Sustainable farming and gardening are among the topics that will be addressed at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground.
The conference is Feb. 15 and 16 at Granville middle and high schools in Licking County.
More than 100 workshops will be offered, along with a trade show, entertainment, a teen conference and children’s activities. Keynote speakers will be Atina Diffley, an organic farmer, consultant, activist and author, and Kathleen Merrigan, a former U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture.
For those who register by Jan. 31, the cost for the basic event is $145 for OEFFA members and $205 for others. After that date, the prices increase to $160 and $220, respectively. There are different prices for students and those attending only one day, and additional costs for meals and a pre-conference event.
Details and an online registration form are at www.oeffa.org.
Events and programs
• The Spirit of Christmas Past, 6-9 p.m. today and 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Farnam Manor, 4223 Brecksville Road, Richfield. Participants are served a 19th-century dinner, with historical re-enactors portraying members of the Farnam family. $60; children 12 and younger, $30. Presented by the Ohio Living History Society. Reservations: www.olhs.org or 234-200-6547.
• Deck the Hall: Heaven & Nature Sing, 5-8 nightly through Monday, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. Decorated manor house and grounds, computerized light show set to music, entertainment, gift shop, snacks. Members: $13.50 for adults, $5.50 for youth; others: $17 for adults, $7 for youth. Children 5 and younger admitted free. 330-315-3287 or www.stanhywet.org.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Glow at the Garden holiday celebration through Jan. 5. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and next Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 5; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Year’s Eve; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Closed Monday and New Year’s Day. $12; ages 3-12, $8; members and younger children, free. Children’s New Year’s Eve Camp, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday (members $35, others $45, registration required). New Year’s Butterfly Release Party, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday (members’ children $12, other children $20, member adults free, nonmember adults $12, registration required). Children’s New Year’s Day Camp, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday (members $35, others $45, registration required). 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or Home and Garden News, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640. Please include name and phone number. All events must be open to the public.
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