What’s Happening In and Around the State of Ohio Related to Local Foods and Farming! http://sri.

It is about time for seasonal markets to open up again! Check out the links below to find farm markets, state fairs, auctions, CSAs, and much more. Finding a Farmers' Market: To find an Ohio Farmers' Market, visit: http://ohiofarmersmarkets.osu.edu/ Finding an Ohio County Fair: To find the date for an Ohio county fair, visit: http://www.ohiofairs.org/listoffairs.html Finding farms in and around Ohio that sell directly to the public through local farmers' markets, CSA's, and on-farm sales, visit OEFFA’s searchable on-line directory: http://www.oeffa.org/search-geg.php?PHPSESSID=0078574a272732d169618a90177fb990 Map of Ohio Public Produce Auctions (Created for Rural Action), visit: http://ruralaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/OhioProduceAuctions.pdf

Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 5, 8- 10am 6th Annual Market to Market Bike Ride, Columbus, OH. Spring is here, which means it’s the perfect time to get out your bikes and ride! It’s also time for the Market to Market event with The Hill’s Market and North Market to celebrate Ohio-made food, farmers markets, bicycling season, and the Columbus Bicentennial. This version of Market to Market is the “Mustaches and Monocles” edition. Riders are encouraged to don their interpretation of “turn of the Century” garb for the ride. How does it work? Pick your starting point – either Hills Market or North Market – and enjoy your included breakfast at that market between 8-10 a.m. Get your local foods passport to collect stamps at local vendors and organizations along the way – and get moving on the The Olentangy River Greenway, or the Olentangy Bike Trail. Show your completed passport at your destination market to get a scoop of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and a reusable shopping bag filled with coupons and goodies from local vendors. If you bike back to your market of origin, you will receive a different bag of goodies, for a total value of $50 of coupons and samples. All participating riders will also be entered into a random

drawing for a custom messenger bag created by local courier bag gurus Seagull Bag. Costumed riders are eligible for prizes including a $100 B1 Bicycles gift card, Bike the Cbus tickets, tickets to a Columbus Food Adventures Tour, Dine Originals Columbus certificates, a Pinchflat poster, gift certificates from the Small Business Beanstalk and a set of oils from The Olive Orchard. The Hills Market will be celebrating “A Taste of The Hills Market”, featuring samples and beer and wine tastes, while the North Market will be celebrating the opening of their Farmer’s Market – so even if you can’t ride this year, you’ll want to stop by the markets! Registration is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Registration can be made online at northmarket.com or thehillsmarket.com by phone by calling 614-846-3220 (The Hills Market) or 614-463-9664 (North Market), or in person at either location. To determine how many breakfasts to prepare at each market, participants will be required to state whether they will have breakfast at The Hills Market or North Market. Thursday, May 10, 2012 through Monday, May 14, 2012 Growing Food and Faith Training, Procter Camp and Conference Center in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, London, OH. The Growing Food and Faith Training is a unique, long-term initiative that prepares rural community leaders how to address poverty, hunger and economic development within their youth and young adult populations. The Growing Food and Faith Training will teach each participant how to implement very flexible, low-cost programs that can be implemented by any Episcopal parish, no matter its budget or resources. Join us for this innovative new training and learn how to implement very flexible, low-cost gardening programs that can be utilized by any Episcopal community, no matter its budget or resources. This training is made possible through a generous grant from the Roanridge Trust and is being done in cooperation with Episcopal Relief and Development and Procter Camp and Conference Center. Contact Ms. Christine Tokarz, Procter Center Director at (903) 267-6372 or ctokarz@diosohio.org Thursday, May 10- Saturday, May 12 2012 Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens Plant Sale Located just east of 315 on the OSU campus at Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive Thursday, May 10, 6-9 pm • Members Night for Friends of the Arboretum • First pick of plants • Pre-sale reception • Plant auction

• Become a member at the door! • Friday, May 11, 7 am– 7 pm Saturday, May 12, 8 am– 3 pm • Tree and shrub auction Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit the arboretum. Contact (614) 688-3479 or go to http://: http://go.osu.edu/Hwj for more information. Tuesday, May 15, 6:30- 9 pm Vertical Gardening, Herb Spirals and Raised Bed Gardening, Toledo Botanical Garden Conference Center, 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, OH Lucas County Master Gardener Volunteer Speakers Bureau Lecture Series is offering two Alternative Gardening Options classes: • • Tuesday, May 15: Vertical Gardening, Herb Spirals and Raised Bed Gardening. Tuesday, June 12: Mixed Container Gardening & Community Supported Agriculture.

Attend one or both classes in the series ($15 for one class ; inquire about the combined amount for remaining classes). Please RSVP. Call (419) 578-6783 or visit http://www.lucas.osu.edu for more information or to RSVP.

Save the Date
September 21 – 23, 2012: Project for Public Spaces 8th International Public Markets Conference, Cleveland, OH.

On-Going Events/ Opportunities
Training for Local Food Producers Selling at Farmers' Markets The Farmers’ Market Management Network, Inc. (www.fmmn.org) is collaborating with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food Safety to offer training for farmers’ market managers and vendors/producers on the requirements for selling directly to the consumer through farmers’ markets. Dan Milo from ODA will share information about the regulations for farmers’ markets and cottage foods producers. There is no fee to attend, but registration is encouraged as space is limited at some locations. Local health inspectors have been invited and will participate at some locations. This is a great opportunity to prepare for the coming market season. Upcoming dates and locations are: • Western Ohio: May 3, 9:00 am- noon Community Room, 405 SW Public Square, 3rd Floor, Troy, OH 45373 RSVP by 5/1 to Susan at susan@troymainstreet.com or (937) 339-5455 OSU Extension Athens County Office 280 W Union St Athens, OH

Contact John at (740) 773-6702 or go online to register or for more information.

Eat/Learn/Live series This year’s series at the North Broadway Methodist Church is called Caring for Creation: The Christian Imperative. It will explore how individuals can make a difference both individually and collectively. Over 4 weeks presenters will lead the study about sustainability from ecological, economic and societal perspectives, so that we more fully appreciate the wonder and beauty of creation, better understand the issues from a world view, and are able to make informed choices as we seek to care for our environment. A light supper at 6:30 for a small donation and the program starts at 7 pm. The series runs 4 weeks and will culminate with an Environmental festival in the parking lot on Sunday afternoon, May 20 where community groups may present their sustainable activities. Location: North Broadway United Methodist Church, 48 E. North Broadway, Columbus, OH. Future topics: • Wednesday, May 2: Critical Reflections on Sustainability, the Food System, and Social Change Professor Jeff Sharp Wednesday, May 9: Integrating Economics and Environment for a more Sustainable Energy Future Dr. Fred Hitzhusen Wednesday, May 16: Environmental Stewardship: What Can We Do? Dr. Greg Hitzhusen

Contact Mariellen Miller at (614) 397-1351 with questions or for more information. Beekeeping Webinars Beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping are invited to attend a free, monthly educational webinar series taught by Ohio State University experts. Offered by Ohio State's Bee Lab, the webinar series will employ the Adobe Connect format. Those interested in participating will need a computer with Internet connection; iPad and iPhone users can also join using these devices, but they need to download the Adobe Connect app. Regardless of the device being used to access the webinars, participants first need to join the Bee Lab contact list by visiting http://go.osu.edu/beelablist. Webinar log-in instructions will be provided. Participants can view the presentation and submit live questions during the presentation or access the webinar on the Bee Lab website archive (http://beelab.osu.edu) the next day. The schedule includes:

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May 16 - Pesticides In and Around the Hive, Reed Johnson, assistant professor of apiculture, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) June 20 - Mites and Honey Bees, Jim Tew, retired honeybee specialist, OSU Extension July 18 - Planning Now for Winter Preparation, Bloetscher August 15 - Questions from the Hive, Johnson September 19 - Marketing Bee Products, Julie Fox, OSU South Centers at Piketon October 17 - Putting the Hive to Bed for Winter, Kim Flottum, editor, Bee Culture magazine

For more information, contact Denise Ellsworth at ellsworth.2@osu.edu or 330-263-3723. 'Growing Our Own' Gardening Workshops Ohio State University Extension and Local Matters are collaborating on a series of free gardening workshops through mid-June. The workshops cover a variety of topics, from extending the growing season by using hoop houses and cold frames to planning and seeding your garden. All except the Feb. 11-12 weekend workshop are located at Godman Guild, 303 E. 6th St., Columbus. Participants are asked to reserve a spot by contacting Cole Wardell, cwardell@localmatters.org or 614-263-5662. For information on the series, see http://localmatters.org/blog/cole/growing-our-own-free-workshop-series. The workshops are: • May 19, 9 am- noon, Irrigating Urban Gardens. Larry Brown and Angelica Huerta from Ohio State University will lead this hands-on workshop on building irrigation systems that allow gardeners to grow higher-yielding crops with less labor. • June 2, 10 am- noon, Water Harvesting: Methods, Care, and Resources. Local experts the Rain Brothers will talk about programs for discounted or free rain barrels, how to care for rain barrels and cisterns, winterization and other helpful tips. Participants also will receive materials for planning and planting rain gardens to direct water for individual growers needs. • June 16, 11 am- 1 pm, Building and Testing Soil. A portion of the workshop will be devoted to reading participants' individual soil tests. Leaders will determine the types and amounts of soil amendments to balance and enhance the soil. Veteran garden educator Mike Hogan of OSU Extension will discuss building soil and techniques to create a rich ground for growing food. Grow and Know Events • April 28 & 29: Spring Fabulous Food Show 10am- 8pm & 10am- 6pm, I-X Center, Cleveland Tickets available online

May 3: All About Herbs 6- 7:30 pm, Rhoads Garden Center, Circleville Free for OFBF members and $10 for nonmembers, register by May 2 May 12: Canning and Preserving 9:30 am- 1 pm, Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton $5 for Farm Bureau members and $10 for nonmembers, register by May 9 June 13: Fast Food Homemade 9:30 am- 1 pm, Grace Lutheran Church Eaton, Ohio $5 for Farm Bureau members and $10 for nonmembers, register by June 8 June 16: Breakfast on the Farm 9- 11 am, Kramer Homestead, Plain City Free, register by June 4 June 16: Fast Food from the Farm 8:30 am- 12 noon, Clinton County Farmers Market, Wilmington Free, no registration required June 21: Tastes of Local Agriculture 6- 8 pm, Wheeler Farms, Whitehouse $25 per person, register by June 15 June 24: Picnic & Farm Tour 1- 3 pm, Sands Family Farm, Zanesville Free for OFBF members and $10 for nonmembers, register by June 15 June 24: Cheese, Please! 2- 4 pm, Laurel Valley Creamery, Gallipolis $10 for Ohio Farm Bureau members, register by June 20

More information regarding cost, registration, program details and contact information can be found online. New Directions for Suburban Gardens The Worthington Garden Club, in cooperation with the Griswold Center, with promotional support from the Worthington Libraries, is presenting another excellent series of FREE seminars. This six-part series will challenge your concept of suburban gardening. Learn more about beekeeping, urban farming, growing not-usually-found-at-the-nursery plants, the benefits of using native plants, intensive vegetable growing and spring flowers. All sessions will take place 7-9 pm at the Griswold Center, 777 High Street, Worthington. • May 17: Urban farms? Yes! They are happening across the United States. Clintonville farmer Joseph Swain shares his experience with this new phenomenon.

For details, see: http://www.worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar/2011-10-20/new-directions-suburban-gardens

Urban Agriculture Workshops

Hosted by OSU Extension of Cuyahoga County, these workshops are all free and open to the public. Upcoming workshops include: • • • • • • April 28: Growing Small Fruit May 5: Irrigation Strategies May 10: Starting a Compost Pile June 6: Setting Up Your Chicken Yard June 10: Zoo Poo Field Trip June 21: Organic Pest Control

Please call 216-429-8200 ext. 249 or e-mail: wright.1128@osu.edu with any questions. To learn more about the workshop offerings, their locations and times, click here.

Announcements /Opportunities Local Matters seeks a part-time Seasonal Growing Matters Assistant The pay is $15/hour and it will be 20 hours/week through May, 40 hours/week June-August and 20 hours/week September-October. The Growing Matters program aims to educate people on intensive food production in yards, community gardens and educational settings. The Growing Matters Assistant will work in a variety of settings; participate in interactive discussions about growing healthful, whole foods; and assist with the outreach required to create inclusive, urban agriculture. The Growing Matters Assistant will understand that at the base of a healthy local foods system lies education and soil. Visit their website for further details regarding responsibilities, required skills, and application information.

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