation, if they have it, for review by instructors. Attendees should leave with completed or nearly completed food safety documentation for size exemptions, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Preventive Control Food Safety Plans as relevant.

This workshop will be held in multiple locations and on various dates. Please follow the provided link for information on the future dates and times: https://southcenters.osu.edu/marketing/events/value-added-workshops


Cost is $25.00 per person. Cost includes educational materials and lunch Attendees must preregister. Space is limited (only 20 attendees per session. Deadline to register is January 2, 2019

This course is made possible through a grant supported by the USDA and grant support from the Connect & Collaborate program at The Ohio State University.

Attendees who wish to work on digital versions of their plans are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Location:
Athens County Public Library Large Meeting Room
30 Home Street
Athens, Ohio 45701

Contact:
Madelyn Brewer / 7405923854 /

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efsag7tsf7170828&llr=8m9y4fiab

 

Sponsored by Cift 

Thursday, January 10, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

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Are you are a small-scale food producer? If so, you will want to attend this workshop. This workshop is intended for small (< $1 million in sales/year) producers of fermented, canned, and other shelf-stable foods.

This one-day course is a hands-on opportunity for processors to develop their food safety documentation in small groups with individual coaching from instructors.

There is required documentation you will need to complete to be compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This includes documentation of your size exemption as a "qualified facility" and various food safety programs.

Participants are encouraged to bring their existing documentation, if they have it, for review by instructors. Attendees should leave with completed or nearly completed food safety documentation for size exemptions, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Preventive Control Food Safety Plans as relevant.

This workshop will be held in multiple locations and on various dates. Please follow the provided link for information on the future dates and times: https://southcenters.osu.edu/marketing/events/value-added-workshops


Cost is $25.00 per person. Cost includes educational materials and lunch Attendees must preregister. Space is limited (only 20 attendees per session) Deadline to register is January 7, 2019

This course is made possible through a grant supported by the USDA and grant support from the Connect & Collaborate program at The Ohio State University.

Attendees who wish to work on digital versions of their plans are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Location:
Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen, Main Conference Room
13737 Middleton Pike
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Contact:
Abby Snyder / 614-292-7004 /

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-safety-document-training-for-small-processors-registration-5146459

 

Hosted by FACT: Food Animal Concerns Trust 

Monday, January 14, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM est.

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Join FACT to learn practical strategies to keep your cattle, goats, and sheep safe from predators such as coyotes, larger predators, as well as roaming dogs and birds of prey. This webinar will help you identify threatening species through tracks, scat, and the damage they leave behind. Nonlethal methods for prevention and protection will be discussed.

Our presenter, Jan Dohner, is an author and researcher who lives on her small family farm in Michigan. Jan has over 40 years of hands on experience using livestock guardians for predator control and is the author of The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators.

Please visit this link to register: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED55D78285473F

Location:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)- Webinar
3525 West Peterson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659

Contact:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) / 773-525-4952 /

https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org/webinars/

 

Sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension Montgomery County 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
9:00 am- 3:00pm *When registering, please verify the start and end times with the provided schedule*

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Are you are a small-scale food producer? If so, you will want to attend this workshop. This workshop is intended for small (< $1 million in sales/year) producers of fermented, canned, and other shelf-stable foods.

This one-day course is a hands-on opportunity for processors to develop their food safety documentation in small groups with individual coaching from instructors.

There is required documentation you will need to complete to be compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This includes documentation of your size exemption as a "qualified facility" and various food safety programs.

Participants are encouraged to bring their existing documentation, if they have it, for review by instructors. Attendees should leave with completed or nearly completed food safety documentation for size exemptions, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Preventive Control Food Safety Plans as relevant.

This workshop will be held in multiple locations and on various dates. Please follow the provided link for information on the future dates and times: https://southcenters.osu.edu/marketing/events/value-added-workshops


Cost is $25.00 per person. Cost includes educational materials and lunch Attendees must preregister. Space is limited (only 20 attendees per session) Deadline to register is January 10, 2019

This course is made possible through a grant supported by the USDA and grant support from the Connect & Collaborate program at The Ohio State University.

Attendees who wish to work on digital versions of their plans are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Location:
OSU Extension Office, Montgomery County Office, Calumet Center
580 Calument Lane
Dayton, Ohio 45417

Contact:
Abby Snyder / 614-292-7004 /

https://www.cvent.com/events/food-safety-document-development-workshop/registration-0bf75926e5ca4d85

 

Hosted by FACT: Food Animal Concerns Trust 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM est.

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The New Zealand method is an efficient and low-stress way to shear sheep. It also helps maintain the best possible quality of wool to be used for production. Join FACT to learn an overview of the technique, the tools, and the importance of shearing in the humane treatment of fiber bearing animals. This presentation will focus primarily on sheep shearing, but will also touch on animals such as alpacas and llamas.

Our presenter, Amber Van Hove, is the owner of Barnhart Fields Farm in Washington State where she raises Shetland sheep for wool. Amber is a certified national sheep shearer and runs Northwest Shearing where she provides shearing services to local flocks and hobby farms.

Please visit this link to register: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED56DF8084463A

Location:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)- Webinar
3525 West Peterson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659

Contact:
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) / 773-525-4952 /

https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org/webinars/

 

Sponsored by Cift 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

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Are you are a small-scale food producer? If so, you will want to attend this workshop. This workshop is intended for small (< $1 million in sales/year) producers of fermented, canned, and other shelf-stable foods.

This one-day course is a hands-on opportunity for processors to develop their food safety documentation in small groups with individual coaching from instructors.

There is required documentation you will need to complete to be compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This includes documentation of your size exemption as a "qualified facility" and various food safety programs.

Participants are encouraged to bring their existing documentation, if they have it, for review by instructors. Attendees should leave with completed or nearly completed food safety documentation for size exemptions, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Preventive Control Food Safety Plans as relevant.

This workshop will be held in multiple locations and on various dates. Please follow the provided link for information on the future dates and times: https://southcenters.osu.edu/marketing/events/value-added-workshops


Cost is $25.00 per person. Cost includes educational materials and lunch Attendees must preregister. Space is limited (only 20 attendees per session) Deadline to register is January 24, 2019

This course is made possible through a grant supported by the USDA and grant support from the Connect & Collaborate program at The Ohio State University.

Attendees who wish to work on digital versions of their plans are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Location:
Cleveland Culinary Launch
7501 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Contact:
Abby Snyder / 614-292-7004 /

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-safety-document-training-for-small-processors-registration-5146459

 

Dayton, OH 

Thursday, February 14, 2019 through Saturday, February 16, 2019
Three full days of learning, networking, and fun!

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Register for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 40th annual conference, Just Farming: The Path Before Us!

Celebrate OEFFA's 40th anniversary during Ohio's largest sustainable food and farm conference, which features:
• Nearly 80 educational, inspiring workshops on sustainable farming, livestock, homesteading, gardening, and business on Friday and Saturday;
• An expanded three day trade show with 90+ businesses, organizations, and government agencies, along with areas for large equipment display and live demonstrations;
• In-depth, full day Food and Farm School courses on Thursday, covering regenerative poultry, agroforestry, lean farming, and grain weed control;
• Engaging nationally-recognized keynote speakers Elizabeth Henderson and Onika Abraham;
• Made-from-scratch, local, organic meals;
• Free Thursday events, including a land and labor mixer and three-hour OSU soil health workshop;
• Kids' conference, child care, and more!

A limited number of scholarships are available to persons of color and beginning farmers, along with reduced rate volunteer spaces.

Learn more and register at www.oeffa.org/conference2019.

Location:
Dayton Convention Center
22 E. 5th St
Dayton, OH 45402

Contact:
OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org/conference2019

 

Be one of the 100 change-makers drafting the blueprint for the future of farming. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Forum schedule and agenda will be announced soon. If you have questions, email john@mosesorganic.org

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MOSES invites farmers, researchers, ag professionals, and other thought-leaders to apply to participate in an innovative, forward-thinking forum taking place Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 (the day before the MOSES Conference) in La Crosse, Wis.

This event will bring together 100 change-makers in the organic community to identify current resources, opportunities, and future needs. The day will feature plenary speakers, guided group discourse, and small-group collaborations, resulting in a published framework to advance organic practices over the next 30 years.

Participants receive free admission, lodging, and meals.

Applications are due by Nov. 30, 2018. A committee will review applications and select the 100 participants. The participant list will be published Dec. 10.

Focus Areas – Organic 2051 will address:

Production Issues
1.Cover Crops, crop rotations, soil health
2.Proximity – (drift, pollinators, conventional juxtaposition)
3.Tillage – water quality, carbon sequestration

Community Issues
1.Organic Certification – the label, competing labels
2.Vertical integration of organic agriculture and its impact
3.Rural Community revitalization

Sociological Issues
1.Barriers to converting to organic
2.Reaching disadvantaged and underserved farmers
3.Market Infrastructure

Location:
Radisson Hotel
200 Second St S
La Crosse, WI 54601

Contact:
John Mesko / 715-778-5775 /

https://mosesorganic.org/organic2051/

 

Hosted by Purdue Extension 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 through Thursday, March 7, 2019
March 6th: 9:30am-6:00pm March 7th: 8:30am-6:00pm

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Save the date for Indiana's only conference focused on organic grain production!

Purdue Extension has expanded this annual meeting to a two-day conference with additional education and networking for organic grain farmers, ag professionals, and those considering a transition to organic grain.

Day One
Curious about organic grain production or how to get started? Engage in a full-day workshop on transitioning to organic grain production.

Day Two
Expand your knowledge with general and breakout sessions, networking time, and an industry trade show.

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Email modonnel@purdue.edu or call 765-284-8414.

Mark your calendars for March 6 and 7!
Look for a registration link in January to choose one or both days.

Location:
BECK Agricultural Center
4540 US 52 West
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette, Indiana

Contact:
Michael O'Donnell / 765-284-8414 /

https://extension.purdue.edu/event/24590

 

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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