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  • The Greenhorns Documentary to Screen at OEFFA Conference: Free Film Screening and Discussion will Explore Issues Facing America’s Next Generation of Farmers | OEFFA News
    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 go to http www redplanetwd com oeffa conference2011 php Press Passes and Interviews with Keynote Speakers OEFFA offers a limited number of press passes to members of the media who would like to attend one or both days of the conference We can also

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  • Conference, Workshop to Focus on Organic No-Till Farming Methods: Events to Feature Rodale Institute’s Jeff Moyer | OEFFA News
    takes a fair amount of planning and like any enterprise good management said Moyer During Moyer s final workshop Cover Crops for Soil Fertility he will discuss ways to enhance soil fertility through the intensive management of cover crops drawing on more than 30 years of research looking at the best strategies to increase field crop production using sustainable methods 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 In addition to Moyer this year s conference will feature keynote speakers Woody Tasch and Andrew Kimbrell more than 70 informative hands on workshops a second pre conference workshop on sustainable financial investing a trade show a fun and educational kids conference presented by Chipotle child care area locally sourced and organic homemade meals and Saturday evening entertainment All events will take place at Granville Middle and High School 248 New Burg St in Granville Ohio Pre registration is required Cost for the pre conference is 45 for OEFFA members and 55 for non members and includes lunch Space is still available for the pre conference events Weekend and Saturday only conference registration is full Sunday only registration is still open but expected to fill up soon and costs 80 for OEFFA members and 115 for non members All Saturday and Sunday meals are currently sold out Go to http www oeffa org conference2012 php for more information or to register online and receive 5 off the conference registration fee About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food 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 Conference and Pre Conference Registration To register or for more information about the conference including maps directions workshop descriptions speakers and a schedule go to http www oeffa org conference2012 php For additional questions c ontact Renee Hunt at 614 421 2022 Ext 205 or renee oeffa org The 2010 and 2011 conferences sold out in advance so early registration is encouraged to guarantee a spot Artwork and Images For the 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 go to http www redplanetwd com oeffa conference2011 php Press Passes and Interviews with Keynote Speakers OEFFA offers a limited number of press passes to members of the media who would like to attend one or both days of the conference We can also help members of the press schedule pre conference interviews with our keynote speakers To arrange an interview or request a press pass contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org Event Calendar Announcement The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 33 rd

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  • FREE WEBINAR SERIES OFFERED FOR SPECIALTY CROP FARMERS | OEFFA News
    Cropping Systems for Specialty Crop Farms He will discuss the effectiveness of tillage radish as an annual cover crop alternative A passionate advocate for sustainable agriculture including soil conservation soil health and food quality Groff began using no till practices in the early 1980s He later began using cover crops as another soil conservation measure improving his technique over time to plant specific cover crops based on what will be planted the following year Some of his fields have not been touched by any tillage equipment for over 30 years To register go to https www3 gotomeeting com register 468533342 The third and final webinar in the series will address insect management Date time and details will be announced soon 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

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  • OEFFA Press Releases | OEFFA News | Page 7
    33rd annual conference Sowing the Seeds of Our Food Sovereignty February 18 19 2012 in Granville Ohio Licking County The state s largest sustainable food and farm conference the event draws more than 1 000 attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest and has sold out in advance the past two years This year s conference will feature keynote speakers Woody Tasch and Andrew Kimbrell more than 70 informative hands on workshops two featured pre conference events on February 17 a trade show a fun and educational kids conference and child care area locally sourced and organic homemade meals and Saturday evening entertainment Our conference title says a lot about what we believe and what we re trying to accomplish says OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt Farmers businesses chefs and consumers are working together to reclaim our food sovereignty rebuilding local food systems and Ohio s rural farming communities demanding access to healthy organic food and information about how that food is produced and relearning sustainable agriculture practices that nourish our bodies our communities and the environment Keynote Speakers Saturday s keynote lecture titled Slow Money Investing as if Food Farms and Fertility Matter will be provided by Woody Tasch Tasch is the chairman of the Slow Money Alliance and inspired the Slow Money movement by writing Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money Investing as if Food Farms and Fertility Mattered The Slow Money Alliance advocates for sustainable financial investments that support local community based food and farm businesses So far 4 5 million has been invested in 16 small food enterprises through Slow Money s national gatherings In the last year 5 million more has been invested through Slow Money chapters For 10 years Tasch was chairman of Investors Circle which has invested 133 million in 200 early stage sustainability businesses since 1992 Tasch also served as treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation where as part of an innovative mission related venture capital program a substantial investment was made in Stonyfield Farm now the world s largest maker of organic yogurt Sunday s keynote lecture titled The Future of Food will be provided by Andrew Kimbrell Kimbrell is one of the country s leading environmental attorneys and the founder and executive director of the Center for Food Safety CFS and the International Center for Technology Assessment CTA The Center for Food Safety pursues public education policy advocacy and legal actions to curtail industrial agricultural production methods that harm human health and the environment including genetic engineering Kimbrell is author of 101 Ways to Help Save the Earth The Human Body Shop The Engineering and Marketing of Life Your Right to Know Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food and general editor of Fatal Harvest The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture His articles have appeared in numerous law reviews technology journals magazines and newspapers across the country and he has been featured in documentary films including The Future of Food In 1994 Utne Reader named Kimbrell one of the world s leading 100 visionaries In 2007 he was named one of the 50 people most likely to save the planet by The Guardian U K Workshops The conference will also feature more than 70 hands on educational workshops and cooking demonstrations with topics including bramble and strawberry production no till farming edible landscaping pest management compost pork beef and lamb production poultry nutrition food preservation food safety social investing farm and business planning renewable energy mushroom production season extension mulch cover crops aquaculture dairy health recordkeeping Farm Bill policy co ops small space gardening companion planting organic certification fiber production permaculture tax planning genetic engineering field crops grassroots organizing conservation funding cheesemaking and more In addition the conference will offer a three part series of workshops about high volume hydraulic fracturing HVHF commonly known as fracking which is an intensive extraction process that uses a high pressure chemical cocktail to fracture rock to release natural gas The workshops are designed to educate farmers landowners and concerned citizens about the environmental and social risks of this process existing laws and regulations and what actions can be taken by landowners and community organizers The conference will also offer the following featured conference guests Jeff Moyer the director of farm operations at the Rodale Institute and an expert on organic crop production will discuss no till organic farming utilizing cover crops to enhance soil fertility and effective compost management Gary Zimmer farmer author educator and president of Midwestern Bio Ag will discuss nutritional considerations for pasture based dairy operations Dan Ravicher a patent law professor and executive director of the Public Patent Foundation PUBPAT will provide an update on a federal lawsuit against Monsanto which seeks preemptive court protection for farmers who may be accused of patent infringement if they become contaminated by Monsanto s genetically engineered seed Pre Conference Events Two on site pre conference events will also be featured on February 17 from 10 a m to 4 p m The first Slow Money for Ohio Financing the Local Food System will feature Slow Money Alliance founder and chairman Woody Tasch and a panel of experts to talk about Slow Money the challenges of capitalizing the local food economy and successful strategies to nurture sustainable food systems and businesses The second pre conference event No Till No Drill No Problem Integrating No Till Methods into Organic Production Systems will feature Jeff Moyer director of farm operations at the Rodale Institute to discuss practical ways to build soil fertility and tilth suppress weeds and manage cover crop rotations to increase production 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 a book signing by Woody Tasch 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 The Greenhorns Our Sponsors OEFFA s 33rd annual conference is being sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill Northstar Café Organic Valley CROPP Granville Exempted Village Schools Mustard Seed Market Whole Foods Market Dublin Snowville Creamery Edible Ohio Valley Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese Casa Nueva Earthineer Earth Tools Green B E A N Delivery Jeni s Splendid Ice Cream Lucky Cat Bakery Midwest Bio Ag Ohio Earth Food OEFFA Grain Growers Chapter Stauf s Coffee Roasters Stonyfield Farm Swainway Urban Farm Whole Hog BBQ Andelain Fields C TEC Curly Tail Organic Farm DNO Produce Eden Foods King Family Farm Luna Burger Marshy Meadows Farm Mrs Miller s Homemade Noodles Rodale Institute Bad Dog Acres Bexley Natural Market Blue Jacket Dairy Bluebird Farm Crumbs Bakery Equine Veterinary Dental Services Flying J Farm Glad Annie s Old World Baklava Green Fields Farm Hartzler Family Dairy The Hills Market Hirzel Farms Dei Fratelli Kitchen Basics Leo Dick and Sons Locust Run Farm OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources Social Responsibility Initiative Phoenix Organics Shagbark Mill Schmidt Family Farms Stan Evans Bakery and Wayward Seed Farm No matter who you are a farmer or a conscientious consumer there s something valuable for you at the conference We look forward to sharing this programming with everyone concluded Hunt About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food 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 Conference Registration To register or for more information about the conference including maps directions workshop descriptions speakers and a schedule go to http www oeffa org conference2012 php For additional questions c ontact Renee Hunt at 614 421 2022 Ext 205 or renee oeffa org The 2010 and 2011 conferences sold out in advance so early registration is encouraged to guarantee a spot Artwork and Images For the 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 go to http www redplanetwd com oeffa conference2011 php Press Passes and Interviews with Keynote Speakers OEFFA offers a limited number of press passes to members of the media who would like to attend one or both days of the conference We can also help members of the press schedule pre conference interviews with our keynote speakers To arrange an interview or request a press pass contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org Event Calendar Announcement The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 33 rd annual conference Sowing the Seeds of Our Food Sovereignty February 18 19 in Granville Ohio is Ohio s largest sustainable agriculture conference The event will feature keynote speakers Woody Tasch and Andrew Kimbrell more than 70 workshops local and organic meals kids conference childcare a trade show Saturday evening entertainment and two featured pre conference events on February 17 Workshop topics include farming gardening homesteading cooking green living livestock production business planning and marketing To register or for more information about the conference go to www oeffa org or contact Renee Hunt at 614 421 2022 Ext 205 or renee oeffa org Groups Call for Federal Farm Bill that Balances Federal Budget with America s Needs November 9 2011 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren Groups urge Ohio Senator Portman and Congressional Super Committee to adopt fiscally sound Farm Bill that serves needs of America s farmers hungry families organic producers and soil and water resources Columbus OH The Ohio Farmers Union Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and Ohio Environmental Council are teaming up to urge bold changes to federal agriculture policy Their goal is to reform the Federal Farm Bill with a fiscally sound plan to Grow America s agricultural production Sustain the basic nutritional needs of the millions of Americans who continue to struggle to put food on the table during the Great Recession Nurture America s emerging sector of organic and sustainable agriculture producers Conserve America s precious soil and water resources The U S Farm Bill is an outgrowth of the 1930s Dust Bowl and Great Depression The Farm Bill originally was designed to accomplish three goals Help struggling farmers stay on their land Promote conservation of precious soil and water resources Help care for the nutrition needs of Americans left jobless by the Great Depression Eight decades following its creation the Federal Farm Bill has changed dramatically as has the face of American agriculture Today only 2 percent of Americans actively farm but their amazing productivity is reliant upon a complex global system of finite supply inputs and an energy intensive world wide distribution network The coalition wants Congress and the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction the so called Super Committee to refocus federal agriculture policy and funding toward four basic objectives Retarget federal farm support toward an efficient safety net for family farmers rather than multi national agribusinesses and processors Corporate agribusinesses have grown to control a larger share of the food dollar than do family farmers This has led to a dramatic reduction in the farmer s share of the food dollar and precipitated a major exodus of families farming enterprises Congress can reform this by strengthening the competition title of the Farm Bill and by enacting rule changes such as the new proposed GIPSA rule Grain Inspectors Packers and Stockyards Act Broaden and strengthen basic nutrition programs to meet this basic and growing need As the Great Recession continues to eat away at the ability of millions of Americans to put food on their table emergency food providers are witnessing ever increasing demand Compounding the issue of hunger in America is the lack of full scale grocers creating food deserts in many U S cities Congress can address this by assuring sufficient funding to Nutrition programs during these extraordinarily challenging times Focus more on sustainable agricultural practices including organic produce meat and dairy products By extending risk management eligibility to organic farmers America could expand the number of farmers on the land while more efficiently recycling nutrients and preserve and protect traditional rural communities and limited natural resources Refocus on delivering more effective soil and water conservation to the American landscape Dust storms have reappeared in the Southwest and many waterways are impaired by nutrient and sediment pollution from farm runoff Linking conservation compliance to federal crop insurance programs will foster stewardship while protecting farmers Roger Wise of the Ohio Farmers Union says We are at a time in our history when agriculture is at a crossroads Will we continue down the path of a vertically integrated corporate production that threatens our rural communities and food safety or will we do all we can to assure family farmers are the source for our food fiber and fuel in a sustainable way Lisa Hamler Fugitt Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks continues We urge Senator Portman and members of the Super Committee to reject the U S House Agriculture Committee s recommendations to cut nutrition assistance programs as part of deficit reduction At a time when a record one in six Ohioans are facing hunger and millions of workers have lost their jobs their homes and have seen their families economic security slip away any cuts to these vital programs would be devastating and should be rejected Hungry Americans cannot wait while Congress debates We urge the Congress to protect the policies and programs essential to the growing local and organic farming sector said MacKenzie Bailey from the Ohio Ecological Food Farm Association by supporting conservation and organic funding some of the financial burden of small family farms will be lifted and sustainable agriculture practices will be incentivized helping to improve public health protect our environment and strengthen local and regional economies Finally Joe Logan Director of Agricultural Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council states As Congress and the Super Committee consider how to manage the federal budget deficit while promoting the general welfare and preserving the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity we urge Senator Portman to consider options from outside the DC lobbying community Fiscally and environmentally sound reforms are available to improve the economy bolster agriculture and conserve our soil and water resources end Consumers Win Right to Know What s in Their Milk November 1 2011 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1 2011 Contact Carol Goland Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 614 421 2022 o 740 398 9099 c cgoland oeffa org Ohio Agrees to Stop Pursuit of Restrictive Dairy Labeling Regulations Press Release Columbus OH The Ohio Department of Agriculture ODA reached an agreement yesterday with plaintiffs including the Organic Trade Association to withdraw a controversial dairy labeling rule In 2008 the State of Ohio issued an emergency regulation to prohibit labeling dairy products as produced without the use of the artificial growth hormone recombinant bovine Growth Hormone rbGH This agreement is a victory for consumer choice and transparency Now farmers and processors in Ohio will be able to accurately label their milk rbGH free and consumers will be able to use this information when they purchase dairy products said OEFFA Executive Director Carol Goland We applaud the Ohio Department of Agriculture s commitment to end pursuit of regulations that restrict a consumers right to know and a farmers right to inform consumers about their production practices The agreement follows a September 30 2010 U S Court of Appeals 6th Circuit decision striking down significant parts of the pending rule created by the ODA to prohibited labeling dairy products as rbGH free Critical to the decision was the Court s reliance on an amicus brief filed by The Center for Food Safety OEFFA and other organizations to rule that milk produced with synthetic hormones is different than milk produced without it Significantly the Appeals Court recognized the compositional differences in conventional milk compared to rbGH free milk They acknowledged that milk from cows treated with rbGH has elevated levels of IGF 1 higher somatic cell dispersed pus counts and lower quality of milk during certain phases of the lactation cycle rbGH a synthetic hormone injected into cows to boost milk production has been linked to an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer in humans and increases the incidence of clinical mastitis and lameness in treated cows Europe Canada Japan and Australia do not allow the hormone to be used in dairy production and organizations such as the American Public Health Association have called for its ban in the U S Yet under the ODA s 2008 rule Ohio s dairy producers could not label their milk rbGH free or artificial hormone free and could not make a statement about rbGH on their packaging without also adding The FDA has found no significant difference between milk from cows treated with artificial growth hormone and those that have not been treated For more information about the history of Ohio s dairy labeling rule go to http www oeffa org farmpolicy labeling php 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 go to www oeffa org Farm Bill Needs to Support Local and Organic Family Farms October 31 2011 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren For Immediate Release Friday October 28 2011 Contact MacKenzie Bailey Policy Coordinator 614 421 2022 ext 208 mackenzie oeffa org COLUMBUS OH With the U S Senate and House Agriculture committees expected to submit draft language for the 2012 Farm Bill to the congressional deficit reduction committee also known as the Super Committee

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  • Feds back down on farm work rules | OEFFA News
    from working in feedlots grain bins and stockyards Labor officials claimed the goal of the regulation all along was to reduce the fatality rate for child farm workers but it had quickly become a popular political target for Republicans who called it an impractical heavy handed regulation that ignored the reality of small farms It was a ridiculous regulation said Clarence Reilly a farmer from lower Augusta Township Riding farm equipment is how I learned to farm and it s how my son is learning And by the way he loves it Isn t that the point said Mark O Neill a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau The regulations would have jeopardized the role parents play in teaching children the value of on the farm work The decision is a major victory for farm families in Pennsylvania and across the nation he continued The proposal brought into legal question whether children of farmers whose business was part of a family partnership LLC Limited Liability Company or family farm corporation could allow their own children to perform typical farm chores such as milking cows if they were under the age of 16 PFB was also troubled by a proposed rule that would have severely restricted non farm youth involved in FFA and 4 H programs from working with any livestock for the purposes of agriculture education Post navigation Strawberry Hill Farm providing produce eggs and beef for the community Would be farmers find urban oasis 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

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  • Strawberry Hill Farm providing produce, eggs and beef for the community | OEFFA News
    and they follow the national organic standards The produce portion of the Meyers farm is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture s National Organic Program To meet that certification you have to maintain extensive records be inspected annually follow national organic standards which are guidelines on how to grow and how to manage your operation Ron said The cattle and laying hens are not certified organic For our hens to be certified organic they would have had to have been raised as chicks on only organic feed It s hard to find and extremely expensive so we haven t gone that route he said In most ways they re raised very naturally The 39 hens and one rooster at the farm have unimpeded access to the pasture Being able to roam freely on the Fresno hillside means healthier birds and some say tastier eggs These chickens are free range they re able to come in and out of the chicken house onto the pasture at will he said They eat lots of grass lots of insects lots of vegetation In the winter months the birds are kept in an enclosed chicken house and put on a feed diet It s been about a month since they ve been freed again They were learning again what it s like to be free and running around the pasture he said Meyer has made working on the farm his full time job He tends to the hens several times per day collecting their eggs from a nest box which he then processes He sells to customers at the farm through a local community supported agriculture program farmers markets and at Local Bounty I open the door about lunch time for them to roam and they come back in to roost at night he said They come in on their own and that s where the phrase Coming home to roost comes from The golden comet chickens lay brown eggs The color of egg Ron said is determined by diet and type of bird We have customers who won t buy any other eggs except these or ones they know have been raised on a pasture he said Visually when cracked open and dropped in a frying pan the yolks of the eggs are a deep gold color unlike the pale yellow of a store bought egg There is a difference in taste and I don t know how to describe it he said They taste fresh And in a fresh egg like this when fried it stands up Store eggs often have been in there a while and it s flat While there usually are two sides to every argument Ron sides on the belief there is a greater nutritional value of an egg from a free range bird on a pasture instead of birds raised on a factory farm where chickens are in cages and fed a rationfeed There s got to be something different in the composition of

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  • Bryan store, All Things Food, taking organic path | OEFFA News
    the owners plan to have a large representation of northwest Ohio fruits and vegetables In the meantime greens in the hoop houses at Kinsman Farms in Archbold will be ready for picking in mid April Before opening the store Ms Stevens and Ms Tressler visited farmers markets throughout northwest Ohio Indiana and southern Michigan to get acquainted with local growers and invite them to participate in their store We had to do a lot of networking to make this work Ms Tressler said Karen Wood of Bowling Green an urban agriculture student at Owens Community College who is an All Things Food shopper explained what buying locally means to her If we don t support our local farmers there won t be any more and there will be another Walmart on the bean field she said In addition to the extensive stock of edible products kitchen tools cookbooks and local pottery are sold Ms Stevens and Ms Tressler are active in the Williams County community and frequently do public speaking They are members of Eating Local Foods the organization where they met It is a network of northwest Ohio people who promote a sustainable local food system through education The annual convention will be held Nov 24 at Northwest Community College in Archbold and is expected to draw 100 members and food vendors Andrew Philpot of Bean Creek Farm in Archbold is conference chairman Mr Philpot supplies the store with organic mushrooms eggs and goat milk soap Because they opened the store with more determination than money the partners are proud of the appliances and fixtures they bought through Craig s List A demonstration counter and tables and chairs are the store centerpiece where customers gather for demonstrations and lectures or just for a cup of tea or coffee The

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  • Destruction 
in ‘fracking’ | OEFFA News
    We are in the Lake Erie watershed and are risking a major source of the Earth s drinking water Decreased crop yields of 30 percent are being shown for farms in fracked areas Grasses and trees near wells die Wildlife dies livestock dies and people become sick The quality of life is ruined all while we exported 27 5 billion gallons of crude oil and products including 5 1 billion gallons of gasoline in 2011 There are earthquakes property devaluation and the inability to get insurance I m originally from Louisiana and lived in Texas for a number of years I have seen the total destruction that oil brings with the boom and bust cycle Become proactive A pro oil talking point is our ever increasing need for and use of oil Consider this There was no real market for it 100 years ago Someone sold us a bill of goods We must sharply reduce our use of oil We must invest personally and nationally in renewables instead of giving oil subsidies and get off our oil addiction My husband and I are farmers We won an environmental stewardship award in 2011 for work we have done in soil and water conservancy My husband retired from the U S Air Force after a tour in Iraq and we came home to farm We are working to eliminate petroleum inputs on our farm within five years Our website aggiesrest com has more information on reducing use simplifying and living more sustainably For the future of all our children it s the right thing to do Sheryl Ann Billman Grafton Sheryl Ann Billman is an OEFFA member and was a workshop presenter at the 2012 conference Post navigation Organic farmers honored Judge Sides With Monsanto Dismisses Farmers Right to Grow Food Without

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