Fall 2017 Ohio Master Urban Farmer Workshop series

OSU Extension, Franklin County and Extension in the City is announcing the next Ohio Master Urban Farmer Workshop Series, beginning this fall. The series is an intensive educational program consisting of 10 evening workshops and one Sunday field trip designed to help individuals learn how to produce and market a variety of food products in urban settings. While the workshop content will be introductory, individuals who already have some experience growing or marketing food products will benefit from participating. 

The 10-week series will be held Thursday evenings on September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; and November 2, 9, 16. The cost of the program is $175 per participant, which will include a course notebook, several books, light refreshments during each session, one free soil test, and a bus tour. Successful graduates of the Ohio Master Urban Farmer program will receive free assistance in securing land, tools, seeds, and other resources needed to help start or expand a successful growing venture.

Space is limited to the first 40 individuals who register, and we anticipate that the series will fill quickly. Click here to register online, or if you have additional questions, click here or contact Mike Hogan at hogan.1@osu.edu.


Ongoing Resources: New USDA Toolkit for Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is growing in the farm to school movement! This new toolkit from the USDA is an electronic document that helps urban and small farms navigate more than 70 helpful resources, including technical assistance and financing opportunities. It focuses on some of the most pressing challenges confronting urban producers such as land access, soil quality, water resources, capital and financing, infrastructure, market development, production strategies, and applying for federal, state or private foundation grants. Click here to access the toolkit.