Upcoming OEFFA Farm Tours


OEFFA's 2013 free public farm tour series continues with tours of Rolling Ridge Meadows in Holmes County on Thursday, September 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Carriage House Farm in Hamilton County on Saturday, September 14, from 12 to 4 p.m.; and Strawberry Hill Farm in Coshocton County on Sunday, September 15, at 1 p.m.

Rolling Ridge Meadows
Organic Dairy Farm Tour and Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 12
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jerry Miller's 200-acre dairy farm, Rolling Ridge Meadows, has been certified organic since 2005. Miller is a member of the Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools (CROPP). More commonly known by its brands Organic Valley and Organic Prairie, CROPP has grown to become the largest organic farming cooperative in North America, while remaining focused on its founding mission of saving family farmers through organic farming. CROPP currently has more than 170 farmer-owners in Ohio.

This tour, co-sponsored by Organic Valley, will provide background on CROPP and include a morning farmer panel featuring experienced Ohio organic dairymen David Kline, Mark Martin, and Jim Gasser. A free lunch will be provided by Organic Valley at 11:30 a.m. and a tour of Rolling Ridge Meadows will begin at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Mike Kline at 330-231-1741 or mike.kline@organicvalley.coop.

Directions: Rolling Ridge Meadows is located at 5950 Township Road 409, Millersburg, Ohio. From Millersburg, travel east on Route 39 to Berlin. Turn left on Route 62 E. Turn right on County Highway 168. Turn right on Township Road 409.

Carriage House Farm
Local Food From Farm to Plate Tour and Open House
Saturday, September 14
12 to 4 p.m.

Established in 1855, Carriage House Farm is a 300-acre Ohio Century Farm nestled in the Great Miami River Valley near the Ohio River. Farmer Richard Stewart, who was named 2012 Local Hero by Edible Ohio Valley, grows specialty grains, fresh produce, herbs, honey, and wild edible plants for Cincinnati-area retailers, restaurants, and markets. Participants will tour the beehives and the new USDA grant-funded high tunnel and sample ingredients fresh from the farm prepared by local chefs and artisan producers.
For more information about Carriage House Farm, contact Richard Stewart at 513-967-1106 or rstewart@zoomtown.com.
Directions: Carriage House Farm is located at 10251 Miamiview Road, North Bend, Ohio. From Cincinnati, take Route 275 to Exit 21 for Kilby Road. Travel south on Kilby Road. Turn right on Route 50. Turn left on Geist Road/Lawrenceburg Road. Turn left on Miamiview Road.

Strawberry Hill Farm
Diversified Organic Farm Tour and Food Preservation Workshop
Sunday, September 15
1 p.m.

Operated by Ron and Mary Meyer, Strawberry Hill Farm has been certified organic since 2006. With the help of their extended family, the Meyers grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruit, specializing in strawberries. They also raise grass-fed beef and free-range pastured poultry. Their products are sold through a CSA, at the Coshocton Farmers' Market, and through the Local Bounty co-op.

"We feel good about the health benefits, for people and for the land, of providing certified organic produce. But we've found that sustainable food production leads to something more. We've built relationships, gotten to know a lot of people. A local food system builds community," Ron said.

Join this free farm tour to learn the Meyers' organic methods for growing and building the health of the land.
Following the farm tour, join Mary Clemens Meyer and her daughter Susanna, co-authors of "Saving the Seasons: How to Can, Freeze, or Dry Almost Anything," for a hands-on food preservation demonstration at 4 p.m. They will show participants how to enjoy autumn's bounty all winter. Guests will also create their own bottled herbed vinegar to take home.

For more information about Strawberry Hill Farm, call 740-545-7828 or email strawberryhillfarm1@gmail.com.

Directions: The farm is located at 24514 Township Road 167, Fresno, Ohio. From Coshocton, take Route 36 E for 8 miles to Township Road 167. Turn left and continue for 1.2 miles. The farm is on the right. From 1-77, take Route 36 W for 10 miles to Township Road 167. Turn right and continue for 1.2 miles. The farm is on the right.

More Information:
These tours are part of the 2013 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series featuring free public tours of some of Ohio's finest sustainable and organic farms. Seventeen tours and workshops, held between June and November, are being sponsored by OEFFA. The series is promoted in cooperation with the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts, who are sponsoring additional tours.

For more information about this and other tours in the 2013 farm tour series, click here to view the full tour brochure, click here to read the complete original press release, or contact OEFFA at 614-421-2022, ext. 209, or eric@oeffa.org.