New and Small Farm Programs
What's new? You'll find the answer at the annual New and Small Farm Conference and Trade Show. Held each year, this conference offers a variety of educational sessions targeted to new and small farms. You'll find sessions on farm management, horticulture production, livestock, marketing and more. You'll also have the opportunity to browse a trade show featuring the newest and most innovated ideas and services for your farming operation. This year's dates are:
Northern Ohio - March 16, 2019
Northwest State Community College, 22600 State Route 34, Archbold, OH 43502
Southern Ohio - March 29 & 30, 2019
OSU South Centers, 1864 Shyville Rd., Piketon, OH 45661
This eight-week program for new and seasoned farmers focuses on the basics of starting or maintaining a small farming operation. They are typically held January - March at various locations. Program participants leave with a better understanding of their business and farming operations. Class sizes are limited, allowing attendees to get to know each other and network together.
2019 Colleges have been scheduled in three locations. Click below for more information.
This three-part farm management series focuses on the financial and business side of your new and small farm. The series is designed for individuals who have completed the New and Small Farm College, but is not a prerequisite.
The Mission of OSU Extension Small Farm Programs:
To provide a greater understanding of production practices, economics of land use choices, assessment of personal and natural resources, marketing alternatives, and the identification of sources of assistance for new and small farms in Ohio.
OSU Extension Small Farm Program Objectives:
- To improve the economic development of small farms in Ohio.
- To help small farm landowners and families diversify their opportunities into successful new enterprises and new markets.
- To improve agricultural literacy among small farm landowners not actively involved in agricultural production.