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International Farm Transition Network Coming to Ohio

Filed under: Conferences, Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on June 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm

The July 20-23, 2010 conference of this Network of agricultural professionals, farmers, citizens, and service providers will discuss and learn about exciting projects in farm transition. The conference, held in Cuyahoga Falls, OH will highlight the Countryside Initiative, a parthership between Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Countryside Conservancy. The Initiative offers rehabilitated farms in the national part to private farmers through a competitive long-term lease.  http://www.cvcountryside.org/farmland/IFTNConference.php or call 330-657-2529

The 2010 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series

Filed under: Farm Tours, Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 5:58 pm

This year’s Series includes tours of 15 farms, 3 university research centers, and offers 10 educational workshops. Topics include specialty grains, permaculture, wind power, meat and dairy goats, poultry production and processing, herbs and honey, raised beds, winegrape production, farmland preservation, and more.  To review these learning options available in multiple areas of Ohio see http://www.oeffa.us/oeffa/pdfs/OEFFA_2010farmtoursSMALL.pdf

Family Farm Field Day, July 17, 2010

Filed under: Meetings and Events, Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 5:23 pm

Join the demonstrations, discussion sessions, and vendor shows of this educational field day for grass-based agriculture.  Held in Fredericksburg, Wayne Co., OH from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Four activity tracks: Grazing; Farmstead; Homestead; Natural Resources; Children. Demonstrations include low-cost bio-digester and European style scythe. Brochure at http://smallfarminstitute.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/2010-fffd-brochure.pdf or call Small Farm Institute at 740-545-6349.

Basic of Selling Timber Workshop – February 20, 2010 in Zanesville

Filed under: Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on January 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm

The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, sponsored by OSU Extension and in cooperation with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, will discuss the steps of successful timber sale – sales that get competitive price and meet woodland management goals. CEU credit awarded for the Ohio Forest Tax Law Program.  Online registration at http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu, or call 614-688-3421 or e-mail ohiowoods@osu.edu.

The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program helps landowners make well-informed forest-management decisions that contribute to healthier forests.

Workshop Series Near Youngstown, February 2010

Filed under: Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 2:24 pm

If you want to learn about plot design for urban and rural farms and related information on integrated pest management (Feb 8th) or about starting and tranplanting seedlings (Feb 9th) or basic botany (Feb 16th) or season extension (Feb 17th) or direct marketing (Feb 22nd) or native and invasive plants (Feb 23rd) check out workshops sponsored by Common Ground Church in North Lima, OH and delivered by experts either from OSU/OARDC  Wooster, Mill Creek MetroParks, or area farms. $15 donation per workshop. For information go to www.goodnessgrows.net or meagan@goodnessgrows.net or 330-549-9408.

Grow and Know 2010 Announced by Ohio Farm Bureau

Filed under: Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 1:32 pm

City and rural residents alike are invited by OFBF to get in touch with their inner-farmer and to make the most of their property through 1-5 educational workshops on farms and agricultural sites throughout Ohio.  April 17 at Malabar Farm (Lucas): Farming on Five to Fifty; May 22 at Bob Evans Farm (Rio Grande): Solutions to Pestering Problems; June 5 at Franklin Park Conservatory (Columbus): Growing Your Own Food & Going Green; October 23 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark (Kirtland): What to Do in Winter; and November 7 at Woodhaven Farm (Johnstown): Know Place Like Home for the Holidays (hands-on cooking and more). For more information go to http://ofbf.org/news-and-events/news/607/

Urban Farming Initiative

Filed under: Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 1:02 pm

An intensive urban farm management program for new and emerging farmers in the Akron, Summit County and nearby areas begins March 11 and continues through April 22, 2010 (7 Thursday evenings, 6-9 pm) at an Akron TBA location. Mini-grants may be available to participants to assist with future urban farming ventures. Cost is $125 (individual) or $175 (couple) for Summit County residents and $250 for others. For information contact Denise Ellsworth at ellsworth.2@osu.edu or call her at 330-928-4769.

For Sheep and Goat Producers

Filed under: Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on January 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Educational programs on a wide variety of sheep and goat management topics are offered in 12 Ohio districts beginning January 13 and ending in March 15. Locations include Mt. Victory, Mt. Gilead, Springfield, Barnesville, Marion, Mt. Vernon, Burton, Piketon, Wilimington, Mt. Hope, Fostoria, and Zanesville.

An 5-session, 10-hour Sheep and Goat Production School begins January 19th in Athens, Ohio.

For more information go to http://www.ohiosheep.org or contact Roger High at 614-246-8299.

Attention Women in Agriculture

Filed under: Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on December 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Annie’s Project is a six-part course designed to strengthen women’s role in modern farm enterprises.  Annie’s Project was created for women who live and work in a complex, dynamic farm business environment. The project focuses on five broad aspects of risk that are typical to agriculture: human, financial, marketing, production and legal.

Ohio workshops are scheduled for January through March, 2009 and registration cost is $65, which includes materials and meals or refreshments. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Workshops will be offered in 12 different counties including Ashtabula , Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fairfield, Knox, Montgomery, Morgan, Ross, Stark, Wood (Wood County will focus topics specific to the green industry), and Wyandot. 

A map of locations and other information can be found on the Erie County OSU Extension Web site, http://erie.osu.edu/  – click on “Agriculture and Natural Resources” and then “Women in Agriculture.”

In most cases, workshops are sponsored by several OSU Extension county offices, and anyone residing in nearby areas may sign up for any of the workshops.

To register or for more information, contact organizers listed below or Annie’s Project coordinators Julia Woodruff at woodruff.94@osu.edu or 419-627-7631 and Doris Herringshaw at herringshaw.1@osu.edu or 419-354-9050.

Risk Management Education for Women in Agriculture – Annie’s Project in Early 2010

Filed under: Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on October 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

This national educational program, dedicated to strengthening women’s role in modern farm and ranch enterprises, was first introduced in Ohio in January 2007 as a 6-week course with interactive sessions regarding 5 agricultural risks – human, financial, marketing, production and legal. At this date, 13 offerings of Annie’s Project are planned for early 2010, 2 in Maumee Valley, 3 in Erie Basin, 2 in Western Reserve, 2 in Crossroads, 1 in Heart of Ohio, 1 in Buckeye Hills, 1 in Miami Valley, and 1 in Ohio Valley. To learn which counties comprise these nine areas of the state (the same are the Ohio Resource Conservation and Development areas) go to www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/RCD/index.html

Contact State Coordinators for Annie’s Project:  Doris Herringshaw at herringshaw.1@osu.edu or call 419-354-9050 or Julia Nolan Woodruff at woodruff.94@osu.edu or call 419-627-7631.

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