|Grand Rapids farm included on summer tour|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 11 May 2013 07:55|
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has announced its farm tours and workshops which will be included in the 2013 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring free public tours of some of Ohio's finest sustainable and organic farms.
This year, Omega Meats in rural Grand Rapids, will be one of the featured farms.
OEFFA has offered these tours for more than 30 years, providing opportunities for Ohioans to see, taste, feel, and learn what sustainable food and fiber production is all about from the farmers themselves.
Consumers interested in local foods, farmers and market gardeners wanting to learn more and network with other farmers, and aspiring and beginning farmers are encouraged to attend.
The Omega Meats Farm tour is set for June 15 as it features the pasture-raised livestock farm.
"Consumer demand for fresh, locally produced food and farm products continues to grow, along with the desire to understand how food gets from the field to the dinner table. Farmers are opening their barn doors this summer to show how sustainably produced food is grown," said Lauren Ketcham, OEFFA's Communications Coordinator. "The tours are also designed to help farmers and gardeners learn from each other so they can improve their production and marketing techniques and grow their operations," added Ketcham.
There will be 17 tours and workshops all being sponsored by OEFFA and will be held between June and November.
The 2013 farm tour and workshop series is promoted in cooperation with the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts, who are sponsoring additional tours. In total, the series features 24 farms and food businesses, three university research centers, and three educational workshops.
OEFFA's tours and workshops feature: dairy farming and processing, diversified organic production, pasture-raised livestock and poultry, composting, Permaculture, specialty crops, cut flowers, agri-tourism, urban farming, cover crops, season extension, food preservation, and farm business skills.
Other OEFFA tours, listed by date are:
• June 8: Full service sustainable dairy farm tour and open house - Snowville Creamery, Pomeroy (Meigs Co.)
• June 9: Community compost facility tour - The Compost Exchange, Athens (Athens Co.)
• July 5 - Saturday, July 6: Perennial Permaculture farm and Organic Valley field trip - New Forest Farm, Viola, WI
• July 21: Organic farm growth and transition tour - Northridge Organic Farm, Johnstown (Licking Co.)
• July 28: Sustainable cut flower farm tour - Sunny Meadows Flower Farm, Columbus (Franklin Co.)
• Aug. 10: Agri-tourism and poultry production tour and consultation, co-sponsored by Women Farm - Manchester Hill Bed and Breakfast, Farm, and Winery, Circleville (Pickaway Co.)
• Aug. 17: Historic artisan market and urban farm tour - Ohio City Farm, Cleveland (Cuyahoga Co.)
• Aug. 24: OEFFA Benefit: An Evening at Blue Rock Station - Blue Rock Station, Philo (Muskingum Co.)
• Aug. 27: Innovative cover crop farm tour - Brandt's Farm, Carroll (Fairfield Co.)
• Sept. 12: Organic dairy farm tour and panel discussion, co-sponsored by Organic Valley - Rolling Ridge Meadows, Millersburg (Holmes Co.)
• Sept. 14: Local food from farm to plate tour and open house - Carriage House Farm, North Bend (Hamilton Co.)
• Sept. 15: Diversified organic farm tour and food preservation workshop - Strawberry Hill Farm, Fresno (Coshocton Co.)
• Sept. 26: Organic farm production and business management tour - Birdsong Farm, Garrettsville (Portage Co.)
• Nov. 2 - Tuesday, November 5: Scaling up the food chain specialty crop workshops - Wooster (Wayne Co.)
• Nov. 9: Cold season vegetable production tour - Turner Farm, Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.)
OEFFA's 2013 farm tours are supported in part by the Jim Rosselot Memorial Fund. Rosselot, a third generation farmer from Butler County, passed away last summer at the age of 57.
He was a staunch supporter of sustainable agriculture and an active OEFFA member.
He and his family grew vegetables and produced free range meat, poultry, and eggs, sold through a successful community supported agriculture program, the local farmers' market, and restaurants.
For additional information and a complete list of all farm tours, including dates, times, farm descriptions, and driving directions visit www.oeffa.org/.
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