Events Calendar

Check the Ohio Foodshed Events Calendar regularly for upcoming events in the region, including workshops, farm tours, and other special events presented by Rural Action and our partners in the area. Please contact us if you’re interested in submitting a listing for the events calendar.

Season Creation: The Green Edge Model of Winter Growing @ The Grange
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join Green Edge Organic Gardens and Rural Action for a highly acclaimed, on-farm workshop. This training focuses on the use of gabled high tunnels for winter production, focusing on multiple aspects of the Green Edge Organic Gardens model of year round high tunnel farming. The workshop includes both on-farm and classroom portions and is taught by the farmers.

The worskhop fee is $20, which includes a locally catered lunch. Interested attendees must register in advance by contacting Tom Redfern at 740-677-4047 or

Please arrive at 9:30 am for registration!

GAP Certification Training: Appalachian Sustainable Development @ Marion Community Center
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join Rural Action in partnership with Appalachian Sustainable Development in preparing your farm for a Good Agricultural Practices audit.
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) are voluntary audits that assure consumers and wholesale purchasers that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. GAP & GHP audits verify adherence to the recommendations made in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and industry recognized food safety practices.

GAP certification is required by wholesale buyers. To support our farmers in meeting this requirement, Appalachian Sustainable Development’s Appalachian Harvest Food Hub in Duffield, Virginia offers GAP training and technical support to help you prepare a Plan of Action Manual and mock audits that have led to a 100% GAP audit pass rate.

Topics of this training include:
-Water Quality
-Worker Training, Health & Hygiene
-Manure and Compost Handling
-Domestic and Wild Animals

Registration Fee is $10, and includes lunch.
To register, contact Tom Redfern at or 740-677-4047


Seed Starting and Garden Planning for Beginners @ Marion Community Center
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Seed Starting and Garden Planning for Beginners @ Marion Community Center | Chesterhill | Ohio | United States

Everyone is welcome to join us for this workshop as we gear up for the 2018 growing season!

John Wood of Homecoming Farm will share tried and true methods of starting various kinds of seeds to get a jump start on growing. He will also share a planning tool he developed for creating a sound budget for your garden, which will be especially useful to anyone hoping to earn some additional income from growing produce. Please let us know if you would like childcare for the event.

This workshop is FREE and open to anyone looking to learn more about starting a garden, or taking your current one to the next level.

Seed Starting and Garden Planning for Beginners is a part of the workshop series held by Rural Action’s Buckeye ISA project in partnership with The Ohio State University and the Kellogg Foundation. Families with children 8 and under are encouraged to participate in the Buckeye ISA project to receive individual support on creating income from their gardens and farms. They will also receive free non-invasive health screenings. Please contact Andrea Reany at or (740) 677-4047.

How to Make a Living with Specialty Dairy Products in Appalachian Ohio @ First Christian Church
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
How to Make a Living with Specialty Dairy Products in Appalachian Ohio @ First Christian Church | Zanesville | Ohio | United States

Join us for a day of learning and networking with women leaders in the specialty dairy industry! In this event sponsored by Rural Action, SARE, and Women Grow Ohio you will learn the basics of animal care, infrastructure to create a simple business plan, marketing, other uses for dairy animal products, and much more. Leaders in the special dairy industry will address the unique issues of the industry and teach you how to develop a sustainable business model for a small farm or homestead. If you are looking to create a livable income with dairy products from goats, sheep, or cows, this workshop is for you! Listen to regional contributors – women leading their own successful businesses – from Blue Rock Station LLC, Creekside Farm, Integration Acres, Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch, Lucky Penny Creamery, Black Locust Livestock & Herbal, Highland Haven Farm, and Green Edge Gardens. These women will tell their stories and share their insights about how they got started, challenges they face in the marketplace, and various ways to produce and herd dairy animals. Lunch will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Beginning Forest Farming Conference @ Camp Otyokwa
Mar 23 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 25 @ 7:00 am
Beginning Forest Farming Conference @ Camp Otyokwa | South Bloomingville | Ohio | United States

Join us in the beautiful Hocking Hills of Ohio for a multi-day forest farming intensive hosted by Rural Action and the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition! The goal of this weekend-long intensive is to help participants plan for, grow, and manage their forest farming business through peer to peer learning opportunities. This event will create opportunities for participants to learn directly from successful farmers, business owners, and educators who have decades of combined experience and expertise in the natural products sector.

Featured Topics and Speakers:

Good Agricultural Practices for Small Herbal Products Businesses – Jeanine Davis and Margaret Bloomquist, NCSU Extension

Growing and Managing Your Natural Products Business – Maureen Burns, Herbal Sage Tea Company
Small-scale Farm to Market Enterprises: Perspectives and Considerations for New Producers – Janell Baran, Blue Owll Hollow Tree Farm & Garden Emporium

Wholesale Production of Herbal Medicines: Perspectives and Lessons Learned – Lonnie Galt-Theis, Equinox Botanicals

Film Screening and Discussion: “The Sanctitiy of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm” – Paul Strauss, Equinox Botanicals.

$40 in advance
$50 on site

*This price includes all training sessions, all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch and lodging for 2 nights at Camp Oty’Okwa

*Advanced registration is preferred and will be available through March 16, 2018