Events Open for Registration


Nutrient Management & Policy Impacts on Farmers {Farmers Roundtable}

Wednesday, February 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm,  Portage SWCD Meeting Room, 6970 State Rt 88, Ravenna

Nutrient management has been a hot topic among legislatures, conservationists, and farmers. Excess nutrient runoff impacting our water supplies have led to legislatures to begin working on policies to address in issue. Come learn more about this issue, its solutions, and the potential regulations that may be headed our way. Discussion leaders will include Peter Bucher, Ohio Environmental Council Water Resources Director, Laura Deyoung, Owner of Spicy Lamb Farm and NEFCO Environmental Planner, and Eric Schwab, USDA-NRCS State Agronomist (USDA-NRCS speaker availability pending federal funding). 

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Growing Small Fruits

Wednesday, March 13, 1 - 4 pm, Portage SWCD Meeting Room, 6970 State Rt 88, Ravenna

Erik Draper, OSU Extension Educator in Geauga County will guide us through the selection, planting and maintenance of a variety of fruits in northeast Ohio.  Additionally, He brings a wealth of knowledge about plant disease and insect damage common with Ohio fruit growing.
Portage SWCD will also offer an expanded list of fruiting plants that will be available for pre-order  to workshop participants.  This list can be found HERE.

Pond Clinic

Thursday, March 21, 6 - 8 pm, Centerville Mills Dining Hall, 8558 Crackel Road, Chagrin Falls

Special guest Eugene Braig, Aquatic Ecosystems Program Director, OSU Extension, will present an overview of  ‘Aquatic Plant Management in Ponds’ followed by ‘Top 5 Pond Management Concerns’. 

Growing Crop-Grade Hazelnuts in Ohio

Saturday, March 23rd, 1 - 3 pm, Portage SWCD Meeting Room, 6970 State Rt 88, Ravenna

If you are looking for expert advice on cultivar selection, site prep, plant care and maintenance relating to growing hazelnuts, then please join the Ohio Nut Growers Association & Portage SWCD in welcoming hazelnut expert John Kelsey of Kelsey Farm in Southside, WV as our presenter. In conjunction with this event, the 2019 ONGA membership drive nut trees are the hazelnut cultivars ’Sacajawea’ and ’York’ which were recommended by Mr. Kelsey.  This compatible pair of hazelnuts is available for purchase through the Portage SWCD 2019 plant sale HERE.

Cover Crops for Home Gardeners

Saturday, March 30th, 10 am to noon, Portage SWCD Meeting Room, 6970 State Rt 88, Ravenna  

Do you want to improve soil health, retain soil moisture, and manage weeds with less chemicals?  Are you wanting to transition to no-till or reduce tillage in your garden?  Then this workshop is for you!  Join us as we welcome Ann Brandt as she brings large-scale farming practices to the home garden! 

Managing Stormwater on Your Land

Saturday, April 13, 10 am  - 2 pm,  Purplebrown Farmstead, 458 West Hines Hill Rd., Hudson

Water is an invaluable resource, but when not managed properly it can cause problems, for you, your crops, or for those down stream. We will explore different techniques to manage stormwater, without simply shuttling it off-site, through different techniques such as rainwater catchment systems, infiltration swales on contour, keyline systems, soil health and more.

The Perils of Plastic Pollution

Wednesday, June 19th, 6 pm, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St., Kent

Dr. Sherri Mason’s groundbreaking research on microbead plastic contaminants in the Great Lakes has led governments and manufacturers around the world to ban microbeads, small plastics that are a major pollutant in our water. While ending the use of microbeads is an important first step, much more needs to be done to protect our health and environment from “The Perils of Plastic”. Join us for this community event, free and open to all! Door prizes will be awarded in the spirit of reducing single-use plastics in our community.

Horse Pasture Management

Saturday, July 13th, 10 am - 1 pm, Sand Hill Stable 4311 OH-303, Mantua

Join us for this informative pasture walk created exclusively for horse owners interested in maintaining a healthy pasture, and therefore healthy horses. This program will include a short tour of Sand Hill Stable including a discussion on the sustainability practices they have implemented throughout their site and a pasture walk focusing on establishing and maintaining quality pasture for your horses. Whether you are dealing with many acres or smaller paddocks, you can gain valuable insight on pasture rotation and grazing management at this program.

Livestock Pasture Management
& Farm to Chef Marketing w/
Farm to table Dinner

Sat., July 13th, 4 - 8 pm, Tierra Verde Farms 2212 Alliance Rd, Deerfield

Join us for this comprehensive grazing program and Farm to Table Dinner aimed at livestock producers. Topics covered will include but are not limited to multi-species grazing management, fencing options and innovations, soil health, forage I.D., accessing the restaurant market, and direct marketing grass-fed meat. If you plan to join us for the meal and Restaurant Market discussion, tickets will be $10.00 per head. If you only plan to attend the pasture walk, admission is free.