Grazing Innovations Pasture Walk

Bair-Trax Farm 2148 S. Childrens Home Road, Troy, United States

This third-generation dairy farm is striving to grow healthy foods through healthy soils. The pasture walk will focus on successful innovations the Bairs have developed over the years. Attendees will see these techniques up close, ask questions, and discuss as we walk the pastures. Hear relevant information for both experienced grazers and beginning farmers.

Organic Blueberry Marketing Field Day

Mitchell's Patch of Blue 65220 Co Rd 380, Bangor, MI, United States

Join us Monday, July 15 at Mitchell's Patch of Blue, 65220 Co Rd 380, Bangor, MI 49013 for a field day focused on organic blueberry marketing. Kyle Mitchell will showcase his growing spaces and post-harvest setup while sharing about his unique marketing strategies for organic blueberries. Other blueberry farmers from the region who practice sustainable blueberry growing but are not certified organic will provide insights from their businesses.

Event Series Farmer Help Shop

Farmer Help Shop

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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.

Organic Produce Farm Tour

Hostetler’s Organics 69 County Road 530, West Salem, United States

Hostetler’s Organics has been growing OEFFA-certified organic produce since 2005. Each season the farm supplies Green Field Farms Co-op with zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, fall squash, hay, and corn. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn techniques to increase production and profitability from a successful grower with years of experience. This event is a part of OEFFA’s 2024 Farm Tour and Workshop Series and is hosted in partnership with the Midwest Vegetable Growers Network. Learn more at oeffa.org/farmtours.

Local Millers Farm Tour

Brandt Family Farm, Local Millers 6100 Basil Western Rd., Carroll, OH, United States

David Brandt was considered the "godfather of regenerative farming." Now, his grandson is running Brandt Family Farm, continuing in his footsteps. Tour around their fields and learn about the Brandts' regenerative farming practices, and even see their seed/grain cleaning machine. Then, Joe and Doris, owners of Local Millers, will show the mills and show how stone milling works.

Artisan Organic Grains and Milling Tour

Mud Run Farm 14126 Millersburg Road, Navarre, United States

Mud Run Farm is a small, organic, diversified farm sitting on 30 acres in northeast Ohio. Certified with OEFFA, the father-daughter duo grow and mill small grains for their region and serve as stewards of organics and the environment. Utilizing horse-drawn equipment and sustainable practices, this tour will showcase their knowledge of organic practices, small grains, and stone milling.

Owl’s Nest Farm Tour

Owl's Nest Farm 550 Gleason Rd., Piketon, OH, United States

See this flower farm's annual production beds, perennial gardens, greenhouse, workshop, and irrigation setup. Please bring a vase or jar so you can pick some flowers to take home.

Richland County Pastures for Profit Grazing School

The Longview Center 1495 W Longview Avenue, Mansfield, United States

Join Richland Soil and Water Conservation District and partners for this workshop for anyone interested in pasture and grazing management. Those new to livestock and forage management are encouraged to join. This is a 3-day series. The Grazing School is July 23 and July 25 at The Longview Center from 6 to 9 p.m. The Pasture Walk is July 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eisenhauer Farm. The School fee includes a grazing stick, and USB with course manual. Pre-registration is required.

$30

OEFFA Lake Effect Chapter at the Lake County Fair

Lake County Fair 1301 Mentor Avenue, Painesville Township, Ohio, United States

The Lake Effect Chapter of OEFFA will be setting up a passive display at the Lake County Fair from July 23rd through July 28th.  It will be in the Natural Resources Building along with a dozen or so other environmental / sustainability groups.  Please stop by and check it out if you go to the fair! If you are interested in volunteering to help monitor the building in exchange for a FREE day pass to the fair, contact Tom at 440-257-2673

NRCS Organic Practice 823 Strategies and Best Practices

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The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has many programs to help farmers convert to organic farming operations. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a conservation program that helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners integrate conservation into working lands. Under EQIP, Organic Transition Initiative 823 (OTI) is specifically meant to help those transitioning to organic operations, by cost-sharing and providing technical support on practices organic and transitioning farmers want to implement on their farms. This program is relatively new, and a little different than other NRCS practices. Join the Organic Farming Research Foundation, Organic Farmers Association, and National Organic Coalition to hear directly from ag professionals and farmers about their experiences with 823 and their ideas regarding how to best utilize this valuable conservation planning tool. Register at the link below.