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  • Farms, food businesses, gardens and more on this year’s free Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association tours | OEFFA News
    prepared they are to make informed choices about who to support with their food dollars Some of this year s tours will look at how to extend the growing season into our cold winters highlight women farmers show how to farm with horses grow without chemicals raise fish and sell everything you grow Northeast Ohio stops include A visit to a government leased farm in the Cuyahoga Valley 3 p m Saturday July 9 at Basket of Life Farm Peninsula Rain and butterfly gardens and native seed production is the topic at Ohio Prairie Nursery in Hiram 10 a m 4 p m Saturday July 23 Geauga Family Farms a cooperative of Amish families growing a wide range of products will be profiled at Miller s Organic Produce in Middlefield 6 30 8 p m Tuesday July 26 Melon lovers can stop at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster 4 6 p m Tuesday Aug 2 to look at managing wilt and cucumber beetles Learn about wool processing from 42 states in Wayne County 10 a m 3 p m Thursday Aug 11 at Morning Star Fiber Apple Creek Floyd Davis of Red Basket Farm in Kinsman shows off his sweet corn and season extending techniques 11 a m 1 p m Sunday Aug 21 Move to nearby Miller Livestock Co also in Kinsman from 2 4 p m for grass fed beef and lamb pastured pork chicken and turkeys Marshy Meadows Farm in Windsor Ashtabula County reveals its environmentally sound processes for finishing grass fed calves 3 5 p m Saturday Sept 10 Local Roots Market a Wooster store owned by growers and consumers and South Market Bistro a restaurant specializing in serving local food are on tap 9 a m 3 p m Saturday Oct

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=301 (2016-02-17)
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  • Ohioans Encouraged to “Go Down on the Farm” this Summer | OEFFA News
    involved in getting food and agricultural product from the ground or from the livestock to their plate or place of business Consumers will see not only the production side but also how the product is processed and prepared for market Gregg Skinner says The series has been offered for 29 years and this year features 40 tours including organic dairy farms grain production fiber and fabric production and diversified livestock farmers The tours are a great opportunity for Ohio families to get out and do something new this summer Gregg Skinner says adding that what s even better is that they re free With the dollar being a little tight in most people s wallet s this year the farm tour series is a nice and really economically friendly way to promote agriculture in Ohio especially at sustainably managed agricultural operations A complete list of tours is available at oeffa org farmtour For audio and the original story at the Ohio News Service go to http www publicnewsservice org index php content article 20164 1 Post navigation Ashtabula cattle farm is better suited for grass How gas drilling contaminates your food Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=270 (2016-02-17)
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  • Ashtabula cattle farm is better suited for grass | OEFFA News
    and Sustainable Farms Ohioans Encouraged to Go Down on the Farm this Summer 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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=267 (2016-02-17)
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  • Diverse Farm Tour Crosses the State | OEFFA News
    features a diverse array of farms including livestock producers specialty crop and vegetable producers poultry processors farms that incorporate renewable energy and green building techniques and farmers using a wide range of direct to consumer marketing strategies Ketcham says the tour is a great opportunity for consumers to see firsthand how their food is being grown Consumers are growing increasingly savvy about their food buying decisions and the transparency and personal relationships that these tours encourage are something shoppers don t get at the grocery store Last year more than 600 people attended the farm tours on this year s tour 11 farms are featured More information is online at www oeffa org Mary Kuhlman Public News Service OH This article appeared in the Public News Service http www publicnewsservice org index php content article 14494 1 Post navigation The last Roundup Superweeds resistant to widely used herbicide may lead to less environmentally safe farming More Ohio Farmers Seek Organic Label 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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=97 (2016-02-17)
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  • Jeni’s helps other small companies get their frozen products into stores | OEFFA News
    said Jeni s expertise at taking orders packing and shipping boxes of frozen food and learning the lingo of frozen food retailers sprang from necessity When we started our wholesale business three and a half years ago we didn t sell enough ice cream for distributors to want to take up space at their warehouses Lowe said So a team at Jeni s started packing 45 pints of ice cream and dry ice in a box and shipping the boxes to retailers who stocked their own shelves The Hill s Market was our first customer and then Foragers in Brooklyn New York Lowe said These retailers were always a little skeptical But we would talk them into trying it Today Jeni s is the largest buyer of dry ice in Ohio and ships its ice creams to 675 retail locations nationwide Lowe said It made business sense to leverage the company s sales marketing and distribution expertise by adding other small frozen food companies We got excited about another product in town called Luna Burger vegan veggie burgers that we think are fantastic Lowe said They ve got a great product but the chances of them breaking through and making a name for themselves is pretty thin without a distributor Consolidation in the food industry by retailers distributors and producers has left small young food companies with few sales and distribution options he said Eat Well s help could improve their odds for sales breakthroughs In addition to Luna Burger Eat Well Distribution serves Brezel the maker of gourmet Bavarian pretzels at Columbus North Market Eat Well and Brezel have been developing a line of four flavors of pretzels to be distributed first locally then statewide and eventually nationwide beginning early next year said Brittany Baum founder and owner of

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1008 (2016-02-17)
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  • An update on a couple of small farmers taking on new challenges for the new year | OEFFA News
    been the general manager of a small mining company They were living in Kent in 2006 when Tim found the property they turned into Breakneck Acres THE SKILLS TRANSFER When I was in the mining business there was always this piece tied to sustainability and being environmentally conscious and a lot of that transitioned over And then of course the financial management the human resource issues all of that has really transitioned nicely And I think the difference is when I have a meeting I have cowboy boots on and before I had high heels At first farming had been only a hobby We had started out as row crop farmers and transitioned recently into doing seasonal produce and also specialty grains that we mill on the farm Our primary is the wheat corn and beans We grow a special variety of a hard red winter wheat and hard red spring wheat that are high in protein and excellent for milling and for bread baking We grow a special variety of corn that s a little sweeter than your typical field corn lovely for corn meal grits and polenta We also grow soybeans and different varieties of heirloom dry beans that are lovely for soups and that sort of thing I think this year we have 5 varieties in the ground from an heirloom Black Turtle to Jacob s Cattle and one called Tiger s Eye We re also looking for some wholesale customers So we re working with Breadsmith in Lakewood and they do a lovely loaf of bread that uses all local ingredients that s really cool And we re also just starting to work with Ohio City Pasta on some signature pastas that will offer local ingredients which is also really neat because we love pasta LISTED IN THE GOOD EARTH GUIDE Ohio farms that sell directly to customers are listed in the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s Good Earth Guide Published since 1990 it s grown from a list of a dozen or so to 350 farms including organic farms like Breakneck Acres Now that we are certified organic it s important for me then to keep our information updated because I would guess that about ten percent of our customers find us via the good earth guide Customers that are specifically looking for specialty products I ve even had someone from Malaysia call to talk to me a little bit about milling that said they had found us from the Good Earth Guide and then did a little more research on us so that was really cool STONE MILLS FLOWN IN FROM EUROPE One of the farm buildings houses two hand crafted East Tyrolean stone mills they had shipped over from Austria Stone milling keeps the temperature really below 140 degrees as it mills says Gignac And so you don t lose as much of the nutritional value as you would with some of the burr milling Amy claims her chickens taste great

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1004 (2016-02-17)
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  • Good Earth Guide | OEFFA News
    little sweeter than your typical field corn lovely for corn meal grits and polenta We also grow soybeans and different varieties of heirloom dry beans that are lovely for soups and that sort of thing I think this year we have 5 varieties in the ground from an heirloom Black Turtle to Jacob s Cattle and one called Tiger s Eye We re also looking for some wholesale customers So we re working with Breadsmith in Lakewood and they do a lovely loaf of bread that uses all local ingredients that s really cool And we re also just starting to work with Ohio City Pasta on some signature pastas that will offer local ingredients which is also really neat because we love pasta LISTED IN THE GOOD EARTH GUIDE Ohio farms that sell directly to customers are listed in the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s Good Earth Guide Published since 1990 it s grown from a list of a dozen or so to 350 farms including organic farms like Breakneck Acres Now that we are certified organic it s important for me then to keep our information updated because I would guess that about ten percent of our customers find us via the good earth guide Customers that are specifically looking for specialty products I ve even had someone from Malaysia call to talk to me a little bit about milling that said they had found us from the Good Earth Guide and then did a little more research on us so that was really cool STONE MILLS FLOWN IN FROM EUROPE One of the farm buildings houses two hand crafted East Tyrolean stone mills they had shipped over from Austria Photo by Edward Duvall Stone milling keeps the temperature really below 140 degrees as it mills says Gignac And so you don t lose as much of the nutritional value as you would with some of the burr milling Amy claims her chickens taste great and it might be because they feed on a gourmet blend We use stone ground corn buckwheat and hard red winter wheat and then we also add some trace minerals some salt some sea kelp It s great In fact Tim taste tests it each time I make a batch They eat better than we do Photo by Edward Duvall She says she and her partner have no regrets about buying the farm And they plan to keep life simple We re not going to go into big Ag We appreciate that we do need to grow to be sustainable and really for both of us to officially quit our day jobs But it s a slow growth and its making small steps in the directions that keep Tim and I healthy and happy and stress free Amy Gignac and Tim Fox sell their specialty grains beans organic vegetables and herbs and free range eggs every Wednesday afternoon at the farm They re also at the Kent and Ravenna farmers markets Good Earth Guide lists sources for local food June 8 2012 Good Earth Guide OEFFA in the News Lauren By Jacob Kanclerz THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH June 8 2012 Shoppers looking to buy local foods now can refer to an updated guide to find those who sell Ohio grown or produced organic and natural products The Good Earth Guide lists more than 350 farms and businesses in Ohio that sell locally grown food many directly to consumers Compiled by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association it s available in a print edition or at www oeffa org Farms and businesses in the guide sell vegetables fruits dairy products meats flowers and other products Shoppers can find farms by county or products offered with contact information for each listing Information also is provided on which farms and businesses have been certified organic by the association The guide doesn t include all Ohio growers because farmers provide their information voluntarily said Renee Hunt the education program director for the association But the guide has grown since it was first published in 1990 as more people have embraced the local foods trend Buying local results in fresher and more healthful products and it helps the local economy People are looking for local farms Hunt said Local chefs are looking for fresh ingredients Growers said the list is great for discovering locally grown food sources and has helped bring in business It s a good resource for us as a business and for our customers said Kevin Murphy assistant general manager of the Bexley Natural Market 508 N Cassady Ave in Bexley The store is a cooperative grocer that carries organic and natural products In addition to the Good Earth Guide there are other guides to farmers markets and local growers provided by the U S Department of Agriculture and by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation said Christie Welch a farmers market specialist with Ohio State University Hunt said the Good Earth Guide serves as a starting point for people wanting to delve into local food The printed edition of the Good Earth Guide is free to members of the association or 10 for nonmembers The online database is free to the public Information on local farmers markets also can be found at Dispatch com Guide highlights local farm products July 7 2011 Good Earth Guide OEFFA in the News Lauren Tuesday July 5 2011 By Tracy Turner THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH These days it s not enough that food taste good Consumers want local products or those that are grown organically or using animal and earth friendly practices Now shoppers can find such food purveyors in their area with the click of a mouse The latest edition of the Good Earth Guide is available online and in print as well and provides information on more than 315 Ohio farms and businesses that sell produce meats and other consumer goods said Renee Hunt program director for the Ohio Ecological Food Farm Association which publishes the

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  • New Store Becomes Resource For Urban Farmers | OEFFA News
    some sort of specific information there are a lot of people that come through the doors so we keep track of those folks and pass on information that way Fiegelist says We have classes and workshops so people who are interested in doing let s see what we ve got coming up We ve got Making Bee s Wax Candles Edible Medicine there s a bee keeping class there s a classroom for the urban coop It s hard to tell just how many urban farmers there are They range from people growing tomatoes on an apartment balcony to full scale commercial farms inside abandoned factories The U S Department of Agriculture says about 15 percent of the nation s food supply is now grown in urban areas and cities including Columbus have loosened zoning rules allowing people to grow crops and raise livestock That includes Joseph Swain owner of Swainway Urban Farm in Clintonville He started farming four years ago and it s grown from a hobby to a career He s transformed his third of an acre property into a commercial farm producing raspberries mushrooms and dozens of herbs and vegetables he sells at local farmers markets We do have to take some different strategies and techniques to kind of compete with people who have vast amounts of land so we focus on high value crops and growing crops really intensively He buys supplies from the City Folk s Farm Shop and has started supplying the store with some of his seedlings What Shawn is doing is really fantastic She does an awesome job at connecting with local businesses and other organizations to provide education and outreach programs And I think it s really important to support businesses like that to ensure the success of our community Shawn

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=993 (2016-02-17)
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