Monday, January 6, 2014

A focus on urban farms

If you’re interested in urban or small farms, Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is looking for you.  The college is offering a new program, the Ohio Master Urban Farmer Workshop Series, designed to help urban farmers become food and crop producers within city limits.
Mike Hogan, an OSU Extension educator says the course will be held over a series of seven workshops designed to offer participants knowledge on how to produce and market foods in urban settings.  “Economic enterprise is one of the many goals of the program,” he said. “The workshops can help those who want to learn how to grow crops to sell at farmers markets or develop their own agriculture business – anyone who wants to learn how to capitalize on the increasing demand for locally grown foods.”

Workshop topics include:
* Basic Plant Science
* Soil quality and soil health
* Insects and diseases
* Integrated pest management
* Bees and native pollinators
* Season extension techniques
* Business planning for gardens and agriculture projects
* How to market your products in any setting
* Vegetable production
* Tomato production
* Food safety
* Harvest timing
* Tools and storage
* Keeping it legal

Registration is $75 and includes a course notebook, several books on urban agriculture, light refreshments and a soil test. Deadline to register is Jan. 23. More details and online registration are available by contacting Hogan at 740-653-5419 or by email at

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