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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) - Donate
    STAFF close Select Donation Amount Donation Amount Select 30 Donation 40 Donation 50 Donation 100 Donation 250 Donation Upon clicking NEXT you will be taken to our secure server to complete the payment portion of your membership Home Join Donate

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/donate_snd.php (2016-02-17)
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  • About OEFFA: Chapter Formation
    can form a chapter Family memberships count as 2 members towards the goal of 10 Individuals wishing to start a chapter should determine the philosophical or geographical definitions of their chapter The initiating members then reserve a meeting space and time and ask the state office to help contact target chapter members A map time date phone number for additional information and the text of the announcement are required to send the mailing Please allow at least four weeks to ensure that announcements can be prepared mailed and received in time Area members decide at the meeting if they would like to form a chapter New chapters must select a President and a Clerk Treasurer Each chapter must agree to hold quarterly meetings of members to adopt the same fiscal year as the Corporation and to operate in accordance with the by laws of the Corporation In addition chapters must choose a representative to the OEFFA State Board Organizers then send a list of Chapter members and officers to the OEFFA Board President or Secretary along with a written request for formal recognition as a Chapter Chapter leadership will be notified within seven days of the vote to approve or reject the request Assistance OEFFA will provide administrative assistance such as developing mailings for meetings and providing postage as a service of membership In some instances chapters may use OEFFA s non profit status to purchase educational activity materials Start up grants in amounts approved by the state Board and annual operating grants based on a percentage of dues are also available for Chapter activities Contact the office or a board member for more information Chapters cannot use OEFFA s tax exempt status to solicit donations to fund chapter activities All tax exempt Chapter fund raising efforts must be joint

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/chapter-start.php (2016-02-17)
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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Investing in Agriculture
    The trustee must know how the borrower will use the loan and understand how it will impact the business The borrower will be required to invite a number of lenders from their own network to fund their loan The loan must be seen to have a positive social impact The borrower must be over 18 The borrower must have a Pay Pal account Permitted Use of Funds Kiva Zip borrowers may use their loans for a wide range of different reasons Some examples of how successfully funded Kiva Zip loans were used include purchasing an ice machine and scalder to improve the efficiency of meat processing for pasture raised poultry buying supplies and equipment to start an organic farm obtaining a greenhouse commercial range triple bin stainless steel sink and commercial lettuce spinner to increase efficiency and profitability on an established farm purchasing feeders lights feed refrigeration and baby chicks for a small chicken CSA farm purchasing and putting up a high tunnel enclosing and weatherizing an existing pole barn for use in mushroom production Terms All loans are made at 0 interest Maximum loan amounts from first time borrowers are 10 000 farmers only and 5 000 all others Loans of up to 5 000 must be repaid in 24 months Borrowers must invite lenders from their own network and or the network of their Trustee to fund their loan before they are able to take advantage of Kiva Zip s crowd of lenders For loans of 2 525 and above borrowers are required to raise funding from 15 lenders from within their network Where to Start Visit the Borrower s Hub on the Kiva Zip website to begin the application process Timing After you fill out a short form with basic information about yourself and your business a

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/invest_kivazip.php (2016-02-17)
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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Investing in Agriculture
    Credit System to better support Young Beginning and Small farmers offers Case Studies One Page Business Plans and a Decision Tree AGPLAN The Agricultural Fisheries and Small Business Planning website helps rural business owners develop a business plan free of charge through the resources of the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota The New Farmer Hub feature of the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project from Cornell University s Small Farms Program offers worksheets and templates embedded in online planning lessons where you can save work in your own online files Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture based in Massachusetts recently developed a Financial Management 101 Tipsheet Series which is tailored and particularly helpful for small scale diversified producers Small Businesss Development Centers The Small Business Administration SBA in conjunction with the Ohio Small Business Development Centers SBDC SCORE and other local partners offer free or low cost resource training seminars and workshops to enhance the setup and or growth of your small business concern SBDC provide business planning assistance to all types of small businesses Even if an office does not have agricultural expertise they can still be of assistance in helping to put your business plan and financials together These are the links to the Cleveland and Columbus offices Other Technical Assistance and Resources Ohio Marketing Connections facilitates easy access to direct marketing resources thanks to the contributions of numerous collaborators on the Ohio Direct Marketing Team at OSU The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks ACEnet makes available a general business curriculum Business Education Support and Training BEST as well as helpful worksheets and training materials for small food enterprises You can find comprehensive resources on Bookkeeping and Other Basics Cash Flow Budgeting and Managing Debt Small Farm and Ranch Income Taxes on this blog curated by

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/invest_resources.php (2016-02-17)
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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA)
    OEFFA Account Username Password If you DO NOT have an OEFFA account please sign up If you have Lost Your Password Create a New One Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 41 Croswell Rd Columbus OH 43214 Phone 614 421

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/app-search.php (2016-02-17)
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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Apprentice Program - Advice for Apprentices
    equipment and other safety health issues Are you physically able to handle the labor and lifting required Note A current tetanus vaccination is highly recommended for all farm work Check your medical records and update if needed before you start your internship Household Does this opportunity offer on farm housing Are the quarters satisfactorily private Comfortable Have adequate storage What are the temperature control methods Should or could you bring your own fan musical instruments or personal music players What common areas are there for you to use for relaxing entertainment etc Even if on farm housing is not provided is there a space to relax during breaks Can some of your work related clothing and gear be stored on the farm Are either you or the farmer vegetarian Vegan Cooking and clean up responsibilities Meal and cooking arrangements food purchasing special dietary needs What meals are offered by the farmer Will you be expected to prepare some meals on your own or with other interns If so are there designated food storage areas and kitchen privileges for you Who shops and pays for this food Routine house cleaning to what extent is your help expected At minimum for a live in opportunity you should expect to keep your own private quarters reasonably clean contribute to kitchen clean up after meals and take care of your own laundry Ask about any other expectations regarding routine cleaning of public areas Bedding and towels Who provides Who changes and cleans Laundry Privacy issues for all parties involved Noise Apprentice use of host property phone computers musical instruments stereo television car etc Note Don t forget to ask the farmer if you are able to use his her computer for internet access to check e mail etc and if there will be any rules or time restrictions for this What about long distance phone calls Is childcare an issue car Is it insured Where would you park it Would you be expected to use it for any farm related business Reimbursement for this Would you have access to the farmer s vehicle for farm related use If you don t have a car can you use one of the farmer s vehicles occasionally for personal or recreational reasons Health Do you have allergies Do you have any chronic health problems that may affect your work performance Smoking drug and alcohol issues Health insurance Do you have it Most farmers are not able to cover you Personal Habits Your phobias fantasies pet peeves and personal quirks Share these and ask the farmer to do the same Visitation of friends during the day or overnight Any restrictions or requests What sleeping arrangements are available and or acceptable for overnight guests Do you have pets Are they permitted Are the farmer s pets welcome in your quarters Will you have any obligations with regard to the farmer s pets Go over this checklist at your on farm interview or no later than the beginning of the

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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Apprentice Program - Overview
    will need to log in using your username and password You can also update your application using the same log in system Either party can and should take the initiative to contact the other for mutual review on farm visitations and to make arrangements Farmers and apprentice applicants should list an e mail address on their application and check it frequently so as to not miss important communications from potential farmers or apprenticeship applicants and from OEFFA apprentice program coordinators 4 Once an arrangement is made with a host farm applicants should contact the OEFFA office to confirm placement Terms of internship agreements are to be negotiated solely between the host farm and apprentice OEFFA cannot be involved in negotiating terms of mediating or enforcing intern and host agreements We highly recommend that participating parties read the Advice for Host Farmers and Advice for Apprentices sections of this site before filling out their applications and again before an on site interview 5 To applicants if you change your mind take a position elsewhere or otherwise become unavailable please contact the OEFFA office and ask that your application be removed Host farmers should also let us know when their positions are filled for the season so that their application can be removed from the site 6 Applications of farmers and apprentices should be posted between January 1 and July 1 and the earlier the better Most apprenticeship opportunities start in spring or early summer and go for 8 weeks to several months Placement opportunities may be limited after June though applications received will be posted to the website Farmer and Apprentice Applicant Pages will normally be cleared in November or December of every year 7 Neither OEFFA nor anyone involved in this placement service is responsible or liable for any injury

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/app-overview.php (2016-02-17)
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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Apprentice Program - Advice for Farmers
    to visit the farm for an extended interview before committing The OEFFA conference in March can also be a good opportunity to interview potential interns During the interview and decision making process it is sometimes difficult to think of all the situations that might come up during an internship especially if this is the first time you are hosting an intern The following ideas may help you fill out your farmer application as well as guide you in the interviewing process In your interviews be sure to clarify mutual expectations and ground rules in regard to the following Work Expected How many hours of work are expected in a typical day Week Month Amount of time off Regular off hours during the day or week How regular irregular and flexible inflexible is the work schedule Which times days hours is work almost always expected Which times days hours are more open to scheduling of another part time job doctor s appointments recreational opportunities social events visits by friends and relatives Seasonal activities which may affect time off such as lambing haying etc Usual quitting and rising times breaks during the day etc Education What does the intern want to learn from this experience Ask the intern to make a detailed list at or before the interview or no later than the first week of the experience What skills and knowledge are you the farmer best able to teach on your farm The farmer should make a detailed list and share this with the intern intern and farmer should compare lists and discuss these either before making an agreement or no later than the first week of the experience What books magazines or on line resources on sustainable agriculture are available for interns for reading and discussion during non work hours Will there be regularly scheduled reading discussion or other educational times during the week What other resources field trips to other farms retail or wholesale businesses or markets seminars or workshops etc can be arranged to meet the educational goals of the intern Transportation to these Compensation and Record Keeping Is an hourly weekly or monthly stipend being offered Are state local and federal tax withholding regulations being followed How often or at what intervals will payment be made Will the intern be reimbursed for gas or expenses for commuting to the farm making deliveries running farm errands etc in his her own vehicle Is workers compensation insurance provided This is mandatory under Ohio law and a certificate of coverage needs to be posted in a visible place on the farm Insurance and record keeping A system such as a log book needs to be set up where the intern can record his her on duty work hours on a daily basis This is very important to maintain a clear distinction between work hours covered by workers compensation and off duty hours which are not so covered Without this log a workers compensation claim might be denied even if coverage

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