Jul
22
to Jul 26

Preschool Creek Camp

Nature Connect Ohio 

Summer Camps at Agraria     

Preschool Creek Camp 


Ages 3-5

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Session 1:  July 22-July 26 | 9am-1pm   

Tuition: $250/week. $25 sibling discount.

We will spend our days splashing and playing in a cool, freshwater creek, exploring the woods, learning about the local plants and animals, making nature art, tending to a vegetable and herb garden, playing games, and reading stories.

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Aug
5
to Aug 9

Farm and Stream Camp

Farm and Stream Camp  

Ages 6-12

Session 1: Aug 5-9 | 9am-2pm 

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Tuition: $250/week. $25 sibling discount.

We will spend our days splashing and catching critters in the creek, picking berries on the farm, exploring the woods, climbing trees, learning about the local plants and animals, creating art out of natural materials, and playing lots of games.


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Agraria Celebration Dinner
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Agraria Celebration Dinner

  • Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions--Agraria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us on August 10th at 6PM for the our third annual gathering to celebrate our many harvests! Share food and drink with friends, tour Agraria, and bask in mid-summer air.

Local Food: La Pampa Grill, Homemade Ice Cream, Locally Sourced Sides, Yellow Springs Brewery Beer
Music: Featuring Blue Moon Soup

Tickets:
$65 per adult
$25 limited income
Get your tickets here!

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Dayton Fibershed Day
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Dayton Fibershed Day

See what’s going on in the region with local growing, weaving and dying, and learn why it matters. Co-sponsored with Rust Belt Fibershed.

Tickets are $40 for Early Birds until September 1st. After that, tickets are $50 each. There is also a $15 limited income option.

Find tickets HERE.

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Speakers Include:

Namita Patel

Why Fibershed? Benefits of Growing Local Textile Systems

“Conventional textile production systems around the world are unsustainable and come at high environmental, social and economic costs. Fibersheds present an alternative to these models - they regenerate ecosystems, create community and grow local economies. We can translate the gains we have made in regenerative agriculture and the local food movement to textiles by re-localizing our clothing.”

Namita Patel is the founder of Dayton Fibershed, a knitter and natural dyer. She is an analyst and volunteer at Community Solutions-Agraria and Dayton Urban Grown (an urban vegetable farm). She completed Seed School at Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and is currently completing a Permaculture Design Certificate at Cincinnati Permaculture Institute. Namita explores the intersection of food, fiber, and farming in her analysis and experiments in the field.


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Sarah Pottle and Jessalyn Boeke

Rust Belt Fibershed and The Cleveland Flax Project

“Rust Belt Fibershed (a 250 radius outside of Cleveland, OH) will explain the goals of a larger fibershed, along with opportunities for people to become involved all over our region. As we focus our efforts on regeneration, we will be emphasizing the connection between our textiles and our local our waterways, the health of our soil, and we will further explore topics such as fiber pools and local processing. Additionally, we will be presenting an overview of The Cleveland Flax Project and explain the possibility of farming bast fiber in this Fibershed.”

Jess Boeke and Sarah Pottle are educators, natural dyers for Drift Lab Textile Co in Cleveland, and the co-organizers of Rust Belt Fibershed. They are eager to engage the public in important conversations about the origin and true cost of our clothing. Through organizing Rust Belt Fibershed, they hope to create a platform that connects all of the players- including the consumers- in a supply web that regenerates health- rather than extracts value- of our social, ecological, and economic systems.

Bonita Story

The Magic of Breed Specific Wool

“If you believe that wool is itchy, then you need to understand that all wool is not the same. The wool used for commercial fabric is rarely that which is meant to be worn next to the skin, and really should be used in other goods. Here’s your opportunity to learn which breeds of wool should be apparel and which are better suited for other uses. And some that shouldn’t be used at all.”

Benita Story has worked with breeders and shepherds for nearly a decade to bring the best of the different breeds’ wool to market and to educate the public on the best uses for that wool. She produced a podcast for over 4.5 years, is part owner of a wool retail business, has judged fleeces at local fiber festivals, and is currently the host of The Fiber Pusher, an educational YouTube channel. Benita also uses wool and wool products in spinning, knitting, weaving and dyeing projects, and has been an instructor in these disciplines for nearly 15 years. It is Benita’s objective to teach the public that not all wool is created equal and why.

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Laura Krugh

Natural Dyes: How to grow, find, and create with plant-based color

“Southwest Ohio can provide a rich palette of colors for the curious natural dyer. Many native species provide beautiful dyes while other colors can be acquired through cultivating easy to grow plants. Learn how to use nature's resources to color your wool fibers. There is so much delight and joy to be found in connecting with the land this way.”

Laura's fiber pursuits include spinning yarn, natural dyeing, and weaving. From a young age she dreamed of simply being a "craftswoman," but never really knew what that would look like. So, for the last 6 years she's been trying to figure that out. Additionally, Laura spends her days gardening at Patchwork Gardens with friends and her sweetheart, George.

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Jacoline Mulhall

Natural dye and surface design on textiles

Will share examples of botanical printing, shibori and embroidery on silk, wool and linen. Explain how some of these designs are created.

Jacoline enjoys working with textiles from the time she was a girl watching her mother sew and playing with the fabric scraps. For her, art often comes from a place of joy and play. Her knowledge of natural dye and surface design is from self study, experimentation and workshops with talented fiber artists. Jacoline has a garden with dye plants at her home in Yellow Springs and enjoys foraging for dye plants in near by fields. In addition to dyeing she enjoys creating inks and paints with local plants and stones. Jacoline is especially inspired by natural dyers and shibori artists in Japan where she lived with my family for four years.

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Eileen Ramsey

The Fiber and Fashions of our Foremothers

If you think using natural fibers is a new idea, think again! Our foremothers grew and processed wool, linen, hemp, and flax with which to make their cloth. Join Eileen Ramsey as she walks you, layer by layer, through a typical Colonial woman's garb.

Eileen Ramsey is a research librarian with a passion for historic textiles. She dabbles in experimental archaeology and sews Colonial costumes using period appropriate materials and techniques.

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Pathways to Regeneration: Soil, Food, and Plant Medicine
Nov
1
to Nov 2

Pathways to Regeneration: Soil, Food, and Plant Medicine

  • Antioch University Midwest (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Meet activists and researchers who are working to rebuild local systems for community health. Learn about soil health, nutrition, growing mushrooms, plant medicine, and the spiritual and medicinal benefits of cannabis. Experience hands-on workshops in herbal medicine, nutrition, growing mushrooms, and soil balancing. 

Find tickets HERE.

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Dan Kittdredge: Principles of Bionutrient-Rich Food 

 Teaera Roland: Hemp as Superfood and Medicine

Mark Jones: Mushrooms and Microbes: Cultivating Soil, Plant, and Animal Health

Caty Crabb: An Ecological Approach to Health: Herbal Medicine and Community Resilience 

Dr. Stephen Phinney: Eating for Long-Lasting Health and Well Being

Dawn Combs: Revitalizing Local Medicine Economies 


OTHER SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS:

Nakia Angelique

Beth Bridgeman

Michelle Moskowitz Brown

John Stock

Suzanne Croteau

Leslie Edmunds

Kaia Goodwin

Susan Jennings

Nicole Manieri

Dr. Mary Lou Shaw

The World House Choir

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Annual Meeting
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Annual Meeting

It's been a splendid, and splendidly busy, year at Agraria! Please join us for our annual meeting on Sunday, July 14th, 2-4 pm to hear updates on our work, celebrate those who have helped us accomplish it, and help us plan for the future. Enjoy ice-cream made by a bicycle-powered machine, explore our bluebird boxes, and see how research is being conducted on Jacoby Creek.

Presentations include:
•YS Educators Becca Eastman and Peg Morgan on their bluebird and soil projects;
•Farmers on their challenges and successes;
•Researchers, including CSU's Dr. Marcus Nagle, on their Agraria inquiries;
•Krista Magaw on the Jacoby Partnership;
•Celebration of The Founders of Agraria, and our volunteers.
We're looking forward to a festive day capped by tours and treats. We hope that you can join us!

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Soils For Life (Agraria Educator's Workshop)
Jun
4
to Jun 5

Soils For Life (Agraria Educator's Workshop)

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.

Registration and more information

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 Citizen Science Day: Stream Study
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Citizen Science Day: Stream Study

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

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Introduction to the Bionutrient Food Association
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to the Bionutrient Food Association

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.

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Gardening Book Club Meeting; Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

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.”


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Solar Co-Op Information Session
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Solar Co-Op Information Session

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.

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Historical Cemetery Presentation
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Historical Cemetery Presentation

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.

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Growing Green: Regenerating Soil and Local Agricultural Economies
Mar
15
to Mar 17

Growing Green: Regenerating Soil and Local Agricultural Economies

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.

Learn more and register

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Gardening Book Club Meeting; The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Gardening Book Club Meeting; The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

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.”

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Citizen Science Day: Bluebird Monitoring
Feb
8
1:00 PM13:00

Citizen Science Day: Bluebird Monitoring

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.

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Jan
26
4:00 PM16:00

Dayton Region Fibershed Kickoff

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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/

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Land Owner Resource Fair
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

Land Owner Resource Fair

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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.

·         Xylem/YSI

·         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 sunflower@tecumsehlandtrust.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.

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Ghost Dinner
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Ghost Dinner

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. 

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Into the Wild Exhibition
Oct
23
4:00 PM16:00

Into the Wild Exhibition

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.   

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Gardening Book Club
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Gardening Book Club

Hi all,

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!

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Fun on the Farm
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Fun on the Farm

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.

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Sep
30
to Oct 6

Permaculture Design Certification with Peter Bane

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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 info@communitysolution.org or at 937-767-2161. 

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Autumn Equinox Sensory Walk with Bill Felker
Sep
22
4:30 PM16:30

Autumn Equinox Sensory Walk with Bill Felker

  • Agraria: Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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YS Chamber Business After Hours
Sep
20
5:30 PM17:30

YS Chamber Business After Hours

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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.

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Agraria Summer Celebration
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Agraria Summer Celebration

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.

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