Earth Day Pop-Up Shop!

Earth Day 2017 PosterCINCY SPROUTS will have it’s first pre-farmer’s market season, pop-up shop at this event! We will have veggies and herbs, merchandise, and information about us and the coming Farmer’s Market season at Findlay Market.

Stop by to enter to win a beautiful and bountiful herb basket!

WHAT: The 47th Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration: Theme “Local Food”
WHERE: Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242
WHEN: Saturday “Official Earth Day”, April 22, noon- 7 p.m.
1:15 p.m. 2014 Environmental Awards presentation
1:30 p.m. Student Recycled Costume Contest

This free, family-friendly event hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition, will feature over 100 vendors and exhibitors offering Earth-friendly products and interactive educational activities, live music, a beer garden, petting zoo and recycling games.

Highlights of the day include the 3rd-7th grade Student Recycled Costume Contest and Fashion Show, presentation of the 2017 Environmental Awards, which recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship, and a lecture series on the local food resources, the benefits of home gardening and the how to compost.

Our theme, Local Food, will actively involve environmental groups, government agencies, businesses and citizens of all ages in demonstrating their contributions to the beauty and quality of life through their positive actions. The Earth Day event provides a wonderful opportunity for a day of environmental education for the public. In addition to exhibits and entertainment, local food trucks and Rhinegeist “Cincy Made” craft beer truck will attend.

Visit www.cincinnatiearthday.com for a complete schedule of events and more details.

About the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition
The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition is a (501c3) community of not-for-profit organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Tri-state region who work cooperatively and actively to promote the beauty and environmental quality of the Tri-state area. Visit www.cincinnatiearthday.com for more information on the event.

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Post-Harvest Handling: Maintaining highest quality produce from field to plate

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Post-Harvest Handling: Maintaining highest quality produce from field to plate.
A Class for Vegetable Farmers – April 7, 2017, 2-5 PM

This class will walk through post-harvest handling techniques from field to plate for everything from leafy greens to tomatoes. Washing, packing, and storage techniques for wholesale and retail outlets will be covered. FSMA, the Food Safety Modernization Act, will NOT be covered. Topics will include:
1. Best practices for post harvest handling
2. Options for washing, packing, and storage facilities
3. Sizing of bunches, cases, etc. for both wholesale and retail

Cost: $25 for SWOEFFA / OEFFA members; $30, farmers; students, $10 .Pre-registration is required.
REGISTER NOW – CLICK HERE
Sign up NOW: 10 Farmers Needed to Hold Class

Taught by Megan Gambrill: Megan managed crop production and organic certification at Turner Farm for five years. She was responsible for the production of over seventy different crops serving CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale outlets, and managed a team of farmers supported by seasonal apprentices who receive in-depth education in production methods and decision-making. This year she is excited to join the team at Carriage House Farm.

Location: Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
Main Building, Room 108, Landscape Horticulture Technologies

Payment: Bring Cash or Check to class
Registration fee includes materials, coffee, and cookies.For more information, contact Ken, 513-473-1860, farmtrainingOH@gmail.com

This workshop is organized by Cultivate! Ohio Valley. 

Organic Certification: The pros, the cons, and the paperwork

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Organic Certification: The pros, the cons, and the paperwork

A Class for Vegetable Farmers – March 31, 2017, 2p to 4p

This class will help current and future specialty crop producers determine whether or not organic certification makes sense for their operations.  Topics include:
1. What does “Certified Organic” actually mean?
2. Is organic certification right for your business?
3. Record keeping and record keeping structures needed to incorporate into your operations in order to obtain organic certification.


REGISTER NOW — CLICK HERE!<https://goo.gl/forms/sSvupsi1OGIUglmZ2>
Cost: $25 for SWOEFFA / OEFFA members; $30, farmers; students, $10 Pre-registration is required.
Sign up NOW: 10 Farmers Needed to Hold Class

Taught by Megan Gambrill: Megan managed crop production and organic certification at Turner Farm for five years. She was responsible for the production of over seventy different crops serving CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale outlets, and managed a team of farmers supported by seasonal apprentices who receive in-depth education in production methods and decision-making. This year she is excited to join the team at Carriage House Farm. Megan’s next class, on Post Harvest Handling, is on April 7th.

Where: Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
Main Building, Room 108, Landscape Horticulture Technologies


Payment: Bring Cash or Check to class
See you there! Registration fee includes materials, coffee, and cookies.

Winter Workshop Series Recap and Photos

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.

Winter Workshop Series III: Seed Starting for Vegetable Production Workshop

Here is our FINAL workshop of the winter workshop series!

February 16th 1-4pm

COST:
$25 for SWOEFFA/OEFFA members
$30 Farmers and Growers
$10 students

FOR: Farmers of all scales, skill levels, and experiences. People wanting to farm for income and those farmers wanting to ramp up their business and sales. Gardeners and students welcome!

Starting seeds is a critical component of every commercial vegetable farm’s success. During this hands on workshop, you will get an overview of the entire seed-starting process-  from planning to creating organic soil mix to seeding to ‘pricking-out’ and transplanting. The workshop will be held in the propagation greenhouse at Bahr Farm, a 100 year old diversified vegetable and livestock farm in College Hill.

PURPOSE: Season extension starts with starting seeds early for earlier harvests and transplant sales. Seed starting means reducing costs by reducing transplant purchases. Seed starting means growing transplants for your low and high tunnels and in-field planting. Serious, on-farm seed starting is a powerful tool to employ all the way into summer for fall plantings.

WORKSHOP LEADERS: Join Charles Griffin in this workshop to make organic seed starting mixes; learn methods that can increase your success in growing plant starts; and discuss management of pests and diseases in the greenhouse. Charles has many years of seed propagation experience from the home garden to commercial scale production.

Charles teaches in the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Cincinnati State. He has been training students and apprentices in plant propagation techniques for small farms and gardens in the Midwest for 15 years!


*Registration fee includes workshop materials, coffee, and refreshments.*
Registration information and event details available by contacting Ken Stern (513) 473-1869 and farmtrainingOH@gmail.com

Or sign up here !

Where: 969 W North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45224-2221, United States

PARKING: Park at the Family Dollar (951 W. North Bend Rd) right next door and walk over.
Follow the driveway past the house and between the red barns.

Winter Workshop Series Part II: Small High Tunnel Construction Workshop for Vegetables

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January 18th 1-4pm

(SNOW DATE: January 25, 2017)

COST:
$25 for SWOEFFA/OEFFA members
$30 Farmers and Growers
$10 students

FOR: Farmers of all scales, skill levels, and experiences interested in increasing production capactiy and sales. Backyard gardeners and students welcome.

This hands on workshop at Bahr Farm, led by Our Harest Co-op farm managers, provides the opportunity to construct a 100 foot long, 12 foot wide, and 7 foot high tunnel.
Discussion and questions will focus on why this tunnel design; its benefits, and what the day’s building process entails. You will leave the workshop with a copy of the tunnel’s instructions and the list of materials and supplies used and sources purchased from.

PURPOSE: Take a look and put a hand to putting up a high tunnel, if you are thinking about using them on your farm. Get your questions answered and see for yourself how Our Harvest Cooperative is expanding thie vegetable production adn lengthening their growing and selling season.

WORKSHOP LEADERS:
Stephen Dienger: Assistant Farm Manager for Oour Harvest Co-op. He has been growing sustainbaly for over 7 years. He has repaired and built hoop houses at several farms for successful season extension.

Steve Edwards: has been involved with several kinds of farming methods, inlcuding the Amish, and recycling centers for 50 years. He is looking forward to sharing some of the skills he has been taught.

*Registration fee includes workshop materials, coffee, and refreshments.*
Registration information and event details available by contacting Ken Stern (513) 473-1869 and farmtrainingOH@gmail.com

Or follow this link to sign up on Google Docs: SIGN UP !


Where: 969 W North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45224-2221, United States

PARKING: Park at the Family Dollar (951 W. North Bend Rd) right next door and walk over.
Follow the driveway past the house and between the red barns.

The hoophouse being built: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/tools-supplies/quick-hoops-high-tunnel-bender-9018.html

Winter Workshop Series Part 1: Growing Your Farm Business: Planning Tools for Success at the Market-Garden Level

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Welcome are farmers of all scales, skill levels, and experiences,
people wanting to farm for income, and students

Cost:
$15 for SWOEFFA – OEFFA members
$20 Farmers / Growers
$10 Students
Cash and Check Payments accepted at day of event.
To pre-register, please follow this link here .

Location: Cincinnati State Technical & Community College 3520 Central Parkway Cincinnati, Ohio 45223 Landscape Horticulture Technologies Main Building, Room 108 Park in Lot A or Lot D. Lot D is closest.

Since 2003, Jim Lowenburg has operated Running Creek Farm, a small market-farm located in Mt. Healthy. Jim will share some of the essential tools he has used to successfully grow his business over the past 14 seasons. Running Creek Farm has steadily built the farm business, while intentionally keeping it to a small-scale, manageable operation.
Over time, Jim has developed the 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.

At the workshop, Jim will share tips and tactics, along with successes and challenges on the farm.
The workshop will allow you to understand what has worked for Running Creek Farm, and will include a roundtable discussion for asking questions and sharing ideas.

Workshop topics will include:
1. Discussion of various growing systems for small-scale farming
2. Planning techniques – planning for the next season, and planning for future growth
3. Basic strategies towards developing markets for your product

Take home message: Careful management of both the business and farming sides grows farm profits!

Sponsored by Cultivate! Ohio Valley (formerly OHREI: Our Harvest Research and Education Institute) 1st in Winter Workshop Series.

Last Market Days

The end of spring is nearing and so are CincySprouts market days at Findlay Market! This weekend, May 28th and 29th, is our last and we will be running sales for our remaining available plants. There are still plenty of spring and summer tomatoes available as well as many herb varieties! As always we are on the Race St Side of the old Market Shed! Come say hi!

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