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  • Ohio’s organic farmers opt for biology over chemistry | OEFFA News
    follow the bee line to her turnip and rutabaga pies The Green Chef calls her workshop Out of the Dirt and On to Your Plate Because where do root vegetables live In the dirt And of course if you put chemicals on where s it going to go Into the plants Right into the plants Try and eat organic root vegetables There are 90 workshops at the conference 10 have the word organic in the title Willing to pay for healthier choices On average eating organic costs about 20 percent more But consumers who have read the works of Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin and seen the movie Food Inc don t mind paying the difference There s a better environment for organic foods which is a big part of it says George Siemon He runs the largest organic farm cooperative in the nation Organic Valley represents farmers in 31 states including 174 in Ohio A food system that needs organics Siemon s keynote speech at the ecological food conference is titled Organic Changing a Broken System Part of the broken food system is the amount of control that certain parties have in D C So I don t feel the farm bill is really an honest process that serves our bigger community Organics just got hurt badly in the recent farm bill Anything that was extra like research on organic farming and other things got cut to zero Of course we get very little anyway but that s the beauty of organics It s been very self starting It s a grass roots movement and we ve done well without the government s help Siemon s organic cooperative is in its 25th year It recently reached 1 billion in annual sales Improving but still needs fixing But he says the system remains broken We have a lot of food related illnesses and environmental issues and cultural issues that are related to our agricultural practices and I think it needs to have a better conversation than we have Organic farming is a wonderful answer for financial viability and care for the land and producing healthy food so it s a real solution But Stanford University came out in September with a report that said organic doesn t make a real health difference I could challenge that study all day long says Siemon And of course we have people who are opposed to us More funding in the pipeline for organic farmers He believes more financial organizations are willing now to fund organic farms because of demand from consumers And one of the things our coop has taken great pride in is trying to provide a stable price to farmers and a stable marketplace and bankers recognize that there s a future here Mike Storer of Columbus based DNO Distributors couldn t agree more He s in the food conference s exhibit hall because the grocers and restaurants he serves want more organic food In search of Ohio organic farmers At

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  • George Siemon wants to fix America’s food system | OEFFA News
    eating organic food is rapidly growing they are still bucking a national trend Conventionally grown foods are cheaper than organic and some government policies Mr Siemon specifically cited the push for ethanol seem to favor using chemicals in farming he said If you get involved in food you very quickly learn that farm politics are controlled by big corporations whose main concerns are the the same as the people s the Wisconsin based former dairy farmer said on the phone from Florida where he was taking a vacation Food is a complicated subject and a lot of our policies are very simplistic he said One of the perceived problems with organic farming is that the farmers yield is often thought to be smaller than that of conventional farmers who use chemicals and pesticides specifically formulated to help boost the farms output Mr Siemon countered that organic farmers actually can match the average yield of conventional farmers in some produce such as corn though not every year Instead of pumping nutrients into the soil organic farmers have to rotate their crops in the traditional manner for instance planting corn alfalfa hay small grains and soybeans in successive years Ideally you have livestock involved and you have manure he said Pastures are not just an important way to rest the soil it is also good for the health of livestock he said It gives them exercise and allows them to eat something other than corn feed While last year s drought affected farmers everywhere he said that organic farmers actually made it through better than conventional farmers There is no question that organic farmers do better during a drought because we have more diversity in crops The more diversity you have the more options you have for rain helping you he said

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  • Ohio Food and Farming Conference Draws Near | OEFFA News
    17 Granville Ohio in the heart of the state will be home to OEFFA s 34th annual conference Growing Opportunities Cultivating Change It s Ohio s largest sustainable agriculture conference an event which draws more than a thousand attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest Renee Hunt is the Education Director at the Ohio Food and Farm Association We talk with briefly about the OEFFA and the conference One of the keynote speakers at this year s conference is Nicholette Hahn Nieman she s an Attorney and rancher who writes and speaks about improving our food and farming system She also spoke to us by phone from her home in Northern California Listen to the interviews here Post navigation The Intersection of Food and Public Health George Siemon wants to fix America s food system 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 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

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  • The Intersection of Food and Public Health | OEFFA News
    overweight On this hour we ll hear about the role of public health in achieving both local and global food security Can we change how we make our food Guests Nicolette Hahn Niman a rancher attorney and author of Righteous Porkchop Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms Lynne Genter co founder of the Clintonville Farmers Market practicing nurse and serves on the OSU Wexner Medical Center Food Advisory Council Listen to the podcast here Post navigation Lots of Ohio milk in Organic Valley brand says CEO George Siemon Ohio Food and Farming Conference Draws Near 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 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 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October

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  • Lots of Ohio milk in Organic Valley brand, says CEO George Siemon | OEFFA News
    not been profitable It might be a little better now than it has been But farms are facing the challenge of going big or going organic which has more profit than conventional We ve been a lifeline for some farms In Maine and Vermont 10 percent of the dairy farms are organic Is it hard for the co op to find farmers We have an active staff searching for them Most are existing farms or farms taken over by the next generation Only about 1 percent are new farmers because of the start up costs Also someone has to be really passionate about it to go down that road It s a lifestyle of hard work for sure In Ohio one third of our farmers are Amish or Mennonites mostly in the Holmes County area Are we in an era of food enlightenment We re definitely in a place where food is important to people I see a lot more younger people cooking and people looking for the healthy effects of quality food Consumers are making their own decisions about food based on what they read on the Internet and not on information they ve been spoon fed You always see real changes in food trends made by young females and mothers When you have only one or two children you want to make decisions that don t endanger them It really is an exciting time Will organic prices ever equal conventional It s probably never going to happen To start the organic animal feed is more expensive But social justice is a big part of what we believe in We believe in food that should be good for the land good for the people who eat it and also good for the farmers The price paid for conventional milk is close to a bankruptcy price We try to make it sustainable for our farm families You served on the National Organic Standards Board for the U S Department of Agriculture What s your view of it now I served five years We faced very difficult complex scientific issues It s a unique committee that actually has legislative authority I didn t agree with all the decisions but it was pretty small stuff It s more disappointing that we don t always have all the science to make decisions We need to study things like methionine an amino acid nutrient in chicken feed It s used in very minute amounts but that doesn t mean we shouldn t be looking at it I just wish the USDA would fund more scientific studies to help us make those decisions How do you feel about the recent controversial aggregating study that claims organic food is no more nutritious than conventional The study was a well funded public relations effort by the opposition You can find plenty of individual studies showing a nutritional difference Our milk for example has twice the omega 3 fatty acids that conventional milk has When you start out

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  • American Meat Documentary to Screen at OEFFA Conference | OEFFA News
    Middle and High schools 248 New Burg St in Granville Ohio The film screening is free and open to the public All other conference events require paid pre registration Space is still available for the conference and pre conference events but Saturday meals are sold out Go to www oeffa org 2013 for more information about the conference and registration or click here To view the video trailer for American Meat click here To read more about the movie click here About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a statewide grassroots nonprofit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters working together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system For more information go to www oeffa org About Chipotle Mexican Grill Steve Ells founder chairman and co CEO started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience Today Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos tacos burrito bowls a burrito without the tortilla and salads made from fresh high quality raw ingredients prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere Through their vision of Food With Integrity Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh but that where possible are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals the land and the farmers who produce the food A similarly focused people culture with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees enables us to develop future leaders from within Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1 350 restaurants For more information go to www chipotle com Conference and Pre Conference Registration To register or for more information about the conference including maps directions workshop descriptions speakers and a schedule go to www oeffa org 2013 For additional questions contact Renee Hunt at 614 421 2022 Ext 205 or renee oeffa org The 2010 2011 and 2012 conferences sold out in advance so early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment Artwork and Images For the conference art image or speaker photographs contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org For photographs of the 2012 conference go to www oeffa us oeffa conference2012photos php Press Passes and Interviews with Keynote Speakers OEFFA offers a limited number of press passes to members of the media who would like to attend one or both days of the conference We can also help members of the press schedule pre conference interviews with our keynote speakers 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 will be holding its 34th annual conference Growing Opportunities Cultivating Change on February 16 17 2013 in Granville Ohio Ohio s largest sustainable agriculture conference the event

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  • Cooperative Organic Farming is Helping Ohio’s Family Farms Flourish | OEFFA News
    is to serve farmers and consumers instead of the stock price Ours is more about how do we hit a sustainable profit level which is quite low It allows us to focus more on our day to day business and serving our mission which is to offer family farmers a sustainable living and to offer consumers the greatest food Farmers establish equity when joining a cooperative and are supported in various aspects of their business including production certification and farm planning all while staying on their own land By combining the model with organic growing Siemon says family farms are seeing their finances stabilize and their businesses become more sustainable The organic industry is expanding at a healthy clip he says with almost 20 percent growth every year He says it s a great time to get involved The enthusiasm in the organic farmer community is very high and it s just infectious to see that kind of excitement about farming Something we always see is how organic breathes life back into people s farms and their excitement about their future Concerns about food quality the use of chemicals healthier living and animal welfare all can be attributed to the growing success of organics he says Siemon will speak more on these topics and the future of organic agriculture on Feb 16 at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s conference in Granville More information is online at oeffa org 2013 Post navigation Farmer will discuss raising chickens at home An update on a couple of small farmers taking on new challenges for the new year 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

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  • Annual Conference | OEFFA News | Page 5
    holding its 34th annual conference Growing Opportunities Cultivating Change on February 16 17 2013 in Granville Ohio Ohio s largest sustainable agriculture conference the event will feature keynote speakers George Siemon and Nicolette Hahn Niman more than 90 workshops on sustainable farming gardening homesteading cooking livestock production and business management local and organic meals a kids conference and childcare a trade show Saturday evening entertainment and two featured pre conference events on Friday February 15 To register or for more information go to www oeffa org 2013 or call 614 421 2022 2013 Conference Sponsors OEFFA s 34th annual conference is being sponsored by Northstar Café Chipotle Mexican Grill Jeni s Splendid Ice Cream Organic Valley UNFI Foundation Granville Exempted Village Schools Iroquois Valley Farms Mustard Seed Market and Café Snowville Creamery Whole Foods Market Columbus Northridge Organic Farm Andelain Fields Albert Lea Seed Company Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese Earthineer Edible Cleveland Green BEAN Delivery Horizon Organic Lucky Cat Bakery Raisin Rack Stauf s Coffee Roasters Stonyfield Farm Appalachia Ohio Alliance Casa Nueva Curly Tail Organic Farm C TEC of Licking County DNO Produce Eden Foods King Family Farm Luna Burger Metro Cuisine Shagbark Seed and Mill Two Caterers Whole Hog BBQ Bad Dog Acres Bexley Natural Market Bird s Haven Farms Bluebird Farm CaJohns Fiery Foods Eban Bakery Equine Veterinary Dental Services Fedco Seeds Flying J Farm Glad Annie s Old World Baklava Green Field Farms Hartzler Dairy Farm The Hills Market Leo Dick and Sons Marshy Meadows Farm Nourse Farms Sunbeam Family Farm Swainway Urban Farm Sweet Meadows Farm and Wayward Seed Farm Organic Valley CEO to Keynote Ohio s Largest Food and Farming Conference George Siemon to Explore How Cooperative s Model and Organic Farming Can Provide Farmers with a Secure Income and Protect the Environment January 8 2013 Annual Conference OEFFA Press Releases Lauren FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8 2013 Contact Renee Hunt OEFFA Program Director 614 421 2022 Ext 205 renee oeffa org Lauren Ketcham OEFFA Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org Elizabeth Horton Organic Valley Director of Public Relations 207 838 0084 elizabeth horton organicvalley coop George Siemon C E I E I O and a founding farmer of Organic Valley will be the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 34th annual conference Growing Opportunities Cultivating Change on Saturday February 16 in Granville Ohio Licking County As one of the nation s foremost organic agriculture advocates for nearly two decades Siemon and Organic Valley have developed a successful business model that rewards organic farmers keeps families farming the land protects the environment invests in the future and meets the growing consumer demand for safe transparently produced food said Renee Hunt OEFFA s program director and the event s lead organizer Siemon will speak as part of the state s largest sustainable food and farm conference an event which draws more than 1 100 attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest and has sold out in advance the past three years In addition to Siemon this year s conference will feature keynote speaker Nicolette Hahn Niman on Sunday February 17 more than 90 educational workshops two featured pre conference events on Friday February 15 a trade show a fun and educational kids conference and child care area locally sourced and organic homemade meals and Saturday evening entertainment In 1988 Siemon joined a group of family farmers in Wisconsin to found the Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools CROPP Long before there were national organic standards these visionary founding farmers pledged to farm without antibiotics synthetic hormones pesticides or genetically engineered inputs to pasture animals and to steward the environment More commonly known by its brands Organic Valley and Organic Prairie CROPP has grown to become the largest organic farming cooperative in North America with more than 1 800 organic farmer owners in 35 states and three Canadian provinces and 650 employees Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming the cooperative sells milk dairy products meats and produce at supermarkets natural food stores and food cooperatives nationwide From the outset Siemon was determined to prove that a successful business need not sacrifice people or the environment for profits Maintaining this commitment Organic Valley s farmer owners pay themselves a stable sustainable price which is set by a farmer board of directors elected by the membership The organic milk is produced bottled and distributed in the region where it is farmed to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support local economies And the company also works to expand organic production by helping farmers transition to organic and provides leadership training and mentorship to new farmers to help create the next generation of coop owner farmers Following this model sales have grown and Organic Valley now provides about a third of the nation s organic milk supply Siemon who often describes Organic Valley as a social experiment disguised as a business described the company s mission this way in the Huffington Post in May Organic Valley represents a pioneering effort of farmers and employees to bring organic foods and farming to a level of maturity that can compete at all levels with chemical based agriculture Organic Valley currently has 171 farmer owners in Ohio and has had a presence in the Buckeye state since 2002 Two of those farmers are Jim and Janice Gasser They have more than 80 cows in milk production outside of Wooster Ohio in Wayne County When they started out they were the only organic farmers in their area Today according to Jim Our road is like a row of organic It doesn t seem like much in the big scheme of things but when you drive down our road there s continuous organic farming for over two miles Scott and Charlene Stoller are also Organic Valley farmer owners and OEFFA members in Wayne County Before transitioning to organic Scott says he would argue that you cannot feed the world farming organically He doesn t feel that way anymore The system has proven itself It works And the success that organic farming has brought has paved the way for his children to continue in agriculture There s no question that farming organically gives my kids a better chance at farming in the future Scott says Siemon was instrumental in developing the national standards for organic certification initiated Farmers Advocating for Organics the only organic focused granting fund in the U S which is funded entirely by Organic Valley farmer owners and currently serves on the boards of directors for The Organic Center and Global Animal Partnership Most recently Siemon was recognized by the National Resources Defense Council with the 2012 Growing Green Award in the Business Leader category and was inducted into the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame in the Environmental Evangelist category His keynote address is titled Organic Changing a Broken Food System and will take place Saturday February 16 at 4 p m Siemon will share CROPP s story and his vision for the future of organic agriculture and discuss issues currently affecting agriculture such as genetic engineering He will also be presenting a Saturday morning workshop The Cooperative Model where he will examine how a cooperative model works and the opportunities they offer for farmers For more information about the conference or to register go to www oeffa org 2013 About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a state wide grassroots nonprofit organization founded in 1979 by farmers gardeners and conscientious eaters working together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system For more information go to www oeffa org Conference and Pre Conference Registration To register or for more information about the conference including maps directions workshop descriptions speakers and a schedule go to www oeffa org 2013 For additional questions contact Renee Hunt at 614 421 2022 Ext 205 or renee oeffa org The 2010 2011 and 2012 conferences sold out in advance so early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment Artwork and Images For the conference art image or speaker photographs contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org For photographs of the 2012 conference go to http www oeffa us oeffa conference2012photos php Press Passes and Interviews with Keynote Speakers OEFFA offers a limited number of press passes to members of the media who would like to attend one or both days of the conference We can also help members of the press schedule pre conference interviews with our keynote speakers 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 will be holding its 34th annual conference Growing Opportunities Cultivating Change on February 16 17 2013 in Granville Ohio Ohio s largest sustainable agriculture conference the event will feature keynote speakers George Siemon and Nicolette Hahn Niman more than 90 workshops on sustainable farming gardening homesteading cooking livestock production and business management local and organic meals a kids conference and childcare a trade show Saturday evening entertainment and two featured pre conference events on Friday February 15 To register or for more information go to www oeffa org 2013 or call 614 421 2022 2013 Conference Sponsors OEFFA s 34th annual conference is being sponsored by Northstar Café Chipotle Mexican Grill Jeni s Splendid Ice Cream Organic Valley UNFI Foundation Granville Exempted Village Schools Iroquois Valley Farms Mustard Seed Market and Café Snowville Creamery Whole Foods Market Columbus Northridge Organic Farm Andelain Fields Albert Lea Seed Company Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese Earthineer Edible Cleveland Green BEAN Delivery Horizon Organic Lucky Cat Bakery Raisin Rack Stauf s Coffee Roasters Stonyfield Farm Appalachia Ohio Alliance Casa Nueva Curly Tail Organic Farm C TEC of Licking County DNO Produce Eden Foods King Family Farm Luna Burger Metro Cuisine Shagbark Seed and Mill Two Caterers Whole Hog BBQ Bad Dog Acres Bexley Natural Market Bird s Haven Farms Bluebird Farm CaJohns Fiery Foods Eban Bakery Equine Veterinary Dental Services Fedco Seeds Flying J Farm Glad Annie s Old World Baklava Green Field Farms Hartzler Dairy Farm The Hills Market Leo Dick and Sons Marshy Meadows Farm Nourse Farms Sunbeam Family Farm Swainway Urban Farm Sweet Meadows Farm and Wayward Seed Farm Organic farmers honored February 23 2012 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren 2 21 2012 11 05 00 PM Submitted photo Doug Siebert and Leslie Garcia are recipients of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 2012 Stewardship Award PAUL COLLINS Staff Writer Xenia Gazette COLUMBUS Two decades of doing things naturally earned two Greene County organic farmers the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA highest honor on Saturday Feb 18 Doug Seibert and Leslie Garcia received the OEFFA s 2012 Stewardship Award during the association s 33rd annual conference entitled Sowing the Seeds of Our Food Sovereignty The award according to OEFFA s website recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community The association was founded in 1979 and is a grassroots organization that promotes local and organic food systems through education and advocacy The award says Seibert was unexpected good news Our reaction was surprise said Siebert When I was at the conference I was looking at these major players around me It made me think Why me Since 1992 Seibert and Garcia have been certified as organic farmers in the Greene County area The farm organically at Peach Mountain Organics their Spring Valley based farm The farm possesses 43 acres with more than 25 acres certified organic and used to produce seasonal vegetables early tomatoes winter greens cut flowers log grown shiitake herbs and gladiola bulbs For Seibert and Garcia organic practices represent the most responsible and healthy approach to agriculture I ve never considered any other way to farm said Garcia I think its more in line with natural law It s more pleasing to God and less toxic I went to agricultural college just one year I didn t like what they were teaching I ve never thought of farming any other way added Siebert My father never used anything but chicken manure in his garden If you know a lot about chemistry you know you don t want to eat a lot of what s going onto the fields on conventional farms I can t appreciate soil loss or pollutions in our streams It doesn t make sense to me Visitors to the Yellow Springs Farmer s Market will recognize Seibert and Garcia as market regulars selling their organic mixed vegetables microgreens fresh cut flowers bedding plants mushrooms hay and greenhouse plants The duo also sells their products to local restaurants grocery and health food stores For a time during the early nineties Seibert and Garcia were Greene County s only organic farmers According to Siebert the organic way of life has experienced steady growth and expansion since that time When you look at health food stores it s certainly on the rise said Siebert You see more people talking about it The reality is that it is escalating Science is starting to convert itself to organics It works better As a shopper myself it s easy to find organic products now added Garcia The award winning organic farmers are dedicated to OEFFA s mission to educate people concerning sustainable ecological and healthy food systems In addition to raising and selling produce Siebert and Garcia hold farm tours host agriculture classes for Wilmington College and present OEFFA conference workshops Most of my friends at the OEFFA use me for information said Siebert We re a draw to people who are looking into organic foods added Garcia People who are concerned about food and eating fresh and local Recipients of the Stewardship Award are selected by the prior year s winners When next year s selection process begins Seibert and Garcia intend on looking for a recipient who has made organic food a way of life We ll be looking for people who live and breathe organic in their everyday lives said Siebert OEFFA conference champions slow money keeping food and cash local February 21 2012 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren Monday February 20 2012 Chris Kick Farm and Dairy Click here for photos Tasch author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money Investing as if Food Farms and Fertility Mattered gave the keynote address Feb 18 at the annual conference for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association He is chairman of the Slow Money Alliance a nonprofit that encourages sustainable financial investments that support local community based food and farm businesses To date 14 million has been invested in 86 small food enterprises around the country Local investing The program seeks to keep more money in local economies by encouraging Americans to invest at least 1 percent of their money into local food systems The returns may not be seen immediately but over time help to build a local sustainable network of business he explained Tasch said historically the economy has been based on buying stocks in companies and stuff that we don t understand and that may be located half way around the world The problem he said is you don t know where your money really is and you have limited control over what it does for you Renee Hunt OEFFA program director described slow money as a movement and an investment strategy It s about finding meaningful places for people to put their money to work right in their own communities OEFFA Executive Director Carol Goland introduced Tasch saying that he and other event speakers were helping to bring about fundamental kinds of shifts within our society and within our culture Changing the language She spoke about the changing language of food culture and economy Slow money recognizes that respecting the interrelationships between ourselves the connectedness of ourselves as a community we will lead our way to a restorative economy and in doing so transform ourselves both as individuals and as a society The event was in its 33rd year and attracted more than 1 000 attendees to Granville Preconference sessions were held Feb 17 and a wide variety of producer and environmental workshops were held the next two days Other speakers Eric Hanson extension berry crop specialist at Michigan State University discussed the benefits of using high tunnels higher yields longer growing seasons higher quality reduced diseases and reduced populations of Japanese beetles Jeff Moyer director of farm operations at the Rodale Institute led a workshop on no till organic farming and discussed the importance of cover crops to increase soil fertility He said if farmers plan to continue feeding the world they need to pay more attention to the biology of their soils instead of chemistry We have to shift our gears he said keeping chemistry in mind but focusing on the life and fertility of the soil Several presentations were held on hydraulic fracturing the modern practice of extracting oil and gas from deep shale formations Vanessa Pesec president for the Network for Oil and Gas Accountability Protection gave a talk on protecting land and communities from irresponsible leasing and drilling She handed out stop fracking signs to those who were opposed to the practice Different perspectives Presenters at times disputed facts over hydraulic fracturing and the tone toward the subject depended on the speaker Cheryl Johncox of Buckeye Forest Council discussed the legislative and regulatory landscape of fracking She showed pictures of properties that had reportedly suffered losses in land value and use Mike Hogan Ohio State University Extension Educator in Jefferson County talked about the importance of responsible leasing but also the opportunities shale gas can provide to farmers communities and whole economies A common misconception is the amount of waste water being injected into disposal

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