The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and its partners are inviting the public to stroll through organic vegetable fields, learn about pastured livestock production, consider a career in farming, savor farm-to-table feasts and take advantage of other learning and networking opportunities during the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.
In addition to OEFFA’s 20 summer farm tours, workshops, and special events in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, 26 other events are being presented by Ohio State University, Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, Clintonville Farmers Market and the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance.
“This year’s series is unique because we’re offering many special events celebrating OEFFA’s 40th anniversary — from field-to-fork meals and a craft beer social, to an OEFFA open house for members to stop in and get to know our staff and board a little better,” says Renee Hunt, OEFFA program director.
OEFFA members and the public are invited to celebrate OEFFA's 40th anniversary at these events:
Aug. 4. The Farmers’ Table, Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove, Franklin County
Aug. 25. 5th Annual Dinner Celebration, Maplestar Farm, Geauga County
Oct. 12. Toast to Ohio’s Harvest Keg Tapping, Fibonacci Brewing Company, Hamilton County
Nov. 15. A Very OEFFA Open House, OEFFA, Franklin County
OEFFA farm tours
Here are the OEFFA farm tours scheduled for the summer:
June 22. Community Garden Addressing Family Hunger tour, Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center, Lucas County
July 5. Farmer-Owned Creamery Plant and Organic Dairy farm tour, Green Field Farms Processing Plant and Gentle Slope Farm, Wayne County
July 31 Hemp Research and Organic Grain Transition farm tour, Noble Organic Grains, Wawaka, Ind.
Aug. 10. Organic Grain Production farm tour and Grain Growers chapter meeting, Bartholomew Farms, Ottawa Lake, Mich.
Sept. 14: Mixed Vegetable, Hay and Hops farm tour, Old Dutch Hops, Highland County
Sept. 28. Urban Community Supported Agriculture farm tour, Lady Buggs Farm, Mahoning County
Sept. 28. Value-Added Production farm tour, Dutch Creek Winery, Athens County
Oct. 12. Horse-Powered Diversified Livestock and Regenerative Farm tour, Finch Creek Farm, Greene County
Here are the OEFFA workshops set for this summer:
June 30. Farm Vision Workshop, Keller Market House, Fairfield County
July 9. Farm Land and Labor Mixer, Hiram Field Station, Portage County
Sundays, October to February: Heartland Farm Beginnings training course, OEFFA, Franklin County (remote learning opportunities available)
Dec. 6. Be the Change: A Leadership Training for Farmers and Farm Advocates, OEFFA, Franklin County
OEFFA member open houses
There are several OEFFA member open houses to be held this summer:
June 1. Snowville Creamery, Meigs County
July 20. Venture Heritage Farm, Wayne County
Oct. 13. Pastured Providence Farmstead, Ross County
Nov. 3. Foraged & Sown, Franklin County
“Farmers sharing knowledge with other farmers has been at the core of our work for four decades,” Hunt says. “This series provides unique, on-farm opportunities for growers, educators and conscientious eaters to learn about sustainable agriculture and local foods from growers and producers with years of practical experience.”
All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated in the OEFFA 2019 farm tour series brochure.
For more information and complete details for all workshops and farm tours, visit the 2019 OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series webpage.
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