Event Series Farmer Help Shop

Farmer Help Shop USDA Edition

Zoom

On May 20, OEFFA's regular help shop will feature USDA, NRCS, and SARE representatives to answer your questions on private and government financing options for purchasing land and infrastructure. This Help Shop is a follow up from the May 9 Affording Your Farm Workshop, a free virtual meeting covering the same topics. Attendance at both isn't required. OEFFA's team of educators is available to assist farmers at any stage of their journey. Whether you are making the switch to organic, are already certified, or if you have questions about sustainable agriculture practices, OEFFA can share guidance and support. Drop in virtually on the third Monday of each month to talk to sustainable agriculture educators with your queries and questions. Click the link below to register and receive the Zoom meeting link.

Soil and Composting Field Day

Green Things Farm Collective 3825 Nixon Rd., Ann Arbor, MI, United States +1 more

Learn about soils and composting from two different farm systems in a single day! 9am - Noon Green Things Farm Collective 3825 Nixon Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 1 - 4pm Sanctuary Farms 3171 Lakeview St, Detroit, MI 48215 Van transportation between farms will be provided.

Lessons Learned in Social Equity

Zoom

The Agricultural Justice Project (AJP)’s Food Justice Certification (FJC) standards address ethical working and living conditions for agricultural system workers and fair trade and pricing for farms and agricultural businesses. This free online session welcomes farmers that have worked through the FJC process, as well as those who have engaged with OEFFA/AJP technical assistance programs to implement different approaches to AJP standards on their farms, to reflect, reconnect, and look to the future. Learn more and register at the link below.

Take the Macho Out of Mechanics

37870 Chase Run Road Albany, OH 45710 37870 Chase Run Road, Albany, United States

Join Rural Action, Morgan Hager, and Lindsay Klaunig of Trouvaille Farm for a fun and interactive event. Folks will come away with a better understanding of how to prevent common issues with their small engines as well as basic diagnostic knowledge. This class is ideal for folks who have operated small engines on farm and would like to learn the mechanics of their equipment. Get your hands dirty and learn some new skills in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Don't miss out on this opportunity to empower yourself and take the macho out of mechanics! Click the link below to register.

$25
Event Series Organics 101

Organics 101

Zoom

In this virtual workshop series, OEFFA staff will cover the basics of organic certification, organic farming practices, and some things farmers should consider before becoming certified. What is organic? (Monday, June 10)—Understand the wide variety of definitions of organic, the holistic approach to organic farming, and some land stewardship practices used in organic agricultural systems. Is organic for me? (Monday, July 8)—Examine how your farm business could benefit from organic certification (or not) and discuss the pros and cons of becoming certified organic. How do I become certified organic? (Monday, August 12)—Walk through the steps to becoming certified, understand the paperwork, and hear tips for making the certification process as smooth as possible. Learn more and register by using the link below.

2024 Urban Food Systems Symposium

Hyatt Regency - Downtown Columbus 350 N. High St., Columbus, OH, United States

This symposium will bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on how we can build coalitions to adapt to this changing world and how urban food systems contribute to these solutions.

SilvoPro Training

United Plant Savers 35703 Loop Rd, Rutland, OH, United States

SilvoPro is a 3-day training for producers, agricultural professionals, and technical service providers who want to take agriculture to new heights by implementing silvopasture. Rural Action is delighted to host Austin Unruh and his team at Trees for Graziers for this 3-day training, held at United Plant Savers. Silvopasture is the managed integration of trees, livestock and forage. Austin is the founder of Trees For Graziers and author of The Grazier's Guide to Trees, built TFG into a leading silvopasture and conservation implementation company. In this course the TFG team shares all they have learned through years of applied practice so you can fast-track your own silvopasture career and practice. - Visit working farms that have implemented silvopasture at scale - Dive deep into the process of developing silvopasture plans - Interact with a cohort of fellow practitioners - Learn how to spread silvopasture in your region - Open up real professional opportunities.

Event Series Farmer Help Shop

Farmer Help Shop

Zoom

OEFFA's team of educators is available to assist farmers at any stage of their journey. Whether you are making the switch to organic, are already certified, or have questions about sustainable agriculture practices, OEFFA can share guidance and support. Drop in virtually on the third Monday of each month to talk to sustainable agriculture educators with your queries and questions. Click the link below to register and receive the Zoom meeting link.

Sunbeam Family Farm Tour

Sunbeam Family Farm 3414 Northridge Rd., Alexandria, OH, United States

Cynthia and Chuck will discuss how they have transitioned their organic farm to a no-till/limited till permanent bed operation using intensive planting in their six hoophouses and four fields. They will also show how their BCS walk-behind tractor is used to make and maintain these permanent beds.

2024 National BIPOC and Urban Growers’ National Conference

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center 100 Green Meadows Drive, Lewis Center, United States

From June 27-29, 2024, engage in networking and education opportunities that address the unique challenges and needs faced by Black farmers and urban growers. 3 keynote presentations 16 concurrent workshops Networking and technical assistance Urban agriculture tours The conference is free, but registration is required. Registration closes on May 24, 2024.