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  • Fracking and Farmland: New Webpages Provide Farmers’ Stories from the Field | OEFFA News
    Water wells half a mile from drilling operations were contaminated by methane at 17 times the rate of those farther from gas development Livestock are attracted to the salty toxic brine used in fracking and animal poisoning can result in death or loss of normal reproductive function still births birth defects and other health problems According to a Food and Water Watch report in 2009 16 cattle in Louisiana died after drinking spilled frack fluids Other similar reports have been made Clean water is vital on our farm and on farms across Ohio Our livestock require clean water to drink and if our water wells were to become contaminated farming here would not be possible Alex Dragovich of Mud Run Farm grows organic small grains produce and pastured poultry on 30 acres in Stark County He is contacted nearly every day by energy companies wanting to lease his land He has not signed a lease because he is concerned about fracking s potential impacts on soil and air quality Fracking waste water can contain radioactive materials including strontium uranium and radon which can contaminate the soil through spills leaks blowouts or during venting and flaring Heavy metals such as lead mercury cadmium chromium barium and arsenic have been found in soils near gas sites If contamination occurs on land that is certified organic that land can be taken out of organic production for at least three years and the farmer will lose that income Air pollution near fracking sites can also have an impact on a farm s production For instance elevated levels of ground level ozone due to natural gas drilling as has been seen in southwestern Wyoming can lower soybean crop yields Ohio s largest agricultural commodity Other ozone sensitive crops include spinach tomatoes beans alfalfa and other forages Ozone damages plants by inhibiting photosynthesis and root development I m concerned that fracking could contaminate my soil water or air which could put me out of business said Dragovich Dan and Kathy Philipps of Hollyberry Farm grow and sell organic blueberries in Lake County As a survivor of thyroid cancer Kathy is concerned about the health impacts of fracking and how little is known about the chemicals being used The chemicals used in fracking have been linked to a wide range of health impacts affecting the endocrine cardiovascular immune nervous and respiratory systems According to Ohio law the exact brew of chemicals contained in the frack fluid does not need to be fully disclosed by oil and gas companies However this fluid and the waste water returned from the wells can contain hundreds of dangerous chemicals which are then pumped into injection wells spread on Ohio roadways as a deicer or sent to public water treatment facilities Kip Gardner of Creekview Ridge Farm in Carroll County grows specialty crops and pastured poultry on 18 acres of land that he s transitioning to organic production Practically all of Kip s neighbors have signed fracking leases and he s concerned

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  • Ohio’s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference: Online Registration Now Open | OEFFA News
    will also offer the following featured conference and pre conference guests Troy Bishopp Known as The Grass Whisperer Bishopp has been a passionate promoter and practitioner of grazing management for more than 26 years He raises grass grazed dairy and grass finished beef cattle on his family s fifth generation New York farm and is a grassland conservation professional and free lance agricultural writer Chris Blanchard As the owner and operator of Rock Spring Farm in Iowa since 1999 Blanchard grows 15 acres of vegetables and herbs for a 200 member community supported agriculture program food stores and a farmers market Guy Jodarski DVM A practicing veterinarian in Wisconsin for more than 25 years Dr Jodarski serves as a staff veterinarian for Organic Valley s CROPP Cooperative He treats organic and sustainable livestock with an emphasis in dairy cattle herd health and also works with ruminant livestock producers raising beef cattle sheep and goats Mark Shepard Shepard is the owner and operator of Forest Agriculture Enterprises the Restoration Agriculture Institute Shepard s Hard Cyder winery and New Forest Farm a 106 acre perennial agriculture forest in Wisconsin Trained in both mechanical engineering and ecology Mark is a well respected certified Permaculture designer and agroforestry teacher and has developed and patented equipment and processes for the cultivation harvesting and processing of forest derived agricultural products Pre Conference Events The conference will also feature two full day pre conference events on Friday February 15 Post Harvest Handling Food Safety and GAP Making It Work on a Real Farm Farmer and food safety expert Chris Blanchard of Rock Spring Farm will teach participants how to establish or improve food safety practices Blanchard will review post harvest handling practices and share methods for meeting Good Agricultural Practices GAP documentation and record keeping requirements in a way that flows with the work on the farm rather than existing as a separate set of tasks and requirements From our Grazing Experience Delve into the intricate art of grass farming with Troy Bishopp and a panel of experienced graziers including Eric Grim of Grim Dairy Gene DeBruin of DeBruin Family Dairy Michael Putnam of Grassland Dairy and Dough Murphy of Murphy s Grass Farm Participants will learn about lengthening the grazing season using a grazing chart specific grazing and feeding strategies and balancing ecosystem processes with business profitability This comprehensive workshop will also cover soil health animal nutrition transitioning to organic production and maximizing profitability in pasture based systems Additional Features The conference will also feature a kid s conference offering a variety of exciting workshops for children ages 6 12 a playroom for children under 6 book signings by Nicolette Hahn Niman Mark Shepard and The Contrary Farmer Gene Logsdon an exhibit hall offering an interesting array of information products services and resources that relate to sustainable agriculture a raffle a non denominational Sunday service and Saturday evening entertainment including a performance by The Back Porch Swing Band and a film screening and discussion of American

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  • Congress Urged to Pass Equitable, Sustainable Farm Bill This Year | OEFFA News
    and information to young farmers in northeast Ohio Annually this project trains and assists approximately 125 aspiring farmers Without the educational resources and opportunities provided by my local Ohio State extension office I would not have been as successful in the start up of my small urban farm said Linde Collingwood of Collingwood Farm in Solon Ohio Cuts to BRFDP would be a huge loss for northeast Ohio s new and beginning farmers In recent years farmers markets in Ohio and across the nation have grown in popularity benefiting communities by bolstering the local economy creating jobs and providing increased access to fresh nutritious food In 2011 Ohio had more than 260 farmers markets which provide low cost entry points for small scale and beginning farmers to direct market their products The Farmers Market Promotion Program FMPP provides grants to community supported agriculture programs CSAs farmers markets and farm markets to develop marketing information and business plans support innovative market ideas and educate consumers In 2012 six Ohio markets received FMPP funding One such market is the Toledo Farmers Market which used FMPP funding to recruit new vendors help establish and promote an electronic benefit transfer EBT system for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP formerly food stamps 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 Thanks to the FMPP funding we ve attracted thousands of new customers increased sales and built more economically sustainable businesses said Liz Bergman a Toledo Farmers Market Manager This year has been the best year yet for the EBT program Word has spread in the community and we now feed more Lucas County residents in need of healthy food Another example is the Lake To River Food Cooperative L2R a member owned cooperative of food producers processors and institutional and commercial buyers who grow add value to market and prepare agricultural products in the Mahoning Valley and throughout northeast Ohio The FMPP funding their received supports their efforts to sell produce to ten local school districts and bring regular farmers markets to neighborhoods in Youngstown and Warren With this support L2R has been able to serve nearly 14 000 school children with fruit and vegetables sourced from farms oftentimes less than 30 minutes from their school said Melissa Miller Marketing Manager for Lake to River Food Cooperative Additionally we ve begun the difficult process of providing quality food by working with retailers in low income neighborhoods whose patrons would otherwise have little access to wholesome food The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program another Farm Bill program vital to Ohio s growing sustainable agriculture sector reimburses participating organic producers and handlers for 75 percent up to 750 of their certification fees making organic certification affordable and enabling farmers

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  • OEFFA and Countryside Conservancy Partner to Help Farmers Scale Up and Expand Availability of Local Produce | OEFFA News
    the collaboration will provide both business and production skills workshops and webinars that will help growers meet the challenge of diversifying their markets beyond direct to consumer outlets Additionally OEFFA and Countryside Conservancy will work with regional distributors on developing best practices for working with small to medium scale growers with a focus on keeping farm identity in tact from field to final outlet This will make it possible for grocery store customers as well as restaurant diners to feel connected to their farmers a desire that has fueled the growth of the local and sustainable food movement As more information becomes available including program dates and registration information it will be posted to www cvcountryside org and www oeffa org Growers interested in receiving information on the upcoming workshop and webinar offerings are encouraged to visit these websites or contact Beth Knorr at Countryside Conservancy at 330 657 2542 x 228 or Mike Anderson at OEFFA at 614 421 2022 x 209 Chefs and grocers interested in sourcing local produce are also encouraged to contact OEFFA or Countryside Conservancy to learn how to participate in the project About Countryside Conservancy Countryside Conservancy advances the vision of a Northeast Ohio filled with thriving farming and food entrepreneurs where farms are viable businesses farmland is a treasured resource and local food is commonplace Countryside Conservancy supports up and coming farmers share innovative land use and business models facilitate networking opportunities and advocate community based agriculture They connect communities and farmers provide alternate market choices and create venues that foster civic engagement through fun and informal education For more information go to www cvcountryside org About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a non profit coalition of farmers gardeners consumers retailers researchers and educators who share a desire

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  • OEFFA Launches New Investment Fund: $500,000 Available to Grow Opportunities for Sustainable Agriculture in Ohio | OEFFA News
    could not be more timely and appropriate as we search for and deploy new solutions for capitalizing a better food system said OEFFA s Executive Director Carol Goland With an initial capitalization of up to 500 000 to fund the pilot of this project additional funding is planned once the model is proven successful The OEFFA Investment Fund will start accepting applications on November 1 2012 with the first funding decisions excepting in January 2013 Additional information and application forms are available online at http www oeffa org invest php We expect most of the successful applications to be for business loans in the 5 000 to 50 000 range but other structures such as equity and revenue sharing agreements will be considered based on applicants requests and individual circumstances During the first year the minimum funded amount will be 2 500 and the maximum will be 250 000 added Goland As a potentially critical contribution to our mission the OEFFA Investment Fund is also a new challenge for our organization We hope to gradually expand our programming to include both financial management and other technical assistance tapping into existing networks and resources as we build our capacity In that regard we express our thanks to the Dr Thelma I Schoonover Fund of The Columbus Foundation for support to help OEFFA initiate this endeavor Goland continued The fund is only open to Ohio based OEFFA members in good standing who will be required to submit an application package be a farm or a related business supporting the supply chain of agricultural products from farm to consumer and commit to support sustainable agricultural practices throughout the life of the investment Applications will be approved by the fund s investment committee based on its review of the information contained in the application

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  • Free Movie Screening: The Future of Food | OEFFA News
    in American grocery stores The documentary film by Deborah Koons Garcia was released in 2004 and features interviews with some of the world s foremost GE experts and activists For more information about the film click here To watch the movie trailer click here Genetic engineering GE refers to a set of technologies used to change the genetic make up of cells to produce novel organisms that exhibit a desired trait such as pesticide resistance Promised higher yields labor savings and lower weed pressure GE seeds have been widely adopted by U S farmers Today more than 80 percent of soybeans corn cotton sugar beets and canola grown in the U S contain Monsanto s patented genes The event will start with a short presentation by Dr Andrew McCall an expert in plant ecology Following the film attendees will learn how to stay involved with local GE labeling efforts Local vendors will have a selection of GE free snacks available for sale This film screening is part of OEFFA s campaign to require GE labeling that protects a consumers right to know what s in their food For more information about OEFFA s policy work go to http policy oeffa org gelabeling When Sunday September 23 2012 2 p m Where Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse 3055 Indianola Ave Columbus OH 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 Post navigation Support the National Organic Cost Share Program in the 2012 Farm Bill Letter to OMB OIRA about Animal Disease Traceability Rule Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015

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  • OEFFA Press Releases | OEFFA News | Page 6
    tomatoes beans alfalfa and other forages Livestock are attracted to the toxic and salty brine used in fracking and are particularly vulnerable if there is contamination of soil or water There are nearly 600 certified organic operations in Ohio and much of the organic pasture and cropland is located in areas of the state containing shale deposits Water and soil contamination resulting from fracking could jeopardize a farmer or rancher s organic certification About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is a non profit organization founded in 1979 and is a coalition of farmers gardeners consumers retailers researchers and educators who share a desire to build a healthy sustainable food system 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 Battle Over Farmers Rights Against Monsanto Continues to Brew Farmers File Appeal April 2 2012 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren Contact Carol Goland OEFFA Executive Director cgoland oeffa org 614 421 2022 Daniel Ravicher PUBPAT ravicher pubpat org 212 461 1902 Battle Over Farmers Rights Against Monsanto Continues to Brew Farmers File Appeal On March 28 in Federal District Court in Manhattan family farmers filed their Notice of Appeal to Judge Naomi Buchwald s February 24th ruling dismissing Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v Monsanto The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hear the farmers appeal seeking to reinstate the case which has received worldwide attention The farmers and organizations involved including the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA are determined to move forward with their lawsuit challenging Monsanto s patents on genetically engineered seed technologies in order to continue their pursuit of Declaratory Judgment Act court protection from Monsanto s claims of patent infringement should their crops become contaminated by Monsanto s seed Farmers have the right to protect themselves from being falsely accused of patent infringement by Monsanto before they are contaminated by Monsanto s transgenic seed said Dan Ravicher Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation PUBPAT a not for profit legal services organization based at Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law that represents the plaintiffs Judge Buchwald erred by denying plaintiffs that right and they have now initiated the process of having her decision reversed The original complaint in OSGATA et al v Monsanto was filed on March 29 2011 In July Monsanto filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiff lawyers at PUBPAT then filed a rebuttal brief on August 11 2011 Judge Buchwald called for oral argument on the motion to dismiss which was held in Manhattan on January 31 2012 The judge s dismissal ruling was issued February 24th and plaintiffs were given thirty days in which to file their Notice of Appeal The plaintiff appellant group is comprised of individual family farmers small and family owned seed companies and agricultural organizations They are all organic or committed to farming without using genetically engineered seeds and have no desire to ever farm with Monsanto s patented GMO technology However they are fearful that Monsanto seed will trespass onto their farms and that the resulting contamination of their crops will be viewed by Monsanto as illegal possession resulting in patent infringement allegations Monsanto s harassment of family farmers is well known in farm country the biotech seed and chemical giant has one of the most aggressive patent assertion records in U S history Between 1997 and 2010 Monsanto admits to filing 144 lawsuits against America s family farmers while settling another 700 cases out of court for undisclosed amounts and imposing gag orders on farmers The farmers fears were heightened when Monsanto refused to provide a legally binding covenant not to sue signaling Monsanto s intention to maintain their option to sue innocent family farmers in the future The appellants in the suit represented by PUBPAT are Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association Organic Crop Improvement Association International Inc OCIA Food Democracy Now The Cornucopia Institute Demeter Association Inc Navdanya International Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Northeast Organic Farming Association Massachusetts Chapter Inc Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Rural Vermont Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Southeast Iowa Organic Association Mendocino Organic Network California Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance Canadian Organic Growers Family Farmer Seed Cooperative Sustainable Living Systems Montana Global Organic Alliance Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund Weston A Price Foundation Center for Food Safety Beyond Pesticides Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Wisconsin Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Alliance Florida Organic Growers Peace River Organic Producers Association Alberta and British Columbia FEDCO Seeds Inc Maine Adaptive Seeds LLC Oregon Sow True Seed North Carolina Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Virginia Mumm s Sprouting Seeds Saskatchewan Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co LLC Missouri Comstock Ferre Co LLC Connecticut Seedkeepers LLC California Siskiyou Seeds Oregon Countryside Organics Virginia Cuatro Puertas New Mexico Seed We Need Montana Wild Garden Seed Oregon Alba Ranch Kansas Wild Plum Farm Montana Gratitude Gardens Washington Richard Everett Farm LLC Nebraska Philadelphia Community Farm Inc Wisconsin Genesis Farm New Jersey Chispas Farms LLC New Mexico Midheaven Farms Minnesota Koskan Farms South Dakota California Cloverleaf Farms North Outback Farm North Dakota Taylor Farms Inc Utah Ron Gargasz Organic Farms Pennsylvania Abundant Acres Missouri T D Willey Farms California Quinella Ranch Saskatchewan Nature s Way Farm Ltd Alberta Levke and Peter Eggers Farm Alberta Frey Vineyards Ltd California Bryce Stephens Kansas Chuck Noble South Dakota LaRhea Pepper Texas Paul Romero New Mexico Donald Wright Patterson Jr Virginia Common Good Farm LLC Nebraska American Buffalo Company Nebraska Full Moon Farm Inc Vermont Radiance Dairy Iowa Brian L Wickert Wisconsin Bruce Drinkman Wisconsin and Murray Bast Ontario 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 visit www oeffa org Judge Sides With Monsanto Dismisses Farmers Right to Grow Food Without Fear Contamination and Economic Harm February 28 2012 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren For Immediate Release February 28 2012 Contact Carol Goland OEFFA Executive Director cgoland oeffa org 614 421 2022 Daniel Ravicher PUBPAT ravicher pubpat org 212 461 1902 Press Release New York NY On February 24 Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down her ruling on a motion to dismiss in the case of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association OSGATA et al v Monsanto after hearing oral argument on January 31 in Federal District Court in Manhattan Her ruling to dismiss the case brought against Monsanto on behalf of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA and other organic farmers seed grower and agricultural organizations representing farmers and citizens was met with great disappointment by the plaintiffs Plaintiff lead attorney Daniel Ravicher of the Public Patent Foundation PUBPAT said While I have great respect for Judge Buchwald her decision to deny farmers the right to seek legal protection from one of the world s foremost patent bullies is gravely disappointing Her belief that farmers are acting unreasonable when they stop growing certain crops to avoid being sued by Monsanto for patent infringement should their crops become contaminated maligns the intelligence and integrity of those farmers Her failure to address the purpose of the Declaratory Judgment Act and her characterization of binding Supreme Court precedent that supports the farmers standing as wholly inapposite constitute legal error In sum her opinion is flawed on both the facts and the law Thankfully the plaintiffs have the right to appeal to the Court of Appeals which will review the matter without deference to her findings Monsanto s history of aggressive investigations and lawsuits brought against farmers have been a source of concern for organic and non GMO farmers since Monsanto s first lawsuit brought against a farmer in the mid 90 s Since then 144 farmers have had lawsuits brought against them by Monsanto for alleged violations of their patented seed technology Monsanto has brought charges against more than 700 additional farmers who have settled out of court rather than face Monsanto s litigious actions Many of these farmers claim to not have had the intention to grow or save seeds that contain Monsanto s patented genes Seed drift and pollen drift from genetically engineered crops often contaminate neighboring fields If Monsanto s seed technology is found on a farmer s land without contract they can be found liable for patent infringement OEFFA members and farmers across the United States undertook this action because of legitimate concerns about Monsanto s overreaching protection of their patents It is disappointing in the extreme that in addition to the economic losses suffered by organic and other non GMO farmers in order to avoid contamination they now must continue to operate in fear of Monsanto s assertion of patent infringement said Carol Goland OEFFA s Executive Director Family farmers need the protection of the court said Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen President of OSGATA We reject as naïve and undefendable the judge s assertion that Monsanto s vague public relations commitment should be a source of comfort to plaintiffs The truth is we are under threat and we do not believe Monsanto The truth is that American farmers and the American people do not believe Monsanto Family farmers deserve our day in court and this flawed ruling will not deter us from continuing to seek justice The plaintiffs brought this suit against Monsanto to seek judicial protection from such lawsuits and challenge the validity of Monsanto s patents on seeds A copy of the judge s decision is available here http woodprairiefarm commercev3 com downloads OSGATA 20v 20Monsanto 20 20MTD 20Decision pdf 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 visit www oeffa org OEFFA Announces 2012 Stewardship Award Recipients Doug Seibert and Leslie Garcia of Peach Mountain Organics Recognized for Contributions to Sustainable Agriculture in Ohio February 20 2012 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren For Immediate Release February 20 2012 Contact Carol Goland Executive Director 614 421 2022 Ext 202 cgoland oeffa org Press Release COLUMBUS OH The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA has bestowed its highest honor the Stewardship Award to Doug Seibert and Leslie Garcia of Greene County The announcement was made on Saturday February 18 as part of OEFFA s 33rd annual conference Sowing the Seeds of Our Food Sovereignty The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community Doug and Leslie have farmed organically at Peach Mountain Organics since 1992 growing certified organic mixed vegetables microgreens fresh cut flowers mushrooms hay and greenhouse plants They sell their products at the Yellow Springs Farmers Market local restaurants and grocery and health food stores The Greene County based Peach Mountain Organics currently has two farm sites and one half acre greenhouse location in Spring Valley Ohio Altogether the operation is 43 acres more than 25 of which are certified organic Leslie and Doug s energy and skill with commercial scale organic growing is an inspiration for many of us said Steve Edwards who serves on OEFFA s Board of Trustees and presented the award at the Saturday evening ceremony Their willingness to share their experiences with other growers has helped provide healthy food for people beyond Peach Mountain s customers They make it happen in the real world with an artful balance of intelligence and hard work Doug and Leslie have helped organize group seed and potato orders for other farmers and grown organic bedding plants for other growers hosted farm tours presented OEFFA conference workshops and were involved in the creation of both OEFFA and the Federation of Ohio River Cooperatives FORC Both Doug and Leslie care deeply about creating a sustainable food system We should all be sincerely grateful for what they have done to advance sustainable agriculture in our community said OEFFA Executive Director Carol Goland For a full list of past Stewardship Award winners click here The Ohio Ecological Food 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 visit www oeffa org For a high resolution photo of the stewardship award recipients please contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org The Greenhorns Documentary to Screen at OEFFA Conference Free Film Screening and Discussion will Explore Issues Facing America s Next Generation of Farmers January 31 2012 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31 2012 Contact Renee Hunt Program Director 614 421 2022 Ext 205 renee oeffa org Lauren Ketcham Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org Press Release Granville OH The Greenhorns a new documentary film created by a national grassroots nonprofit organization of young farmers by the same name will be screened at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 33 rd annual conference Sowing the Seeds of our Food Sovereignty on Saturday February 18 at 7 30 p m The event will also feature a discussion and a debut screening of a trailer of the Athens Ohio documentary Hand to Mouth The film showing is free and open to all OEFFA members All other conference events require paid pre registration A growing number of young men and women are entering into farming countering trends of an aging farmer population the economic challenges of agriculture and the continued loss of farmland to development In Ohio more than 6 9 million acres of farmland have been lost to development in the past five decades yet the growing popularity of farmers markets are providing low cost entry points for small mid sized and beginning farmers to incubate their businesses At Columbus popular Clintonville Farmers Market for instance one quarter of the farmers are under 40 years old and approximately 90 percent of the market s producers are start up and small farming operations The Greenhorns documents the reemergence of the young American farmer on the national landscape and the ways in which this new generation of farmers is creating jobs and economic opportunities reshaping our local food systems and changing the culture of farming in America Directed by farmer and activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming and filmed in dozens of states over three years The Greenhorns runs for 50 minutes The free screening will be followed by an audience discussion facilitated by Joseph Swain of Swainway Urban Farm in Columbus Swain operates a certified organic urban farm on a sub acre plot where he intensively grows a variety of vegetables herbs mushrooms specialty crops and seedlings A trailer for an upcoming documentary about the sustainable food economy in Athens Ohio Hand to Mouth will also make its public debut The events are featured as part of the state s largest sustainable food and farm conference which draws more than 1 000 attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest each year The conference features nationally recognized keynote speakers more than 70 informative hands on workshops two featured pre conference events on February 17 a trade show a fun and educational kids conference presented by Chipotle child care area and locally sourced and organic homemade meals All events will take place at Granville Middle and High School 248 New Burg St in Granville Ohio The film screening is free and open to all OEFFA members Doors open at 7 15 p m OEFFA members are also invited for free contra dancing with the Back Porch Swing Band at 7 30 p m on Saturday Admission to the Exhibit Hall featuring dozens of businesses nonprofits and government agencies from across Ohio and the U S offering an array of food books farm and garden products tools information and services will also be free and open to the general public from 5 15 6 30 p m on Saturday only All other conference events require paid pre registration Space is still available for the pre conference events and for Sunday but Saturday registration is full and weekend meals are sold out Go to http www oeffa org conference2012 php for more information About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a state wide grassroots non profit 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 The Greenhorns The Greenhorns is a national non profit organization that recruits supports and promotes young farmers in America Using radio blogs film new media original resources and live events The Greenhorns build agrarian culture by connecting young farmers with land resources and each other They are based on a farm in the Hudson Valley of New York State For more information go to http www thegreenhorns net about html Conference and Pre Conference Registration Space is still available for the pre conference events and for Sunday but Saturday registration is full and weekend meals are sold out To register or for more information including directions workshop descriptions speakers and a schedule go to http www oeffa org conference2012 php For additional questions contact Renee Hunt at 614 421 2022 Ext 205 or renee oeffa org Artwork and Images For The Greenhorns logo conference art image or pictures of keynote speakers contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org For photographs of the 2011 conference

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  • Fresh, Local Foods Just a Click Away in Ohio | OEFFA News
    herbs to flowers and plants The Good Earth Guide gives consumers out there a one stop shop to find not only growers but people who are raising poultry and beef Trethewey said as well as a whole range of products that are close to them and grown and raised organically This year s Good Earth Guide includes information on more than 400 farms and businesses in Ohio and surrounding states including 180 certified organic operations Each listing states contact information and products sold and many also include locations and maps The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has been compiling the guide for more than 20 years It began with just a dozen listings Trethewey said its growth speaks to the increased demand for sustainably grown local foods Every year it gets better and better More people are interested not only in the organics but in cultivating that knowledge that relationship with the farmer knowing who it is that s growing your food and how they are growing it he said Besides helping people find local producers the guide connects those in the farming community Trethewey said he has used it to network find supplies and hire apprentices to work at his farm One of the primary resources is getting together with other growers finding out what worked for them and passing on the ideas techniques and products that work for you to other growers as well he said Post navigation Creamery is first stop in series of farm tours Appeals Court Binds Monsanto to Promise Not to Sue Organic Farmers 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

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