ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Women Grow Ohio’s After Chores: How can I make a living at what I love to do? series will take place in three mid-Ohio locations with the first one in Zanesville, Ohio, at the Mike Seiler Studio, 129 South Seventh St. on Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a workshop taught by Carie Starr of Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch and Annie Warmke of Blue Rock Station on assessing resources and how to use those resources to make a living. Women farmers, farmsteaders, urban gardeners and homesteaders are invited to attend for a day of learning, speed networking at lunch, exhibitors and a seed swap. The cost is $15 and includes lunch and materials.
The seed swap is hosted by Amanda Preston of Bee Good Gardens (Columbus) and attendees are invited to bring seeds and swaps to share. Pre-registration is required at www.womengrowohio.com or by calling Annie Warmke at 740-674-4300.
The most asked question heard from women urban farmsteaders, farmers and homesteaders is, “How can I make a living at what I love to do?” Women earn 25 cents for every man’s dollar in the farm industry but that doesn’t pay the bills. To begin to answer that question Women Grow Ohio has put together the workshop series “After Chores” that focuses on topics like: Identifying strategies for making a living, how to price products so they make a profit, and how to market in a way that generates the right customers and consumers. The workshops will be lead by women who ARE earning a living at farming, and know a few of the ins and outs of creating a business that keeps on doing well year after year.
In July, After Chores: How can I make a living at what I love to do? will take place at the All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Road, Delaware, Ohio featuring a workshop and a tour of Maggie’s Sacred Space, a woman-owned urban homestead located next door to the Center. In September an urban farmsteader day is scheduled with the University of Dayton hosting the event. The day will feature two educational workshops and a farmstead tour. Locally sourced and produced food will be served at all lunches. Lunch time will feature speed networking – a novel way to quickly meet lots of potential contacts to create important connections. There will also be displays provided by the USDA, Rural Development, the Farm Service Agency plus area vendors and organizations.
— Women Grow Ohio