Tip 1: Learn how to butter up butterflies so they spend more time in your garden. In honor of “Learn about Butterflies Day” on March 14, Denise Ellsworth, program director for honey bee and native pollinator education in the Entomology Department, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University, can explain how to attract more butterflies to gardens, the role butterflies play in pollination, and anything else you want to know about the flying beauties. Contact her at email@example.com (best way) or 330-263-3723.
Tip 2: Farm Rescuers Day is March 16. Talk with Lisa Pfeifer about how agriculture is one of the country’s most dangerous professions. She is program manager for Agricultural Rescue, AgrAbility and Emergency Management in CFAES’ Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-292-9455.
March 2018 events
14 Ohio and West Virginia Food Hub Network Meeting: Growing Growers, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, The Ohio State University, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration: $15, which includes lunch and workshop materials. Preregistration is required. Register by March 6. More information: Joy Bauman, 740-289-2071, ext. 111, or cooperatives.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/events/ohio-west-virginia-food-hub-network-meeting.
15 Workshop on Transitioning Small Business Using Worker Ownership, The Blennerhassett Hotel, Alexander Parker Room, 320 Market St., Parkersburg, West Virginia, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration: $30. Register by March 7. More information: Joy Bauman, 740-289-2071, ext. 111, or cooperatives.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/events/transitioning-small-business-using-worker-ownership.
17 Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop, Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Loveland, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration: $55; includes continental breakfast and lunch. Final deadline to register is March 9. More information:
21-22 Ohio Compost Operator Education Course, Shisler Conference Center, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Registration: $225 for members of Organics Recycling Association of Ohio; $275 for nonmembers; all materials, continental breakfast and lunch included. Final deadline to register is March 8. More information: go.osu.edu/2018CompostCourse.
23 Floral Arranging Workshop, Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, 9 a.m. to noon. Registration required. Registration: $25 for members of Friends of Secrest Arboretum; $30 for nonmembers. More information: secrest.osu.edu/events/floral-arranging-workshop.
April 2018 events
6 East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive SW, Massillon. Registration: $55, or $30 for students. Combined discount registration available for those attending the April 7 Small Farm Conference in the same location. Register by March 23. More information: go.osu.edu/eowia2018, 330-674-3015.
7 Living the Small Farm Dream: Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, 2800 Richville Drive SW, Massillon. Registration: $60, or $30 for students. Combined discount registration available for those attending the April 6 East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference in the same location. Register by March 23. More information: Rory Lewandowski, 330-264-8722, email@example.com, or go.osu.edu/CJDV.
25-27 National Farm to Cafeteria, Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, 5:30-7 p.m. on April 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 27. Registration: $250 by March 9; $300 after March 9; additional costs for field trips and short courses. More information:go.osu.edu/farm2school-conference.
26 Renewable Energy Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, Room 111, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. Held in conjunction with Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. More information: Mary Wicks, firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-202-3533.
26 Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in and around Fisher Auditorium, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, CFAES Wooster Campus, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Free. Renewable Energy Workshop takes place as part of the event. More information: Gwen Zimmerly, email@example.com, 330-263-3761, or u.osu.edu/sggf.
27-28 Ohio 4-H LGBTQ+ Summit, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, The Ohio State University, Columbus. Professional Development Day, April 27, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for 4-H-affiliated adults including post-high school participants, 4-H professionals, parents and volunteers. April 27 registration: $50 for adults, $10 for currently enrolled college students. Youth Summit, April 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for youth only (and designated 4-H professionals), including middle school and high school students and youth not enrolled in 4-H. April 28 registration: $10. More information: Kayla Oberstadt, 614-292-3758, or go.osu.edu/CJDv.