Countryside Courses and Workshops
Winter Roundtable Series
Winter is the best time to develop your farm knowledge and network with local farmers and gardeners. Each year, the Farmers Roundtables explore a variety of topics, meeting once or twice each month. Topics from the 2018/19 season was done in partnership with Portage Soil and Water Conservation District and included: Direct Marketing and Identifying your Core Customer Base; Finding and Funding your Farm; Seed Starting and Soil Preparation; Integrating Cover Crops and No-Till Practices into your Market Farm; Savings for your Pocket and the Planet: Creating a Closed Loop Farming System; and Savings for your Pocket and the Planet: Fertilize Right. In 2021 our Winter Roundtable discussions were virtual due to COVID-19 considerations, but still provided a great opportunity for local farmers to connect. Discussion topics included “Creative Farm Collaborations” and “Record Keeping Best Practices.
Educational farm tours often occur through other workshops. If you or a group would like help planning an educational tour of a local farm, please contact email@example.com.
If you own farmland in northeast Ohio and would like to sell or lease your land to a new and beginning farmer, we can help connect you. Real Estate Agents and estate lawyers: do your clients have land that they want to keep in farming? We can help them connect to new farmers looking for land. Contact our farm staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also explore OEFFA’s Heartland FarmLink Program to find a farmer.
Check out the National Young Farmers Coalition: Finding Farmland Calculator, here. This great tool helps farmers seeking land understand their financial options. You can also explore OEFFA’s Heartland FarmLink Program to find a farm. Email email@example.com to be added to an inquiry list for land opportunities.
Farmer Education Resources for Beginning and Seasoned Farmers
Farm Succession and Protection
American Famland Trust- http://www.farmland.org/
Western Reserve Land Conservancy- https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/
Center for Rural Affairs – www.cfra.org
Central State University Extension – https://www.centralstate.edu/academics/cse/agriculture/
Farm Aid – www.farmaid.org
Farm and Dairy – www.farmanddairy.com
Growing for Market – http://www.growingformarket.com
Local Food Systems – http://localfoodsystems.org
LocalHarvest – http://www.localharvest.org
Local Matters – www.local-matters.org
Mesothelioma Center – www.asbestos.com/occupations/farmers
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – http://www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov
New Farmers USDA – https://newfarmers.usda.gov/
Ohio Department of Agriculture – http://www.ohioagriculture.gov
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) – http://www.oeffa.org
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation – http://www.ofbf.org
Ohio State University Extension – https://extension.osu.edu/
One Good Idea – https://goodideafarm.org/
OSU – Agroecosystems Management Program – https://amp.osu.edu/
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education – https://www.sare.org/
U.S. Census Bureau National Ag. Statistics Service – Quick Stats – http://quickstats.nass.usda.gov
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) – http://www.fsa.usda.gov
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) – http://www.nass.usda.gov
USDA Rural Development in Ohio – https://www.rd.usda.gov/oh