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Storehouse Tea Stutzman Farms About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a state wide grassroots nonprofit 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 click here Press Pass and Media Inquiries OEFFA offers a limited number of press passes to members of the media who would like to attend conference and pre conference events We can also help members of the press schedule interviews with keynote speakers and workshop presenters To arrange an interview request a press pass or for other media inquiries contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org Ohio activists planning National Day of Action on Tuesday December 2 2015 Farm Policy OEFFA in the News Lauren Akron Beacon Journal 11 13 15 By Bob Downing From a Friday press release Groups Join Together to Call for a Halt of Toxic Fracking Waste and Man made Earthquakes in a National Day of Action on Tuesday November 17 2015 Youngstown Ohio November 12 2015 Groups of concerned citizens from several states are joining together to call for a halt of toxic fracking waste and related man made earthquakes in a November 17 2015 event titled Freedom From Toxic Fracking Waste and Earthquakes A National Day of Action On Tuesday November 17 2015 a national coalition of local coordinators and groups will hold rallies or actions throughout the day to shine light on the numerous problems associated with toxic radioactive fracking waste and its disposal including its links to earthquakes spills and leaks Groups have been communicating with each other to raise public awareness and to call for positive public action to protect their family s health safety and well being from the onslaught of fracking waste injection and disposal wells or other fracking related infrastructure or processes including dumping fracking waste on landfills The high risks to water air and land and pollution due to toxic fracking waste are unacceptable The coalition says there is no good or safe solution to the ever growing problem of the constant production of millions of gallons or tons of toxic fracking waste Where will it all go They say that injection or disposal wells are being drilled next to homes or in rural or residential areas that should not be heavy industrial toxic waste sites As evidenced by numerous news reports and other documentation there is damage to family homes or other structures because of fracking or injection well related earthquakes One Oklahoma woman is suing due to injuries she said she experienced during an injection well related earthquake The man made earthquake situation is getting worse not better The truth about fracking waste injection wells and earthquakes is showing itself everywhere The unfolding of this truth can t be stopped even if the oil and gas industry some officials and their allies want to put their heads in the sand or try to deny or minimize the real unacceptable impacts to people and their air water land and property values and their quality and way of life There is no good solution to what to do with or where to put unprecedented massive amounts of toxic fracking waste fluids or solids There is no safe way to dispose of it Since the public is suffering and being negatively impacted by current practices the creation of the waste must stop said Teresa Mills of the Center for Health Environment and Justice CHEJ founded by Lois Gibbs of Love Canal renown The November 17 th National Day of Action is being coordinated by Buckeye Forest Council BFC The Center for Health Environment and Justice CHEJ Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future FaCT Frackfree America National Coalition FANC Network for Oil Gas Accountability Protection NEOGAP and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA Coordinators say there is still time for more individuals or groups to get involved in the events planned for November 17 2015 by contacting Frackfree America National Coalition at 234 201 8007 or by e mail at frackfreeamerica gmail com Happy 25th Birthday National Organic Program December 2 2015 OEFFA in the News Organic Certification Lauren Modern Farmer 12 1 15 By Brian Barth Shutterstock Former president George H W Bush was not known as a supporter of organic agriculture not even remotely But back on November 28 1990 the elder Bush did play a small but significant role in the history of the movement when he signed the Organic Foods Protection Act OPFA into existence This was the beginning of USDA Organic certification and a momentous leap forward for what has grown from a fringe movement in the 1960s what some saw as just a hippy garden project to a formidable market force in the global food industry today But with all its success the national organic program has weathered its share of challenges Modern Farmer was invited to participate in a virtual press conference yesterday held by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association in honor of the milestone where a panel of organic movement veterans reminisced about the long and often turbulent journey thus far and shared their hopes for the future of the National Organic Program It was a classic David and Goliath story recounts Kathleen Merrigan former U S Deputy Secretary of the USDA who was asked by Mark Lipson of California Certified Organic Farmers CCOF to help draft a national organic standard which would replace the patchwork state level organic standards that existed in the late 1980s Organic food was becoming increasingly popular in the general public leading some large conventional growers to take an interest folks whose interest seemed to be motivated more by profit than by organic principles There was a concern that the standards would get watered down says Merrigan who ultimately prevailed in shepherding the OPFA through the halls of Congress at the behest of a nationwide coalition of organic farmers and certifying agencies This was tough for the organic community because they had not been treated well by the USDA historically but there was a sense that OPFA was necessary It was interesting that a community of folks who historically were distrustful of government actually came to government s door for help Though the law was signed in 1990 it would be 12 more years before the rules governing organic practices were sorted out and implemented This was largely due to a massive backlash against three components that were included in the new national standard but that few people outside of large food corporations thought had any business being there The use of sewage sludge irradiation and GMOs were all permitted in the original wording of OPFA but after receiving more than 325 000 public comments mostly in opposition to these three practices the USDA caved in and reworded the final rule which was finally published in 2002 That was only the first in an ongoing series of battles concerning exactly what should and should not be allowed under the organic standards resulting in the labyrinthine rulebook that organic farmers must follow today It s on par with the tax code in terms of its heft and complexity Back then the organic standards were just two sides of an eight and a half by eleven sheet of paper says Mike Laughlin of Northridge Organic Farm in Johnston Ohio who was one of Ohio s first certified organic farms under the new federal standards Now they re more like a telephone book To move forward in the future with organic it s going to be imperative that we devote more money to funding organic research The original proponents of the national organic standard mostly small diversified organic growers got the recognition and legal protection they were after but ironically having a unified code with the weight of the federal government behind it gave large corporations exactly the opening they needed to enter the market and take advantage of the growing demand for organic produce The industry has exploded in an exponential growth curve that would make any Wall Street capitalist sit up in their chair Sales of organic products in the US have risen more than tenfold from 3 6 billion in 1997 to almost 40 billion in 2014 Costco recently rose above Whole Foods as the nation s top organic retailer While organics have grown from less than 1 percent of total US food sales in 1997 to nearly 5 percent today the organic industry receives a disproportionately smaller share of public funding for research and development than the conventional food industry To move forward in the future with organic it s going to be imperative that we devote more money to funding organic research says Abby Youngblood executive director of the National Organic Coalition noting that the USDA currently allocates just 0 1 percent of the budget for its flagship research program the Agriculture Food Research Initiative AFRI for organic farming research We have identified a long list of organic research needs she says We know that farmers are going to need seeds better adapted to our changing climate and better adapted to systems of organic production and we know that we re going to need new ways to control pests and disease that aren t reliant on chemical inputs A huge chunk of the organic food flying off the shelves of Costco and other large retailers is imported from overseas It s not just research dollars that don t match the tremendous sales growth of the organic industry The number of acres in organic production has barely budged since the USDA started keeping track of them in 2002 In 2012 when the most recent agricultural census was conducted the number of organic farms in the US was just 0 6 percent of total US farm acreage In other words a huge chunk of the organic food flying off the shelves of Costco and other large retailers is imported from overseas According to a recent global survey of organic production North America ranks 5th ahead of only Africa in acres of certified organic land In Italy 10 percent of agricultural land is certified organic compared to 0 6 percent here India has more than 650 000 organic producers compared to less than 13 000 in the US Merrigan says the discrepancy between demand for organic goods in the US and domestic supply is certainly not for a lack of enthusiastic young people who want to start organic farms but there is a high cost threshold for new farmers to enter the market We want to grow our own home base of organic farmers but that requires bringing on the next generation of American farmers and they are facing huge capital costs Many of them are not hailing from the farm but are college graduates wanting to go to the land and be a young entrepreneur and they all of a sudden find the price tag of what an acre costs and what a combine costs and that sort of thing But if there is anything that should be a call to arms in this next decade moving forward it is to find a way to put those young people on the land To me it just cries out opportunity opportunity opportunity We know that there is a market for them to sell to Besides the capital costs involved in farming which are a reality that both conventional and organic growers face labor costs are a particular concern to organic farmers who rely largely on human power for weed and pest control rather than chemicals In this regard it s hard to compete with places like India where wages are a fraction of what they are in the US It will be a steep row to hoe for organic farmers in the US to keep up with demand but it s a worthy challenge for the next 25 years USDA Awards 113M to Support Speciality Crop Production November 23 2015 OEFFA in the News Other Lauren Illinois Ag Connection 10 06 15 The U S Department of Agriculture USDA Monday awarded more than 113 million in program grants to support farmers growing fruits vegetables tree nuts and nursery crops also known as specialty crops through research agricultural extension activities and programs to increase demand and address the needs of America s specialty crop industry Monday s announcement is part of a USDA wide effort supporting President Obama s commitment to strengthening local and regional food systems These grants are administered by USDA s Agricultural Marketing Service AMS and USDA s National Institute of Food and Agriculture NIFA Increasing market opportunities for local food producers is a sound investment in America s rural economies while also increasing access to healthy food for our nation s families Vilsack said These investments will support local and regional markets and improve access to healthy food for millions of children and supply thousands of farmers markets restaurants and other businesses with fresh high quality fruits and vegetables The grants also help growers solve technology needs or make better informed decisions on profitability and sustainability leading to stronger rural American communities and businesses USDA s Agricultural Marketing Service is awarding 63 million to 755 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program projects nation wide The grants are issued to State departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers including locally grown fruits vegetables and nursery crops including floriculture through research and programs to increase demand Since 2009 AMS has awarded 385 grants totaling 392 9 million for 5 484 projects including those announced Monday For example an Ohio program was awarded a grant that will increase specialty crop competitiveness by helping Ohio growers with organic production and food safety grant The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association will provide Ohio beginning and existing organic farmers direct technical support and educational programming to help improve organic production and marketing skills The project will also help transition other growers to certified organic production and will help farmers of all sizes and levels of experience to establish and implement on farm food safety plans USDA s National Institute of Food and Agriculture NIFA is announcing 50 million in grants funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative SCRI which is made available through the 2014 Farm Bill This program develops and disseminates science based tools to address the needs of specific crops across the entire spectrum of specialty crops production from researching plant genetics to developing new production innovations and developing methods to respond to food safety hazards In fiscal year 2015 NIFA made 15 new awards totaling more than 40 million Fiscal year 2015 grants includes USDA Agricultural Research Service Peoria Ill which will receive 3 672 482 Additionally in fiscal year 2015 NIFA made also made five continuation awards totaling 9 7 million for grants initially funded in prior fiscal years Continuation awards are based on available appropriations and project success Examples of funded projects include a project at the University of California working to sustain the supply of high quality lettuce in the face of changing technology and climate The University of Florida will research management strategies for Laurel wilt a lethal disease in avocadoes And Michigan State University aims to use applied genomics to increase disease resistance in cucurbit crops Since 2009 NIFA has funded almost 285 million for 138 research projects including those announced today Abstracts of projects previously funded are available on NIFA s website AMS works to improve global opportunities for U S growers and producers AMS grant funding supports a variety of programs including organic certification cost share programs the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program and the Federal State Marketing Improvement Program This funding is one of the ways that USDA invests in the future of rural America and the nation s agricultural sector NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research education and extension and seeks to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges More Ohio farmers go organic November 23 2015 OEFFA in the News Organic Certification Lauren The Columbus Dispatch 10 15 2015 By JD Malone More Ohio grown organic produce should be finding its way to supermarkets as an increasing number of the state s farmers turn to this method of growing in a nod to consumer demand Though the image of organic farming is one of back to the land hobbyists raising heirloom vegetables for farmers markets Ohio s organic farms have found that what was once a niche is now an industry The state s organic farmers added 12 000 acres to their more than 500 farms and doubled sales between 2008 and 2014 the only two years of full U S Department of Agriculture census data on organic farming nationwide Another sign of Ohio s organic farming growth is that 25 percent of organic operators get all of their income from their farm up from just 14 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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Good Earth Guide
    Hungry Toad Farm is a small farm on the edge of suburbia outside of Dayton in operation for over 4 decades Always chemical free currently Certified Naturally Grown I sell at two markets operate a CSA and deliver to restaurants and stores Contact Michael Malone 937 689 5910 Email click to get email Create a Listing Search Guide Update a Listing 2016 OEFFA All materials on this website are the

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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Good Earth Guide
    are a small farm in an isolated valley near Shawnee State Forest We produce a wide variety of vegetables fruits jams and jellies baked goods and granola Our products are sold through an e mail listserve and delivered weekly in the Portsmouth Ohio area during our growing season Contact Kevin Bradbury 740 372 6545 Email click to get email Create a Listing Search Guide Update a Listing 2016 OEFFA All

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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Good Earth Guide
    have been certified organic since 1988 We grow a wide variety of vegetables including many varieties of garlic and sweet and hot peppers We sell at the Countryside Farmers Market at Howe Meadow a local college co op some on farm customers and to Farm Share Ohio Contact Larry Luschek 330 725 6762 Email click to get email Web site www infinitegardenfarm com Countryside Farmers Market at Howe Meadow 4040

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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Good Earth Guide
    lettuce onions and garlic We have always grown by organic methods using no chemical fertilizers herbicides or pesticides We use green manure cover crops and work diligently to feed and improve our soil to produce healthy food Watch the OEFFA events section for our garlic festival in August Go to www localharvest org for more information Contact Andy Reinhart and Jan Dawson 937 468 2853 Email click to get email

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  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Good Earth Guide
    Rd Homerville OH 44235 Medina Certified Organic by OEFFA Listing updated 06 12 2014 Products mixed vegetables root crops herbs greens Description Small family farm certified by OEFFA Live healthy soils healthy foods human health Contact Dannie A Keim Create a Listing Search Guide Update a Listing 2016 OEFFA All materials on this website are the copyrighted work of OEFFA and may not be reproduced or distributed without the prior

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