Don’t miss this great opportunity! 2014 Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference-March 22 in Canfield

Want to learn to raise honey bees?  How about grafting vegetable plants?  Backyard poultry on your list?  Maybe beneficial insects and natural pest enemies peak your interest?  Want to grow hops to make your own beer?

Your local OSU Extension area team has the experts coming to Canfield to help you learn about these things and more! Join us to learn about these topics and more on Saturday, March 22 for the Northeast Ohio Small Farm Conference.  During the day of the event, we’ll have 28 different classes from vegetable grafting to grants and loans; from farm record keeping to on-farm cheese making; from cover crops to legal liability for small farms and MUCH MORE!


You can register on-line at this link:

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Poultry Ownership Workshop

Interested in backyard or urban poultry ownership and production? Mark your calendar to attend the 2014 Poultry Ownership Workshop on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  The workshop is a collaboration between Western Reserve Farm Cooperative and Country Store, Purina Animal Nutrition, OSU Extension, and Portage County Farm Bureau.  The workshop will be held at the Portage County Family and Community Services Meeting Room #101 (705 Oakwood Street, Ravenna, OH  44266).  Registration will begin at 6:30PM, and the program will begin at 7:00PM.  Purina Animal Nutrition Representative, Christa Scarbrough and OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resource Educator, Heather Neikirk will be the featured presenters.  Topics shared will include “Nutrition for Wholesome Eggs and Healthy Birds” and “Pasture Raised Poultry”.  Reservations are appreciated; please contact Jen at Western Reserve County Store at 330-296-3424 or 1-800-688-4565.   For more information or questions, contact Heather Neikirk at 330-830-7700, ext.116,, or Twitter @neikirkstarkanr.