Steel in the Field Workshop


Well-maintained and appropriately scaled equipment is essential to a successful and efficient farm. Join OEFFA and Ben and Emily Jackle of Mile Creek Farm in New Lebanon, Ohio, on September 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. for the Steel in the Field Workshop. Learn how to make sound equipment decisions for your farm and about the basics of maintaining, repairing, modifying and fabricating common farm equipment, including common metalworking tools and techniques for cutting and welding metal. During this hands-on workshop, you will see the tools, techniques, and shop space utilized on an 8-acre certified organic specialty crop farm producing cut flowers and mixed vegetables for a CSA and farmers market.

The Jackles will talk about how they select and modify their equipment to suit their needs and how they keep all of it working smoothly. Learn how the Jackles manage their operation with a two-wheel walk-behind tractor, a cultivating tractor, and two larger tractors using implements like a mechanical transplanter, disc bedder, chisel plow, rototiller, and side-dresser.

The cost is $25 for OEFFA members and $30 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. Space is limited to 20 participants, so please register early. To register, send a check made out to OEFFA along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Steel in the Field, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.

For more information, or to register by phone, contact Milo Petruziello at 614-421-2022, ext. 206, or To learn more about Mile Creek Farm, call 937-687-8762 or go to

This workshop is part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series featuring workshops and free public tours of some of Ohio's finest sustainable and organic farms. Fifteen tours, six workshops, and a farm-to-table dinner, held between June and November, are being sponsored by OEFFA. The series is promoted in cooperation with the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team, which is sponsoring additional tours.