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January 17, 2024 - 9:00am --

Live Stream, Lunch, and Learn: In-person Viewing of Online Organic Vegetable Production Conference


Northeast Ohio vegetable growers are invited to join us Friday, January 26 in Wooster, Ohio, for a one-day in-person viewing of the 2024 Organic Vegetable Production Conference (OVPC). “Live Stream, Lunch, and Learn” is open to any local producers using or interested in organic production practices. The event begins with coffee and social time at 8:30 a.m. and programming from 9a.m. – 3p.m., including live-streamed and recorded sessions from the OVPC virtual conference, along with roundtable and networking opportunities with other growers and Ohio State personnel. There is no cost to attend thanks to an Ohio State grant from the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, but participants must pre-register by Monday, January 22. Register online at or call the Wayne County Extension Office at 330-264-8722.

Learn from peers, build a network to lean on

Grower to grower engagement is always front and center at OVPC, ensuring farmers are learning from their peers and building a network of farms that can lean on one another during challenging times and celebrate successes together. That networking can be hard to accomplish sitting alone in your office or living room though, so join us for local in-person sharing around this online event!  

Sessions offered during the in-person viewing will include “High Tunnel Pest Management with Beneficials (recording),” “Fertilizer Injectors in the Hoophouse,” “Uncrackable Problems, Transformational Solutions,” plus a grower talk on peppers, and an in-person roundtable session on topics chosen by attendees. All attendees will have access to speaker handouts and later online viewing of OVPC virtual conference sessions for both Thursday and Friday.  The in-person event will be held in the Secrest Arboretum Welcome Center on the Wooster Ohio State campus and is sponsored by a grant from the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research for “Building out networks for training ag professionals and farm leaders.”

This event is planned in collaboration with University of Wisconsin – Madison, FairShare CSA Coalition, and Iowa State University – Extension and Outreach. To see more details about the Organic Vegetable Production Conference, including both virtual (Jan 25 and 26) and in-person sessions (February 2 and 3 in Madison, Wisc), visit the conference website at more information on becoming a FairShare farm or about the OVPC, contact Ohio Program Manager Beth Knorr at 234-231-8166 or or visit the website at


Frank Becker is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator with Ohio State University Extension – Wayne County, and a Certified Crop Adviser, and may be reached at 330-264-8722 or
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