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  • OEFFA: Gardening Tips
    agriculture system REDUCE WASTE It is estimated that in the Midwest a third of the nitrogen fertilizer is wasted and that 5 10 of all chemical nitrogen is lost to the atmosphere when applied Studies done by members of Innovative Farmers of Ohio have shown that by fine tuning fertilizer applications using mid season nitrate tissue tests waste can be greatly reduced USE ALL ORGANIC WASTES JB King in the classic book Farmers of Forty Centuries told how the Chinese maintained soil fertility by extensive use of all organic wastes including human The honey wagons rolled through the streets at night collecting night soil to the taken directly to the farm Not very hygienic by today s standards but it kept their fields fertilized Any sustainable farming system would require nutrient cycling of all organic matter at both the farm and regional level Could farm animal manure replace all the chemical fertilizer used today Long term studies done on corn at Morrow Experiential Station in Illinois since 1888 and on wheat at Rothammsted in England since 1852 show that manure can maintain soil fertility and crop yields But would there be enough if all farms were to depend on manure One study found that in 1987 174 million tons of manure were produced and that this provided 6 of the nitrogen 18 of the phosphorus and 36 of the potassium required by all crops grown at that time Clearly manure could not provide all crop nutrient needs alone The present system has removed farm animals from the land which produces their feed Large factory farm confinement operations concentrate animals and their manure in a small area causing health and pollution problems With the manure concentrated in a few places it is difficult to redistribute it to fertilize enough farms This

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  • OEFFA: Gardening Tips
    less meat and more grain anyway By feeding less grain to animals and reducing total grain acreage there would be room to grow more nitrogen fixing legumes OTHER NUTRIENT SOURCES Deep rooted crops can bring nutrients that have leached into the subsoil back up to where they can be used Rock powders such as granite dust and greensand can provide some slow release fertility Fish and seaweed extracts can provide a fertilizer boost through foliar feeding Soil nutrients are inexorably being washed into the sea so this is a way to bring some of it back to the land If done properly it could be done sustainably If all the above methods of maintaining soil fertility were used to their maximum extent could unsustainable chemical fertilizers be eliminated I sure don t have the answer but suspect other sources of crop nutrients will always be needed to feed the world s growing population It is ironic that 78 of the earth s atmosphere is nitrogen gas yet nitrogen is often the limiting plant nutrient Is an artificial nitrogen fixation system which is solar powered possible Could genetic engineering increase plant nitrogen fixation CONCLUSIONS These articles on sustainable agriculture have only scratched the surface and have raised more questions than provided answers The reason is I don t have the answers Developing a sustainable agriculture or society as a whole could take generations Yet I fear we no longer have the luxury of time The resources on which we base our lives are non renewable and are being depleted fast the environment which supports us is being degraded at an alarming rate and human population grows without limit The organic farming movement has taken many steps in the right direction But with all the focus on things like maintaining purity from

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  • Ohio’s “Eat Local Challenge Week” – The Challenge is Trying It All | OEFFA News
    mean that it s being raised in a way that safeguards the environment and protects public health The best thing you can do as a consumer is look for food that s produced both organically and here in Ohio locally The Ohio Agriculture Department says the idea of the challenge is to fix one meal a day using local foods Ketcham suggests just a few of the mouth watering menu possibilities all easy to prepare Fall salads are a good choice right now with sliced apples or feta cheese Bell peppers are in season and are great stuffed with grass fed beef garden herbs and local cheese Another simple option is a frittata farm fresh eggs baby spinach broccoli and local bacon She lists several good reasons to buy locally including knowing exactly where your food comes from supporting Ohio s family farm businesses and helping the environment Buying local keeps food from traveling far distances to your plate allows it to be picked and sold ripe and full of flavor and nutrition and helps reduce some of the environmental impacts of long distance shipping It will take more than a week to sample everything Ohio food producers are selling Ketcham says adding that there are locally made wines and beers to wash it down Farmers markets and farmstands are good places to start looking The Association also has a directory of organic producers online at www oeffa org More information about Eat Local Challenge Week is available at www agri ohio gov Story first appeared http www publicnewsservice org index php content article 16254 1 Post navigation OEFFA Comments to the Livestock Care Standards Board Court Restores Right to Know in Ohio and Throughout the U S Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October

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  • Farmers markets take root across U.S. | OEFFA News
    The green beans have gone wild If I didn t know better I d think they were taking steroids The patch of basil is larger than it s ever been and the tomatoes are doing fine The peppers which had a strong showing early on and then faded are experiencing a resurgence and I think we ll be eating peppers into October But no zucchini No yellow squash And only a smattering of cucumbers where basketsful typically grew The upside of my failed squash crop is that I actually have a reason to go to farmers markets Much as I love farmers markets I usually leave with corn and bread secretly priding myself that much of what s on sale I can find in my own backyard Things are different this year I have more to shop for The good news is I have more places to shop for my zucchini and yellow squash too As someone who types the long list of local farmers markets for the paper each May I don t have to be told that more and more of them are opening up But now I have a government report to back me up The U S Department of Agriculture s 2010 National Farmers Market Directory lists more than 6 100 farmers markets operating in the United States this year That s an increase of 16 percent over 2009 when there were just under 5 300 What s more Ohio is helping to lead the way Ohio ranks seventh in the nation with 213 operating farmers markets And Ohio s ninth in the nation in percentage increase in number of markets over 2009 Nationally 886 farmers markets are open in the off season between November and March and since the Countryside Conservancy operates its Cuyahoga Valley

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  • farmers markets | OEFFA News
    were doing all right even better than all right The green beans have gone wild If I didn t know better I d think they were taking steroids The patch of basil is larger than it s ever been and the tomatoes are doing fine The peppers which had a strong showing early on and then faded are experiencing a resurgence and I think we ll be eating peppers into October But no zucchini No yellow squash And only a smattering of cucumbers where basketsful typically grew The upside of my failed squash crop is that I actually have a reason to go to farmers markets Much as I love farmers markets I usually leave with corn and bread secretly priding myself that much of what s on sale I can find in my own backyard Things are different this year I have more to shop for The good news is I have more places to shop for my zucchini and yellow squash too As someone who types the long list of local farmers markets for the paper each May I don t have to be told that more and more of them are opening up But now I have a government report to back me up The U S Department of Agriculture s 2010 National Farmers Market Directory lists more than 6 100 farmers markets operating in the United States this year That s an increase of 16 percent over 2009 when there were just under 5 300 What s more Ohio is helping to lead the way Ohio ranks seventh in the nation with 213 operating farmers markets And Ohio s ninth in the nation in percentage increase in number of markets over 2009 Nationally 886 farmers markets are open in the off season between November and March

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  • Philanthropy Friday: OEFFA | OEFFA News
    farms family dairies food processors and everything in between For more information on organic certification visit oeffa org certification Workshops In 2009 OEFFA provided hands on experience to more than 200 people who attended the skills based workshops on such topics as cover crops composting beekeeping fermentation and permaculture This year they ve organized nine workshops and lectures as part of the Gardening Like the Forest workshop series with Dave Jacke OEFFA Apprenticeship Program OEFFA helps to nurture the next generation of Ohio s ecological farmers by providing an apprenticeship program that gives young people hands on training For an on line apprenticeship application visit oeffa org apprentice Direct Assistance OEFFA staff provide one on one consultation to farmers ranchers and producers to help answer questions and solve problems Policy Advocacy The livelihood and viability of sustainable and organic farmers and family farms are constantly under threat from policies which tilt the playing field in favor of the large scale corporate controlled unsustainable agriculture OEFFA helps counter these trends giving voice to the needs of small and mid sized producers and advocates for policies that work in the interest of the family farmers who enhance our rural communities and safeguard the environment 2010 Farm Tour and Summer Workshop Series OEFFA s 2010 Farm Tour Series OEFFA s summer farm tour series of some of Ohio s finest sustainable and organic farms is currently underway For the past 28 years OEFFA has offered this series so that Ohioans can learn more about how farmers are meeting the growing demand for sustainably produced food Eleven tours will be held between June and October featuring livestock producers a poultry processing facility certified organic farmers farms that incorporate renewable energy and green building techniques and farmers using a wide range of direct to consumer marketing strategies including farmers markets restaurants and Community Supported Agriculture CSA The remaining tours are July 17 Mapleside Farm Hiram Ohio Portage County July 18 Sandy Rock Acres Rockbridge Ohio Hocking County August 7 Mockingbird Meadows Marysville Ohio Union County August 14 Crown Point Ecology Center Bath Ohio Summit County September 18 Bluebird Farm Cadiz Ohio Harrison County September 25 Central Ohio Poultry Processing Bellville Ohio Richland County October 2 Clearview Farm Pataskala Ohio Licking County October 16 Carriage House Farms LLC N Bend Ohio Hamilton County For more information click here PDF Summer Workshop Series OEFFA s Gardening Like the Forest Summer Workshop Series This summer OEFFA is pleased to be offering a series of permaculture workshops with instructor Dave Jacke the author of the award winning two volume book Edible Forest Gardens Jacke has studied ecology and design since the 1970s and has run his own design firm Dynamics Ecological Design since 1984 He has designed built and planted landscapes homes farms and communities throughout the United States The series consists of nine workshops and lectures Public Evening Talks Home Scale Ecological Production Friday July 23 in Cleveland Ohio Friday July 30 in Columbus Ohio Friday August 6

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  • Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) - Gardening Like the Forest
    campaign Community Shares and its sixty member agencies including OEFFA will be participating in these workplace campaigns in 2010 Public Workplaces OEFFA s Campaign Code Combined Federal Campaign of Central Ohio 82902 Miami Valley Dayton area Combined Federal Campaign 82902 Combined Federal Campaign of North Central Ohio 82902 Three Rivers Combined Federal Campaign 82902 State of Ohio Combined Charitable Campaign 4712 City of Columbus Combined Charitable Campaign 8378 City of Dublin Franklin County Combined Charitable Campaign 8378 COTA Central Ohio Transit Authority The Ohio State University Bucks for Charity 8378 Columbus State Community College 1028 Columbus Metropolitan Libraries Westerville Public Schools South Western City Schools Columbus Public Schools 1045 Worthington Public Schools Hilliard Public Schools Upper Arlington City Schools Private Workplaces COSI Ohio Civil Service Employees Association OCSEA Ohio Historical Society Hahn Loeser and Parks Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing Edison Welding Institute Denison University Battelle Memorial Institute What You Can Do You can help by remembering Community Shares and your favorite member agencies like OEFFA in your workplace giving campaign It s easy to give and easy to help when you give through payroll deduction You can direct your campaign gift to one or several specific nonprofits Then please

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  • A Deeper Look at Corn | OEFFA News
    which is associated with the increasing litany of America s common health complaints arthritis high blood pressure coronary artery disease senility obesity depression fatty liver diabetes and Alzheimer s Type II diabetes was formerly found only in adults but now affects our children in epidemic proportions Adverse metabolic effects are also well documented Anyone who has ever dieted can attest to the difficulty of losing weight in this age of refined and hidden sugars To make HFCS all nutritional value is stripped from the corn leaving only a cheap sugar substitute created by soaking corn in sulfuric acid Yes sulfuric acid HFCS puts such a load on the pancreas and liver that they cannot metabolize and eliminate it Instead the sugar overload is stored as fat that cannot be lost because the organs that would ordinarily convert the sugar to energy are in crisis mode leading to the surge in diabetes as the pancreas fails to release enough insulin to neutralize the excess sugars in today s average diet Sadly our own government is subsidizing this situation based on erroneous policy leaving Americans battling corn s dark side on two fronts HFCS in our food and the GMOs genetically modified organisms in our meat More than 80 percent of corn is now GMO corn much of it Bt corn a Monsanto creation that has its own built in pesticide Anyone who eats it can become a living pesticide factory since Bt corn contains pesticides in its DNA that can then transfer into human DNA GMOs in Corn messing with our DNA This GMO corn has not been sufficiently tested making Americans its unwitting guinea pigs GM corn is engineered to produce a built in pesticide called Bt toxin Monsanto s own research found that rodents fed Bt corn had significant immune reactions Bt corn is implicated in the deaths of cows in Germany and chickens and horses in the Philippines Cows never eat corn in nature Most of Europe by law requires clear labeling of GM products but no such protections exist for American consumers since our powerful agribusiness industry has a vested interest in keeping government policy favorable to them while keeping us ignorant Fortunately for those curious enough to seek answers a number of books documentaries articles and studies are available on the impact these unnatural foods and crop byproducts are having on us and on our children s health See listing at the end of this article The agribusiness marketing campaign has been so effective that the average consumer actually believes that corn fed beef is a positive attribute of meat when the opposite is true Factory farming has removed cows from their natural environment from the grasses that they naturally eat Cows by the tens of thousands are crowded into grassless feedlots where they spend the last months of their lives standing knee deep in dirt and manure eating a dried corn diet that sickens them and would kill them within six months if they were

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