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