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Home and garden happenings — Week of Sept. 21

By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Beacon Journal home writer

Food growers interested in selling to retailers, wholesalers and institutions are the targets of a workshop series scheduled for Nov. 2 to 5 at Shisler Conference Center on Ohio State University’s Wooster campus.

The event, Scaling Up the Food Chain, will comprise two sessions, one on Nov. 2-3 featuring Linda Halley of Harmony Valley Farms in Wisconsin and the other on Nov. 4-5 with Chris Blanchard of Rock Spring Farm in Iowa. Both Halley and Blanchard are experts on produce production and farm business management.

Early-bird registration rates of $125 for one session or $225 for both are in effect through Sept. 30. After that date, the cost is $150 for one session or $250 for both. Breakfasts and lunches are included.

Registration ends Oct. 21, or earlier if the sessions are full. Details are in the events sections of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s website,, and its Facebook page.

The workshops are being organized by the association and the Countryside Conservancy.

Register for summit

The late Ben Stinner’s passion was building healthy agroecosystems and sustainable communities. That passion is the focus of the annual Stinner Summit, which this year will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Happy Days Lodge in Boston Heights.

The summit brings together people of all backgrounds to work together to develop projects, one or more of which may receive a pledge of funding from the Ben Stinner Endowment.

Details and a link to an online registration form are at

Stinner, an Ohio State University researcher, died in an automobile accident in 2004.

Course on hummingbirds

An online course created by Birds & Blooms magazine is designed to turn hummingbird enthusiasts into experts.

The Backyard Birder course, All About Hummingbirds, covers topics including identifying, attracting and gardening for hummingbirds and hummingbird behavior, nesting and migration.

The course costs $35. Information is at

Events and programs

• Ohio State African Violet Show and Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Kingwood Center, 900 Park Ave. W, Mansfield. Free African violet and gesneriad show, sale of plants and supplies, free workshops at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 440-821-2967

• Fall barn sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Portage Trail Barn, 151 Portage Trail Extension W, Cuyahoga Falls. Handmade and repurposed items for the home and family.

• Fall Festival, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Wine tasting, noon to 4 p.m. today. Hayrides, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Pony rides, noon to 3 p.m. both days. Fall decorations, children’s activities, games, food. Donations will benefit One of a Kind Pet Rescue. 330-724-0505 or

• Yankee Peddler Festival, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday. Clay’s Park Resort, two miles south of state Routes 21 and 93 near Canal Fulton. Early American arts and crafts, demonstrations, entertainment, food. Tickets: $10 ($9.50 if purchased in advance online); seniors 60 or older, $9; children 6-11, $3. 800-535-5634 or

• RIPE! Fest No. 4, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Locally sourced food and drink, entertainment, children’s activities. Members $8 (members’ children $5); others $13 (children $7). or 216-721-1600.

• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Akron-Summit County Public Library Mogadore branch, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. Members knit and crochet rectangles that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area, and they’ll teach others the skills. 330-699-3252 or

• Bead Break, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Seville Library, North Center Street. Learn beading basics, and bring your beading work in progress, completed projects to show off and leftover beads to swap. Registration: or 330-769-2852.

• Guided Autumn Walk, 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Seaman Orientation Plaza, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Secrest Arboretum, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Free. Advance registration requested but not required. 330-464-2148 or

• Organic Farm Production and Business Management Tour, 2 p.m. Thursday, Birdsong Farm, 11316 Wheeler Road, Hiram Township near Garrettsville. Tour a farm that specializes in greens, herbs and root crops. Part of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Free.

• Open house, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, John Brown House, 514 Diagonal Road, Akron. Tour the abolitionist’s home and visit the Summit Hall of Honor. Free. 330-535-1120 or

• Taking Root for Clean Water, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive, Parma. Guided hike and two presentations: Trees Equal Health and Go Native! Planting With Purpose. Free. Register by Monday at,, 216-214-0542 or 440-834-1122.

• Needlework Circle meetings, 6 p.m. Thursdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. Information: 330-769-2852.

• Botanica 2013: Ideas and Inspiration, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next Saturday, Trinity United Church of Christ, 3909 Blackburn Road NW, Canton. Fall gardening symposium presented by the Master Gardeners of Stark County. Topics are garden trends, favorite vegetables, shade gardening and herbs. $35. Information and mail-in registration form at, or call 330-830-7700, ext. 102 or 116.

• Warm Up Medina County finishing bee, 10 a.m. next Saturday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Bring finished 7-by-11-inch knitted or crocheted blocks to combine with other needleworkers’ creations. or 330-273-4150.

• Mum Fest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28-29, Lake Anna Park, Barberton. 20,000 mums in bloom, food, entertainment, children’s activities, water ski shows, arts and crafts and more. Free. or 330-848-6653.

Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to 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.

Mary Beth Breckenridge can be reached at 330-996-3756 or You can also become a fan on Facebook at, follow her on Twitter @MBBreckenridge and read her blog at

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