March 13–14 2015, 2pm–5pmWhere
Wilmington College 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH
The conference will feature multiple workshops and a trade show for landowners and small farmers, is designed to help landowners and producers learn techniques to make their small farm operations more successful, which can in turn lead to increased profits.
Researchers and educators with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, as well as industry experts, will conduct the workshops.
The overall goal of the conference and the mission of the OSU Small Farms Program is to provide a greater understanding of production practices, economics of land-use choices, assessment of personal and natural resources, marketing alternatives, and identifying sources of assistance..
The March 13 session is from 2-5 p.m. at the Wilmington College Academic Farm, 1590 Fife Ave. in Wilmington. The event features hands-on workshops focusing on:
Pastures and fence.
Specialty crop production techniques including hoop house management, irrigation and grafting.
The March 14 session is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wilmington College’s Boyd Cultural Arts Center. This session will feature workshops by Ohio State and industry experts, and a trade show.
Topics to be addressed during the March 14 session include:
Foods business and marketing.
Forages and pastures.
Vegetable and fruit production.
The conference is an outgrowth of the Ohio New and Small Farm College, an eight-week program created by OSU Extension that offers an introduction to the business of small farming for those who are new to the industry. The program offers information on budgeting, business planning and developing a farm structure, among other issues.
Registration for the conference is $20 for the March 13 session and $60 for the March 14 session, or $70 for both days. The deadline to register is March 5.
Contact Tony Nye at 937-382-0901 or [email protected].