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 and 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 27th

1200+: Campers arrive, check-in, set up
1900: Meet & greet networking, dinner & drinks @ The Green Tree Restaurant

Saturday, April 28th

0700: Breakfast, check-in
0730: Welcome, introductions
0800: Rotational, MiG, & mob grazing 101, breed selection
0900: Tools, equipment, infrastructure, fencing, farm layout & design
1000: Break
1015: Business structures & models, legal & tax implications (Ryan Conklin)
1045: Budgeting, farm finances, funding sources (Ivory Harlow)
1115: Lunch in Chillicothe
1245: Online & social media marketing, web design (Angela Latham)
1345: Digital tools for organization, efficiency, data collection
1445: Break
1500: Holistic animal healthcare
1600: Agricultural Entrepreneur panel discussion
1700: Dismiss
1900: Dinner @ Pastured Providence, BYOB “networking by the bonfire”

Sunday, April 29th

0730: Breakfast
0800: Business planning, session 1
0900: Pasture walk: “Can the land really ‘talk’ to us?” (Bob Hendershot)
0930: Pastured pork
1000: Business planning, session 2
1100: Lunch
1145: Pastured ruminants & rotational grazing, pasture walk
1245: Pastured poultry (layers), multi-species synergy
1315: Handling facilities, barn, equipment
1400: Business planning, session 3
1445: Conclusion, vision casting, feedback
1500: Dismiss, free time on the farm

GUEST SPEAKERS

MEALS

  • Saturday breakfast: Provided – breakfast muffins, coffee, juice
  • Saturday lunch: On your own in Chillicothe (maybe catered in to conference room?)
  • Saturday dinner: Provided – pork brats & hot italian sausages, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, BYOB
  • Sunday breakfast: Provided – sausage breakfast casserole, fruit salad, coffee, juice
  • Sunday lunch: Provided – “flerd” chili, garden salad

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LODGING OPTIONS

  1. Camping, $25/night – For those who want to be right in the thick of the action, we are offering on-farm camping 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 – We have multiple level spots on our 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, $119/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 6th to get the group rate (20% off the regular rate) by clicking here and entering “PPF” 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

$300/person ($250/additional registrant) if your registration form is postmarked before April 1st

$350/person ($300/additional registrant) if your registration form is postmarked on/after April 1st

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

REGISTRATION

To attend our Farm School, download and print the 2019 Registration Form by clicking here. 

Can’t wait to see you in April!

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