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  • New Study Highlights Opportunities for Organic Agriculture | OEFFA News
    top 10 of states in the number of organic farms in operation said Amalie Lipstreu Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator More than 40 percent of Ohio organic farmers earn between 75 and 100 percent of their income from organic farming The data show that organic farming provides a full time occupation for many farmers and there is a future in organic production as demand outpaces supply for organic food in the U S said Lipstreu These results also show a strong commitment to the organic market as more than 40 percent of Ohio s organic farmers plan to increase organic production In 2015 OEFFA has also seen an increase in the number of farmers seeking certification for the first time While 78 percent of organic sales are to wholesale markets the first point of sale for 80 percent of all U S organic products was less than 500 miles from the farm The growth of local and regional food systems as well as access to large wholesale markets provide huge growth opportunities for organic farmers said Lipstreu This study represents the second comprehensive survey of organic agriculture in the U S The ability to have trend data and analysis of organic agriculture in Ohio and the U S provides information critical to the organic industry and the farming community said Lipstreu Continuing to collect and analyze this information will help current producers as well as those considering a transition to organic agriculture understand the growing demand price premiums and production challenges OEFFA is one of the oldest and largest organic certification agencies in the country and offers educational programming and support to organic farmers and businesses and those looking to transition to organic For more information click here The complete report can be accessed at

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  • Farm to Table Dinner Comes to Northeast Ohio: The Farmers’ Table Celebrates Ohio Farms and Flavors | OEFFA News
    course meal prepared by Erik Martinez Executive Chef at Cibréo Italian Kitchen featuring wine pairings The event will also feature special guest Alan Guebert award winning syndicated agricultural journalist and OEFFA 2015 conference keynote speaker who will offer a hearty toast to local food Following the dinner he ll be signing his new book The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey and sharing stories The book was recently included on Bon Appetit Magazine s 20 Food Books to Read This Summer LA Magazine s Top 10 Summer Books for Foodies and Food Tank s Summer Reading List We re pleased and honored to be hosting the Farmers Table said organic farmer Jake Trethewey who owns and operates Maplestar Farm with his wife Dawn Holding an event where people can share a meal on the farm from the farm reminds me of growing up here Quite often on the weekend people would drop by to visit or help out and my grandmother and great grandmother would cook dinner for 12 or more folks on short notice and of course a lot of what was on the table was grown here As small farms and farming communities have disappeared over the last 50 years fewer people today have the opportunity to experience the friendship and community of sharing a meal on the farm The Tretheweys have been certified organic for seven years and sell their organic produce at the farm s roadside stand at the Geauga Fresh Farmers Market through a small community supported agriculture CSA program and to restaurants The dinner will be rooted in certified organic vegetables from Maplestar Farm and include an heirloom tomato salad a modern take on a traditional fish fry featuring fresh Lake Erie perch and a main course pork trio showcasing a pastured Berkshire Chester White cross hog from Tea Hills Farms Dessert will feature an Auburn sweet corn custard tart We have a great relationship with Maplestar Farms What s important to the farm is important to us and OEFFA and this event are very important to Jake and Dawn This is a way we can help the farm bring OEFFA and a farm to table experience to their backyard and show all of Ohio what Geauga County and northeast Ohio have to offer said Chris Johnson Corporate Chef for The Driftwood Group one of Ohio s premier restaurant and catering companies Erik Martinez is the Executive Chef of downtown Cleveland s Cibreo Italian Kitchen which is part of The Driftwood Group and will be overseeing the dinner He has been a part of Cleveland s culinary landscape for more than 20 years Tickets are 125 per person or 1 000 for a table of 8 All proceeds support OEFFA s work to grow Ohio s sustainable and organic agriculture movement The Farmers Table is sponsored by The Driftwood Group Maplestar Farm Edible Cleveland Kevin Morgan Studio Organic Valley Rising Star Coffee Roasters Storehouse Tea and Tea Hills Farms For more information or to

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  • Organic is Non-GMO and More: New Product Logo Helps Consumers Understand the Health and Environmental Benefits of Organic Food | OEFFA News
    that is both non GMO and environmentally friendly the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA has released a new label that OEFFA certified organic farmers and processors can use on their products in addition to the standard USDA organic seal This label reminds consumers that choosing organic foods allows them to avoid GMOs and protect public health and the environment To use the organic label foods must not only be non GMO but they must also be grown without synthetic pesticides growth hormones antibiotics and chemical fertilizers Shagbark Seed Mill chose organic certification over non GMO verification to support the farmers that go beyond non GMO by working with nature instead of against it That means cover crops crop rotations and healthy soil That means no GMO seed ever The result is a product we re confident will protect water and soil resources and feed us the best quality food on all fronts stated Ajamian whose certified organic mill sells beans flour pasta chips and other products Organic farmers undergo a rigorous annual third party verification process that includes an organic system plan multiple reviews of that plan and an inspection of the farm As a result the organic seal is the gold standard in ecological labeling and consumers can have confidence that farmers are adhering to the standards of the U S Department of Agriculture USDA National Organic Program said OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator Amalie Lipstreu Regardless of which version of the organic label a farmer or processor chooses the organic seal guarantees that the product was made without GMOs Organic is also the clear choice for shoppers who are concerned about the health and sustainability of their food Post navigation Tours Shine Light on Ohio Sustainable Food Production Farm to Table Dinner Comes to Northeast Ohio The

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  • Annual Public Tour and Workshop Series Features Ohio’s Organic and Sustainable Farms: 2015 Guide Now Available | OEFFA News
    farm open house Sunny Meadows Flower Farm Franklin Co Sunday July 19 Bringing it back home with organic vegetables tour Morningside Farm Medina Co Sunday July 19 Women Grow Ohio farm tours Various locations Athens Fairfield Franklin Knox Lorain Muskingum and Perry Co Sunday July 26 Michigan sustainable farm and business tour Salomon Gardens Argus Farm Stop Sunseed Farm Michigan Wednesday August 5 Organic dairy farm tour Weaver Dairy Pike Co Friday August 7 Grain and alfalfa production farm tour Turnow Ventures Sandusky Co Sunday August 16 Value added fruits and vegetables farm tour Ann s Raspberry Farm Knox Co Sunday September 20 Organic weed management farm tour Rock Dove Farm Madison Co Sunday September 20 Ohio Century Farm open house Carriage House Farm Hamilton Co Saturday September 26 Naturally raised lamb pasture walk Find a Way Farm Meigs Co Sunday September 27 Off season farm production tour and workshop Rose Hill Willow Farm Muskingum Co Saturday October 3 Draft horse powered farmstead tour End of the Road Farm Miami Co Develop your farm and do it yourself skills during these workshops which allow participants to delve deeper into specific topics Monday June 15 Friday June 19 Five day solar electric workshop OEFFA office Franklin Co Sunday June 21 Small plot market farming master class Carriage House Farm Hamilton Co Sunday June 28 Urban agriculture exchange workshop Garden Station Montgomery Co Monday June 29 Dairy herd health workshop Othmary Farms Mercer Co Sunday September 27 Steel in the field workshop Mile Creek Farm Montgomery Co Sunday October 11 Poultry processing workshop Tea Hills Farms Ashland Co Monday October 12 Friday October 16 Five day solar electric workshop Local Roots Market and Cafe Wayne Co Saturday October 24 Urban agriculture exchange workshop The Refugee Response at Ohio City Farm Cuyahoga Co

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  • Solar Electric Workshop Scheduled for June: Farmers and Others Can Learn How to Design and Install Photovoltaic Systems | OEFFA News
    educational center which is home to Ohio s first Earthship and a 6kW solar array During this training course participants will learn how to design and install photovoltaic systems through lectures and hands on labs They will learn with a working PV system dismantling and reinstalling it troubleshooting and testing its proper operation The class will also learn how to construct a working solar generator to run pumps freezers lights and more when the grid goes down As part of the class registrants can nominate a site to serve as a real world model one site will be selected and together the class will evaluate size and design a system for that site At the end of the week participants will have the opportunity to sit for an internationally recognized certification Level 1 examination offered by the Electronic Technicians Association ETA Many farmers and homesteaders are looking for a way to be energy independent and reduce their reliance on polluting fossil fuels With prices for PV systems falling and demand on the rise systems are becoming economical for nearly every home or farm said OEFFA Program Assistant Milo Petruziello Finding qualified personnel to install and maintain systems remains a challenge however We hope this course will give people the tools they need to harness the power of the sun The cost of the workshop is 930 for OEFFA members and 970 for non members The cost includes ETA fees an installation toolkit and a course workbook Lunch is provided on each class day Pre registration is required Space is limited Register at www oeffa org by June 10 To register by mail send a check made out to OEFFA along with the names of all attendees addresses phone numbers and emails to OEFFA Solar Workshop 41 Croswell Rd Columbus OH

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  • OEFFA Press Releases | OEFFA News | Page 2
    commitment to OEFFA and central Ohio s local food movement is unquestionable Always quick to smile and laugh John has played a leading role in OEFFA s growth and success though in John s modest way it s often behind the scenes and out of sight to most people said Goland For a full list of past award winners click here All of our award winners Bill Stacy and John have shown an unwavering commitment to sustainable agriculture over the course of decades 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 Ohio s Largest Food and Farm Conference Features Three Pre Conference Workshops Regenerative Agriculture Poultry and Dairy Herd Health Sessions Will Provide In Depth Knowledge to Farmers and Veterinarians January 28 2015 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28 2015 Contact Renee Hunt Program Director 614 421 2022 Ext 205 renee oeffa org Lauren Ketcham Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA will host three full day pre conference workshops in Granville Ohio on Friday February 13 as part of its 36th annual conference Sustainable Agriculture Renewing Ohio s Heart and Soil These events feature some of the country s top experts and are designed to provide ecological growers a deeper education than short workshops or webinars can said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt This year we re also offering a session geared toward livestock veterinarians so they are better positioned to serve organic dairy clients These practices can be used in non organic dairy systems as well During this pre conference workshop John Kempf founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture will help farmers learn regenerative farming principles which allow soil and plant health to improve not degrade over time Using these techniques growers will discover how they can produce disease and pest resistant crops which are healthier and more nutritious An Amish grower from Middlefield Ohio Kempf is an internationally recognized lecturer on biological agriculture plant immunity mineral nutrition and soil microbiology Jim Adkins of the Sustainable Poultry Network will discuss effective and profitable strategies for sustainable poultry production during this pre conference workshop For the past 30 years Adkins has raised more than 50 breeds and varieties of chickens ducks geese and turkeys A licensed poultry judge he established the International Center for Poultry in 1992 and has taught at field days workshops and conferences Designed for poultry producers of any scale this session will explore the unique advantages of sustainable production systems while exploring the history of traditional heritage breeds and the transition to hybrid breeds and industrial production models Growers will walk away with an understanding of the breeding feed forage facilities and care required for different size production models and how to make their poultry businesses profitable through effective financial planning marketing and consumer education During this pre conference workshop veterinarians Dr Päivi Rajala Schultz and Dr Luciana da Costa from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Organic Valley staff veterinarian Dr Guy Jodarski will help dairy producers and veterinarians serving organic dairy farmers learn how practical management and mastitis control practices can improve milk quality and farm profitability Attendees will learn the basic requirements for good udder health strategies for managing clinical mastitis and more Thanks to funding from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education NCR SARE Professional Development Program a limited number of scholarships are available for veterinarians to attend the dairy herd health pre conference event at no cost To request a scholarship or to nominate a veterinarian who would benefit from this opportunity contact Eric Pawlowski at 614 421 2022 Ext 209 or eric oeffa org All pre conference workshops will be held from 10 a m 4 p m on Friday February 13 at Granville High School 248 New Burg St Granville Ohio Pre registration is required and costs 75 for OEFFA members and 90 for non members The pre conference workshops will be offered as part of the state s largest sustainable food and farm conference on Saturday February 14 and Sunday February 15 an event which draws more than 1 200 attendees from across Ohio and the U S In addition to pre conference events this year s conference will feature keynote speakers Alan Guebert and Doug Gurian Sherman nearly 100 educational workshops a trade show activities for children and teens locally sourced and organic homemade meals and Saturday evening entertainment Separate registration is required for all conference events For more information about the conference or to register go to www oeffa org conference2015 Scientist and Biotechnology Expert Doug Gurian Sherman to Keynote Ohio s Largest Food and Farm Conference January 20 2015 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20 2015 Contact Renee Hunt Program Director 614 421 2022 Ext 205 renee oeffa org Lauren Ketcham Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org Respected scientist author and expert on sustainable agriculture and genetic engineering GE Dr Doug Gurian Sherman will be the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 36th annual conference Sustainable Agriculture Renewing Ohio s Heart and Soil on Sunday February 15 in Granville Ohio Licking County Doug is one of the nation s foremost experts on genetic engineering and its impacts said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt His scientific perspective will help attendees cut through the misinformation hyperbole and rumors about GE crops Gurian Sherman will speak as part of the state s largest sustainable food and farm conference an event which draws more than 1 200 attendees from across Ohio and the country In his Sunday February 15 keynote address presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill Can t We All Just Get Along Techno Fixes Agroecology and the Future of Agriculture Gurian Sherman will discuss the ways in which farmers that emphasize technological improvements rather than whole systems solutions are approaching farming from fundamentally different perspectives He ll explore whether these systems can coexist what approaches actually work in successful agricultural systems and the relationship between biotechnology no till farming agroecology and crop breeding Drawing on the example of toxic algae pollution in Lake Erie Gurian Sherman writes for Civil Eats piecemeal fixes like no till though they have some important benefits will not fix a system that is fundamentally broken We need systematic change not band aids In another article he goes onto say by recognizing the opportunities provided by organic farming we might be able to reverse current misplaced priorities and move toward a resilient ecologically sound and highly productive approach to farming On Sunday February 15 at 9 30 a m Gurian Sherman will also lead a two hour workshop Genetically Engineered Crops What You Need to Know About Health and Contamination Risks He will present the facts about public health contamination and government regulations surrounding GE food which he recently discussed during an interview on All Sides with Ann Fisher Gurian Sherman is the Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Scientist at the Center for Food Safety in Washington D C He is the founding co director and former science director for the biotechnology project at the Center for Science and the Public Interest From 2006 to 2014 he served as senior scientist in the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists Previously Gurian Sherman worked at the Environmental Protection Agency where he examined the human health impacts and environmental risks of genetically engineered plants He also worked in the biotechnology group at the U S Patent and Trademark Office and he served on the Food and Drug Administration s inaugural advisory food biotechnology subcommittee He is a respected scientist widely cited expert on biotechnology and sustainable agriculture and author of dozens of articles papers and reports including the landmark Union of Concerned Scientists report Failure to Yield Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops In addition to Gurian Sherman this year s conference will feature syndicated agricultural writer Alan Guebert on Saturday February 14 nearly 100 educational workshops three in depth pre conference workshops on Friday February 13 a trade show activities for children and teens locally sourced and organic homemade meals and Saturday evening entertainment The OEFFA conference will be held at Granville High School 248 New Burg St in Granville For more information about the conference or to register go to www oeffa org conference2015 Past conferences have sold out in advance so early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment Award Winning Journalist to Keynote Ohio s Largest Food and Farm Conference Alan Guebert to Discuss Future of Farming January 7 2015 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7 2015 Contact Renee Hunt Program Director 614 421 2022 Ext 205 renee oeffa org Lauren Ketcham Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org Award winning agriculture journalist Alan Guebert will be a featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 36th annual conference Sustainable Agriculture Renewing Ohio s Heart and Soil on Saturday February 14 in Granville Ohio Licking County For more than 20 years Alan has had his finger on the pulse of American agriculture offering keen insights into the politics money and technology behind our nation s food and farm system said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt Guebert will speak as part of the state s largest sustainable food and farm conference an event which draws more than 1 200 attendees from across Ohio and the country In his Saturday February 14 keynote address presented by Northstar Café Farming s Future Faces Shaping the Course of Our Food System Guebert will explore the ways in which science technology and big business have changed farming over the last 50 years from the introduction of synthetic nitrogen and genetic engineering to the rise of large grocery chains that have replaced small corner shops and what the next 25 years may have in store In a December radio interview Guebert told Ag Today in Central Ohio It s all going to change because it always changes Every 25 years or so something really big comes along and changes everything in agriculture His keynote will explore why the future of farming will require us to focus on public policy and private muscle to ensure the tools resources and knowledge we use today and tomorrow are intelligent sustainable and profitable On Saturday February 14 at 10 35 a m Guebert will also lead a one hour workshop Should We Have an Organic Check Off Program This moderated debate will explore both sides of a proposed organic check off program Guebert an award winning freelance agricultural journalist and expert who was raised on a 720 acre dairy farm in southern Illinois began the syndicated agriculture column The Farm and Food File in 1993 It now appears weekly in more than 70 newspapers throughout the U S and Canada Throughout his career Guebert has won numerous awards and accolades for his magazine and newspaper work In 1997 the American Agricultural Editors Association honored him with its highest awards Writer of the Year and Master Writer Guebert has been described as one of America s finest writers on the workings and the politics of our food system by Eric Schlosser and a rare gift to farmers and non farmers alike since he provides down home wisdom that helps us all make sense of the important but often misunderstood food and farm issues by Fred Kirschenmann He has worked as a writer and senior editor at Professional Farmers of America and Successful Farming magazine and contributing editor at Farm Journal magazine His new book The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey Memories from the Farm of My Youth will be published by the University of Illinois Press in spring 2015 In addition to Guebert this year s conference will feature respected scientist and biotechnology expert Dr Doug Gurian Sherman as keynote speaker on Sunday February 15 nearly 100 educational workshops three in depth pre conference workshops on Friday February 13 a trade show activities for children and teens locally sourced and organic homemade meals and Saturday evening entertainment The OEFFA conference will be held at Granville High School 248 New Burg St in Granville For more information about the conference or to register go to www oeffa org conference2015 Past conferences have sold out in advance so early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment Our Sponsors Northstar Café Chipotle Mexican Grill Jeni s Splendid Ice Creams OSU College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences UNFI Granville Exempted Village Schools Greenacres Foundation Jorgensen Farms Mustard Seed Market and Café Natural Awakenings Central Ohio Cincinnati and Toledo Organic Valley Snowville Creamery Albert Lea Seed Company Eban Bakehouse Edible Cleveland Edible Ohio Valley Green BEAN Delivery Green Field Farms Lucky Cat Bakery Metro Cuisine Raisin Rack Natural Food Market Stauf s Coffee Roasters Swainway Urban Farm Whole Foods Market Advancing Eco Agriculture Andelain Fields C TEC of Licking County Casa Nueva Columbus Culinary Institute Curly Tail Organic Farm DNO Produce Eden Foods Kevin Morgan Studio King Family Farm Law Office of David G Cox Luna Burger Northridge Organic Farm Ohio Environmental Council OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Sustainable Poultry Network WQTT Ag Today Central Ohio Bad Dog Acres Bexley Natural Market Bluebird Farm Carriage House Farm Glass Rooster Cannery Hartzler Dairy Farm The Hills Market Krazy Kraut Lucky s Market Marshy Meadows Farm Middlefield Original Cheese Nourse Farms Schmidt Family Farms Stutzman Farms Wayward Seed Farm Press Passes 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 Last Minute Budget Makes Long Term Mistakes Press Statement by Amalie Lipstreu December 11 2014 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren Contact Amalie Lipstreu Policy Program Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 208 amalie oeffa org Lauren Ketcham Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org A new spending bill unveiled by Congress this week removes critical resources for voluntary conservation programs that help farmers with the work of protecting our natural resources Hundreds of millions of dollars are stripped from programs highly utilized by farmers including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program EQIP and the Conservation Stewardship Program This move will cut funding which the 2014 Farm Bill made mandatory It is a backdoor approach to de fund agricultural programs by those putting together the budget bill When environmental regulation is opposed voluntary approaches to address environmental concerns are held up as the solution The commitment to improving agriculture and the environment is called into question when those measures are undercut The EQIP program is an important tool for farmers implementing measures to address natural resource concerns like toxic algae affecting Ohio s waterways such as Lake Erie and Grand Lake St Marys Nationally more than1 5 million acres were planted with cover crops between 2009 and 2012 as a result of the EQIP program helping to reduce nutrient runoff The demand for EQIP technical assistance and resources already exceeds the funding allocated to Ohio Further reductions in funding are a disincentive to conservation The new spending bill also includes a detrimental anti farmer provision that would create an unfair marketplace for meat and poultry producers It removes protection from retaliation when they use their first amendment rights denies them the right to a jury trial and even denies them the right to know how the prices they receive are calculated This should not be part of any legislation in a free market economy As lawmakers hurriedly craft a deal to prevent government shutdown sustainable agriculture and the rights of family farmers should not be sacrificed Renewing Ohio s Heart and Soil Online Registration Now Open for Ohio s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference December 4 2014 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4 2014 Contact Renee Hunt Program Director 614 421 2022 Ext 205 renee oeffa org Lauren Ketcham Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 36th annual conference Sustainable Agriculture Renewing Ohio s Heart and Soil Pre conference intensives will be held on Friday February 13 and the conference will take place Saturday February 14 and Sunday February 15 2015 at the Granville Middle and High schools in Granville Ohio Licking County As the state s largest sustainable food and farm conference more than 1 200 attendees from across Ohio and the U S will come together to enjoy keynote sessions with Doug Gurian Sherman and Alan Guebert nearly 100 educational workshops three pre conference intensives a trade show locally sourced and organic from scratch meals and more How we care of our soil has everything to do with the well being of our food and water how we feed ourselves in the future and who will be raising our food said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt Soil health is at the core of sustainable agriculture but by building connections between eaters and farmers we are also renewing the heart of our community based food systems Dr Doug Gurian Sherman is Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Scientist at the Center for Food Safety in Washington D C He is the founding co director and former science director for the biotechnology project at the Center for Science and the Public Interest and formerly served as senior scientist in the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists UCS He is a widely cited expert on biotechnology and sustainable agriculture and author of dozens of articles papers and

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  • Labor of Love: Small-scale farmers in alternative food networks | OEFFA News
    more labor intensive Small scale alternative farmers are forgoing the synthetic pesticides and fertilizers monoculture based system and economies of scale that industrial farming practices rely on They are substituting their labor power for fossil fuels by investing significantly more time in the health of their soils Making long term investments in their soils with extended crop rotations cover crops and amending with compost or manure requires a lot of work In addition many of them market their products directly to consumers which is logistically challenging and time consuming Thus while they achieve more profit per unit of production these farms are logistically complex highly labor intensive operations Organic price premiums are not high enough to compensate for these differences so sustainable agriculture is an economically precarious enterprise Beth described it this way Well it s way more hard work than you could ever imagine Bob and I were just talking about that the other night and I was even crying about it I was reading an article in Farming Magazine and this couple had just moved back to the land It was a young couple and they had young children and they were all idealistic They had bought a cow that they were going to milk and had chickens I was happy for them but it made me cry because I thought they have no idea of what s coming Half of the farmers I interviewed work more than 65 hours a week and the rest work more than 40 hours a week on their farms or maintain full time or part time jobs off the farm Diversifying their income by patching together different revenue streams enables them to offset the precariousness that defines small scale farming Keeping up with farm work in the evenings and weekends often working into the dark is common For example Sue works in commercial real estate and still manages her farm on the side Yeah I do it I m working two full time jobs I get up at 4 30 or 5 every morning and work the real estate part of it until usually my girls come in the summertime they come around 8 o clock and we work til about 2 Then I go back to doing real estate until the evening Then I go back out and work until dark As my son says Mom you have no life Because managing their farms is so time consuming many small scale alternative farmers find themselves caught in what Jeffrey Jacob called the time money dilemma This dilemma is that alternative farming requires a lot of work but because much of the work is unpaid it leaves farmers without sufficient income to support their efforts Farmers with a time money dilemma either lack adequate time or hired labor to develop sustainable systems because they are working off farm to support their operations or they lack the capital to invest in them Richard describes it as Labor Even though it seems like we

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  • Water Quality in Ohio: Taking a Page from Organic Farming | OEFFA News
    he uses reduce runoff and soil erosion which in turn reduce the chances that excess nutrients reach waterways Most of the products we use are more water soluble so they stay in place more he explains And any manures we put on are usually incorporated right away And we do a lot of crop rotation which we put a lot of small grains in and legumes Ohio recently enacted a law Senate Bill 1 that prohibits applying manure and fertilizer on frozen or saturated ground The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is among the groups suggesting growers follow organic farmers lead and use sustainable practices such as cover cropping crop rotation and field buffers to reduce farm runoff into waterways Organic farmers also are required to take steps to maintain water quality as part of their Organic System Plan Shively says protecting water sources is vital to the health of the ecosystem and the public What we re doing is trying to not pollute that with pesticides and herbicides and insecticides so we re doing a more sustainable natural way he explains Shively stresses chemicals used in traditional farming should be reduced to improve water quality I feel very strongly about the chemical ag world and that that s a practice that s getting worse and worse as we go along with more potent chemicals and pesticides he states And they re creating resistance to herbicides which is creating a whole other issue According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA the effects of algae in Lake Erie are expected to peak in August or early September Post navigation Improving Ohio s Food System One Meal at a Time Organic farm tour to make stop in Lindsey Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015

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