2019 Farm Tours

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TAKE A FIELD TRIP THIS SUMMER.

Get back to the land this summer during the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series! A total of 46 farm tours, workshops, and special events will be offered by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, The Ohio State University, the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, the Clintonville Farmers' Market, and the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance.
CFM Sponsored Tours are listed below. You can download a brochure of the full workshop and tour series here.
Certified Organic Vegetable Farm Tour
Sunday, June 16 • 2-3 p.m.
Peace Love Freedom Farm
4541 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43224

Milan Karcic has been farming full time for seven years. In addition to selling at the Clintonville Farmers' Market, he run a 25 member community supported agriculture (CSA) program and makes movies. At this tour, co-sponsored by The Ohio State Univeristy, participants will learn how to prepare and plant a row of vegetables.
Transitional Produce and Flower Farm
Saturday, July 13 • 3 p.m.
Happy Toes Homestead
999 E. Cooke Rd., Columbus, OH 43224

Katie Hawkins is a beginning farmer who started Happy Toes Homestead in 2017, which she immediately began to transition to organic. She raises microgreens, herbs, cut flowers, and heirloom vegetables on a 2 acre urban farm in Columbus. She is launching her first community supported agriculture (CSA) program this year, featuring produce and flowers. She also sells at farmers' markets and local restaurants.

She is happy to share her lessons learned in produce, microgreen, and flower production from the beginning farmer perspective. This tour will have heavy emphasis on the organic transition and certification process, because Katie also works for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association as a compliance coordinator. The tour will also focus on the challenges of being a beginning, woman farmer in an urban environment, which has not been previously farmed. Participants will see her fields, equipment, and various infrastructure improvements including her greenhouse, high tunnel, irrigation system, and more.
Registration: To register for this free tour, email happytoeshomestead@gmail.com.
Vegetable and Orchard Farm Tour
Saturday, July 20 • 5-7 p.m.
Paige's Produce
7975 Cincinnati-Zanesville Rd., Amanda, OH 43102
www.paigesproduce.com

Brian and Kelly Helser operate their produce farm and community supported agriculture (CSA) program in Fairfield County. Paige's Produce came from small beginnings as the couple started seeds in a converted back porch greenhouse with 2 acres of crops. In their 20th year, they have expanded to 100 acres of produce including Ohio's favorite fruits and vegetables. They serve quality produce to their local community through sales at their home farmstand and several Columbus farmers' markets.

Come talk with the farmers, tour their farm, and visit the roadside stand. See their newest peach and apple orchards and vegetable fields, discover what crops are thriving and which are struggling, and learn some of the risks and rewards of agriculture, as even the best planning can be altered because of weather, pests, and more.

Registration: To register for this free tour, go to www.paigesproduce.com.
Chemical-Free Urban Vegetable Farm Tour
Tuesday, July 30 • 3-5 p.m.
Harriet Gardens
2935 Medina Ave., Columbus, OH 43224
Harriet Gardens is a small-scale backyard urban farm. Join this tour to see how a lot of produce can be grown on a small plot using intensive farming methods.

All events are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration unless otherwise noted.

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