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  • Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA)
    STAFF close Please feel free to send us your questions comments ideas or concerns Contact Becky Your Name E Mail Ignore this text box It is used to detect spammers If you enter anything into this text box your message will not be sent Telephone Questions Comments Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 41 Croswell Rd Columbus OH 43214 Phone 614 421 2022 Fax 614 421 2011 OEFFA Overview Board

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    STAFF close Please feel free to send us your questions comments ideas or concerns Contact Samira Your Name E Mail Ignore this text box It is used to detect spammers If you enter anything into this text box your message will not be sent Telephone Questions Comments Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 41 Croswell Rd Columbus OH 43214 Phone 614 421 2022 Fax 614 421 2011 OEFFA Overview Board

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    STAFF close Please feel free to send us your questions comments ideas or concerns Contact Julie Your Name E Mail Ignore this text box It is used to detect spammers If you enter anything into this text box your message will not be sent Telephone Questions Comments Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 41 Croswell Rd Columbus OH 43214 Phone 614 421 2022 Fax 614 421 2011 OEFFA Overview Board

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    STAFF close Please feel free to send us your questions comments ideas or concerns Contact ccameron Your Name E Mail Ignore this text box It is used to detect spammers If you enter anything into this text box your message will not be sent Telephone Questions Comments Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 41 Croswell Rd Columbus OH 43214 Phone 614 421 2022 Fax 614 421 2011 OEFFA Overview Board

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    STAFF close Please feel free to send us your questions comments ideas or concerns Contact Sean McGovern Your Name E Mail Ignore this text box It is used to detect spammers If you enter anything into this text box your message will not be sent Telephone Questions Comments Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 41 Croswell Rd Columbus OH 43214 Phone 614 421 2022 Fax 614 421 2011 OEFFA Overview

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  • Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA)
    STAFF close Please feel free to send us your questions comments ideas or concerns Contact Website Your Name E Mail Ignore this text box It is used to detect spammers If you enter anything into this text box your message will not be sent Telephone Questions Comments Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 41 Croswell Rd Columbus OH 43214 Phone 614 421 2022 Fax 614 421 2011 OEFFA Overview Board

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  • OEFFA News | Ecological Food and Farm News
    farms to consumers Jim Steve and Sylvia showed an unwavering commitment to sustainable agriculture and OEFFA during an important time in our history These awards are a small way that we as a community can recognize their contributions and express our gratitude for their work from which we all have benefited said Goland For a full list of past Stewardship and Service Award winners click here About OEFFA The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a statewide 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 go to www oeffa org Photo by Sara Graca Palamedes Photography Ohio Pipeline Projects Stir Fears of Compromised Farmland Integrity February 4 2016 Sustainable Agriculture in the News Lauren By Mary Kuhlman Ohio Public News Service 2 4 16 COLUMBUS Ohio There are fears that two proposed pipelines which would run through Ohio will threaten the livelihood of some Ohio farmers The proposed Nexus and ET Rover pipelines would transport gas obtained from Ohio hydraulic fracturing operations through Michigan and up to Canada The pipelines will impact 25 counties and Amalie Lipstreu policy program coordinator of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA says besides affecting forests and waterways the pipelines could compromise the integrity of farmland And very particularly organic farmland she points out It s very vulnerable to contamination to soil compaction destruction of soil structure and potentially loss of certification for organic farms Lipstreu notes that approving the pipelines would show a commitment to an extractive energy industry that threatens water quality and is linked to earthquakes instead of long term energy solutions Supporters of the projects maintain they would lead to cheaper energy and say pipelines are the safest and cheapest way to transport natural gas James Yoder produces organic milk at Clover Meadow Farm in Wayne County where the ET Rover pipeline would cut diagonally across 11 acres If the company does not use a mitigation plan he says his organic certification would be in jeopardy I probably wouldn t go on farming if we had to be conventional he states If they don t follow those guidelines I m sure part of the land or all of the land would be conventional I don t know if we could get it back if we go through the three year transition period to get the affected land back to organic again At this point Lipstreu says there s been no word if the company will take any measures to prevent soil contamination degradation of milk quality and loss of organic certification on Yoder s property But she adds the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accepting public input on the pipelines There is an opportunity for people to weigh in on this issue she states We can think about what we re doing here and think in terms of more long term sustainability She also points to the risks to health and safety posed by new pipeline infrastructure In November 2011 a natural gas transmission pipeline exploded in Morgan County burning three houses and leaving a 30 foot wide crater The next year a pipeline spill polluted one and a half miles of Boggs Fork in Harrison County At Least 4 Good Reasons to Boost Soil Organic Matter and a Chance to Learn How to Do It February 2 2016 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren By Kurt Knebusch OSU CFAES 2 1 16 COLUMBUS Ohio The key to successful sustainable farming is found in the ground or should be says soil scientist Rafiq Islam of the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University Soil organic matter is the cornerstone of soil health said Islam a member of a regional research team that s spent the past 15 years studying soil organic matter its benefits to crops and the best ways to boost it on farms run organically As with any agricultural production system maintaining a healthy and productive soil is the foundation of sustainable organic farming he said On Feb 12 Islam and other team members will share their findings in The Dirt on Organic Matter It s a special preconference workshop being held before the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s Feb 13 14 annual conference in Granville OEFFA calls the conference the largest such event devoted to sustainable food and farming in Ohio Rafiq Islam soil scientist based at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon will be part of the team presenting The Dirt on Organic Matter Photo by Ken Chamberlain CFAES Islam said the workshop is for farmers people who work with farmers and anyone who studies teaches about or has an interest in sustainable farming More broadly so is the conference whose theme is Growing Right by Nature Both events are at Granville High School 248 New Burg St Benefits microbes pH moisture more Soil organic matter is made up of plant animal and microbe residues possibly from manure or cover crops for example in various stages of decomposition Islam said its benefits include Providing food energy and enzymes for soil microbes The microbes boost plants growth and health Providing a reservoir of essential plant nutrients that support good yielding high quality nutritious crops Being a catalyst for regulating the soil s ecological functions The functions include buffering the soil s acid alkaline balance or pH They also include improving the cation exchange capacity which helps the soil store nutrients until needed by plants and microbes Improving the soil s structure and moisture retention Better soil structure improves drainage during rains and wet times Better moisture retention helps plants during drought Big picture soil organic matter also takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and stores it in the soil Excess atmospheric CO2 is one of the causes of climate change All about tools and best practices Islam said people who take the workshop will learn how to increase soil organic matter levels by using among other things compost manure cover crops and soil amendments such as gypsum zeolite and leonardite or black carbon They ll also get instruction on how to use an online soil organic matter calculator to monitor those levels The knowledge can help greatly improve soil organic matter content and consequently soil health he said Organic farmers are striving to reduce their operating costs maintain soil organic matter and increase farm profits Islam said Often this results in intensive tillage based practices that provide short term yield gains but lose soil organic matter and productivity over time The workshop is meant to reverse those losses he said with the goal being organic farms that aren t just good for the environment but are viable and profitable or even more so as businesses The research team s members include farmers experts from the college s outreach and research arms Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and experts from the U S Department of Agriculture s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Michigan How to register Registration for the workshop which is separate from conference registration is 75 for OEFFA members and 90 for nonmembers The costs include lunch and resources that participants can take home The deadline to register is Feb 8 Registration for the conference is 160 for OEFFA members and 220 for nonmembers with lower priced child teen student and one day options available too Meals cost extra and can be reserved at registration Details about the workshop and conference and a link to online registration for either or both events are at oeffa org conference2016 php Farming is a public service and we need more of it says TedX talker Lindsey Lusher Shute February 1 2016 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren By Debbi Snook The Cleveland Plain Dealer 2 1 16 Lindsey Lusher Shute returns to Ohio next weekend to give the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association in Granville She farms with her husband who is a self taught grower and she now leads the National Young Farmers Coalition a group that hopes to make the career of farming more possible for more people She answered a few questions and a follow up by email this week This year s OEFFA conference will include a free session with registration by Feb 7 that hopes to match young farmers with landowners seeking their skills Tell us about your ties to Ohio and Ohio farming My earliest and most joyful childhood memories are of our Ohio farm in the rolling hills of Southeast Ohio My grandfather Charles Lusher was a minister but always considered himself a farmer He grew the sweetest melon and my grandmother served halves of it with vanilla ice cream in the middle and salt on top My grandmother s father Henry Clerkus Sheets was the last farmer in our family Henry produced dairy pork and tobacco but all of his children moved on to other careers I grew up near Columbus where my dad was a public school teacher and my mother a nurse Other than visits to my grandfather s farm the state fair and an overly shaded vegetable plot I had little exposure to farm life Why did you become a farmer I became a farmer because I fell in love with one My husband Ben and I met in New York City where we built a community garden in Brooklyn He had just returned from a farming apprenticeship in Oregon and eventually decided to start his own farm upstate I was so inspired by Ben and the innovative and entrepreneurial farmers in the region that I eventually moved up But in all honesty outside of occasional chores I do very little farming these days With the National Young Farmers Coalition and our girls at home the farming is left to Ben and our incredible crew What is your farming philosophy Farming is public service That means nurturing our land protecting our water respecting our workers and growing the best food for our communities Why is there a shortage of farmers For several generations we have been losing young people in agriculture With farm incomes declining and better prospects elsewhere many farm families encouraged their kids to look to other careers The good food movement has reversed this trend somewhat by bringing kids back to the farm as well as inspiring thousands of newcomers but structural obstacles get in the way With land prices on the rise student debt and market challenges it s extremely difficult for many young people to get started and succeed in agriculture Who should be a farmer Everyone If we are going to save our farmer population every kid should contemplate a farm career Even growing up here in Ohio no one ever talked to me about the possibility of becoming a farmer That s no good Farming is the opportunity to make a decent income serve a community be your own boss and get outside Kids should put farmer right up there on their lists with doctor teacher and President of the United States What do you mean by decent income What about those declining farm wages With affordable land access to capital appropriate scale and strong demand a farmer can make a good living The National Young Farmers Coalition believes that farmers should be in the position to support themselves and their families while farming full time What s the best thing government can do to create more farms Protect the affordability of farmland One of the most difficult obstacles for young farmers is finding affordable farmland and the problem is only growing worse Governments can take action by conserving farmland with working farm easements and creating new tax incentives to help transition land What s the best thing consumers can do to help create more farms We ve all heard it a million times but buy local Where I live here in New York it s estimated that we only purchase 2 percent of our food from local sources If demand increases there will be more farms Consumers can create demand by making the trip to their local farmers market selecting locally grown at the grocery store joining a CSA and demanding that schools and institutions buy from farmers Consumers are already driving change but they can do much more February s Statewide Sustainable Food Conference to Feature Cleveland Chef and Farmers January 26 2016 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren By Debbi Snook 1 26 16 Cleveland Plain Dealer Northeast Ohio will have a strong presence at next month s statewide organic and sustainable food and farming conference in Granville More than a half dozen farmers and food producers from this area from chef Ben Bebenroth to farm manager Maggie Fitzpatrick Ohio City Farm will lead workshops at the annual meeting of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA The two day affair runs Feb 13 and 14 with a third day on Feb 12 for in depth pre conference sessions on beginning farming soil health and grain marketing Programs are geared to farmers gardeners retailers and consumers interested in sustainable methods of growing food OEFFA and national organic leaders held a news conference in November to celebrate the 25 th anniversary of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and the standardized rules that define the federal government s certified organic label OEFFA in addition to embracing sustainability in general is also one of Ohio s certifying organizations for the USDA label Organic food is now 4 percent of national food sales but research on organic food is only one tenth of one percent of the money set aside for research by the U S Department of Agriculture said Abby Youngblood executive director of the National Organic Coalition Research is necessary to keep the country s soils healthy many said and to attract new farmers OEFFA has been working on this for a number of years said Mike Laughlin a southern Ohio farmer from Johnstown We ve been developing young farmer educational programs mentorships and we even have a couple of different loan programs to help individuals get started We re starting to see some energy from that program and it really gives me a lot of hope for the future Farmers and homegrowers can also get advice at the conference from these principals among many others in more than 100 workshops Ben Bebenroth farmer and chef of Spice Kitchen Bar who will talk about growing marketing and cooking unusual vegetables Elizabeth Kucinich Rodale Institute board member on going beyond the issue of genetic engineering to focus on soil healthy agriculture Laura DeYoung Mannig of Urban Shepherd and Spicy Lamb Farm Peninsula on producing consistent meat quality George Remington of Morningside Farm Hinckley on a panel discussing biofertilizers Jake Trethewey Maplestar Farm Auburn Township on avoiding pesticide drift from nearby farms Maggie Fitzpatrick of the refugee project at Ohio City Farm Cleveland on expanding the ethnic crop market and Jacqueline Kowalski of Ohio State University Extension in Cuyahoga County on a topic to be determined Matt Herbruck of Birdsong Farm Hiram on the potential of community supported agriculture programs CSAs A former southern Ohioan will deliver the keynote address on Saturday Lindsey Lusher Shute of the National Young Farmers Coalition now a New York State farmer will talk about lobbying for more help for young farmers John Ikerd speaks on Sunday The farming advocate and critic of confined animal feeding operations wrote several books including Sustainable Capitalism A Matter of Common Sense Small Farms are Real Farms Sustaining People Through Agriculture and The Essentials of Economic Sustainability and taught at universities in North Carolina Oklahoma Georgia and Missouri More registration information is available at oeffa org The deadline for the discounted early registration fee is Jan 31 The highest price for advance registration is 205 for the two day event for adult non members with tickets available separately for one day or pre conference attendance Land Money Obstacles for Next Generation of OH Farmers January 14 2016 Annual Conference OEFFA in the News Lauren Ohio Public News Service By Mary Kuhlman 1 14 16 COLUMBUS Ohio The aging farm population in Ohio needs a new generation to fill its shoes but young farmers face many obstacles getting off the ground Lindsey Lusher Shute an Ohio native and executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition says capital is the biggest challenge for beginning farmers especially those who are under financial constraints such as student loan debt She says it s also very difficult to access land particularly near major cities where prices may be impacted by competing developers Areas within 200 miles of cities where a farmer really may have the best chance of success because they can do direct marketing direct sales that s where land is more expensive she says So land remains one of the major challenges Shute says while the country has grown by 200 million people since 1920 there are 28 million fewer farmers And she ll be in Ohio next month to discuss the tools and resources needed to support beginning farmers Shute is the keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s annual conference in Granville Feb 12 through the 14 Shute explains many beginning farmers want to give back to the land and sustainability is at the core of their motivation Some come from a long line of farmers but she says the majority are starting from scratch Their presence is very welcome in the farm community because many farm kids have not been encouraged to stay on the farm in the past few generations Shute says And so this influx of new farm entrepreneurs is very necessary and vital for the farm economy U S Department of Agriculture data shows almost 30 percent

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