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  • Good Earth Guide Moves Local Food from Field to Fork | OEFFA News
    the print and online versions include tools that make it easy to search the listings for a specific product farm business or farmer contact by county or by sales method Additionally the online version includes locations and maps for where the many farm and business products are sold The purpose of the Good Earth Guide is making connections Connecting consumers to local farms and businesses so that their dollars support wholesome food and sustainable products Connecting farmers with other farmers so they can network and develop business relationships that support a successful farming community And connecting businesses and farmers who are building the links in the local food system chain that brings food from the field to a finished product available to consumers said Hunt The Good Earth Guide is available free to the public in an easy to use online searchable database and as a downloadable pdf at http www oeffa org search geg php Print copies are distributed free to OEFFA members and are available to non members for 10 each at http www oeffa org oeffastore php You can find just about anything you d want being grown or produced right here in Ohio The Good Earth Guide helps provide a blueprint for consumers interested in eating locally and in season 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 concluded Hunt The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a non profit organization founded in 1979 by

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=784 (2016-02-17)
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  • FREE WEBINAR OFFERED FOR SPECIALTY CROP FARMERS: Registration is Now Open for May Session | OEFFA News
    want to sell to regional grocers along with information about packaging requirements billing volume and delivery to help aid local growers who want to sell their products to grocery stores To register for the webinar go to https www3 gotomeeting com register 664497294 Archived specialty crop webinars in this series Improving Efficiency on Your Organic Farm Building Mutually Profitable Relationships with Independent Chefs and Restauranteurs Advanced Weed Management Techniques A Systematic Approach for Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Quality on Your Farm and Effective Cover Cropping Systems for Specialty Crop Farms are available to watch online at www oeffa org and www cvcountryside org Partial funding for this webinar series is provided through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture the State of Ohio and the United States Department of Agriculture under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant 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 We support up and coming farmers share innovative land use and business models facilitate networking opportunities and advocate community based agriculture We connect communities and farmers provide alternate market choices and create venues that foster civic engagement through fun and informal education To learn more visit www cvcountryside org 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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=760 (2016-02-17)
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  • Free Public Tour Series Features Ohio’s Organic and Sustainable Farms and Businesses | OEFFA News
    goat health raw milk cheesemaking specialty grain production produce auctions institutional sourcing Ohio farm history fiber production specialty crop production and farmers using a wide range of direct to consumer marketing strategies including farmers markets restaurants and Community Supported Agriculture CSA programs OEFFA s events are Sunday June 10 Berry trellis systems and high tunnels tour and potluck Brickel Creek Organic Farm Jamestown Ohio Greene Co Saturday June 24 OEFFA Athens Chapter compost tour The Compost Exchange Athens Ohio Athens Co Friday July 20 Garden tour and permaculture lecture with Peter Bane Shaker Heights Ohio Cuyahoga Co Saturday July 21 Sunday July 22 Advanced urban permaculture workshop with Peter Bane Cleveland Ohio Cuyahoga Co Saturday July 28 Natural goat health and raw milk cheesemaking tour Blue Rock Station Philo Ohio Muskingum Co Sunday July 29 Garlic and hoop house season extension tour Jandy s Farm Bellefontaine Ohio Logan Co Saturday August 4 Grain Growers Chapter specialty grain workshop and potluck Gregg Organics Bellville Ohio Richland Co Friday September 14 Produce auctions and the local food web tour Owl Creek Produce Auction Fredericktown Ohio Morrow Co Friday September 14 Institutional sourcing of local food tour Kenyon College AVI Foodsystems Gambier Ohio Knox Co Sunday September 16 Sustainable living on an Ohio century farm tour Carriage House Farm North Bend Ohio Hamilton Co Sunday September 16 2012 OEFFA Stewardship Award winner tour Peach Mountain Organics Spring Valley Ohio Greene Co Sunday September 23 Ohio farm history tour and potluck Stone Garden Farm and Village Richfield Ohio Summit Co Thursday September 27 Alpaca fiber production tour Alpaca Spring Valley Farm Minerva Ohio Stark Co The 2012 farm tour and workshop series is promoted in cooperation with partner organizations the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau 30 Mile Meal Project Innovative Farmers of Ohio

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=753 (2016-02-17)
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  • Farm Advocacy Organization: Fracking Provisions Needs to Be Stronger | OEFFA News
    permitting process transparent and giving landowners more advance notice and adequate opportunities to comment or appeal a decision and Increasing control at the local level Ohio law currently gives sole and exclusive authority to the state over permitting for oil and gas projects This undermines the rights of local government and property owners to determine the future of their communities Sustainable agriculture supports the long term economic health of our rural communities Opportunities for short term economic prosperity should not and cannot come at the expense of our natural resources said MacKenzie Bailey policy coordinator for OEFFA Ohio needs stronger regulations to protect our air soil and water and our communities to preserve the integrity of our food and farming systems for generations to come Fracking is a process that uses water sand and toxic chemicals injected at high pressure into deep underground shale formations to create explosions that crack the rock and release natural gas It poses a potential risk of contamination to our natural resources which are essential to a thriving food and farming community Little is known about the long term impacts of fracking Air pollution and in particular increased levels of ozone can result in lower crop yields in soybeans spinach 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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=735 (2016-02-17)
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  • Battle Over Farmers’ Rights Against Monsanto Continues to Brew: Farmers File Appeal | OEFFA News
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=712 (2016-02-17)
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  • Judge Sides With Monsanto: Dismisses Farmers’ Right to Grow Food Without Fear, Contamination, and Economic Harm | OEFFA News
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=697 (2016-02-17)
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  • OEFFA Announces 2012 Stewardship Award Recipients: Doug Seibert and Leslie Garcia of Peach Mountain Organics Recognized for Contributions to Sustainable Agriculture in Ohio | OEFFA News
    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 Post navigation Slow Money Alliance creator pushes cause in Ohio Local food is attached to

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=676 (2016-02-17)
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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA)
    by Nature February 12 14 2016 Thanks for joining us for Ohio s largest sustainable food and farm conference Conference recordings are now available Click here to learn more Farm Policy Matters Federal Sustainable and Organic Programs Labeling GE Food Food Safety Fracking Climate Change Protecting Ohio s Water Quality Advocacy Toolkit Questions for Candidates Election Year Guide NEW Organic Growing Understanding Fact Sheets To help consumers understand organic certification what it means how it works and why it matters OEFFA has designed a new set of fact sheets designed for farmers to use at market stands in CSA shares and elsewhere To learn more click here Organic Livestock and Poultry Health Series OSU s Department of Veterinary Medicine and OEFFA are providing education and resources to veterinarians Extension educators and other professionals who work with certified organic livestock herds and flocks To learn more click here OEFFA Job Announcements and Internship Opportunities Certification Program Specialist We always like to hear from qualified individuals interested in placing an application on file Given the growth we re experiencing we may need new Certification Program Specialists for our team soon Education Program Intern Policy Program Intern Certification Program Intern OEFFA Countryside Conservancy

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