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Small Farm Center at the upcoming Farm Science Review

Filed under: Meetings and Events — posted by Mike at OSU Extension on August 26, 2009 at 11:51 am

Small and family scale farmers will want to visit the Small Farm Center at the upcoming Farm Science Review scheduled for Sept 22-24, 2009 at OSU’s Molly Caren Center near London, OH.  The Small Farm Center is sponsored by the OSU Extension Sustainable Ag Team and American Small Farm Magazine.  The Center will feature small farm equipment, educational displays and small farm seminars on topics such as moving off the energy grid, growing blueberries, pasture management, grants and loans for small farms, bramble production, freshwater shrimp and many more. See

Ohio Conservation Stewardship Program

Filed under: Finances, Stewardship — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 11:47 am

Ohio Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up continues through September 30, 2009. This voluntary program encourages agricultural producers to improve conservation systems by improving, maintaining, and managing existing and undertaking additional conservation activities. Get familiar with the 2009 Priority Resource Concerns by Ohio geographic area. Use the on-line Producer Self-Screening Checklist to determine your eligibility. CSP payments may not exceed $40,000 annually and $200,000 during a 5-year period. Learn more at

Young Agricultural Professionals

Filed under: Networking — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 11:46 am

Young Agricultural Professionals w/Ohio Farm Bureau are meeting on Facebook. Consider joining this group of young adults ages 18-35, single and married, who share a passion for farming, rural living and/or local foods. Anyone can join and invite others to join. Go to and search by the group name, listed above.

Want to view Some Ohio Rural Land for Sale?

Filed under: For Sale or Lease — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 11:42 am

As of late August 2009, E-Farm Credit listed 648 properties for sale in rural Ohio that were listed for up to $200,000. If you are looking for land you will want to get familiar with this user-friendly search tool available on the homepage of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Simply click Land for Sale and enter Ohio and other limiting criteria.

Want to start or expand a farm business by growing berries?

Filed under: Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 11:32 am

Wisdom of Growing Berries is a one-day program scheduled for November 4th in Columbus offered by Innovative Farmers of Ohio for beginning farmers and first time growers throughout Ohio and funded by SARE Outreach. Featured are both new and long-term growers of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries from Clinton, Delaware, Geauga, Knox, Lorain, Preble, Union, and Wayne counties and other experts. For program flyer, go Services at or call 1-800-372-6092, ext 3, or e-mail

A hands-on Buckeye breeders clinic is scheduled for October 6

Filed under: Workshops, Training & Education — posted by Darwin at cvcountryside at 11:27 am

A hands-on Buckeye breeders clinic is scheduled for October 6 at Old Trail School in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, offered by The Countryside Conservancy and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Participants will explore the breed’s history, genetics, appropriate production systems, and marketing strategies. The Buckeye chicken originated in Northeast Ohio in the 1890s—and soon became known for high quality meat and eggs. For half a century it was regarded as one of America’s premiere broiler breeds—before being displaced by large scale industrial production systems requiring a different kind of bird. In today’s reemerging local food systems the Buckeye again offers excellent opportunities for beginning (or experienced) farmers wanting to start small-to-medium scale free-range broiler operations serving high-end markets. See for details.