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    For more information go to www oeffa org Conference Registration To register or for more information about the conference including maps directions featured presenters and workshops pre conference descriptions workshop listings hotel options and a schedule go to www oeffa org conference2014 For additional questions contact Renee Hunt at 614 421 2022 Ext 205 or renee oeffa org Past conferences have sold out in advance so early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment Artwork and Images For the conference art image speaker photographs or pictures from past conferences contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org Press Passes and Media Inquiries OEFFA offers a limited number of press passes to members of the media who would like to attend conference and pre conference events We can also help members of the press schedule interviews with keynote speakers and workshop presenters To arrange an interview or request a press pass contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org Event Calendar and Public Service Announcement The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 35th annual conference Affirming Our Roots Breaking New Ground is February 15 16 2014 in Granville Ohio This is Ohio s largest sustainable agriculture conference and will feature keynote speakers Kathleen Merrigan and Atina Diffley more than 100 workshops on sustainable farming gardening and homesteading local and organic meals a kids conference teen conference and childcare a trade show Saturday evening entertainment and pre conference events on produce wholesale marketing and soil health and biodiversity on Friday February 14 To register or for more information go to www oeffa org conference2014 or call 614 421 2022 Congress Fails Farmers Again October 1 2013 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren Today s Farm Bill Expiration Leaves Critical Conservation Organic and Beginning Farmer Programs Stranded without Funding For Immediate Release Tuesday October 1 2013 Contact MacKenzie Bailey 614 421 2022 Ext 208 mackenzie oeffa org Columbus OH While farmers wait to see if the U S House of Representatives will enter conference committee with the Senate to work out the details of a new Farm Bill the current Farm Bill extension expired today Congress failure to pass a new Farm Bill will have a disproportionately negative impact on beginning sustainable and organic farmers Unlike crop insurance subsidies which have continued funding many organic local food and conservation programs are not permanently authorized and funded As consumer demand for organics continues to grow Congress needs to help organic farmers succeed said MacKenzie Bailey Policy Program Coordinator for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA Although organic programs are a very small part of the hundreds of billions of dollars that will be invested through this Farm Bill they are critical programs that address unique needs The failure to fund organic programs is counter intuitive when consumers are demanding more sustainably grown food Farmers have been without a full Farm Bill since October 1 2012 In January 2013 Congress passed a partial one year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill that excluded funding for nearly three dozen Farm Bill programs The Senate has passed a Farm Bill twice but disagreements about funding and eligibility for nutrition programs in the House have created roadblocks to passing a full Farm Bill reauthorization Dozens of programs that create jobs invest in the next generation of farmers and protect the environment are without funding Some key programs without funding until Congress passes a full Farm Bill include The Farmers Market Promotion Program FMPP provides funding to community supported agriculture programs farmers markets and farm markets to develop marketing information and business plans support innovative market ideas and educate consumers For example the Toledo Farmers Market used FMPP funding to recruit new vendors help establish and promote an electronic benefit transfer EBT system for SNAP recipients and build relationships with community partners to leverage additional funding and support As a result SNAP sales increased from 500 in 2008 to 50 000 in 2011 the market added 1 000 new EBT customers overall market sales increased by 20 percent and the number of vendors at the market grew by 38 percent The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program invests in the next generation of farmers and food entrepreneurs by helping them access land credit and crop insurance launch and expand new farms and businesses and receive training mentoring and education The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program reimburses participating organic producers and handlers for 75 percent up to 750 of their certification fees This program helps make organic certification affordable enabling farmers and processors to meet the growing demand for organic food In 2011 251 Ohioans utilized cost share funds or about 40 percent of the state s organic operations The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative is a competitive grants program dedicated to the growing needs of the organic community The Organic Production Market and Data Initiative is a multi agency organic data collection initiative that collects information vital to maintaining stable markets and tracking production trends Value Added Producer Grants provide funding for feasibility studies and business plans marketing value added products and farm based renewable energy projects Enough is enough Farmers have been without a Farm Bill for a year Congress needs to act now to pass a full and fair five year Farm Bill that will invest in the future create economic opportunities for family farmers protect precious natural resources reform farm subsidies and ultimately align farm policy with the good health of our families friends and neighbors said Bailey For more information about the Farm Bill or OEFFA s work go to http policy oeffa org farmbill The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA was founded in 1979 and is a grassroots coalition of farmers backyard gardeners consumers retailers educators researchers and others who share a desire to build healthy food systems For more than 30 years OEFFA has used education advocacy and grassroots organizing to promote local and organic food systems helping farmers and consumers reconnect and together build a sustainable food system one meal at a time For more information go to www oeffa org OH So Fresh Locally Grown Produce Initiative Launched July 25 2013 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren For Immediate Release July 25 2013 Contact Milo Petruziello Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 614 421 2022 Ext 206 milo oeffa org Tonya Woodruff Ohio Grocers Foundation 614 448 1631 foundation ohiogrocers org Columbus Ohio The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Ohio Grocers Foundation Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association and Ohio Department of Agriculture have partnered to launch a new initiative called OH So Fresh The retail marketing campaign is designed to raise consumer awareness about Ohio grown specialty crops by giving Ohioans expanded opportunities to sample and purchase locally grown farm fresh produce from their local grocers Nearly 100 independently owned grocery retailers are participating in the OH So Fresh initiative in 2013 A full list of participating grocers is available here Ohio has more than 2 000 specialty crop growers providing everything from asparagus to zucchini Although Ohio grown produce is abundant at farmers markets farm stands and through community supported agriculture programs the majority of Ohioans turn to their local grocery stores for the bulk of their grocery purchases That s why it s critical that growers and grocers are working together to offer locally grown food at these stores said Milo Petruziello OEFFA Program Associate Shoppers increasingly want to support local farmers and this marketing campaign will help to let them know what Ohio grown foods are available at their local grocery store The campaign provides promotional materials to grocers so customers will easily identify locally grown produce by the OH So Fresh label Sampling and demonstration events will also take place at some stores event announcements will be made on the campaign s Facebook page throughout the summer and fall The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a non profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system For more information go to www oeffa org Appeals Court Binds Monsanto to Promise Not to Sue Organic Farmers June 11 2013 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren Court of Appeals Issues Decision in Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v Monsanto Washington D C Yesterday the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought against Monsanto by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA and 82 other plaintiffs after the biotech giant made binding assurances that it will not sue organic farmers if the company s genetically engineered GE seeds contaminate their fields The case Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v Monsanto was originally in March 2011 by organic farmers seed growers and agricultural organizations representing more than 300 000 farmers The lawsuit was filed by plaintiffs to seek protection for farmers whose fields can become contaminated by Monsanto s GE seed and then be sued by the company for patent infringement In the ruling issued yesterday the Court of Appeals judges affirmed the Southern District of New York s previous decision The lower Court ruled that the plaintiffs did not present a sufficient controversy to warrant adjudication given that throughout the lawsuit Monsanto made binding assurances that it will not take legal action against growers whose crops might inadvertently contain traces of Monsanto biotech genes The plaintiffs attorney Dan Ravicher of the Public Patent Foundation PUBPAT views the decision as a partial victory The decision means that the farmers did have the right to bring the suit to protect themselves but now that Monsanto has bound itself to not suing the plaintiffs the Court of Appeals believes the suit should not move forward said Ravicher The decision also allows farmers who are contaminated to sue Monsanto and Monsanto s customers for the harm caused by that contamination without fear of a retaliation patent infringement claim The plaintiffs complaint detailed Monsanto s history of aggressive patent enforcement and detailed the societal harms caused by Monsanto s GE seed including the proliferation of herbicide resistant superweeds and the increased use of pesticides which are applied to Roundup ready crops The plaintiffs also argued the legality of Monsanto s patents OEFFA members and farmers across the United States undertook this action because of legitimate concerns about Monsanto s overreaching protection of their patents We re encouraged by the Court s determination that Monsanto does not have the right to sue farmers for trace contamination said Carol Goland OEFFA s Executive Director However we are disappointed that the courts have not taken action to protect our food supply from the continued proliferation of Monsanto s GE technology Despite the Court of Appeals decision plaintiffs still have the option to ask the Supreme Court to review the decision and reinstate the case Plaintiffs have 90 days to request a Supreme Court review For more information about the lawsuit click here For more information about OEFFA s work on GE food click here The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a non profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system For more information go to www oeffa org Contact Carol Goland OEFFA Executive Director 740 398 9099 cgoland oeffa org Daniel Ravicher PUBPAT 212 461 1902 ravicher pubpat org Good Earth Guide Connects Consumers with Local Farmers May 30 2013 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren Directory lists more than 400 farms and businesses in Ohio and surrounding states FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30 2013 Contact Lauren Ketcham Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org Renee Hunt Program Director 614 421 2022 Ext 205 renee oeffa org Columbus OH Ohio summers are a time to enjoy the bounty of fresh garden vegetables ripe off the vine berries farm fresh eggs and orchard harvests bursting with juicy flavor The Good Earth Guide to Organic and Ecological Farms Gardens and Related Businesses produced by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA can help bring these delicious tastes of summer to any kitchen The Good Earth Guide includes information on 412 farms and businesses including 180 certified organic farms and businesses and 94 community supported agriculture CSA programs Since the first Good Earth Guide in 1990 it s grown from a list of a dozen or so to more than 400 farms and businesses reflecting the tremendous growth in locally sourced and sustainably produced foods fibers products and services said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt The searchable online directory identifies sources for locally grown vegetables fruits herbs honey maple syrup dairy products grass fed beef pork and lamb free range chicken and eggs fiber flour and grains cut flowers plants hay and straw seed and feed and other local farm products You can find just about anything you d want being grown or produced right here in Ohio The Good Earth Guide helps provide a blueprint for consumers interested in eating locally and in season said Hunt Each listing includes name and contact information products sold a farm or business description and whether the farm or business is certified organic Many listings also include locations and maps for where the farm or business products are sold The directory includes tools that make it easy to search the listings for a specific product business or contact by county or by sales method The purpose of the Good Earth Guide is making connections Connecting consumers to local farms and businesses so that their dollars support the local community and sustainably grown food and farm products Connecting farmers with one another so they can network and develop business relationships that support a successful farming community And connecting businesses like restaurants and other retailers with farmers who together are building the links that bring local food from field to fork concluded Hunt The Good Earth Guide is available free to the public in an easy to use online searchable database at http www oeffa org search geg php The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a non profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system For more information go to www oeffa org Free Public Tour Series Features Ohio s Organic and Sustainable Farms and Businesses May 8 2013 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8 2013 Contact Lauren Ketcham Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA has announced its farm tours and workshops that will be included in the 2013 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Serie s featuring free public tours of some of Ohio s finest sustainable and organic farms OEFFA has offered these tours for more than 30 years providing unique opportunities for Ohioans to see taste feel and learn what sustainable food and fiber production is all about from the farmers themselves Consumers interested in local foods farmers and market gardeners wanting to learn more and network with other farmers and aspiring and beginning farmers are encouraged to attend 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 added Ketcham Seventeen tours and workshops are being sponsored by OEFFA and will be held between June and November The 2013 farm tour and workshop series is promoted in cooperation with the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and the Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts who are sponsoring additional tours In total the series features 24 farms and food businesses three university research centers and three educational workshops OEFFA s tours and workshops feature dairy farming and processing diversified organic production pasture raised livestock and poultry composting Permaculture specialty crops cut flowers agri tourism urban farming cover crops season extension food preservation and farm business skills OEFFA s events are Saturday June 8 Full service sustainable dairy farm tour and open house Snowville Creamery Pomeroy OH Meigs Co Sunday June 9 Community compost facility tour The Compost Exchange Athens OH Athens Co Saturday June 15 Pasture raised livestock farm tour Omega Meats Grand Rapids OH Lucas Co Friday July 5 Saturday July 6 Perennial Permaculture farm and Organic Valley field trip New Forest Farm Viola WI Sunday July 21 Organic farm growth and transition tour Northridge Organic Farm Johnstown OH Licking Co Sunday July 28 Sustainable cut flower farm tour Sunny Meadows Flower Farm Columbus OH Franklin Co Saturday August 24 OEFFA Benefit An Evening at Blue Rock Station Blue Rock Station Philo OH Muskingum Co Saturday August 10 Agri tourism and poultry production tour and consultation co sponsored by Women Farm Manchester Hill Bed and Breakfast Farm and Winery Circleville OH Pickaway Co Saturday August 17 Historic artisan market and urban farm tour Ohio City Farm Cleveland OH Cuyahoga Co Tuesday August 27 Innovative cover crop farm tour Brandt s Farm Carroll OH Fairfield Co Thursday September 12 Organic dairy farm tour and panel discussion co sponsored by Organic Valley Rolling Ridge Meadows Millersburg OH Holmes Co Saturday September 14 Local food from farm to plate tour and open house Carriage House Farm North Bend OH Hamilton Co Sunday September 15 Diversified organic farm tour and food preservation workshop Strawberry Hill Farm Fresno OH Coshocton Co Thursday September 26 Organic farm production and business management tour Birdsong Farm Garrettsville OH Portage

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  • Ohio Organic Farmers Open Their Gates for Free Tours | OEFFA News
    offers a unique learning opportunity to see taste feel and learn what sustainable food and fiber production is all about from the farmers themselves Consumers who are interested in local foods farmers and market gardeners who want to learn more and network with other farmers aspiring and beginning farmers really anyone interested in learning more about the production and marketing techniques of sustainable farmers are encouraged to attend OEFFA has offered such tours for 30 years and Ketcham says they are growing more and more popular as consumer demand for fresh locally produced food and farm products continues to grow People are increasingly wanting to have that connection with the farm and the more consumers know about how their food is grown the better prepared they are to make choices that are right for themselves and their families about who to support with their food dollars Children and families are welcome to the tours and workshops Ketcham says it s a great opportunity for kids to see what their food looks like before it gets to their dinner plates 29 tours and workshops will be held from June through September as part of the series 13 of them sponsored by OEFFA They will feature a variety of topics and operations including organic berry production commercial composting natural goat health raw milk cheese making and Ohio farm history The schedule is available online at oeffa org Post navigation Free Public Tour Series Features Ohio s Organic and Sustainable Farms and Businesses FREE WEBINAR OFFERED FOR SPECIALTY CROP FARMERS Registration is Now Open for May Session Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 September

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  • Jackie O’s expands locally grown menu selections | OEFFA News
    wanted to know where my ingredients were coming from and by using produce from our farm the fresh ingredients will reflect in our dishes Jackie O s hired an additional chef to create dishes surrounding the locally grown produce Because it s only the second growing season the restaurant is still testing which crops grow best and which to use in the restaurant and brewery Melissa Christen an agricultural expert and grower at the farm said plants such as fruit and nut trees have to mature before there is a crop worthy of selling or incorporating into the menu As of right now we are harvesting the cold crops that include broccoli cabbage and cauliflower as well as hearty greens like spinach and kale she said I have planted them in six sessions so there will be a constant availability of produce we can use at Jackie O s and sell at the market instead of relying on other farmers Jackie O s currently grows raspberries lemon verbena and mint that are added during the brew process to give ales subtle hints of flavor We just got approved to design a high tunnel which is an unheated plastic structure that will help us extend our growing season without the cost of a greenhouse Oestrike said I m excited to announce that we will have bees coming on May 14th that will allow us to decrease the amount of herbicides used In partnership with the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Jackie O s Farm will provide a tour and potluck on Sunday to increase awareness about sustainability among farmers educators and conscientious eaters I want to convey the work that goes into planting produce in such a fluctuating climate while still growing a large amount of crops Christen said This

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  • OEFFA’s Carriage House Farm Tour | OEFFA News
    August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012

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  • Organic Farm in Salem Recognized by State | OEFFA News
    one here at our farm showcasing our herd of American bison or buffalo as well as our garden in which we grow produce and cut flowers And behind me the two high tunnels we use for season extension said Sarah Swope owner operator of Heritage Lane Farm The farm is family operated and Swope said their farm is unique to Ohio because there are very few farms that raise American buffalo and most of their produce is done in what they call a sustainable manner Which means that we don t use any herbicides or chemical fertilizers We produce all of our own compost here on the farm with either the vegetable matter or with some of the manures and bedding from the animals Swope said Those who came out for the tour were impressed with what they saw My cousin told me about this tour And my parents were raised on farms but it was nothing like this And it s just such an ambitious endeavour that they re doing Isn t it amazing said Francine Burlingame of Salem The Swope family also markets all of their produce and meat locally and said their meat and produce sales are doing extremely well Folks are beginning to discover the unique benefits of meat and produce grown locally as far as the economic benefits and even the taste and health benefits Swope said The Swopes plan to increase their herd size to meet the demand for meat and are also looking into expanding their produce crop Post navigation The Food Movement Its Power and Possibilities New livestock rules don t address all the issues Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015

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  • Butternut Farms spreads seeds of learning | OEFFA News
    the food they get at local farmers markets West Volland said West Volland grew up on a farm A graduate of Ohio University with several degrees including anthropology history journalism and photojournalism she worked at a roller skating rink ran her own travel agency and worked as a freelance writer and photographer Now West Volland spends most of her time on the farm caring for both plants and animals Her pasture is home to a horse three llamas and about 14 Nubian goats that provide her with milk which she makes into cheese She also collects eggs from her coop full of chickens Throughout the years the animals have become part of the family she said When you are a farmer you are also sort of a vet and zookeeper she said It s a lot of jobs combined into one But I can t imagine them not being here West Volland grows hay for her animals as well as fruits and vegetables from apples and pears to potatoes and eggplant Everything is grown with natural fertilizers and no chemicals I grow enough that I buy very little from the grocery store she said In 2004 West Volland and her husband joined the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms program The program gives people interested in organic farming the opportunity to volunteer on farms all over the world In the past seven years Butternut Farms has hosted people from Germany Australia South Korea and England My husband really truly felt it was important we teach young people how to grow their own food West Volland said They come to learn to work the soil do composting and garden smarter When she isn t working on the farm West Volland runs a bed and breakfast on her property and teaches classes

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  • Salem farm part of growing ‘sustainable farm’ movement | OEFFA News
    by a USDA approved facility We re attempting to manage our pastures using an organic method Swope said We re really focusing on the health of the soil and allowing the biology to develop The property has been a working farm since 1830 It was purchased by Sarah Swope s parents in 1978 and later deeded to the couple in 1991 Kevin Swope said the chief goal is to reverse the impact on the soil of nearly 200 years of tilling and chemically dependent farming Lime manure and chicken litter are the additives of choice Forty of Heritage Lane s 52 acres is under grassland easement meaning that at least 40 acres must remain as undeveloped grassland for 99 years There was a lot of erosion he said I see improvements every year HIGH TUNNELS Swope who grew up in Louisville had no prior farm experience He did his own research on organic farming techniques In addition to farming he is a manager and soil conservationist for Natural Resource Conservation Our agency is looking more and more at soil health he said Sarah Swope grows organic vegetables including several types of hybrid tomatoes and flowers through a high tunnel method Essentially high tunnels are Quonset huts made of clear plastic that cover the gardening area The plastic keeps the ground warmer which expands the planting season from March through December High tunnels also reduce the spread of disease and protect plants from such extreme weather elements as high winds or hail Almost all of our produce sold is grown in high tunnels she said You re using purely solar energy Sarah Swope said the growing method probably is not for everyone because the enclosure limits use of equipment It s extremely labor intensive she said The flip side is we

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  • Organic food group to observe Wood County farm: Hirzel’s Luckey site part of statewide tour | OEFFA News
    Most farmers or farming operators just send grains as is on to a processor or milling operation but Hirzel uses an air blowing screening process to clean its grains and those of any farmer who contracts to use its cleaning process The process removes everything you wouldn t want to see in a package sitting on the store shelf Mr Kozma said The value added service makes Hirzel products more desirable because a mill can go right to the flour making process he added Hirzel also has a process called dehulling which removes the outer covering of oats and a species of wheat called spelt to make them ready immediately for processing The waste it gathers from the grain cleaning dehulling and processing of tomatoes at its Hirzel Canning operation in Northwood is used to make compost that is reapplied to its 1 850 acre farming operations 700 acres of which grow organic crops Hirzel Farms grows tomatoes cabbage nongenetically modified soybeans organic edible soybeans feed corn spelt winter wheat spring wheat oats alfalfa and clover Mr Kozma said the Hirzel family starting grain cleaning in 1979 as a way to give it a competitive edge over its rivals What started out as a way to market our products turned into a custom cleaning operation for us and for others We now have 20 area growers that feed into the cleaning facility he said Hirzel began a composting operation to dispose of its cannery and cleaning waste The ecological food and farm group began its tour June 11 at a dairy farm in southern Ohio After the visit to Hirzel Farms the group will head to a poultry farm in central Ohio Read the original text of this article at The Toledo Blade Post navigation Hirzel s organic farm featured

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