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More on Ohio Urban Agriculture

Filed under: Customized Resources — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on June 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

Ohio State University operates an Urban Agriculture Program, for information about it call 216-429-8200 or e-mail cuya@cfaes.osu.edu or go to the website http://urbanprograms.osu.edu. City Fresh is noteworthy and includes 14 Northeast Ohio community partners, with the New Agrarian Center and OSUE Cuyahoga County as collaborating organizations.  Akron GROWs, a community gardening program offers about 100 plots. Contact 330-2090 or visit Akron’s Web site at www.ci.akron.oh.us. Toledo GROWs is a community outreach gardening program of the Toledo Botanical Garden. Go to http://www.toledogarden.org/content/toledogrows/ or call 419-536-5563 .

Check out the website City Farmer News which has an international focus; search for urban farms in the United States – www.cityfarmer.info

Updated Small Dairy Resource Book

Filed under: Customized Resources, Publications — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on June 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Small Dairy Resource Book is a thorough collection of resources for farm families interested in capitalizing on value-added dairy products. The pros and cons of 150+ resources – books, periodicals, videos, Web sites and others are discussed by categories including cheesemaking, ice cream, butter, food safety, and must more. Updated in 2010. Download free at www.sare.org/publications/dairyresource.htm

Guidance for Operating a Multifarm CSA

Filed under: Customized Resources, Publications — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 6:05 pm

Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook is a 126-page book detailing how farmers cas use community supported agriculture cooperatives to best market their produce. Advice from former CSA growers and members on staffing, volunteer boards, distribution, legal topics, crop selection, calculating shares and adjusting to seasonal change. Profiles from around the country on multifarm CSAs. Download a free publication at www.sare.org/publications/csa.htm or order a print copy at www.sare.org/webstore or call 301-374-9696.

OSU Developing County-based Experts on Horse Management

Filed under: Customized Resources — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on January 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Ohio State University Extension Regional Equine Information Network System (REINS) will be  training volunteers on several horse management and science topics and certifiying trained volunteers to work with county Extension personnel to provide horse owners helpful information about nutrition, breeding and foaling, healthcare and pasture management. Volunteers may also develop education materials and help coordinate programs. The first training session will take place February 20-21 during the REINS annual conference at the OSU College Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, OH. First year training requires 16 hours, followed by 8 hours annually. The goal is to have 1-2 volunteers in each county.  For more information http://4hansci.osu.edu/horse/horseResources.php. The application is due FEB 1st, however, look for this resource to be available to you in your community.

Minority Farm Register

Filed under: Customized Resources — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on January 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

The Farm Science Agency operates an office of Minority and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Assistance to work with eligible farmers who have concerns and questions about loan applications filed with local offices. All minority persons involved in farming or ranching are encouraged to register to receive information or be personally contacted through USDA outreach efforts. USDA programs include direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans, marketing loans, as well as conservation, housing and rural business, and risk management. Go to http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=about&subject=landing&topic=sao-oa-cr-ma

American Farm Bureau Federation Creating the National Curriculum and Training Clearinghouse for Beginning Farmers

Filed under: Customized Resources — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on December 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm

The American Farm Bureau Federation is partnering with the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Library to create the National Curriculum and Training Clearinghouse for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. The new information-sharing program will help those who have decided to pursue a career in agriculture and will help support Farm Bureau’s commitment to rural development. 

The clearinghouse will be supported by a five-year, $1.5 million grant from USDA. AFBF will develop a Web site and databases to serve beginning farmers and ranchers, with particular focus on those categorized as underserved. The clearinghouse will provide education, training, outreach and mentoring materials to beginning farmers and ranchers across the United States.