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  • Growth in demand for farm-fresh food benefits the region’s newest growers | OEFFA News
    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 Photo by Edward Duvall 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=839 (2016-02-17)
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  • Good Earth Guide lists sources for local food | OEFFA News
    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 Post navigation Good Earth Guide Moves Local Food from Field to Fork Statement of Support for Harkin Casey Microloan Amendment Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June

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  • Guide highlights local farm products | OEFFA News
    Farm and Ecology Center operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace The farm at 987 N Waggoner Rd in Blacklick sells its vegetables eggs honey and maple syrup at the farm and at farmers markets said Sister Rose Ann Van Buren an administrator at the nonprofit organization She said the guide has helped increase awareness of their operation We aren t a large farm We have about 2 5 acres this year Van Buren said Other than the small sign we have outside our door and our Web page we don t do any other advertising So being in the guide is an important piece for people looking for what we have to offer to know who we are and where we are It s a good magazine for us to be in The directory identifies sources for a variety of products includingfruits vegetables and flowers and seeds Now in its 17th edition the guide has more than tripled in size since its first printing in 1990 Hunt said The demand for locally sourced and sustainably produced foods is reflected in the tremendous growth the guide has gone through from the dozen or so farms listed when we began she said We ve gotten a significant increase in the number of page views of the guide online and we get calls all the time for people looking for a product or farm The demand has just exploded The online guide is searchable based on numerous criteria including product and location and it includes maps Hunt said The guide is also a good way for growers to network and find help said Trish Mumme who operates Garden Patch Produce a community supported agriculture farm in Alexandria I ve gotten a lot of customers who ve come out to the farm after

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  • Guide guides people to healthful foods | OEFFA News
    grown from a list of a dozen or so farms to more than 315 reflecting the tremendous growth in demand for locally sourced and sustainably produced foods association program director Renee Hunt said in a statement You can find just about anything you d want being grown or produced right here in Ohio she added By offering this guide we hope to help Ohioans make the connections they need to find quality local foods and to help ensure the future of a vibrant and sustainable food system said Hunt Each farm listing includes name and contact information products sold a farm description and whether the farm is certified organic Both the print and online versions include tools that make it easy to search the listings for a specific product farm or farmer by county or by sales method Additionally the online version includes locations and maps for where the farm s products are sold The Good Earth Guide helps provide a blueprint for consumers interested in eating locally and in season according to Hunt Eating locally allows consumers to get to know who raises the food they eat and to find out how it was produced It keeps produce from traveling far distances allowing it to be picked and sold ripe and full of flavor and nutrition Buying locally and directly from the farmer also helps keep our food dollars in the local economy which in turn helps our rural communities The Good Earth Guide is available free to the public in an online searchable database found here Print copies are distributed free to OEFFA members and are available to non members for 7 50 each at OEFFA s online store Read this article at it s original source at This Week Clintonville Post navigation A snapshot of Ohio s

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=362 (2016-02-17)
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  • A “snapshot” of Ohio’s organic and sustainable food operations | OEFFA News
    s going on from southwest to northwest Ohio down to the southeast It s really diverse and really gives everybody a good snapshot of what is being grown sustainably and organically in Ohio Renee Hunt program director with the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association says eating locally allows consumers to get to know who raises the food they consume and to find out how it was produced Her group offers the guide as a way to ensure the future of a vibrant and sustainable food system she explains As a reflection of the networking and the efforts made by conscientious and ecological Ohio farmers over the years to branch out and teach each other the public demand for fresh local foods has just grown Ashmore adds that buying locally and directly from the farmer is important for the economies of Ohio s rural communities Of every dollar that is spent locally generally about 67 percent stays in that local community What it does is encourage job growth This year we were able to get a couple of interns on our farm thanks to consumers spending money locally Since the Good Earth Guide was first published in 1990 its coverage has grown from about a dozen farms to more than 315 Each farm listing includes name and contact information products sold a farm description and whether the farm is certified organic The guide is available in print and online Read the original text of this article at Public News Service Post navigation Organic food group to observe Wood County farm Hirzel s Luckey site part of statewide tour Guide guides people to healthful foods 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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=355 (2016-02-17)
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  • Guide Connects Ohioans to Fresh, Local Foods | OEFFA News
    products maple syrup grass fed meats free range chicken and eggs flour and grains as well as value added products and preserved foods are available year round Ketcham cites other benefits to eating local including keeping food dollars in the local economy and preserving Ohio s farmland and agricultural traditions In addition buying organic products from small farms can have health and food safety benefits particularly given the environmental concerns in the state Of recent note are toxic algae problems in Lake Erie and Grand Lake Saint Marys she says According to the Ohio EPA fertilizers and manure that wash off farm fields and into our waterways are the most significant sources of these toxic algae blooms But organic and sustainable growers use practices that really protect the soil our air and our water Organic farmers avoid pesticides and use processes like crop rotation and cover crops which reduce soil erosion and runoff explains Ketcham Since the guide was first published in 1990 the list of producers has grown from about a dozen to more than 300 Ketcham calls it a reflection of the tremendous growth in demand for locally grown sustainably produced foods The database can be searched by product county farm owner or farm name It is available 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 15509 1 Post navigation Farmers markets take root across U S OEFFA Comments to the Livestock Care Standards Board 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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=112 (2016-02-17)
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  • GMO interview with Andrew Kimbrell, Center For Food Safety | OEFFA News
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    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=850 (2016-02-17)
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  • Drought, Climate Change, and the Price of Corn | OEFFA News
    s Haven Farms on MSNBC discussing the impact of drought and climate change on farming corporate control of agriculture commodities and crop insurance with Chris Hayes and Amy Goodman in this three part video Visit NBCNews com for breaking news world news and news about the economy Visit NBCNews com for breaking news world news and news about the economy Visit NBCNews com for breaking news world news and news about the economy Post navigation Federal oversight of organic food at risk Growth in demand for farm fresh food benefits the region s newest growers 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 2011 September 2011

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