The June 4-5 Agraria Educators’ Workshop, made possible by support from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, will bring teachers from around the greater Dayton area together with experts on Project-Based Learning, plant and soil science, and regeneration. Educators will learn about the latest developments in these subject areas, along with lesson plans for activities at Agraria or at their home schools. CEUs or contact hours will be available. Please complete this pre-class survey before registering for the workshop. The first 35 teachers to register will receive a $100 stipend per day of attendance, paid upon receipt of pre- and post-class surveys.
Hands-on workshops, panels and presentations on regenerating wellness locally.
Interested in the Creek right here in Yellow Springs? Bring your whole family and join us at Agraria alongside Bill Schieman of the Little Miami Watershed Network to learn about life in the Jacoby Creek! We will search the creek with dip nets and turn over rocks as we explore the watershed diversity that surrounds us everyday. Ever wonder what a baby dragonfly looks like? Come discover one with us.
Free Event! Register here
Join us for an informative potluck gathering with Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) founder and Executive Director, Dan Kittredge. Dan will talk about the founding of the BFA as well as the Real Food Campaign and the Bionutrient Meter. The BFA focuses on plant health, soil health, carbon sequestration, crop nutritional value, flavor and human health with a core mission to increase quality in the food supply.
Gardening Book Club Meeting; Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Come on out for another reading with the Gardening Book Club featuring Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants! This event has been moved to Agraria; potluck will begin at 6pm, with book discussion to follow.
“As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer as been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings are we capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learning to give our own gifts in return.”
Greene County residents form solar co-op to go solar together, get a discount
Green County, OH - Neighbors in Greene County have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, with the help of non-profit Solar United Neighbors. Agraria, Glen Helen Ecological Institute, Green Environmental Coalition, Mothers Out Front, Tecumseh Land Trust, and Yellow Springs Homes, Inc. are sponsoring the co-op. The group is seeking participants and will host an information meeting April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Glen Helen Auditorium (405 Corry Street, Yellow Springs) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
Due to a death in the family of one of our instructors, we will reschedule this Immersion Day for summer. Stay tuned. And as Bill Felker often reminds us, "Keep listening" this spring. Want more Bird Language in your life? Come to Bird Language Club, 10-12 at the Glen's Trailside Museum April 13th.
Within Miami Township, Greene County, Ohio, there lies a cemetery, referred to on various maps as Un-named Cemetery or Graveyard. This cemetery comprises approximately 0.5 acres of land, appears to have no current burials, and has fallen into desuetude. The cemetery is bound on the west, south, southeast, and east by a tract of land owned by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions (AMICS). AMICS has proposed the construction of a bicycle and hiking path from its facilities, passing through the cemetery, and onward into the Village of Yellow Springs. AMICS intends to petition the Ohio History Connection to incorporate the path into the Buckeye Trail, Ohio's longest scenic hiking trail for its citizens, communities and partners providing outdoor recreation, opportunities to volunteer, education, access to the varied resources of Ohio, and local economic benefits.
Joseph Weldinger, graduate student in the Public History program at Wright State University, has recently completed his research on Agraria and the historical graveyard. Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 for a presentation on the history of this abandoned cemetery, the history of those individuals who created and utilized it, and the current state of the proposed path through it.
Join us for our 3rd annual soils conference!
During this weekend gathering we will explore the intersection of local food systems, local economics and the transition to organic practices. We are thrilled to welcome Renee Winner, Julie Barton, Bob Hendershot, Jim Hoorman, and Eric Pawlowski to speak, share, and teach.
Join the Gardening Book Club for The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food in the YEllow Springs Library on February 28th
“Barber explores the evolution of American food from the 'first plate,' or industrially-produced, meat-heavy dishes, to the 'second plate' of grass-fed meat and organic greens, and says that both approaches are ultimately neither sustainable nor healthy. Instead, Barber proposes Americans should move to the 'third plate,' a cuisine rooted in seasonal productivity, natural livestock rhythms, whole-grains, and small portions of free-range meat.”
Come to Agraria to meet and learn from Bethany Gray how to make and manage nest boxes for bluebirds and more! Bethany Gray is a passionate environmentalist who has championed local efforts to bring bluebirds back into the Miami Valley and right here in Yellow Springs. This event, co-sponsored by Tecumseh Land Trust, is the first in the Agraria expansion of Operation Bluebird. This collaboration between Tecumseh Land Trust and Yellow Springs Schools trains adult volunteers and McKinney Middle School students as “citizen scientists” who monitor the bluebird boxes.
What is a fibershed?
It is a local region from which all resources(fiber, dyes, labor) to create textiles and clothing are sourced https://www.fibershed.com/
~Agraria (Community Solutions) and Rust Belt Fibershed are working to develop regional fiber systems that promote regenerative environmental practices, ethical local labor, and community building
~Join us for a night of networking with local fiber farmers, dye growers, and artisans; Engage in discussions about the importance of building a regional textile and clothing network; Participate in planning future Fibershed workshops, documentary screenings, and farm tours in our region
Where: Dayton Metro Library(Downtown Branch) Conference Room 1A, 1B
When: 26 Jan 2019 4-6pm
Who: All farmers, fiber artists, natural dyers and citizens interested in building, promoting and protecting our local fiber network are welcome
Community Solutions: http://www.communitysolution.org/
Rust Belt Fibershed: https://www.fibershed.com/affiliate/rust-belt-fibershed/
All who are age 21 or above are invited to join us for some holiday relaxation and conversation at the lovely Yellow Springs Brewery Taproom! For every beer purchased, our friends at the Yellow Springs Brewery will donate $1 to Community Solutions. We look forward to seeing you there!
Participants in the Dayton Region Environmental Leadership Institute are coming to Agraria. More details to come!
The public is invited to a Land Owner Resource Fair Saturday, November 3, from 11 AM – 5 PM, at the John Bryan Center, 100 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio. A great line-up of organizations (private and public) with conservation, land management, legal, and financial skills and resources will be available to tell you what they have to offer. Speakers and resource specialists will address ways to make land more productive and green - in particular owners of farmland and natural areas in the attached map, who can participate in Tecumseh Land Trust’s Jacoby Partnership, a Regional Conservation Partnership Program, providing $1.44 million over the next 5 years through the National Resource Conservation Service. Local and state partners for the program have committed even more local and state resources for the project, $2.1 million over the same period.
Tecumseh Land Trust is known for farmland preservation, having protected 155 farms, comprising over 27,000 acres, with permanent conservation easements. Within that land the land trust has also preserved over 42 stream miles, much of them buffered by trees or other permanent plantings, creating a verdant wildlife corridor, as well as slowing the runoff from farm fields during big rain events. The Jacoby Partnership includes funding for the Environmental Quality Improvement Program for the depicted service area, with funds for nutrient planning, cover crop planting, pollinator friendly buffer strip creation, tree planting, converting to organic farming, habitat restoration, and drainage designed to minimize run-off, all with the goal of improving both water and soil quality in the project area.
The following partners in the project will bring research, educational, demonstration, planning, and financial resources to the project:
· The Nature Conservancy
· Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District
· Central State University
· The Natural Resource Conservation Service
· Village of Yellow Springs
· Ohio EPA
· Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase (ODA) and Open Space (OPWC) programs.
· Yellow Springs School District
· Antioch College
· Community Solutions
It is not necessary to RSVP, but we appreciate hearing from you so we can plan appropriately for the day.Respond to firstname.lastname@example.org, and call 937-767-9490 if you have additional questions, or if you are a landowner in the project area and would like further information.
Ghost Dinner is a seasonal festival that was introduced to us by Odawa Peacemaker Paul Raphael. The festival celebrates our connection to our ancestors. We are encouraged to prepare and bring dishes that were favorite foods of loved ones who’ve passed on, or food that comes from our lineages. We feast one another with these dishes, share memorabilia and pictures from those ancestors, and tell stories around the fire about our families and lineages.
Come join 7th Grade students to learn about our incredible learning expedition. Students will share how they planned for and completed this educational 3-day, 53 mile, biking, canoeing, and camping adventure. Students will share presentations about water quality analysis, narrative readings, and more! Light refreshments will be provided.
Here's a reminder that we are meeting 7 pm Thursday, October 18 at the library to discuss Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy. If you haven't started it yet, there's still time. It reads quickly and there are lots of glorious pics.
RE our next read: For reasons too long to explain here, I made an executive decision and changed our next read to Vandana Shiva's Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply. There are multiple books available from the library thru Ohio Link. It is easy to request Ohio Link books from the library's website, or, if you would like help, stop by the library or phone in for assistance from the librarians. We will discuss Stolen Harvest on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Please note this is a change from our typical Thursday meeting nights. Thursday evenings at the library are booked up into January!
Celebrate autumn this year at Agraria’s Fun on the Farm, co-sponsored by Community Solutions and the Yellow Springs Senior Center. On Sunday, October 7 from 2-5, you and your family and friends can enjoy games, food, beer, cider, apples, and donuts. Games for everyone, storytelling, and music will be on the agenda for the afternoon. If you’d like to tour the farm, guides will lead you around the area and explain plans for this new addition to Yellow Springs’ natural areas. And the cost is only $5.00 a person and children are free. Walking shoes are suggested and bring folding chairs if you’d like to sit outside. Parking is available at the farmhouse.
Join us for a two-week Permaculture Design Course intensive in Southwest Ohio at Agraria, our 128-acre farm, where we are developing a center for soil health education, regenerative land use practices, community business incubation, and sustainable agriculture. Combining lecture with hands-on practice, the course will be taught by Peter Bane, president of the Permaculture Institute of America and author of The Permaculture Handbook. He will draw from decades of experience in practical permaculture design to teach us about soil, climate, and the carbon cycle; food production and nutrition; natural building; economics and finance; design concepts; and more.
The schedule for this course has been revised. Week one will take place from September 30 - October 6, with the remaining week rescheduled for a time when both Peter and the ticket-holding students are available. Spend two weeks with us in Yellow Springs, OH, and take home a lifetime of valuable skills!
To register, see our Registration Page. Contact us about need-based scholarships, or with other questions, at email@example.com or at 937-767-2161.
Almanack writer Bill Felker will be leading an Autumn Equinox walk at Agraria on Saturday, September 22nd, at 4:30. Learn about the regional changes of the season, and practice some nature writing of your own! The walk will be followed by a harvest-themed community potluck at 5:30 in Agraria’s historic barn. All are welcome. Agraria is at 131 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, just a mile west of Yellow Springs High School.
The Yellow Spring Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business After Hours Event at Agraria on Thursday, September 20th from 5:30-7. Join your neighbors for libations and treats. You can learn about Agraria through tours of the buildings and fields, as well as a presentation on educational and conservation plans. Non-Chamber members welcome. For more information, call the Chamber at 767-2686 or Community Solutions at 767-2161.
Join us at Agraria for our annual celebration of the farm, the community, and the land! It will be a festive evening with food by La Pampa Grill and Tables of Contents Cafe, and beer by the Yellow Springs Brewery. In addition, feel free to bring your own bottle of wine!
Pre-dinner music will be provided by the Agraria Trio: Larry Halpern, keyboard; David Diamond, trumpet; and Michael Smith, bass. After dinner, we'll enjoy some Ohio bluegrass music by Ben Cooper and Mark Babb! Space limited, so get your ticket soon.
Join us at Agraria to learn about the lost art of seed-saving!
Over the last one hundred years, 97% of the our seed diversity has been lost. With Bayer’s recent purchase of Monsanto, three agrichemical companies now control 78% of the world’s seed. Genetic diversity is critical for resilience in a changing climate. Seed libraries, seed-shares and seed-saving can be important tools in regenerating seed diversity and resilience. Come learn about seed-resilience and become a seed steward!
In this workshop, we will explore seed selection, techniques for preventing cross-pollination, germination testing, wet and dry processing, considerations for setting up a seed library, directions for making seed screens, seed-starting and more.
Beginning farmers seeking land will gain hands-on experience assessing the
suitability of a parcel of land for a farm operation during this workshop, which is a
component of American Farmland Trust’s Farmland for the Next Generation project.
Learn why land assessment is important and key considerations for conducting
a land search including location, natural resources, infrastructure, land use and
management, current use and rights, adjoining land use, and taxes. Learn from
a beginning farmer and Farm Credit Mid-America appraiser about the appraisal
process and common issues beginning farmers face. Participants will have an
opportunity to learn first-hand about conservation easements with Tecumseh Land
Trust, and will have an opportunity to walk the farmland of Agraria, a project of the
Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, to observe the land assessment
process from a distinguished grassland conservationist. Following the workshop, at
1 p.m., there will be a public tour of Agraria.
About the Speakers: Kelly Henderson, Begin Farming Program Coordinator at OEFFA, is one of the 25 experienced agricultural educators and service providers across the country serving in the inaugural class of American Farmland Trust’s Land Access Trainers. Dana Workman Stacey is owner and operator of Grass Powered Poultry & Meats and Collateral Analyst for Farm Credit Mid-America. Bob Hendershot is a retired State Grassland Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is owner of Green Pasture Services, a pasture and farm consulting service. Cost and Registration: $25. Price includes light refreshments; participants who wish to stay for the public farm tour are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Pre-registration is required by June 18. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/landassessment or send a check made out to OEFFA,
along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Land Assessment, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Kelly Henderson at (614) 421-2022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.