Angie, Master Urban Farmer

The Ohio Master Urban Farmer Workshop Series is a new program developed by OSU Extension, and Bob and I are planning on attending so we can be, “MASTER URBAN FARMERS!”

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This series of seven evening workshops is designed to help individuals learn how to produce and market all kinds of food in urban settings. While the workshop’s content will be introductory, individuals who already have some experience growing or marketing food products are invited to participate.

Experience growing and marketing food? Here’s the pumpkin from this year’s garden, and pictures of the garden from the old apartment and the website for the Food District. Check, check and check.

The cost of the entire program is just $75 per participant, which will include a course notebook, several books, light refreshments each evening, and one free soil test. A limited number of scholarships are available for participants with financial constraints, (contact Mike Hogan at hogan.1@osu.edu or at 740.653.5419 for info about scholarships.)

Successful graduates of the Ohio Master Urban Farmer program will also receive free assistance on securing land, tool, seeds, and other resources needed to start or expand a successful growing venture. Graduates will also have the first opportunity to market their products at a new farmers market being planned for the Weinland Park neighborhood. (Additional farmers markets will also be accessible to Master Urban Farmer Graduates.) For more information about the Ohio Master Urban Farmer Program, contact OSU Extension Educator Mike Hogan at 740.653.5419 or by email at hogan.1@osu.edu.

I don’t know what we’d grow and market, but I’m sure we could think of something. Is there something you’d like to see at your local farmer’s market that isn’t around much?

Workshop Schedule

February 5

  • Introduction to Master Urban Farmer Program
  • Introduction to Urban Agriculture
  • How to Choose a Farm Enterprise
  • Site Selection Issues
  • Soil Testing for Urban Sites

February 12

  • Basic Plant Science
  • Soil Quality & Soil Health

February 19

  • Insects & Diseases
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Bees & Native Pollinators

February 26

  • Season Extension Techniques
  • Business Planning for Gardens or any Agriculture Project

March 5

  • Marketing Bootcamp (How to market your products in any setting)

March 12

  • Vegetable Production
  • Tomato Production

March 19

  • Food Safety & GAPS
  • Harvest Timing
  • Tools & Storage
  • Keeping it Legal
  • Graduation!
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