WILMINGTON — Due to low registration numbers, the OSU Extension’s Small Farm Conference that was scheduled to be held this weekend in Wilmington has been canceled.
“It’s kind of baffling. Poultry production is a large interest for many who have small acres, and there’s a huge interest in beekeeping,” said Tony Nye, the OSU Extension educator for agriculture who serves Clinton County and who also is state coordinator of OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program.
The “Opening Doors to Success” conference was to be held at Wilmington College. The Friday, March 10 session was to be from 1 to 5:30 p.m. with a workshop on poultry production and a workshop on beekeeping for the beginner.
The Saturday, March 11 session was to be from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Topics were to include applying chemicals, greenhouse production, livestock, field crops, finances, and farm and land access.
The response to past conferences has been very good, Nye said, and input from participants evaluations is utilized to help come up with the following year’s programming and topics.
Nye said the low registration is very disheartening, and he and his committee will sit down and re-evaluate the annual conference and how to best fulfill the needs of small-farm enthusiasts.
OSU Extension’s Small Farm Team offers annual Small Farm Conferences in Wilmington and Massillon each spring. Conferences include a trade show showcasing small farm service providers.
Nye is convinced there remains a definite need for small farm programming in Ohio. He points to OSU Extension’s New and Small Farm College, an eight-week program for new and seasoned farmers focusing on the basics of starting or maintaining a small farming operation.
That program, he said, is thriving.
Nye said the Small Farm Conference in Massillon in northeast Ohio is still scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 25.
Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.