Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our Farm School! Through this inspiring educational opportunity, we are seeking to “equip both new and seasoned farmers for success in pasture-based animal agriculture”. We’re on to something here, and we don’t want to keep it to ourselves! These days, more and more people are actively seeking to source their meat from eco-friendly, humane, health conscious, local farms, with the tidal wave of consumer demand only now beginning to swell. We believe that “sustainable agriculture” is the way of the future, and we want to help farmers prepare for a profitable future in their agricultural enterprise. You CAN produce good, healthy food for others while honoring nature and creation, make plans to join us on the farm in Chillicothe, Ohio to find out how!

One of the things that makes our Farm School unique is the combination of “academic” and “hands-on” sessions. I don’t know about you, but I usually need to see something with my own eyes (and probably get my hands dirty as well) before I truly understand it! With that in mind, this Farm School is not only designed to teach the most pertinent “academic” information, but also features an entire day “hands-on” on the farm. What does that look like, exactly? Glad you asked:

  • Tour entire farm and discuss/view equipment, barn, handling facilities
  • Rotate cattle/sheep “flerd” to fresh pasture, move temporary fence
  • Compare electric twine, rope, and netting systems, step-in posts, reels, etc
  • Move free-range hens to fresh grass, feed woodlot pigs
  • Enjoy an educational “pasture walk” with Bob Hendershot, retired NRCS Grazing Specialist
  • “Work” baby lambs & calves (TBD, but the timing is right for lots of cuteness!)
  • Multiple networking opportunities to connect with other current and future farmers

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, April 26th

Noon or after – Campers arrive, check-in, set up
7:00 – Meet & greet networking, dinner & drinks @ The Green Tree Restaurant (optional)

Saturday, April 27th

7:30 – Breakfast, check-in @ Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce
8:00 – Welcome, introductions
8:30 – Rotational, MiG, & mob grazing 101, breed selection
9:30 – Tools, equipment, infrastructure, fencing, farm design
10:30 – Break
10:45 – Business structures, legal & tax implications (Ryan Conklin)
11:45 – Lunch
12:15 – Budgeting, farm finances, funding sources (Ivory Harlow)
1:15 – Holistic animal healthcare
2:15 – Digital tools for organization, efficiency, data collection
2:45 – Break
3:00 – Online & social media marketing, web design (Angela Latham)
4:00 – Agricultural Entrepreneur panel discussion
5:00 – Dismiss
7:00 – Dinner @ Pastured Providence, bonfire, BYOB networking

Sunday, April 28th

7:30 – Breakfast
8:00 – Pastured poultry, chicken tractors, electrified netting
8:30 – Business planning, session 1
9:30 – Woodlot pork
10:00 – Handling facilities, barns, equipment
10:30 – Business planning, session 2
11:30 – Lunch
12:00 – Step in posts, twine, reels
12:30 – Pasture walk: “Listening To The Land” (Bob Hendershot)
1:30 – Pastured ruminants & rotational grazing
2:00 – Pastured layers, multi-species synergy
2:30 – Business planning, session 3
3:15 – Conclusion, vision casting, feedback
3:30 – Dismiss, free time on the farm

GUEST SPEAKERS

MEALS

  • Saturday breakfast: Provided – donuts, fruit, coffee, juice
  • Saturday lunch: Catered lunch box selection, bring cash for payment
  • Saturday dinner: Provided – pork brats & hot italian sausages, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans, apple cobbler, BYOB
  • Sunday breakfast: Provided – sausage breakfast casserole, fruit salad, coffee, juice
  • Sunday lunch: Provided – “flerd” chili, garden salad, deviled eggs, lemonade

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LODGING OPTIONS

  1. Camping, $25/night – For those who want to be right in the thick of the action, on-farm camping is available for Friday and/or Saturday nights. Site selection will be (mostly) unrestricted, and porta-johns will be available for use. You must bring your own tent, supplies, etc, and be sure to leave it better than you found it!
  2. Camper spots, $30/night – There are multiple level spots on the farm near municipal water hydrants where folks can park a camper. Cost includes access to water & 110V electric, but no dumping option is available. Available for Friday and/or Saturday nights.
  3. Hampton Inn & Suites, $122/night – This hotel is located 9.1 miles from our farm and nearby all that downtown Chillicothe has to offer. They offer a free hot breakfast, an indoor pool & hot tub, and high speed wifi throughout the hotel. Reserve your room before Apr 5th to get the group rate (20% off the regular rate) by clicking here and entering “PFS” as a Group Code in the Special Rates Code section. If you would prefer to book over the phone, please call 740-773-1616.

PRICING

$350/person ($300/additional registrant)

*Active military & veterans: Tuition or lodging scholarships may be available, contact us for details and availability

REGISTRATION

To register online with a credit card, click here.

Alternatively, you can download, print, and mail the 2019 Registration Form by clicking here. 

Currently registered:
– T. Jossert (OH)
– T. Jackson (MI)
– K. LaBelle (OH)
– L. Spencer (OH)
– W. Reece (TN)
– D. Hennis (VA)
– A. Hennis (VA)
– Ad. Darst (OH)
– Am. Darst (OH)
– D. Yoder (OH)
– T. Cleaver (KY)
– L. Graves (KY)
– D. Dillon (OH)
– D. Dillon (OH)

Can’t wait to see you in April!

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