Benefit in the Barn
Aug
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Benefit in the Barn

From benefitinthebarn.org, "For the third year in a row, Benefit in the Barn guests will enjoy a fun and unique concert along with delicious food, Ohio beer and wine and special surprises throughout the night."

Thanks to a number of generous area sponsors, all net proceeds from the event benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. 

Dinner is served at 6pm at music from the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra begins at 7:30pm. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to take in the sights, sounds and flavors until dusk. 

To learn more and purchase tickets visit, benefitinthebarn.org

 

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KitchenFest at Stuart's Opera House
Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

KitchenFest at Stuart's Opera House

From athensohio.com,

"Live Healthy Appalachia is thrilled to announce its first ever KitchenFest on August 26! KitchenFest is a celebration of the time we spend in our kitchens cooking and sharing food with friends and family. Come and shop for unique kitchen items from a variety of vendors. Participate in workshops and meet new folks who love everything and anything about kitchens and cooking! KitchenFest will be held on the historic Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio at the newly renovated Stuart’s Opera House on August 26. Tickets are on sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.livehealthyappalachia.org or call  740-856-6100."

http://athensohio.com/events/kitchenfest/

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Drunken Herbalist Cocktail Workshop
Sep
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

Drunken Herbalist Cocktail Workshop

Learn from talented mixologist and herbalist Rebecca Monday of Curio and make herbal-inspired cocktails with fresh ingredients.

From Burnt Toast Farms' website:

"Like every blossom, spirits possess many virtuous and desirable qualities. Nearly all spirits are derived from some botanical ingredient, or some combination of many. Having roots in physics, chemistry, medicine and natural history, the advent of tinctures, medicinal remedies and natural potions gave rise to the modern cocktail; along with the many legends and folklore which accompany them. A well crafted libation, as some will describe, is nothing more than fermentation, the portioning and mixing of ingredients, and legend. Plus a little bit of science. 

Join us for this eye-opening and entertaining workshop as we learn how craft the perfect cocktail, and discover the sexier (more intoxicating) side of the garden. Set-up with a speakeasy themed class, attendees will sip and savor a bit of history and horticulture while learning the art of mixology by Columbus sage of the bar, Rebecca Monday of Curio."

Equipment and supplies provided to attendees. 

Purchase tickets here. 

Learn more about Burnt Toast Farms and other upcoming events at burnttoastfarm.com

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16th Annual Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival
Sep
15
to Sep 18

16th Annual Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival

  • Freshwaster Farms of Ohio (map)
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Visit the 16th annual Fish & Shrimp Festival at Freshwater Farms of Ohio, featured in our summer issue, for three days of live music, games, family activities, animal interaction and shopping. 

From Freshwater Farm's website: "Explore live displays of fish, frogs, turtles and other native critters. Swing by the fish farm market for a taste of gourmet smoked trout products. Participate in the Trout Feeding Frenzy, sand castle play zone and our famous sturgeon pool, where you can pet Ohio’s largest native fish. Stuff yourself in the Shrimp Peeling & Eating Contest, take home a souvenir t-shirt and enjoy the country atmosphere at the farm! Freshly harvested shrimp will be for sale beginning Saturday morning."

Festival Hours
Friday: 4pm-10pm
Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Fore more information visit https://fwfarms.com/festival/

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Sep
15
to Sep 17

Ohio Pawpaw Festival

The 19th annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival takes place September 15-17 at Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio, just outside Athens. 

Some of the weekend's ample activities include a bike ride, a 4-miler road race, eating and cooking contests, films, a pollinator tent, educational components, lots of local food and drink, live music, a marketplace with area vendors and workshops. 

Learn more and register: https://ohiopawpawfest.com/index.html

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Biodynamic Gardening Workshop
Sep
16
11:00am11:00am

Biodynamic Gardening Workshop

Learn about and immerse yourself in hands-on biodynamic practices with Burnt Toast Farms owner Jason Eugene, Master Gardener and long time practitioner of urban agriculture, environmental planning and community food systems, now a full-time farmer. 

From Burnt Toast Farms' website:

"Biodynamics is still a relatively new understanding in the alternative farming and gardening movement. It is a transformative practice rooted in the French Tradition to agriculture. While organic, permaculture and biodynamic methods may overlap; biodynamics goes beyond these now mainstream practices, diving deeper into the understandings of soils, restoration, intercropping with nature, lunar and solar influences, ecology, farm and habitat planning, plus understanding the natural process of water and influence of water. 

In this workshop participants will submerge themselves in a robust session on the inner development of the farm, biodynamic perspectives on the co-evolution between earth and humanity, and principles to growing and our partnership with nature. The workshop will provide a clear framework to sustainable ag, including the integration and understanding of how livestock plays a role in farm operations, biomes, and natural capitalization. 

The workshop schedule and materials will be emailed to each participant upon reservation in the class. Required supplies include: garden shears, gloves, notebook. Attendees should dress appropriately for outdoor classroom."

Purchase tickets here. 

Learn more about Burnt Toast Farms and other upcoming events at burnttoastfarm.com

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Cheese Lecture & Workshop with Brian Schlatter
Sep
28
4:00pm 4:00pm

Cheese Lecture & Workshop with Brian Schlatter

Learn the ins and outs of cheese-making with sixth generation cheese maker Brian Schlatter. 

From Burnt Toast Farms' website:

"Columbus cheese guru Brian Schlatter leads us on another informative and interactive class covering the basics on cheese making, and educates us on more complex cheeses like Quark, Gouda and Gruyére. The class will consist of an introduction to cheese making and the history of cheese, defining what it is and the various origins of different types and why they developed. Then onto the cheese making (fun) portion of the class. In this workshop attendees will discover how to make a soft yummy Quark cheese, and how to add flavoring such as herbs and other natural ingredients."

Participants will learn about the history of cheese, what it's made from, how different cheeses are made, how various milks can be used to make cheese and what roles culture and rennet play in the process. There will, of course, be lots of cheese eating too!

Each participant will learn how to make cheeses. All equipment and ingredients will be supplied and are included in ticket price. 

Purchase tickets here. 

Learn more about Burnt Toast Farms and other upcoming events at burnttoastfarm.com

 

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Sep
29
to Sep 30

2017 Master Gardener State Conference

Master Gardener State Conference: Hosted by Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers

From the conference website: "Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2017 State Master Gardener Volunteer Conference.  We have lots of great tours and continuing education sessions planned for the conference and hope that you will join us for two days of fun, exciting, and educational opportunities designed to help you Grow Your Own Way!"

To learn more about the conference including breakout sessions, keynote speakers, book signings and the trade show, visit the 2017 State Master Gardener Conference website.

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Taste the Future
Aug
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Taste the Future

Taste the Future returns Tuesday, August 15th at Columbus State Community College. 

Information on the event Facebook page reads:

"Taste the Future is a culinary showcase of Central Ohio's best in food. More than just food, it is a tasty fundraiser to support student success at Columbus State. Don't miss the opportunity to see amazing chefs from around the community show off their remarkable culinary skills to over 1,250 guests!

Taste the Future attendees will enjoy hundreds of incredible flavors from over 50 central Ohio restaurants, clubs and caterers. The will also enjoy live music, award winning food artists from across Ohio and the company of 1,000+ central Ohioans gathering in support of fun, food, education and opportunity!"

Visit tastethefuture.com to learn more. 
To purchase tickets visit: https://foundation.cscc.edu/Taste-tickets

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Farm Days at COSI
Aug
9
to Aug 13

Farm Days at COSI

During regular hours between August 9-13, bring the whole family to COSI to meet local farmers, see and sit in farm equipment, test driving skills in a pedal tractor course and "milk" COSI's fiberglass cow, Daisy. Both daily admission tickets and memberships include admission to Farm Days. 

Learn more about visiting COSI Farm Days at https://cosi.org/exhibits/classic-exhibits/farmdays.

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Breakfast on the Farm
Jun
10
8:00am 8:00am

Breakfast on the Farm

Visit the annual Breakfast on the Farm hosted by the Franklin and Madison County Farm Bureaus.

June 10 from 8 am-11 am at Beck's, 720 US 40, London, Ohio, 43140. 

Family friendly and free! Enjoy a made-to-order omelet and a chance to learn more about local agriculture.

Kids can:
Milk Betsie the cow
Go on field tours with hayrides
Interact with farm animals
See drone demos
and learn more about where their food comes from.

Learn more and register at www.breakfastonthefarm.eventbrite.com.

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Jeni's Ice Cream Strawberry Jam
Jun
4
5:00pm 5:00pm

Jeni's Ice Cream Strawberry Jam

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is hosting Strawberry Jam -- "a picnic-style party to celebrate Ohio's strawberry season", complete with picnic-style fare from local vendors, live music and treats. 

Sunday, June 4 from 5-8pm at North Market

Hirsch's Fruit Farm, the farm that supplies Jeni's with ripe berries for their Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream, will have pints for sale. Jeni's will be scooping, Little Eater will have a variety of salads and sides, Hot Chicken Takeover will serve their warm and "cold" fried chicken, and Barrel & Bottle will be pouring wine & beer that highlight the season and local brewers. 

Find pre-sale tickets and more info at www.jenis.com/strawberryjam

 

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OSU Extension Open House
May
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

OSU Extension Open House

The Ohio State University Extension welcomes members of the community to visit their new location for a Friends of Ohio State University Extension, Franklin County Open House. 

The new offices are located at 530 Spring Street downtown and have ample free parking.

More details will be released soon on OSU Extension's website and Facebook page, so stay tuned. 

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North Market Apron Gala
May
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

North Market Apron Gala

"The North Market Apron Gala presented by Huntington will celebrate its 21st anniversary on Saturday, May 13, from 7pm to 11pm. The Apron Gala is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the North Market Development Authority, the not-for-profit organization that operates the city’s historic public market."

North Market vendors and merchants supply three courses of unique dishes just for the event. Live music will take place throughout the evening. 

Tickets start at $75 for young professionals and $100 for general, individual admission. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

 

 

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2017 Urban Agriculture & Community Garden Summit: We Dig Ohio
Mar
25
9:00am 9:00am

2017 Urban Agriculture & Community Garden Summit: We Dig Ohio

  • Franklin Park Conservatory, The Wells Barn (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From OSU Extension listing

"Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens' Growing to Green Program presents: We Dig Ohio- 2017 Urban Agriculture & Community Garden Summit. Join us and become versed in relevant topics that will expand your gardening expertise. Attend sessions and workshops in a variety of subjects. Network, share and celebrate with individuals involved in projects across Ohio and beyond. This year's keynote speaker is Clara Coleman, a second-generation organic farmer, consultant, writer, TEDx and keynote speaker on sustainable four-season farming and daughter of renowned farming pioneer, Eliot Coleman."

Topics include:

  • Four season gardening
  • Aquaponics
  • Garden economics
  • Plant pathology
  • Soil building
  • Crop selection

The Summit takes place at Franklin Park Conservatory inside The Wells Barn. 
To learn more and for registration, visit: http://www.fpconservatory.org/Growing-to-Green/We-Dig-Ohio

Contact phone: 614-715-8022

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Local Matters Seed Swap
Mar
11
10:00am10:00am

Local Matters Seed Swap

From the Local Matters website:

"Get excited for the growing season by attending our annual Seed Swap! There will be activities for children, delicious snacks, free seeds and fun for the whole family. You can bring seeds to swap for other items to grow in your garden, but if you don't have seeds, don't worry! We look forward to sharing seeds and ideas about how to grow food so we can all lead healthier lives. Free and all are welcome.

Location: Both the Local Matters office/kitchen (633 Parsons Ave.) and Gather (right next door at 625 Parsons Ave.) will be open the whole time."

Local Matters is a Columbus-based non-profit that supports education, enrichment and inclusion in our food community. Read their full mission.

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Composting 101 at Local Matters
Mar
1
5:30pm 5:30pm

Composting 101 at Local Matters

From www.local-matters.org:

"Learn how to make great soil for your garden from items you would otherwise just throw away. Bill Dawson from Franklin Park Conservatory's Growing to Green program will lead the class. *Note, food is not provided at gardening workshops."

Doors open at 5:30pm and the class runs from 6:00-7:30pm. 

To register and learn more, click here.

 

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Mix & Shake at the North Market
Feb
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mix & Shake at the North Market

Information from: http://www.northmarket.com/activities-events/north-market-mix-and-shake.aspx

The North Market has partnered with The Ohio Distiller's Guild for an evening of cocktails, food, activities, music and more! Proceeds from the event benefit the not-for-profit North Market Development Authority and The Ohio Distiller's Guild.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 7:30pm - 10:30pm
General Admission: $50

Admission Information: Attendees can expect 6 oz cocktail tastings (4 tastings are included with admission), a $10 voucher to spend at any North Market merchant, entertainment from DJ Kenny Lectro, a speakeasy from Curio at Harvest inside of Hot Chicken Takeover, and more! Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase. Please bring your printed ticket to the event.

Because of the limited capacity of this event, please purchase your tickets early. We cannot guarantee door sales will be available.

Please note: Food served by North Market Merchants will be available for purchase and sales will end at 10:00pm. Each ticket holder receives a $10 food voucher to spend at any North Market Merchant business.

Participating Distilleries include: 

Buckeye Vodka
Cleveland Whiskey
Watershed Distillery
Middle West Spirits
Flat Rock Spirits
Indian Creek Distillery
Tom’s Foolery
Belle of Dayton Distillery

In addition, The Barrel and Bottle will be open.

 

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4th Annual Brunch with a Farmer
Feb
11
9:00am 9:00am

4th Annual Brunch with a Farmer

Sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau
For more information visit https://ofbf.org/events/4th-annual-brunch-farmer-feb-11/

RSVP by Feb. 8
Cost: $10, partial refund upon arrival at event

Come and meet Lorain County farmers and enjoy local foods prepared by Lorain County Community College Culinary Arts students. Please bring nonperishable food to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Plus there will be door prizes.

To register, call 440-877-0706 or email lorain@ofbf.org.

Lorain County Community College 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035

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OEFFA Conference
Feb
9
to Feb 11

OEFFA Conference

  • Dayton Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association is hosting their annual conference in a brand new location! This year join farmers, foodies, journalists, activists and other passionate individuals for a three-day conference and trade show at the Dayton Convention Center.  

This year's keynote speakers are Robyn O'Brien ("Food's Eric Brockovich") and Jim Riddle, organic leader and farmer. Tickets can be purchased by the day or for the entire conference, with or without locally sourced meals. Volunteer opportunities are available too. For more information visit the conference website: http://www.oeffa.org/conference2017.php

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2017 Ohio Maple Days
Jan
19
to Jan 21

2017 Ohio Maple Days

Thursday, January 19th through Saturday, January 21, join the Ohio Farm Bureau at Ohio Maple Days in three different locations across the state. 

On January 19, Maple Day takes place at the Lutheran Memorial Camp, 2790 State Route 61, Fulton, Ohio.

On January 20, Map Day takes place at the Mennonite Christian Assembly Church, 10664 Fryburg Road, Fredericksburg, Ohio.

On January 21, Maple Day takes place at Joe J.S. Miller’s Window Shop, 15020 Shedd Road, Burton, Ohio. 

Info from the Farm Bureau/OSU Extension: (also available at https://ofbf.org/events/2017-ohio-maple-day-3/)

The event offers educational sessions on maple syrup production on topics such as pricing, food safety, tap timing and quality control.

Both hobby and commercial producers are welcome.

The events are meant to help producers get ready for the coming season, said Gary Graham, state maple specialist with Ohio State University Extension and one of the events’ speakers.

OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. The college is the sponsor of the events.

The topics and speakers will include:

“Food Safety Act and Ohio Department of Ag Updates” by Dan Milo, food safety supervisor with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food Safety.
“Why Production Numbers Matter” by Graham and Cheryl Turner, deputy director of the Ohio Field Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
“Timing of When to Tap” by Graham.
“Bulk Syrup Prices and Quality Control” by Joe Polak, owner-operator of the Maple Hollow packing company in Merrill, Wisconsin.

There also will be a trade show; reports by OSU Extension and the Ohio Maple Producers Association; free testing of hydrometers, refractometers and Vermont Temporary Maple Syrup Grading Kits — participants are encouraged to bring them along; and a session called “Maple Nuggets” for sharing questions, ideas and information.

Preregistration — which includes lunch, refreshments and handouts — costs $30 and is due by Jan. 12. Registration after that date and at the door is $35 and doesn’t include lunch.

To preregister, send your name, contact information, the event date and check or money order (payable to OSU Extension) to OSU Extension, Holmes County, 75 E. Clinton St., Millersburg, OH 44654.

Or, complete and mail the registration form available online, where further details on the topics and speakers are also at that link.

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Our Regional Food System: A Community Think Tank
Oct
27
11:30am11:30am

Our Regional Food System: A Community Think Tank

Join us for a dynamic conversation about the future of local food sourcing in Central Ohio. 

Chef Bill Glover will prepare a three course lunch featuring locally sourced ingredients and a panel comprised of chefs, farmers and buyers (to be announced soon!) will discuss means of progressing our regional food system across households, institutions and restaurants. Guests are welcome to submit questions prior to or at the event, and complimentary parking is kindly provided by the Hilton Downtown Columbus. 

We hope you'll take part in this crucial conversation on the future of local food sourcing in our community and the support needed to enable growth.

Doors open at 11:30am and lunch is served at noon. We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Stinner Summit
Oct
14
9:00am 9:00am

The Stinner Summit

The Agroecosystems Management Program (AMP) will host the 10th Annual Stinner Summit at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio on October 14th, 2016.

From their website: "The inspiration for the Stinner Summit is Ben Stinner‘s vision of collaboration for building relationships based on common interests, his ability to see and understand the big picture, and his passion and enthusiasm for building healthy agroecosystems and sustainable communities.

The Summit, held at a different location each year, is a highly engaging and participatory event that draws stakeholders from around Ohio (and sometimes beyond!). Attendees with diverse interests and expertise work together to develop projects that address healthy agroecosystems and sustainable communities. At the end of the day, the Ben Stinner Endowment pledges $15,000 in support of one or more projects.

Breakfast and lunch are provided for attendees, and always showcase local food and local producers. The event is free of charge and open to any who are interested, though space is limited.

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Rock Dove Farm Tour & Cider Smash
Oct
2
11:00am11:00am

Rock Dove Farm Tour & Cider Smash

Join Todd and Heather Schriver, founders of Rock Dove Farm, for an open house and seasonal cider smash! The farm, located at 5319 State Route 142 SE in West Jefferson, is a short drive from Columbus and a fine example of sustainable, high-efficiency organic farming. 

While known for their herbs, lettuces and root vegetables, Rock Dove Farm also produces a mean cider. Drink it to your heart's content and take part in all-day farm tours on Sunday, October 2.

Learn more about Rock Dove Farm and their unique CSA program. 

Join the Cider Smash Facebook event here.

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Roots Conference at the Chef's Garden
Sep
19
to Sep 20

Roots Conference at the Chef's Garden

"The most effective way to facilitate change is by lifting up others who work with us in our restaurant kitchens, fields, laboratories, and communities.  It is only through the willingness to offer support and the courage to extend a hand that effective work is accomplished.

The 4th annual Roots Conference will gather around topics and people who have endeavored to advance their work and improve our food system by empowering those around them by providing mentorship, resources and roads that lead to opportunity."

This ticket includes breakfast, lunch, admittance into presentation tent both days and a family style veg-centric dinner on the evening of September 19.

Join in the conversation.  #RootsEmpower2016

For tickets and more information: http://www.chefs-garden.com/rootsconference/register/

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Country Living Fair
Sep
16
to Sep 18

Country Living Fair

The pages of Country Living magazine come to life at Ohio Village September 16-18, as over 200 vendors for 20+ states, experts, designers, chefs, and even the editors come to Columbus to shop, eat, and explore.

Tricia Wheeler, Publisher of Edible Columbus magazine and Chef of the Seasoned Farmhouse, will be leading a cooking demonstration on Friday, September 16 at 3pm. Keep your eyes peeled for a ticket giveaway on our social media channels and be sure to stop by our demo for something delicious!

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Shake the Hand that Feeds You Dinner
Sep
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

Shake the Hand that Feeds You Dinner

Each year, Slow Food Columbus hosts a collaborative dinner that brings together talented chefs, innovators, business owners, farmers and supporters of our interconnected food community. The upcoming Shake the Hand That Feeds You Dinner will be hosted at a local food hub at the Columbus Produce Terminal, the distribution center for Great River Organics (GRO), a farmer-owned cooperative comprised of growers committed to expanding the footprint of local, certified organic products in the Ohio marketplace.

Each ticket includes an expertly prepared, vegetarian-friendly meal, cocktails by Nicolene Shwartz, a silent auction, and the opportunity to hop on the legendary, pedal-powered Snowville ice cream churn. All proceeds will support school garden programs and our local Terra Madre delegate, headed to Italy for the Slow Food Conference in late September. 

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Sep
30
4:00pm 4:00pm

The Farmers’ Table

Sunday, August 30, 2015
4 pm

The Farmers’ Table is coming to northeast Ohio this year! Save the date for an elegant evening of lovingly crafted local fare. OEFFA, organic farmers Jake and Dawn Trethewey of Maplestar Farm, and their long-time restaurant partners, the Driftwood Group, will be offering a truly unique experience that celebrates Ohio farms and flavors. Erik Martinez, Executive Chef at Cibreo, will prepare something extra special for the occasion, and we can’t wait to tell you more about it! More information will be available soon at www.oeffa.org.

Maplestar Farm
10382 E. Washington St., Auburn Township, OH 44023

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.oeffa.org

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Aug
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

Value-Added Fruits and Vegetables Farm Tour

Sunday, August 16, 2015
1-4pm

Enjoy a self-guided tour of Ann's Raspberry Farm to see red raspberries produced using season extension methods and to learn about growing Brussels sprouts all season long. End your visit with a taste of what Knox County has to offer, including local meat, syrup, cheese, baked goods, artisan jams and preserves, and farm fresh produce. A local chef will also be preparing various Brussels sprout dishes. Celebrating 10 years growing specialty crops and crafting artisan products from seed to jar, Daniel and Ann Trudel will share the challenges and rewards of growing a hobby farm into a full-time operation during this multi-faceted event.

Registration: Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, contact Eric Pawlowski at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209 or eric@oeffa.org by August 10.

Directions: From Columbus, take I-71 N to Exit 151. Travel east on Rte. 95/ Mt. Gilead Rd. for about 5 miles to Lucerne Rd./Township Rd. 392. Turn left and go north on Lucerne Rd. for 4 miles. Turn right on Blair Rd. and travel east for 0.5 miles to the farm.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and the Clintonville Farmers’ Market and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Ann's Raspberry Farm
6645 Blair Rd., Fredericktown, OH 43019

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /
Daniel and Ann Trudel / (740) 694-1935 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

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Aug
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

Grain and Alfalfa Production Farm Tour

Friday, August 7, 2015
1-3pm

Turnow Ventures began operation in 1980 with 600 acres in production. As market dynamics changed, Steve Turnow begain experimenting with organic production in 1998. In 2002, during the first year of the National Organic Program, he certified all 1,500 acres of his farm. Today, 600 acres are dedicated to alfalfa production to serve a value-added supply chain of dehydrated pellets for chicken feed, an operation managed by extended family. On the tour attendees will see a corn, soybean, wheat, black bean rotation; test plots studying various weed control cultivation methods, and soil fertility approaches utilizing soil-balancing techniques.

Directions: From Toledo, take I-280 S. At the Ohio Turnpike, I-280 becomes Rte. 420. Continue for 2 miles and merge onto Rte. 20 E toward Fremont. Travel approximately 13 miles. Turn left on County Rd 92. Continue for 1.75 miles; the farm is on the left. From I-75 N, take Exit 179. Travel east on Rte. 6 toward Fremont for about 11 miles. Turn left on Rte. 23 N. Travel for 3 miles. Turn right on Rte. 600 E. After 10 miles, Rte. 600 becomes County Rd. 92. Continue on County Rd. 92 for 2 miles; the farm is on the left.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Turnow Ventures
2956 County Rd. 92, Lindsey, OH 43412

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /
Steve Turnow / (419) 283-1450 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

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Aug
5
9:30am 9:30am

Organic Dairy Farm Tour

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
9:30am-12pm

Landis Weaver started his first dairy with his brother on his father’s farm in 2008. Today, he runs his own certified organic dairy on 250 acres of rented land, where he pastures cows and grows 30 acres of corn and triticale. Landis milks 85 cows with seasonal calving beginning in late February, and raises 30 or more replacement heifers each year. Join Landis and tour co-sponsor the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council for a pasture walk and tour, filled with spirited conversation about the finer points of organic, grass-based dairying.

Directions: From Rte. 50, take Rte. 41 S from Bainbridge for approximately 7 miles. Drive through Cynthiana and turn left on Frost Rd. Frost Rd dead ends at the farm.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Weaver Dairy
1285 Frost Rd., Hillsboro, OH 45133

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /
Landis Weaver / (740) 634-2440

http://www.oeffa.org

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Jul
26
10:00am10:00am

Michigan Sustainable Farm and Business Tour

Sunday, July 26, 2015
10am

This three-in-one tour will stop at Salomon Gardens, a pastured livestock and poultry farm, Argus Farm Stop, a new retail outlet for year-round local food sales, and Sunseed Farm, a diverse vegetable farm with a year-round community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

The first stop, Salomon Gardens is a 35 acre farm in its third year of production. Salomon Jost, who has worked on organic and biodynamic farms since the early 1980s, and his wife, Nina White, tend to a small flock of sheep, 1,200 free-range broilers, 200 or more laying hens, and 50 Bourbon Red turkeys. All animals are intensively grazed on ecologically-managed pasture. Salomon and Nina process their broilers and turkeys on-site and direct market to customers and restaurants. In this two hour tour participants will see firsthand how the lambs, broilers, hens, and turkeys are managed and learn about Salomon and Nina’s challenges and innovations for pasture management; animal health, productivity, and breeding; marketing; infrastructure, and more.

Participants will drive to Ann Arbor for the second part of the tour at Argus Farm Stop, a market which sells locally produced vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy, and baked goods. Kathy and Bill Sample opened the small market on the edge of downtown Ann Arbor in August 2014 to provide a convenient venue for consumers to buy local foods year-round. Farmers own and price their products, and receive 80 percent of the sales price, helping them to expand their businesses and access new customers. Hear from Bill and Kathy about what they’ve learned in the last year of doing business, what challenges they’ve faced, and about the marketing and availability of local produce.

The last stop, Sunseed Farm, is a year-round vegetable CSA farm started in 2009 by Tomm and Trilby Becker. Tomm worked as the production manager at the Student Organic Farm at Michigan State University and is one of the area’s foremost experts on extending the growing season with hoop houses. He is dedicated to mentoring new farmers. In addition to his work with Tilian Farm Development Center, Sunseed Farm employs 2 or more beginning farmers at any given time. In the summer months, Trilby runs a cut flower CSA that also serves restaurants, florists, and markets like Argus Farm Stop. Join the Beckers and their employees for a tour of their hoop houses and to learn about their crops, their CSA, and what they have learned in the last six years of running Sunseed Farm.

Directions to Salomon Gardens: From I-94, take Exit 153 for Clear Lake Rd. Turn south on Clear Lake Rd. which becomes Francisco Rd. Go 2 miles, crossing Michigan Ave. and turn right on Grass Lake Rd. Drive west 1 mile. Pass grain storage silos, three houses, and a large red barn on the right. Follow the parking signs at the barn.

Directions to Argus Farm Stop: From Salomon Gardens, return to Rte. 94 and drive east. Take Exit 172 for Jackson Rd. Drive east on Jackson Rd. which becomes Huron St. Turn right on 3rd St. The second left is W. Liberty St. Argus Farm Stop is on the right.

Directions to Sunseed Farm: From Argus Farm Stop, take W. Liberty St. east. Turn left on S. Main St. Turn left onto W. Huron River Dr. Turn right on N. Maple Rd. Turn left onto W. Joy Rd. The first right is Boyden Dr. Sunseed is at the end on the left.

Registration: There is no cost to participate in these tours. Lunch is available for purchase. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Register by July 19 at http://goo.gl/5hLSBc.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Salomon Gardens
13712 Grass Lake Rd., Grass Lake, MI 49240

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /
Nina White and Salomon Jost / (517) 775-2057 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

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Jul
19
1:30pm 1:30pm

Women Grow Ohio Farm Tours

Sunday, July 19, 2015

See how women are transforming agriculture in Ohio! This one-day event features women-run farms, gardens, and homesteads in Athens, Fairfield, Franklin, Lorain, Muskingum, and Perry counties. Connect and unite with women in agriculture and learn how they are feeding Ohio’s families through urban gardens, permaculture, community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, and commercial family farms.

Seventeen women-operated farms, gardens, and homesteads will be featured. For a detailed list of all sites, including tour descriptions, contact information, and specific times, go to www.oeffa.org/q/womengrowohio.

Registration: Pre-registration is required for each site. Email womengrowohio@yahoo.com.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /
Annie Warmke / (740) 674-4300 /

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

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Jul
12
2:00pm 2:00pm

Bringing it Back Home with Organic Vegetables Tour

Sunday, July 12, 2015
2 p.m.

Since 2010, Morningside Farm has demonstrated that more than 300 varieties of organic vegetables can be profitably grown in Ohio. With five acres and five greenhouses in production, George and Mary Remington produce about every variety of vegetable that can possibly be grown in Medina County, along with berries, herbs, tropical crops, and wild crops for farmers' markets, a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and restaurants. Guests will learn how the Remingtons manage their organic system from seed to market and discover how Morningside Farm is bringing fresh specialty crop food production back to the Ohio corn field desert, and reintroducing this forgotten craft to a new generation of apprentices.

Directions: The farm is located between I-71 and I-77 about 0.5 miles north of Rte. 303/Center Rd. on State Rd. Driving north on Rte. 303, the farm will be on the right. Look for a MorningSide Farm sign at the driveway.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Morningside Farm
1075 State Rd., Hinckley, OH 44233

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /
George and Mary Remington / (216) 406-6621 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

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Jun
29
10:00am10:00am

Dairy Herd Health Workshop

Monday, June 29, 2015
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join OSU Extension veterinarian Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann for a workshop held at Othmary Farm, a family-owned certified organic dairy farm managed by Daniel and Rebecca Fullenkamp and family. Gustavo will discuss herd health monitoring and recordkeeping, and perform an on-farm risk assessment with an emphasis on herd health and productivity to identify areas for improvement.

This workshop, co-sponsored by the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council and Organic Valley, is intended for veterinarians, Extension educators, farmers, and other animal health professionals who work with certified organic farmers and dairy herds. Organic Valley will provide a complimentary lunch.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Eric Pawlowski at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 209 or eric@oeffa.org by June 26.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Othmary Farms
8310 Huwer Rd., Maria Stein, OH 45860

Contact:
Eric Pawlowski / (614) 421-2022 /

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

 

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Jun
28
1:00pm 1:00pm

Production Systems for Successful Urban Farming

Sunday, June 28, 2015
1-5pm

Successful urban market farming requires efficient systems and cost-effective infrastructure. Experienced farmer and Findlay Market Farm Manager Mike Hass will compare and contrast different bed and production systems from urban and rural settings, and share ideas for inexpensive post-harvest handling setups for urban growers. The workshop will start with a private tour of Mission of Mary Farm at 619 Silver Ln. in Dayton, before heading to Garden Station. After the workshop, enjoy a reception hosted by Garden Station and Dayton Urban Grown.

About the Instructor: Mike Hass manages four acres of urban and rural production and helps train aspiring farmers at Findlay Market Farm. A New England native, Mike got his start managing an organic farm in Connecticut in 1990. He has run his own operation, Idyllwild Farm in Kentucky since 2009. For more information, go to www.findlaymarket.org.

Cost: $20, includes the presentation, tour, and light refreshments.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 30 participants. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/urbanfarming or send a check made out to OEFFA, along with the workshop of your choice, the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Urban Ag Exchange, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 206.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Garden Station
509 E. 4th St., Dayton, OH 45402

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /
http://www.oeffa.org/q/urbanfarming

 

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Jun
21
12:00pm12:00pm

Small-Plot Market Farming Master Class

Sunday, June 21, 12-4 p.m.
Carriage House Farm
10251 Miamiview Rd., North Bend, OH 45052

Join Carriage House Farm Garden Manager Kate Cook for an in-depth look at successful small-plot market gardening. An experienced grower and educator, Kate produces a wide variety of specialty crops, ranging from market staples like tomatoes and chard, to more unique offerings, like ginger and nasturtium, for farmers' markets, restaurants, and grocers.

She will give a tour of her four acre market garden and discuss her planting techniques, tools, crop choices, and the variety of outlets she sells through. This class is well-suited for serious gardeners looking to start a business or small-scale market growers interested in fine-tuning their operation.

Cost: $30 for OEFFA members, $40 for non-members                                 

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 35 participants, so please register early. To register, click here
For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 206 or milo@oeffa.org.

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