Farm tours demonstrate sustainability in agricultural production systems

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COLUMBUS — From touring an organic vineyard near Lake Erie to an organic vegetable and cannery operation on the Ohio River, there’s something for everyone at this year’s 2009 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour Series.

Learn more. The farm tours are for anyone who is interested in learning more about sustainable farming in Ohio, according to Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Executive Director Carol Goland.

The tours — which are held throughout Ohio and are free and open to the public — are a unique opportunity for anyone to visit 14 sustainable farms and to talk with the expert farmers who operate them.

Each tour host will provide walking or wagon tours and field questions about organic food production and sustainable farming practices.

Highlights

This year’s tour schedule includes the following highlights:

– Canaan Creek Organic Farm, Wayne County, a 400-acre certified organic field crop and hay farm.

– Tarsitano Winery, Ashtabula County, the largest organic vineyard east of the Mississippi River.

– The Nelson and Lynn Wenger Farm, Wayne County, a 400-acre organic grain farm.

– Green Edge Gardens, Athens County, a diversified organic vegetable and specialty crop farm.

– Northridge Organic Farm, Licking County, a 35-acre organic specialty crop and sheep farm.

– Moyer Brothers Farm, Seneca County, a certified organic producer of wheat, corn, soybeans and clover seed.

– Weaver Family Farm, Wayne County, an Amish family dairy farm producing certified organic milk.

– The Organic Farm at Bear Creek, Clermont County, a certified organic vegetable farm and state licensed cannery.

This is Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 27th year of hosting farm tours.

The association is collaborating with the Innovative Farmers of Ohio, the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council, The Ohio State University Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program and the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team to offer this year’s farm tour series.

Full listing on site

A full listing of tours, including maps and descriptions is available at www.oeffa.org.

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is a non profit organization of farmers, gardeners, conscientious consumers and others founded in 1979 to promote a permanent, profitable, and accountable agriculture in Ohio.

More information

For more information call 614-421-2022.

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