This winter Cultivate! Ohio Valley hosted three very successful workshops. In December: Growing your Farm Business: Planning Tools for Success at the Market-Garden Level, in January: Small High Tunnel Construction Workshop for Vegetable Production, and in February Seed Starting for Vegetable Production.
December: Growing your Farm Business: Planning Tools for Success at the Market-Garden Level
We do not have photos from the first workshop, but a dozen folks learned from one of Cincinnati’s successful vegetable farmers, Jim Lowenburg. Jim has operated Running Creek Farm since 2003, a small market-farm located in Mt. Healthy, he developed growing space from a small backyard garden to about an acre of vegetables and flowers. In 2012, Running Creek Farm erected a 24 foot x 100 foot high tunnel to extend the growing season, beginning earlier in the spring and growing into the winter months. Jim shared some of the essential tools he has used to successfully grow his business over the past 14 seasons.
January: Small High Tunnel Construction Workshop for Vegetable Production
This hands on workshop at Bahr Farm, was led by Our Harest Co-op farm managers Steve Edwards and Stephen Dienger. Fourteen attendees participated in constructing the a 100 foot long, 12 foot wide, and 7 foot high tunnel under the direction and supervision of Steve and Stephen.
February Seed Starting for Vegetable Production:
18 folks were given an overview of the entire seed-starting process- from planning to creating organic soil mix to seeding to ‘pricking-out’ and transplanting. The workshop was held in the propagation greenhouse at Bahr Farm, a 100 year old diversified vegetable and livestock farm in College Hill. Charles Griffin lead this workshop- making organic seed starting mixes; sharing methods that can increase success in growing plant starts; and discussed management of pests and diseases in the greenhouse.