Past Events

Spring 2013

OFFER Seminar Series continues with another half-day symposium with OSU and outside researchers and will be held on the OSU OARDC Wooster campus.

Autumn 2012

The Autumn OFFER meeting is shaping up to be a significant event for us, so please reserve the date of NOVEMBER 1. The meeting, which will be held at the Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, will be a summit for stakeholders and researchers to discuss the future of organic farming and how we can anticipate the research and education needs to help producers and processors be successful.

National and regional organic leaders have been invited to present forward-looking perspectives on the industry. Speakers will discuss future market trends, consumer demand, policy and regulatory issues, production/processing challenges, and the proposed Organic Research and Promotion Program, all with an eye towards identifying future research opportunities. The summit is meant to a) provide organic producers/processors with information about the future business environment, b) help university researchers/educators anticipate areas of future needs for the industry, as well as funding prospects to support that work, and c) create opportunities for partnerships among organizations, their members, and university personnel engaged in organic research and education.

Among the confirmed speakers are:
Laura Batcha, Executive Vice-President, Organic Trade Association
Maureen Wilmot, Executive Director, Organic Farming Research Foundation
Mike Anderson, Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association
Deborah Stinner, Panel Manager, USDA-OREI program

  1. Jan 26, 2022 through Jan 28, 2022, 12:00am - 11:45pm

    A virtual event Wednesday, January 26-28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost $60/person More details at  

  2. Nov 11, 2021 through Nov 12, 2021, 12:00am - 11:45pm

    The Organic Farming Conference at the Mt. Hope Event Center is scheduled for November 11 & 12, 2021. This year’s keynote speaker is Klaas Marten, of Lakeview Organic Grain in Penn Yan, N.Y. Registration is $20 for one-day, $30 for both days and includes a delicious organic lunch. Learn more about this year’s event at 

  3. Oct 17, 2021, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Eugene Goodman and Lucy Owsley started farming in 1994, and were certified organic by OEFFA from 1996 to 2002. They have owned and operated Boulder Belt Eco-Farm since 2005. They grow a wide selection of produce year round for their 40 community supported agriculture (CSA) families, the Richmond Farmers’ Market, and Oxford’s MOON Co-op. They have been specializing in season extension since the mid-1990s and run the oldest winter CSA in Ohio and one of the oldest in the USA.

  4. Sep 26, 2021, 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Sasha Miller applied the permaculture design process to implement regenerative practices on a 12 acre ridge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as part of the Countryside Initiative Program. Join this tour and discussion to learn about the permaculture design process, establishing a cider orchard, raising pastured pork, and outdoor shiitake production. The tour will be held from 10:30 until noon. Bring a brown bag lunch if you’d like to stay to eat and have a discussion beginning at 12 p.m.

  5. Sep 21, 2021 through Sep 23, 2021, 12:00am - 11:45pm

    More details at

  6. Aug 26, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Central State will have an Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation (ASD) workshop scheduled on Thursday, August 26, from 3 pm -5 pm at Earthin Goods in Ashland, OH (1703 County Rd 1095). ASD is a non-chemical method for eliminating soil-borne diseases in a high tunnel environment.

  7. Apr 14, 2021, 11:00am - 11:45am

    Knowing who your customers are can help you reach them more effectively. Ohio State economist Zoë Plakias will share market research about consumer attitudes and behaviors toward organic products. Demographically, who are our customers? What motivates them to purchase organic products? How much extra are they willing to pay? And how can organic growers and retailers increase their appeal with these customers?

  8. Apr 7, 2021, 11:00am - 11:45am

    There’s no magic cure for weeds, but there are biological principles that can guide your approach to weed management and help you avoid chemical solutions. Cathy Herms, lab manager for the OARDC Weed Lab, will share tips on incorporating weed ecology to replace chemicals into  your weed management plan.  

  9. Mar 31, 2021, 11:00am - 11:45am

    The loss of manufacturing in a number of U.S. cities, particularly in the Rust Belt, along with the 2008 housing crash, has led to population loss and abandonment of a large number of properties and land area. Unfortunately, what did not leave was the legacy of soil contamination and degradation caused by this industrial past. This project documents the impact of this history on chemical, physical, and biological dimensions of soil health in Cleveland’s vacant lots and investigates the changes associated with conversion of industrially damaged soils to urban organic farming.

  10. Mar 30, 2021, 9:00am - 2:00pm

    The Transition to Organic Grains workshop is offered at no cost, but registration is required. Registration includes all handouts and a boxed lunch. The workshop is designed to answer producers’ common questions when considering a move from conventional to organic production. Featured speakers include experienced organic grain growers, Extension staff connected to the organic industry, plus certification and marketing specialists.  Register online, by phone, or email. Due to covid-19 concerns, seating is limited to 50 people.