The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is hosting a series of summer videos, farm tours and workshops highlighting Ohio's growing community of sustainable farmers, and two online workshop series designed to help early-career farmers build legal resilience and established farmers transfer their land to the next generation.
The series also features 10 free, on-demand video presentations from OEFFA's 2021 online conference — including practical production trainings, inspiring visions of a prosperous small farm future, honest reflections on 2020, and an insightful investigation of faith, food and race.
"This series allows farmers and gardeners to share production know-how with each other and helps build connections among farmers and eaters, strengthening our local food system," says Renee Hunt, OEFFA program director. "New this year, it will also provide a taste of the OEFFA conference as we've curated a bite-sized collection of recorded videos from a diverse set of workshops and sessions normally only available to registered conference attendees."
- June 29. Our Time is Now: Conversations about 2020 and the Road Ahead; Opportunity in Crisis: Building Power for a Sustainable and Just Food System in Ohio
- July 20. Foraging: It’s Not Just for the Wilderness, Pivoting from Tillage to No-Till Practices in Vegetable Production, Regenerating Land with Livestock, Intensifying Cover Crops in Organic Grain Systems through Interseeding
- Aug. 4. Organic Dairy Pasture Walk — Settlage & Settlage Dairy (Auglaize County)
- Aug. 10. A Conversation about Faith, Food and Race
- Sept. 11. Flowers, Berries, and Hemp Farm Tour — Creek’s Edge Farm Retreat (Brown County)
- Sept. 26. Diversified Permaculture Farm Tour — Purplebrown Farmstead (Summit County)
- Oct. 17. Season Extension Community Supported Agriculture Farm Tour — Boulder Belt Eco-Farm (Preble County)
- Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Dec. 2. Planning to Transfer the Farm Workshop Series
- Tuesdays, Oct. 19 to Nov. 16. Cultivating Your Legally Resilient Farm Workshop Series
"OEFFA has offered annual farm tours and conferences for more than four decades; farmers sharing knowledge with other farmers has always been at the core of our work,” Hunt says. “Whether on-farm or online, this series provides unique opportunities for local growers and eaters to learn about sustainable agriculture and nurture their connection to the ecological farming community.”
Learn more about all events in this series at oeffa.org/farmtours. For the safety of guests, all farm tours require registration, attendance will be limited, and CDC COVID-19 guidance for outdoor gatherings will be followed. Farm tour registration is now open.
Online workshop registration will open in August. Conference video recordings will be available on OEFFA's YouTube channel in three bites beginning on June 29, July 20 and Aug. 10 and can be viewed for free anytime.