Heart of Ohio April Meeting – 4/18/16

Ron Meyer of Strawberry Hill Farms will lead a discussion on raising strawberries. As the summer months approach, we all are looking forward to having ripe juicy strawberries on our table. Ron will use his many years of experience to discuss how to plan for a strawberry patch, plant strawberries, care for the plants and tips for a bumper crop. Plenty of time will be provided for questions and input from our attendees. Along with this discussion, the chapter will be holding elections for chapter president, vice president and OEFFA representative.

The meeting will start with a short business meeting, including officer elections, and then move right into the evening’s topic – Growing Strawberries.

What: Information and discussion session concerning the many strategies in growing strawberries.

Who: Presented by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s Heart of Ohio Chapter with Ron Meyer of Strawberry Hill Farm.

When: Monday, April 18 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: Alexandria Public Library, 10 Maple Drive, Alexandria, Ohio 43001

This discussion/information meeting is part of OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter’s regular meeting schedule which includes pertinent topics for both the rural and urban farmer/gardener. For more information about this meeting or future chapter meetings please contact Chuck Dilbone at sunbeamfamilyfarm@gmail.com or call 740-877-8738.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Heart of Ohio meeting – Mon. Jan. 18, 7-9 p.m.

OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter presents a free public open forum allowing attendees to ask questions and discuss pertinent farm/garden topics with experienced farmers/gardeners.

Mike Laughlin – Northridge Organics and Joan Richmond – Meadow Rise Farm, two veteran produce farmers, will lead the meeting on Farmer/Gardener Questions and Discussion.  This is your opportunity to receive tips, advice and have your specific questions answered by experienced farmers/gardeners. We also encourage you to come and provide your own insight and tips to those in attendance.  At this meeting farmers/gardeners will engage in open discussions about topics that are important to your farm/garden.

The meeting will start with a short business meeting, including discussion of group seed orders.

When: Monday, January 18 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: Alexandria Public Library, 10 Maple Drive, Alexandria, Ohio 43001

This discussion/information meeting is part of OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter’s regular meeting schedule which includes pertinent topics for both the rural and urban farmer/gardener. For more information about this meeting or future chapter meetings please contact Chuck Dilbone at sunbeamfamilyfarm@gmail.com or call 740-877-8738.

We look forward to seeing you there!

November meeting – Heart of Ohio – Mon. Nov 16 7-9 p.m.

OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter presents a free public discussion and information session on Canning Procedures, Ideas, Tips and Safety Procedures.

Jeannie Seabrook, Glass Rooster Cannery, will lead the discussion. Jeannie will provide information on what are the best canning procedures, sharing many tips and ideas one can use in their home. Jeannine will also emphasize safety procedures one should use when canning their food. Do not miss out on the many wonderful ideas Jeannie will provide to our group. Plenty of time will be provided for questions and input from our attendees.

The meeting will start with a short business meeting and then move right into the evening’s topic – Canning Procedures, Ideas, Tips and Safety Procedures.

We hope you will join us at this informative event!

What: Information and discussion session concerning Canning Procedures, Ideas, Tips and Safety Procedures.

Who: Presented by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s Heart of Ohio Chapter with Jeannie Seabrook from the Glass Rooster Cannery leading the discussion.

When: Monday, November 16 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: Alexandria Public Library, 10 Maple Drive, Alexandria, Ohio 43001

Heart of Ohio October Meeting – Mon. Oct 19

OEFFA Heart of Ohio Chapter Meeting:
Organic Certification and Non-GMO Feed and Production
Monday, October 19, 7-9 p.m.
Alexandria Public Library
10 Maple Dr., Alexandria, OH 43001

OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter welcomes you to a free public discussion and information session on Organic Certification and Non-GMO Feed and Production on Monday, October 19.

OEFFA Sustainable Agriculture Educator Eric Pawlowski and Daniel Masters, owner of Hiland Farms, will lead a discussion on how to become certified organic, what certified organic means, and what it means to be non-GMO verified. Plenty of time will be provided for questions and input from our attendees.

The event will start with a short business meeting.

Questions? Contact: Chuck Dilbone at (740) 877-8738 or sunbeamfamilyfarm@gmail.com.

Heart of Ohio Planning Meeting – Aug. 31, 2015

OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter planning meeting for the 2014-2015 season will take place Monday, August 31, 2015, 7:00 PM, at the Alexandria Public Library.

We will be selecting the topics for the 2015-16 meetings and listing individuals who might want to lead the discussions concerning these topics. It is important that we select topics that relate to our chapter members and help them grow as producers. If you cannot attend the planning meeting, but have a topic that you want considered, please email Chuck Dilbone at cgdilbone@gmail.com before the August 31 meeting.

As of this date we have received the following ideas:

· GMO – Why not? Discussion of all the variables concerning the GMO topic.

· What does an organic certification mean and how do you become certified

· Controlling weeds

· Irrigation

· Raising berries and other small fruits – raising berries in hoophouses

· Growing in hoophouses

· Making jelly and jams

· Canning and freezing produce

· Permaculture

The following are the meeting dates, times and location for this year’s meetings;
August 31
7:00 – 9:00p.m.
Alexandria Library

October 19
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Alexandria Library

November 16
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Alexandria Library

January 19
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Alexandria Library

March 21
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Alexandria Library

April 18
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Alexandria Library

May 16
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Farm Visit

We hope you will join us for the planning meeting! Your input is important to our chapter.

Rescheduled to June 8: Farm Visit to Cat Run Ranch Flower Farm

Monday, June 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Mark and Karen McVay will take chapter members on a tour of their flower farm while discussing the many topics related to backyard/commercial flower growing. This tour is for both the serious flower grower and the backyard grower. The McVay’s use raised beds, a greenhouse and a hoophouse to grow their flowers.  Cat Run Ranch Flower Farm is located at 1485 Sportsman Club Road, Newark, Ohio 43055.

We hope you will join us at this informative event!  (It was previously scheduled for May 11 but cancelled because of weather.)

 

April 13 Meeting of Heart of Ohio Chapter

OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter presents a free public discussion and information session on pruning and caring for fruit trees and berry bushes.

Andy Lynd, of Lynd Fruit Farm and Blue Frog Farm, will lead the discussion. The discussion will include such topics as the timing of when to prune trees/berries, tools used to prune, pruning techniques and other issues related to this topic. We hope you will join us at this informative event!

When: Monday, April 13, 2015 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: Alexandria Public Library, 10 Maple Drive, Alexandria, Ohio 43001

Heart of Ohio March Meeting Mon. March 9

OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter presents a free public discussion and information session on the Starting and Preparing Transplants for Spring Planting.

Erin Harvey, owner of The Kale Yard, will be leading a discussion concerning the many tasks related to preparing for the spring planting of both a backyard garden and/or fields. Topics will include but not limited to developing a planting schedule, greenhouse preparation, seed starting, maintaining healthy transplants, proper irrigation, hardening off transplants, soil preparation, and proper transplanting techniques.

We hope you will join us at this informative event!

What: Information and discussion session concerning the many aspects of Starting and Preparing Transplants for Spring Planting.

Who: Presented by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s Heart of Ohio Chapter with Erin Harvey leading the discussion.

When: Monday, March 9, 2015 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: Alexandria Public Library, 10 Maple Drive, Alexandria, Ohio 43001

This discussion/information meeting is part of OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter’s regular meeting schedule which includes pertinent topics for both the rural and urban farmer/gardener. For more information about this meeting or future chapter meetings please contact Chuck Dilbone at sunbeamfamilyfarm@gmail.com or call 740-877-8738.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Heart of Ohio November Meeting – Mon Nov 10 7-9 p.m.

OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter presents a free public discussion and information session on Predator Control/Wildlife Nuisance. 

Gary Comer, Ohio Department of Wildlife Supervisor, will lead a discussion on how to protect your crops and animals from predators and wildlife.  We all know, no matter if you live in an urban or rural area it only takes one night for deer and other wildlife to destroy a crop.  There are no “for sure” answers, but there are some strategies that work better than others.  Gary Comer will discuss strategies that we might find helpful and also help us understand how the predators and wildlife react.  This discussion is for both the commercial producer and the backyard gardener.  

The meeting will start with a short business meeting and then move right into the evening’s topic – Predator Control/Wildlife Nuisance. 


We hope you will join us at this informative event!

What: Information and discussion session concerning the many concepts involved in Predator Control/Wildlife Nuisance.

Who: Presented by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s Heart of Ohio Chapter with Gary Comer from the Ohio department of Wildlife conducting the discussion.

When: Monday, November 10, 2014 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: Alexandria Public Library, 10 Maple Drive, Alexandria, Ohio 43001


This discussion/information meeting is part of OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter’s regular meeting schedule which includes pertinent topics for both the rural and urban farmer/gardener.   For more information about this meeting or future chapter meetings please contact Chuck Dilbone at sunbeamfamilyfarm@gmail.com or call 740-877-8738. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Heart of Ohio Meeting October 13

OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter presents a free public discussion and information session on Soil Health and Soil Testing. 

Gary Horrisberger, Holmes Laboratory INC., will lead a discussion on soil health and soil testing.  Why should a grower test the soil; how do you collect soil samples; and how do you interpret and use the results of the soil tests; are some of the questions Gary will help answer.  This discussion is for both the commercial producer and the backyard gardener.  

The meeting will start with a short business meeting and then move right into the evening’s topic – Soil Health and Soil Testing. 


We hope you will join us at this informative event!

What: Information and discussion session concerning the many concepts involved in Soil Health and Soil Testing.

Who: Presented by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s Heart of Ohio Chapter with Gary Horrisberger from Holmes Laboratory conducting the discussion.

When: Monday, October 13, 2014 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: Alexandria Public Library, 10 Maple Drive, Alexandria, Ohio 43001


This discussion/information meeting is part of OEFFA’s Heart of Ohio Chapter’s regular meeting schedule which includes pertinent topics for both the rural and urban farmer/gardener.   For more information about this meeting or future chapter meetings please contact Chuck Dilbone at sunbeamfamilyfarm@gmail.com or call 740-877-8738. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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