Fall 2020 Ohio Master Urban Farmer Workshop series
The Ohio Master Urban Farmer program was developed by OSU Extension in Franklin County in 2014. The program is a 10 week course designed to give participants the knowledge and skills needed to produce and market food in an urban environment. The program is now being offered in other cities in Ohio.
The next Master Urban Farmer course in Columbus will begin September 16, 2020 and will conclude on November 18, 2020
The 2020 Master Urban Farmer class will be held utilizing a hybrid model of some in-person classes, some outdoor sessions, and many classes held virtually. The in-person sessions will utilize safety protocols including reduced class size, social distancing, face masks required, and no food served. Because of this, the cost of registration will be cut in half from $200 to $100 for the general public and $50 for Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers.
Registration Link - go.osu.edu/MUF2020
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.