Local Food & Farming Update

What’s Happening in and around the State of Ohio related to Local Food and Farming!

 

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**Events  
 
July 23
New and experienced growers interested in learning more about the hops industry are invited to attend the 2015 Hops Field Night July 23 on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) campus in Wooster. Offered by experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, the Hops Field Night will provide information and education regarding hops management practices for anyone interested in hops production. Event from 6-9pm. More info here.
 
July 25-26
Adult Farm Camp at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, OH. Why should the kids have all the fun? Now it's your turn to experience life on a small diversified farm. Arrive Saturday morning with a packed lunch, ready for animal chores. Spend the day in step with the farmer learning the ropes. Better appreciate the connection between nature and food production as you spend time alone in the forest. Working together we will prepare a homegrown dinner and breakfast. Bring your tent; sleep under the stars or in the hay loft and wake with the rooster. $100/person. For more information, clickhere.
 
**Save the Date! 
Save the Date! August 9 – 15, 2015 for Ohio Local Foods Week coordinated by the Ohio State University Extension Local Foods Signature Program. Visithttp://localfoods.osu.edu/ohio-local-foods-week to stay up-to-date on events and opportunities!
 
Save the Date! August 28, 2015 for Field to Table presented by the Women’s Board at the Franklin Park Conservatory. More information here.
 
 
**On-Going Events
 
Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County Urban Agriculture Workshops 
 
**Upcoming Sessions:
 
·July 25: Integrated Pest Management in Community Gardens Series 
·August 11: Compost Systems That Work!
 
Ohio State University Direct Marketing Webinar Series – monthly, beginning at noon. To see the schedule, visit: http://southcenters.osu.edu/marketing/2015-direct-marketing-webinars
 
**Upcoming Webinars:
·         TODAY @ Noon July 16:           Ohio Local Foods-Feeding the Heart of it All. The presenters will be Heather Neikirk and Patrice Powers-Barker.  Here is the information on how to be a part of the webinar (via internet):http://go.osu.edu/ohiolocalfoods
·         Aug. 20:         Dealing with Tough Social Media Issues, by Rob Leeds & Mary Griffith.  This webinar will be available at  http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/socialmedia/
·         Sept. 17:         Using MarketMaker Demographics for Marketing, by Charissa McGlothin & Brad Bergefurd.   
This webinar will be available at  http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/marketmakerdemographics/
2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series - farm tours and workshops in cooperation with The Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, and the Clintonville Farmers’ Market. In total, the series features 29 farms tours, one university research center tour, 10 educational workshops, a one-day Women Grow Ohio event, and a benefit dinner. For more information and a list of all dates and locations, click here.
 
**Upcoming Farm Tours:
 
·         July 19: Women Grow Ohio tours and Farming for Farmers’ Markets tour
·         July 25: Urban Production and Marketing Tour
·         July 26: Small-scale biointensive farm tour
 
**Upcoming Workshops:
 
·         August 25: Hops Production Workshop
·         September 27: Steel in the Field Workshop
2015 Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series- The Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series is a joint project sponsored by the Franklin County Office of Ohio State University Extension, The Columbus Agrarian Society, and the Columbus Urban Farmers Network. The goal of the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series tours is to demonstrate to the general public the many benefits of urban farms in Columbus. There is no fee or advance registration required to participate in these tours which are open to the public. Farm tours will be held rain or shine and participants should dress accordingly. For more info visit http://franklin.osu.edu/news/2015-columbus-urban-farm-tour-series
**Upcoming Tours:
·         July 25: Urban Fruit and Vegetable Production and Marketing Tour
·         August 9: Urban Farming in Small Spaces Tour
Backyard Food Production Program - The Carroll and Harrison Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Natural Resources Conservation Service, along with OSU Extension will be offering a series of programs on Backyard Food Production. This program encourages the utilization of your backyard or unused green space for food production, while creating wildlife habitat and supporting the conservation of our natural resources. This is a great program for gardeners of all skill levels. To register for a workshop or to be added to the mailing list please call: Carroll SWCD at 330-627-9852 or the Extension office at 330-627-4310. More info here.
**Upcoming Events:
·         August 13: Planning Cover Crops for the Fall, Canning and Preserving Your Harvest
·         September 10: Fall Feast, What to Plant in Your Tow Tunnel for Fall, How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter, Plan to Rotate Your Crops
 
**News/Announcements
Check out the 2015 Columbus Local Foods Guide – The Columbus Local Foods Guide is published by the Franklin County Office of Ohio State University Extension with financial support from Franklin County Farm Bureau.
Prepare to Apply for the 2015 Growing to Green Awards! - Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Growing to Green Awards honor the dedication and hard work of many central Ohio communities and individuals while furthering Growing to Green’s objective of promoting participation in city beautification and community gardening.
Award applications available July 1. Award Categories Include: Education Garden, Sustainability Award, Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership, Community Gardener of the Year, Community Garden of the Year, and the Boyd D. Bowden Garden Impact Award.
All award recipients will be recognized at the Growing to Green Awards Harvest Potluck on September 10, 2015.
**Opportunities
Urban Farms of Central Ohio is seeking applications for a full-time, permanent Farm Assistant and a Seasonal Farm Assistant by mid-July.
Interested candidates should visit the career section of Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s website to learn more and apply as soon as possible: www.midohiofoodbank.org/about-us/careers
The National Park Service (NPS) in conjunction with the Countryside Conservancy (CC), announce the next round of long-term lease offerings under the Countryside Initiative program in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) – learn more:http://www.cvcountryside.org/farm-farm-tours_copy
The Local Foods, Local Places program provides technical support to encourage community members to develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and communities. It is supported across US federal agencies, including the EPA, USDA, CDC, and DOT, as well as the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority and the White House Rural Council. The program seeks applicants from rural and tribal communities that develop projects that help to create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through the development of local food systems. Find funding details and application information on the EPA's website, Local Foods, Local Places.  Deadline: September 15, 2015
 
**Resources
 
Check out the links below to find farm markets, state fairs, auctions, CSAs, and much more.
 
Ohio Foodshed is your one-stop source for information about local food in Appalachian Ohio.
 
Ohio MarketMakerMarketMaker is a national network of states that connect farmers and fishermen with food retailers, grocery stores, processors, caterers, chefs, and consumers.
 
Find farms in and around Ohio that sell directly to the public through local farmers' markets, CSA's, and on-farm sales, visit Ohio Ecological Food and Farm’s (OEFFA) Good Earth Guide.
 
 
July 17, 2015