Upcoming DIY On-Farm Research Workshops and Events

Sep. 18, 2023
agricultural questions

The Organic Farmer Researcher Network will offer a series of Do-It-Yourself On-Farm Research Workshops this fall and winter. These workshops gather farmers, researchers, and educators who are interested or experienced in on-farm organic research. Facilitated discussion on current needs and resources and small group work is intended to generate working groups and specific research ideas. Together, we hope to develop individual research questions and help attendees gather the partnerships, ideas, and resources to address these questions.  

There is no cost to attend these events and meals will be provided, thanks to grants from the USDA OREI (Organic Research Education Initiative) and Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research. Through these grants we can also offer a limited number of stipends to defray travel costs. The Organic Farmer Researcher Network is a collaboration of Ohio organic and regenerative farmers, Central State University Extension, The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, and Ohio State’s OFFER program. 

Upcoming Events 

  • Virtual Events are on the first Thursday of each month, 12 noon to 1 p.m. See topics at: offer.osu.edu/oofrn-event
  • OEFFA Conference Food and Farm School, February 15, 2024 10am-3:30pm at Cherry Valley Hotel and Ohio Events Center in Newark, Ohio. This is an all day session, so come prepared to really dig into discussion! We will have a morning session for brainstorming new ideas and an afternoon session to further develop some of the existing ideas from our workshops at the 2023 OEFFA Conference, the 2023 Black Farming Conference, the 2024 Ohio State Organic Grains Conference. Registrants are welcome to attend morning, afternoon, or both. 

    There is a small fee for this event which will also cover OEFFA Conference sessions and dinner on the evening of February 15. Learn more at https://conference.oeffa.org. Farmer participant stipends are available for this event through a USDA-NIFA grant. 

Learn more at offer.osu.edu/oofrn.