Saturday, June 11—1-4 p.m.
32623 State Rte. 143, Pomeroy, OH 45769
Located on the dairy farm of Lin and Eric Karcher, join Warren and Victoria Taylor of Snowville Creamery for a leisurely field walk and milking parlor tour to learn how milk is processed and bottled for delivery. Enjoy cranking homemade butter or help make frosty ice cream to the sound of live music!
Saturday, June 11—1-4 p.m.
Find A Way Farm
36789 Buzzard Den Rd., Langsville, OH 45741
Veterans turned farmers, Brian and Beth Duffy of Find A Way Farm invite you to a self-paced pasture walk to experience life on their beautiful 80 acre farm in southeast Ohio. Learn how lamb is raised naturally, visit with free-range hens, pet lambs, and trek to the ridge top for picturesque views. Lamb sampling and sales will be available.
Sunday, June 26—1 p.m.
Sunny Meadows Flower Farm
3555 Watkins Rd., Columbus, OH 43232
Join Steve and Gretel Adams for a guided tour of Sunny Meadows Flower Farm. This seven acre urban flower farm specializes in mixed cut flower bouquets for local farmers’ markets, grocery stores, florists, weddings, special events, and their on-site retail farm stand.
Sunday, September 18—12-4 p.m.
Carriage House Farm
10251 Miamiview Rd., North Bend, OH 45052
Carriage House Farm is a diversified Ohio Century Farm that produces grains, fresh produce, herbs, and honey for local distribution. Tour the garden and high tunnel, examine machinery used to bale hay, take a wagon ride, tour the on-farm market and processing facility, and sample farm ingredients prepared by local chefs and artisan producers. On Sunday, August 28 from 3-7:30 p.m., join the farm for The Haymaker’s Social: A 75 Mile Meal, an on-farm three course snout-to-tail dinner featuring some of the region's best chefs and producers, wine and beer pairings, and bluegrass music. Tickets cost $150, with partial proceeds benefiting OEFFA.
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Loin Eye Carcass Ultrasound Scanning Saturday, June 11—2-4 p.m.
The Spicy Lamb Farm
6560 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264
Cost and Registration: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, contact Laura Minnig at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 3.
Sheep producers are invited to join Laura Minnig of The Spicy Lamb Farm, a Cuyahoga Valley National Park Countryside Conservancy farm, to learn about the value of using ultrasound technology to select breeding stock and improve product quality. Funded by a grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, the Northcoast Lamb Co-Op is using carcass ultrasound scanning to enhance the market quality of their lamb and to measure muscle quality deficiencies.
Find Your Path to Clean Water: Food Safety Water Quality Standards and Testing Protocols for Produce Growers
Monday, June 20—3-7 p.m.
MTSO's Seminary Hill Farm
3081 Columbus Pk., Delaware, OH 43015
Cost and Registration: $20 for OEFFA members, $30 for non-members. Price includes dinner. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register, click here.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule includes detailed water quality and testing requirements for water used in contact with produce before, during, and after harvest. Join Don Stoeckel of Cornell University's Produce Safety Alliance, Gary Horrisberger of Holmes Lab, and Tadd Petersen of Seminary Hill Farm on the campus of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio for a workshop and tour designed to increase your understanding of these FSMA water quality requirements and how they can protect your farm, your business, and your customers. This session will focus on irrigation and packing shed water use and review good agricultural practices (GAP) for farm water usage.
Raising the Steaks: Finishing the Finest Beef on Grass
Friday, June 24—1-5 p.m.
White Clover Farm
9600 E. Prospect Rd., Hillsboro, OH 45133
Cost and Registration: $20 for OEFFA members, $30 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register, click here.
Consumer demand for grass-fed beef is high, but finishing beef on pasture with a consistent quality that consumers expect is a delicate art form. Dr. Jim Linne of White Clover Farm and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Grazing Specialist Troyce Barnett will delve into the finer points of managing a grass-fed herd to improve the marbling and flavor of your beef. Participants will walk White Clover Farm’s pastures and discuss Jim’s forage and cattle selection and frame score. Learn about forage species selection, establishment, and management for different soils, terrains, and microclimates, as well as watering systems and water quality, livestock rotations, stockpiling fescue, and using warm season annuals to extend grazing days.
Profitable Poultry in Motion: Maximizing Performance From Your Pastured Flock
Friday, August 5—10 a.m.-4 p.m.
2743 Summit Rd., Ravenna, OH 44266
Cost and Registration: $50 for OEFFA members, $70 for non-members. Price includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register, click here.
Making money from your pastured poultry requires careful planning, sound budgeting, and effective management. Join Ami Gignac and Tim Fox of Breakneck Acres and Casey Rogers of Fertrell for a day-long look at profitably raising healthy layers and broilers on pasture. Ami and Casey will connect financial health and flock health during this session exploring planning and forecasting, budgeting and cost tracking, operations, nutrition and feed mixing, disease management, and financial analysis and pricing. Attendees will receive customizable spreadsheet files with profit and loss statements for broilers and layers.
Season Creation: Pay for Your High Tunnel in Six Months Harvesting Food Through the Winter
Thursday, September 22—12-4 p.m.
Mustard Seed Market at Highland Square
867 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44303
Cost and Registration: $80 for OEFFA members, $100 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register, click here. Thursday, November 10—12-4 p.m. - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Rd., Evendale, OH 45241
Cost and Registration: $80 for OEFFA members, $100 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register, click here.
Based on the successful on-farm workshops developed in partnership with Rural Action, these workshops will focus on Green Edge Gardens’ season creation model. Their innovative use of high tunnel greenhouses and grow rooms ensures a year-round selection of organic seasonal vegetables, microgreens, and specialty mushrooms. Harvesting through the winter enables Green Edge Gardens to offer a successful winter community supported agriculture (CSA) program and take advantage of higher off-season prices and reduced competition. Farmers Kip and Becky Rondy and Dan Kneier will demonstrate how utilizing their practical, real world-tested season creation techniques can bring these off-season advantages to your farm, provide you with year-round cash flow, and eliminate the need for off-farm income. All attendees will receive a detailed Season Creation book, planting and harvest calendar, and folder with handouts and resources.
Photos, from top: Mile Creek Farm, Julia Burnside, The Spicy Lamb Farm