PIKETON, Ohio — Are you a small farm landowner wondering what to do with your acreage? Are you interested in exploring options for land uses but not sure where to turn or how to begin? Have you considered adding an agricultural or horticultural enterprise but you just aren’t sure of what is required, from an equipment, labor and/or management perspective? Are you looking for someplace to get some basic farm information? If you or someone you know answered yes to any of these questions, then the Ohio State University New and Small Farm College program may be just what you are looking for.
The Ohio State University New and Small Farm College is an eight-session short course that will be held one night a week. The 2018 Ohio New and Small Farm College program will be held in two locations across the state including:
The Butler County location will be held at the OSU Extension Butler County office, 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, Ohio. Classes will be held on Thursdays beginning Jan. 18 and concluding March 8, 2018. A farm tour will be held March 10, 2018. Inclement weather makeup date will be March 15. Contact the Butler County Extension Office at 513-887-3722. You can register online at http://go.osu.edu/ButlerCollege.
The Scioto County area will be held at the Shawnee State University Massie Hall, 940 Second Street, Portsmouth, Ohio. Classes will be held on Mondays beginning Jan. 29 and concluding March 19, 2018. A farm tour will be held March 31, 2018.
All colleges will start each evening at 6 p.m. with a light dinner with the nightly presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding at 9 p.m.
Topics that will be covered in the Small Farm College course include: Getting Started (goal setting, resource inventory, business planning), Appropriate Land Use, Walking The Farm, Where to Get Assistance, (identifying various agencies, organizations and groups), Natural Resource Management including soils, ponds, woodlands and wildlife, Legal Issues, Insurance, Business Structure, Finances & Record Keeping and Marketing Alternatives, Crop and Horticultural Production Options and Animal Production Options.
The cost of the course is $150 per person, $100 for an additional family member. Each participating family will receive a small farm college notebook full of the information presented in each class session plus additional materials. Registrations are now being accepted. For more details about the course and/or a registration form, contact Tony Nye, Small Farm Program Coordinator, at 937-382-0901 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— OSU Extension Scioto County