Ohio Sustainable Farm Tours and Events 2024

Urban Food Systems Symposium

June 11- June 13, 2024

Hyatt Regency Downtown, Columbus, Ohio


The event includes keynotes, a grower panel, 40 presentations, off-site educational tours, and more. This symposium will bring together a national and international audience of academic, non-profit, government, and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on how to build coalitions to adapt to this changing world and how urban food systems contribute to these solutions.

Learn more at https://urbanfoodsystemssymposium.org/


Manure Science Review

August 6, 2024 from 9 am – 3:30 pm

Molly Caren Ag Center, London, OH

Registration fee: $25

Details at: https://ocamm.osu.edu/

Learn about best manure application practices, effects of manure placement on subsurface drainage, and the 360 RAIN irrigation unit. See demonstrations of the 360 RAIN for liquid manure application, dry manure calibration, an autonomous tractor, and manure spill mitigation. Registration is required, along with a $25 registration fee. Details at https://ocamm.osu.edu.


Organic Weed Control for Row Crops

August 19, 2024, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Host: Bishop Family Farms

Address: 6362 Township Hwy 80, Mt. Blanchard, OH 45867 (Wyandot County)

This event caters to agricultural professionals who would like to learn more about organic production. Participation is also open to row crop farmers considering a transition to or towards organic production. The workshop will focus on organic weed control, with an overview of the regulations, biology, tools, and tactics, including (conditions permitting) equipment demonstrations.

Sponsored by O.A.T.S. Organic Agronomy Training Service (grant)


Crop and Livestock Integration Field Day

August 25, 2024, 4-6 p.m.

Host: Down Home Farms Greg McGlinch (937) 417-6817

Address: 7230 Medford Rd., Versailles, OH 45380 (Darke County)

Greg McGlinch raises poultry, hogs, along with corn, soybeans, oats, clover, and rye on his 450-acre farm. He is one of 31 on-farm research partners on a project focused on economic and environmental tradeoffs of crop and livestock integration. We'll hear from project participants and our host about the approaches they have taken along the spectrum of crop-livestock integration and discuss soil health and other outcomes from both farmer and researcher perspectives. Possible side tour to a manure composting facility.

Sponsored by a USDA-NIFA IDEAS grant.


Organic Dairy Production Experience

September 28, 2024

Host: tba - Wooster area


This event caters to veterinary and animal science students who would like to learn more about organic dairy production. Participation is also open to agricultural educators and service providers. The workshop will feature an overview of regulations, discussion on herd health management, a panel of organic dairy producers to share their experience, and facility tours (pending HPAI status in September).


Ohio State West Fest: West Campus Science & Sustainability Festival

October 19 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (West quad)

In its 8th year, this event features interactive STEM-related activities at various booths and behind-the-scenes tours of Ohio State research facilities, along with food trucks, prizes, and other fun family activities. See website for more information, including event sites and parking options.



Ohio State Organic Grains Conference

January 9-10, 2025

Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, Ohio



Monthly Events

Organic Farmer Research Network

This network meets virtually on the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. We discuss current and recent research on organic practices, as well as tools and resources to support organic production research, from informal on-farm experimentation to larger formal on-farm projects. 



Gardening for Conservation Webinar Series

Join the Nature Conservancy and Ohio State University Extension for a webinar series to learn about ways to have a positive impact on nature from your own backyard. Monthly programs are schedule for April – September.


Wednesday, May 22nd: An Update on Ticks for 2024

Wednesday, June 26th: Growing Your Own Food for Conservation

Wednesday, July 24th: Rooting Out Trouble: Managing Invasive Plants in Your Landscape

Wednesday, August 28th: The Good, The Bad and the Hungry: Dealing with Wildlife in the Garden

Wednesday, September 25th: Everyone Loves Free (plant) Food!


Secrest Arboretum, Wooster, Ohio

Secrest Arboretum is a 110-acre botanical garden open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. The collection features over 3,500 different types of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. Monthly events are planned throughout the spring, summer, and fall months, including The Whiz Bang Science Show, Guided Bird Walks led by the Greater Mohican Audubon Society, Guided Tree Walks by arboretum staff, and a music series.