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Agricultural facilities in Northwest Ohio, including one in East Toledo, will be featured in the 2013 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

On June 15, Graham Farms in Grand Rapids will be on the tour. The farm specializes in pasture-raised meat, which is sold under the label Omega Meats.

Grower Lindsay Graham raises grass-fed cattle, pastured chickens and turkey, and pastured breed hogs on 16 acres using rotational grazing practices.

Omega Meat products are sold in restaurants and natural food stores as well as through a buyer’s club and on-farm sales.

The urban community garden tour will include a visit Aug. 17 at Magyar Garden in East Toledo.

Master gardener Karen Wood will conduct the tour of the York Street garden that has been tended by 15 to 30 families for more than 60 years.

In 2011, more than 200 pounds of honey were harvested from the garden’s five beehives.

A monarch butterfly way-station was added in 2012 and the facility is planning to join the Cornell University urban bird study project.

An organic and sustainable agriculture field day will be held Sept. 5 at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation in Bowling Green

Co-sponsored by the Organic Food and Farming Education Research (OFFER) program, the tour will include a visit to the Organic Valley corn variety plot. Information will also be presented on organic grain crops, pest scouting and organic controls, zeolite soil research and other OFFER projects. Zeolite has the ability to release beneficial elements while capturing and binding others, often less desirable, materials.

Three operations in Fulton County will be featured June 21, focusing on production and management changes they’ve made in recent years to become more economically viable.

The tour will start at Kinsman Farm, a family-operated row crop farm that has modified its methods to include organic produce, community supported agriculture subscriptions, and high-tunnel greenhouse production.

From there the tour will continue to Turkeyfoot Creek Creamery operated by Del and Linda Burkholder. Participants will see how fresh, ripened and aged cheeses are made from the farm’s goats.

The farm was started in 2012.

The tour will then stop at Knotty Vines Farm and Winery operated by Steve and Julie Nofziger, who started a “retirement project” that’s grown into a viable enterprise on just three acres.

The winery opened for retail business earlier this year.

“Consumer demand for fresh, locally produced food and farm products continues to grow, along with the desire to understand how food gets from the field to the dinner table. Farmers are opening their barn doors this summer to show how sustainably produced food is grown,” said Lauren Ketcham, OEFFA’s communications coordinator. “The tours are also designed to help farmers and gardeners learn from each other so they can improve their production and marketing techniques and grow their operations.”

In all, 17 tours and workshops are being sponsored by OEFFA and will be held between June and November.

The tour and workshop series are also sponsored by the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts and the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team.

For information about the Magyar Garden tour contact the Lucas County Extension office at (419) 578-6783.

Graham Farms is located at 11415 Pollock Rd, The phone number is (419) 392-6868.

The Agricultural Incubator Foundation is located at 13737 Middleton Pike. The phone number is (419) 354-9050.

For information about the OEFFA call (614) 421-2022.