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  • Conference and Workshop to Offer Training, Discussion About Financing the Local Food System: Events to Feature Slow Money’s Woody Tasch | OEFFA News
    Slow Money type models in Ohio and elsewhere and provide attendees with an opportunity to network with individuals and representatives from businesses organizations and government interested in investing in their local food system In addition to Woody Tasch pre conference presenters will include John Mitterholzer The Gund Foundation invited Mark Barbash MB Economic Development Consulting Joe Cimperman Cleveland City Council Todd Deiterrle New Harvest Ventures Jessica Eickleberry Local Roots Market and Café recently featured in the Washington Post Leslie Schaller ACEnet Becky Rondy Green Edge Gardens Representatives from The Economic and Community Development Institute of Columbus Kemba Bank Insight Bank and Farm Credit Services of Mid America Slow Money Conference Events Tasch s conference keynote address Slow Money Investing as if Food Farms and Fertility Matter will take place from 4 5 15 p m on Saturday February 18 Earlier in the day Tasch will be leading a workshop Slow Money 101 Where is it Coming From Where is it Going from 9 30 11 30 a m About the Events The state s largest sustainable food and farm conference the event draws more than 1 000 attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest In addition to Tasch this year s conference will feature keynote speaker Andrew Kimbrell more than 70 informative hands on workshops two featured pre conference events a trade show a fun and educational kids conference and child care area locally sourced and organic homemade meals and Saturday evening entertainment All events will take place at Granville Middle and High Schools 248 New Burg St in Granville Pre registration is required Cost for the pre conference is 45 for members and 55 for non members and includes lunch Cost for the conference is 115 for members and 175 for non members and meals must be purchased separately Prices vary for late registrations students and one day only registrations Go to http www oeffa org conference2012 php for more information or to register online and receive 5 off the registration fee Our Sponsors OEFFA s 33rd annual conference is being sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill Northstar Café Organic Valley CROPP Edible Ohio Valley Granville Exempted Village Schools Mustard Seed Market and Cafe Snowville Creamery Whole Foods Market Dublin 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 Raisin Rack Natural Food Market 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 Cannery and Farms Dei Fratelli Kitchen Basics Leo Dick and Sons Locust Run Farm OSU School of

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=615 (2016-02-17)
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  • Ohio’s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference: Online Registration Now Open | OEFFA News
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=588 (2016-02-17)
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  • Groups Call for Federal Farm Bill that Balances Federal Budget with America’s Needs | OEFFA News
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=550 (2016-02-17)
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  • Consumers Win Right to Know What’s in Their Milk | OEFFA News
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=530 (2016-02-17)
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  • Farm Bill Needs to Support Local and Organic Family Farms | OEFFA News
    cost share program encourages us to continue farming in a way that builds the health of people and the environment said Ron Meyer from Strawberry Hill Farm in Coshocton County OEFFA s Organic Certification Program certifies nearly 700 organic farmers in the Midwest Of that 700 approximately 400 are Ohio based Two of the most successful and utilized Farm Bill programs are the Conservation Stewardship Program CSP and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program EQIP both of which provide assistance to farmers addressing natural resource concerns The EQIP Organic Initiative provides cost share funding targeting farmers who implement organic practices Christina Wieg and Rick Perkins from Sandy Rock Acres in Hocking County are one of many farmers that have benefited from the EQIP program which provided them with funding and guidance on a number of conservation projects including a fence installation that helps them to prevent water quality impacts from livestock As a small family farmer we wouldn t have been able to afford these conservation projects without the assistance of the EQIP program explained Christina Wieg it has allowed us to have a more efficient farm operation increasing our income while also protecting the environment Conservation funding is critical to maintaining a growing sustainable agriculture sector Despite economic turmoil organic sales hit 42 8 million in 2008 with an average annual growth rate of approximately 7 5 Maintaining 2008 Farm Bill investment levels in research and conservation programs is essential to the continued success in the organic sector Ohio local and organic farmers will be looking to Senator Sherrod Brown D OH and Representatives Marcia Fudge OH 11 Jean Schmidt OH 2 and Bob Gibbs OH 18 for leadership during the Farm Bill discussion Jean Schmidt chairs the House Nutrition and Horticulture Subcommittee which takes the lead on organic initiatives

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=519 (2016-02-17)
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  • FRACKING AND FARMLAND: WHAT FARMERS AND LANDOWNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RISKS TO AIR, WATER, AND LAND | OEFFA News
    the information they need to make informed decisions Shale Gas formations underlying farmland are being rapidly explored as we attempt to satisfy our appetite for energy Extracting this resource is an energy and resource intensive process We will discuss the process and potential risks to the air land and water upon which we all rely said OEC Agricultural Programs Director Joe Logan For organic farmers contaminated soil or water can jeopardize a farm s organic certification status OEFFA certifies farms across Ohio and the Midwest said Hunt Before farmers sign on the dotted line they need to understand the potential risks to their land and their livelihood This free web based seminar will deliver the session through the internet directly to participants computers They will be able to view the presentation through their internet browser and listen to the audio portion through a call in phone number or through their computer s speakers The session will be interactive and allow participants to ask questions and communicate with the presenter The webinar will be recorded and available online in October To register for the webinar go to https www3 gotomeeting com register 608082446 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 The mission of the Ohio Environmental Council OEC is to secure healthy air land and water for all who call Ohio home The OEC has a widely respected 40 year history of innovation pragmatism and success For more information go to www theoec org Post navigation Advanced Workshop Takes Sustainable Tomato Growers to the Next Level Sen Brown Brings Grown in Ohio

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=446 (2016-02-17)
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  • Advanced Workshop Takes Sustainable Tomato Growers to the Next Level | OEFFA News
    expect higher yields and lower production costs as a result while using the sustainable and organic methods that already allow them to demand a premium price for their tomatoes Held at Shisler Conference Center the workshop will provide information on field and high tunnel systems Topics include variety selection grafting and management of nutrients diseases and pests An all star speaker line up will include grafting and high tunnel expert Matt Kleinhenz entomologist Celeste Welty vegetable pathologist Sally Miller Pat Licciardelli of Seedway and Mike Laughlin of Northridge Organic Farm We are delighted to be able to bring together so many experts to benefit Ohio s tomato growers said Laura Wies OEFFA s Special Projects Coordinator The collective knowledge of the presenters and the audience in the room is sure to boost any producer s bottom line The cost for the workshop which includes lunch is 85 for OEFFA members and 100 for nonmembers Registrations which should include name address phone email and a check can be mailed to OEFFA Tomato Workshop 41 Croswell Rd Columbus OH 43214 For more information please contact Laura at 614 421 2022 Ext 206 or laura oeffa org About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association was founded in 1979 and is a grassroots coalition of farmers backyard gardeners consumers retailers educators researchers and others who share a desire to build a healthy 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 Post navigation Lessons for locavores Ohio cooking expert explains how to make the most of local products FRACKING AND FARMLAND WHAT FARMERS AND

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=443 (2016-02-17)
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  • Advanced Season Extension Workshops Bring National Experts Eliot Coleman and Josh Volk: Registration Deadline September 6 | OEFFA News
    four decades He is the author of The New Organic Grower Four Seasons Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook Other presenters include Phil and Mindy Bartholomae of Breezy Hill Farm and OSU Vegetable Pathologist Sally Miller This session will address advanced techniques for season extension including high tunnels low tunnels cold frames and greenhouses utilizing season extension structures during the main season crop selection planting schedules and succession planting harvest and post harvest handling soil management and pest and disease control Both sessions will be held at Procter Camp and Conference Center in London Ohio Madison County Farmers can attend one or both sessions Each session is limited to 25 farmers Due to limited slots and to ensure discussion and information presented remain at an advanced level interested farmers are required to fill out an application which can be found at can be found at http www cvcountryside org farmers RaisingtheSaladBar php The application deadline is Tuesday September 6 The cost for Session 1 including the two day workshop lodging and all meals is 175 225 The cost is 45 with lunch only and no lodging The cost for Session 2 including the two day workshop lodging and all meals is 275 325 The cost is 145 with lunch only and no lodging For more information or to fill out the registration application go to http www cvcountryside org farmers RaisingtheSaladBar php For questions please contact Countryside Conservancy at 330 657 2542 or farmersmarket cvcountryside org or OEFFA at 614 421 2022 or michelle oeffa org This workshop is sponsored by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture About the Countryside Conservancy Since 1999 the Countryside Conservancy has supported community based food systems throughout Northeast Ohio This unique non profit organization helps re establish farms in

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=433 (2016-02-17)
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