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  • Renewing Ohio’s Heart and Soil: Online Registration Now Open for Ohio’s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference | OEFFA News
    on a 720 acre dairy farm in southern Illinois He began the syndicated agriculture column The Farm and Food File in 1993 and it now appears weekly in more than 70 newspapers throughout the U S and Canada Guebert has won numerous awards and accolades for his magazine and newspaper work In 1997 the American Agricultural Editors Association named him Writer of the Year and Master Writer The conference will offer nearly 100 beginner intermediate and advanced workshops across eighteen tracks covering a range of topics including sustainable farming gardening homesteading cooking livestock and poultry production business management food and farm policy research and more OEFFA s conference offers something for everybody Whether you re an experienced grower backyard gardener or local food enthusiast this conference has workshops for you said Hunt The conference will also feature three pre conference intensives from 10 a m to 4 p m on Friday February 13 in Granville The first Principles of Regenerative Agriculture will be led by John Kempf of Advancing Eco Agriculture Participants will learn the principles which support regenerative farming systems and how to produce disease and pest resistant crops The second Slow Poultry Sustainable Poultry Production will be led by Jim Adkins of the Sustainable Poultry Network and focus on effective and profitable strategies for sustainable poultry production The third Udder Health and Mastitis Control in Organic Dairies will provide organic dairy producers with information about practical management and mastitis control practices to improve milk quality and farm profitability The intensive will be led by veterinarians Dr Päivi Rajala Schultz and Dr Luciana da Costa from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Organic Valley Cooperative staff veterinarian Dr Guy Jodarski The conference will also feature Saturday eve ning entertainment including a performance by The Back Porch Swing Band and a film screening of GMO OMG presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill A trade show featuring dozens of businesses non profits and government agencies offering an array of food books farm and garden products tools information and services A kid s conference with engaging activities for children ages 6 12 A playroom for young children A teen conference where teenagers ages 12 15 can create their own personal weekend schedule A raffle book table book signings and much more For more information about the conference or to register click here 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 Foundation Granville Exempted Village Schools Greenacres Foundation Jorgensen Farms Mustard Seed Market and Café 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 Andelain Fields C TEC of Licking County Casa Nueva Columbus Culinary Institute Curly Tail Organic Farm DNO Produce Eden

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  • Free Information Session About New Oil and Gas Pipelines in Ohio | OEFFA News
    and farmers are now bracing for the next unwanted fracking activity miles and miles of new high pressure pipeline to move fracked gas across our state said Christine Hughes owner and operator of the Village Bakery and Della Zona in Athens and one of the event s organizers What we don t know about pipelines could hurt us Farmers landowners neighbors and communities need to understand the environmental and financial risks Join OEFFA Ted Auch Program Coordinator for FracTracker Alliance Nathan Johnson Attorney with the Ohio Environmental Council food business entrepreneur Christine Hughes and others to learn about New proposed pipelines in Ohio How state and federal agencies regulate pipelines Impacts to landowners organic farmers and farmland Eminent domain and your rights as a landowner When you need to speak to an attorney This event is co sponsored by Ohio University Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics IAPE Director Alyssa Bernstein will provide an introduction and facilitate the discussion When Thursday November 20 6 30 8 30 p m Where Ohio University Porter Hall Room 105 Athens Ohio Who 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 http policy oeffa org fracking IAPE works to promote well informed critical reflection about climate change and economic social and environmental sustainability in relation to human rights and justice at local national and global levels For more information go to http ohio edu appliedethics Post navigation FDA Responds to Farmer Concerns Releases Revised Draft Food Safety Rules Renewing Ohio s Heart and Soil Online Registration Now Open for Ohio s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November

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  • FDA Responds to Farmer Concerns, Releases Revised Draft Food Safety Rules | OEFFA News
    and negatively impact the conservation of natural resources In response OEFFA and other state and national groups mobilized more than 18 000 farmers consumers and food businesses to submit comments to the FDA Based on our initial review there are some encouraging improvements For example the FDA has clarified that activities that happen on a farm like packing and holding produce should be treated the same whether the produce was grown on that farm or a neighboring farm This is important for community supported agriculture CSA programs aggregating produce from multiple farms said Lipstreu We also are encouraged by the FDA s reconsideration of the criteria used to determine farm size and eligibility for certain exemptions Basing farm size on sales of covered produce rather than total sales is incredibly important for diversified farming operations However the FDA s revised proposals regarding water and manure standards for produce farms will require a closer look OEFFA and our partners will be undertaking a thorough review of the revised language in the weeks ahead to make sure that sustainable and organic farmer concerns are represented We will continue work to ensure that the rules are finalized and implemented in a way that supports a flexible scale and supply chain appropriate framework that supports the growth and success of a more sustainable food and agriculture system concluded Lipstreu The official public comment period will begin Monday September 29 Farmers organizations and the public are encouraged to submit feedback during the 75 day public comment period The revised draft rules are available at https www federalregister gov public inspection under the Food and Drug Administration section Contact Amalie Lipstreu Policy Program Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 208 amalie oeffa org Eric Pawlowski Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 209 eric oeffa org Post

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  • OEFFA Press Releases | OEFFA News | Page 3
    Sustainable Farms 2014 Guide Now Available May 8 2014 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8 2014 Contact Lauren Ketcham Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org Eric Pawlowski Sustainable Agriculture Educator 614 421 2022 Ext 209 eric oeffa org The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA has announced th farm tours and workshops that will be included in the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series featuring free public tours of some of Ohio s finest sustainable and organic farms OEFFA has offered these tours for more than 30 years providing unique opportunities for growers educators and conscientious eaters to learn about sustainable food and farm products in a real world setting from farmers with years of practical experience Consumer demand for fresh locally produced food and farm products continues to grow along with the desire to understand how food gets from the field to the dinner table Farmers know all the dirt and this summer they re sharing that knowledge about how sustainably produced food is grown said Lauren Ketcham OEFFA s Communications Coordinator The tours are also designed to help farmers and gardeners learn from each other so they can improve their production and marketing techniques and grow their operations Fifteen tours six workshops and a farm to table dinner are being sponsored by OEFFA and will be held between June 7 and November 14 The 2014 farm tour and workshop series is promoted in cooperation with the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team who is sponsoring additional tours In total the series features 21 farms four university research center tours six educational workshops a film screening and a benefit dinner OEFFA s tours and workshops are Saturday June 7 Pastured dairy farm and milking parlor open house Snowville Creamery Meigs Co Saturday June 14 Organic fruit and vegetable CSA farm tour Fulton Farms Miami Co Sunday June 15 Pasture raised livestock and value added processing farm tour Tea Hills Farm Ashland Co Monday June 16 Friday June 20 Five day solar electric workshop Ohio Lumbermens Building Franklin Co Sunday June 22 Sustainable urban homestead tour Harmonious Homestead Franklin Co Thursday June 26 Dairy herd health workshop Pleasantview Farm Pickaway Co Sunday June 29 Sustainable flower farm open house Sunny Meadows Flower Farm Franklin Co Sunday July 13 Specialty livestock farm tour Smaht Fahm Medina Co Monday July 21 Diversified specialty crop farm tour and commercial organic tomato production workshop Edible Earth Farm East Hickory PA Friday August 1 Organic no till grain farm tour Twin Parks Organic Farm Wayne Co Saturday August 10 Multi species grazing farm tour Fox Hollow Farm Knox Co Saturday August 16 Diversified produce livestock and farm market tour Sirna s Farm and Market Geauga Co Friday August 22 Rooftop gardening tour and OEFFA fundraiser The Crest Gastropub Franklin Co Sunday September 7 The Farmers Table A gathering in celebration of Ohio farms and flavors Jorgensen Farms Franklin Co Sunday September 14 Diversified century farm open house Carriage House Farm Hamilton Co Saturday September 20 Worker owned cooperative farm tour Our Harvest Cooperative Hamilton Co Sunday September 21 Steel in the field workshop Mile Creek Farm Montgomery Co Sunday September 28 Farming with horses workshop Mud Run Farm Stark Co Saturday October 4 Organic dairy farm tour DeBruin Family Dairy Fayette Co Sunday October 12 Restoration agriculture farm tour Creekview Ridge Farm Carroll Co Monday November 10 Friday November 14 Five day solar electric workshop Local Roots Market and Café Wayne Co For additional information and a complete list of all farm tours including dates times farm descriptions and driving directions click here GMO OMG Free Screenings of Film to Explore Risks of Genetically Modified Organisms and Role Consumers Can Play April 2 2014 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren Columbus OH This month Horizon Organic Chipotle Mexican Grill and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA will be offering free screenings of the film GMO OMG in Athens and Columbus While unlabeled genetically modified organisms GMOs have filled our supermarket shelves biotech companies are hoping that consumers like you and me won t ask questions said MacKenzie Bailey OEFFA s Policy Program Coordinator However more and more consumers and farmers are raising concerns about seed and crop contamination superweeds and the other health and environmental risks of these under regulated foods The screenings will take place on Saturday April 26 at 7 p m at the Athena Cinema located at 20 S Court St in Athens and on Sunday April 27 at 2 p m at the Gateway Film Center located at 1550 N High St in Columbus Limited space is available RSVP to MacKenzie Bailey at policy oeffa org The terms GMO and genetic engineering GE refers to a set of technologies used to change the genetic make up of cells to produce novel organisms that exhibit a desired trait such as pesticide resistance Promised higher yields labor savings and lower weed pressure GE seeds have been widely adopted by U S farmers Today more than 80 percent of the soybeans corn cotton sugar beets and canola grown in the U S are genetically engineered The new reality of the world is that giant chemical companies are feeding us and our children said GMO OMG film director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert In this documentary Seifert sets out on a journey across the globe to uncover the truth about GMOs Seifert explores how GMOs affect our children and the health of our planet and whether it s possible for consumers to make informed choices in the absence of labels identifying GMO foods Along the way he helps to reveal our current industrial food system and answer a question that is of growing concern to consumers everywhere What s really on our plate GMO OMG sheds light on the complexity of today s food production system said Perry Clutts the owner and operator of Pleasantview Farm a dairy farm that supplies Horizon Organic As an organic dairy producer I see the benefits of farming without the use of synthetic chemicals or genetically engineered feed It s important that farmers like me are offering Ohio families an alternative The organic sector is growing and I believe it will keep on growing as consumers learn more about where their food is coming from Following the film there will be a question and answer session with the director and Horizon Organic s Kelly Shea Go to www gmofilm com to learn more about the documentary or to watch the trailer Seifert and Sara Loveday of Horizon Organic along with local farmers food advocates and business leaders are available for interviews with the media To schedule an interview contact MacKenzie Bailey at 614 421 2022 Ext 208 or policy oeffa org This film screening is sponsored by Horizon Organic and Chipotle Mexican Grill with support from Pleasantview Farm Shagbark Seed Mill Snowville Creamery Northstar Cafe Green Edge Organic Gardens and Rich Gardens Organic Farm Former U S Deputy Agriculture Secretary to Keynote Ohio s Largest Food and Farming Conference Kathleen Merrigan to Discuss Federal Agricultural Policy and Programs February 4 2014 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren 2 4 14 Granville OH Former U S Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will be the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 35th annual conference Affirming Our Roots Breaking New Ground on Sunday February 16 in Granville Licking County We are pleased to welcome Kathleen Merrigan to this year s conference as we look back over the past 35 years said Renee Hunt OEFFA s program director and the event s lead organizer As one of the nation s foremost organic agriculture advocates she has played a significant role in the achievements the organic food movement has realized Merrigan 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 Midwest In addition to Merrigan this year s conference will feature organic farmer and author Atina Diffley as keynote speaker on Saturday February 15 more than 100 educational workshops two in depth pre conference workshops on Friday February 14 a trade show activities for children and teens locally sourced and organic homemade meals and Saturday evening entertainment Merrigan served as U S Deputy Secretary of Agriculture from 2009 to 2013 Before joining the U S Department of Agriculture USDA Merrigan spent six years as a top aide to Senator Patrick Leahy former chair of the Senate Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry Committee There she helped write the original law that created the National Organic Program to establish organic standards and a certification process for organic farms and processors From 1999 to 2001 she helped to implement the new organic rules as head of the USDA s Agricultural Marketing Service AMS the agency which oversees the organic program As Deputy Secretary Merrigan oversaw the day to day operations of the USDA along with its 149 billion budget She played a vital role in developing the department s Know Your Farmer Know Your Food initiative championed a national farm to school program and funding for farmers to build hoop houses increased crop insurance and conservation support for organic producers and served as a strong advocate for the organic program organic farmers and local food systems Merrigan holds a Ph D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent eight years as an assistant professor and director of the Agriculture Food and Environment graduate program at Tufts University in Boston She has also been engaged in agricultural policy through positions at the Henry A Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Massachusetts State Senate In November 2009 Merrigan made history by becoming the first woman to chair the Ministerial Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations In 2010 Time magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World She is currently a consultant and professional speaker at Merrigan Consulting It has been an honor to play a small part in history I hope that during my tenure I was able to help open USDA s doors a little wider inviting new and discouraged constituencies to participate in USDA programs Merrigan told the National Journal Her keynote address presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill is titled Dysfunctional DC Matters Ten Reasons to Stay Engaged in Federal Agricultural Policy and will take place on Sunday February 16 at 2 45 p m Between government shutdowns endless multi year Farm Bill negotiations and other political gridlock it can be hard for consumers and farmers to believe in the federal government anymore Merrigan will explore why federal agricultural policy still matters identify targets for policy reform and explain why producers and conscientious eaters can achieve real social change by getting involved On Sunday February 16 at 10 35 a m Merrigan will also lead a one hour workshop Show Me the Money Farming Federal Programs Using the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass Merrigan will explore what federal programs are available to farms nonprofits and businesses seeking assistance to build local and regional food systems The OEFFA conference will be held at Granville Middle and High schools 248 New Burg St in Granville For more information about the conference or to register go to www oeffa org conference2014 Our Sponsors Chipotle Mexican Grill Jeni s Splendid Ice Cream Northstar Café Third and Hollywood UNFI Foundation Granville Exempted Village Schools Mustard Seed Market and Café Northridge Organic Farm Organic Valley Snowville Creamery Whole Foods Market Albert Lea Seed Company Around the World Gourmet Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese Casa Nueva Earth Tools Eban s Bakehouse Edible Cleveland Green BEAN Delivery Green Field Farms Lucky Cat Bakery OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources Raisin Rack Natural Food Market Stauf s Coffee Roasters Swainway Urban Farm Andelain Fields Curly Tail Organic Farm C TEC of Licking County DNO Produce Eden Foods Glass Rooster Cannery King Family Farm Law Office of David G Cox Metro Cuisine Two Caterers Contemporary Cuisine Whole Hog BBQ Bad Dog Acres Bexley Natural Market Bluebird Farm CaJohns Fiery Foods Carriage House Farm Charlie s Apples at Windy Hill Farm Fedco Seeds Flying J Farm Hartzler Dairy Farm The Hills Market Lucky s Market Marshy Meadows Farm Middlefield Original Cheese Nourse Farms Pâtisserie Lallier Schmidt Family Farms Stonyfield Farm Stutzman Farms Sunsprout Farms of Central Ohio and Wayward Seed Farm 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 go to www oeffa org Conference Registration Update Saturday meals are now SOLD OUT a very limited number of Sunday meals are still available Online registration for the conference and pre conference will remain open until Tuesday February 11 or until sold out Past conferences have sold out in advance so early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment To register or for more information about the conference including maps directions featured presenters and workshops pre conference descriptions workshop listings hotel options and a schedule go to www oeffa org conference2014 For additional questions contact Renee Hunt at 614 421 2022 Ext 205 or renee oeffa org Artwork and Images For the conference art image speaker photographs or pictures from past conferences contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org 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 or request a press pass contact Lauren Ketcham at 614 421 2022 Ext 203 or lauren oeffa org Event Calendar and Public Service Announcement The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association s OEFFA 35th annual conference Affirming Our Roots Breaking New Ground is February 15 16 2014 in Granville Ohio This is Ohio s largest sustainable agriculture conference and will feature keynote speakers Kathleen Merrigan and Atina Diffley more than 100 workshops on sustainable farming gardening and homesteading local and organic meals a kids conference teen conference and childcare a trade show Saturday evening entertainment and pre conference events on produce wholesale marketing and soil health and biodiversity on Friday February 14 To register or for more information go to www oeffa org conference2014 or call 614 421 2022 Bipartisan Deal Reached on Farm Bill Includes Important Investments in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture But Much Needed Reforms Missing January 28 2014 OEFFA Press Releases Lauren FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28 2014 Contact MacKenzie Bailey OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator 203 545 3909 mackenzie oeffa org Lauren Ketcham OEFFA Communications Coordinator 614 421 2022 Ext 203 lauren oeffa org Washington D C The Farm Bill agreement announced yesterday by the conference committee renews funding for a number of important programs that were left stranded by last year s Farm Bill extension but fails to make much needed reforms in the structure of farm policy The bill renews critical investments in important programs for beginning farmers local food systems organic agriculture and healthy food access The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program NOCCSP which has been without funding for more than a year will receive 11 5 million in mandatory annual funding The program which is utilized by more than 40 percent of Ohio organic growers reimburses farmers for up to 75 percent of their certification fees In addition to NOCCSP the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative will receive 20 million annually in mandatory funding and the Organic Data Initiative and the National Organic Program will each receive 5 million in one time mandatory funding The bill also links conservation requirements to the receipt of crop insurance premium subsidies and rejects a series of extreme proposals to eliminate market and contract protections for livestock and poultry farmers Although this bill is a mixed bag innovative programs that invest in beginning farmers organic agriculture local food systems and rural communities which have been stranded without funding for more than a year can now be revived said MacKenzie Bailey Policy Program Coordinator with the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA We applaud Senator Sherrod Brown who served on the conference committee for his vital role in advocating for sustainable agriculture programs Unfortunately the bill jettisons long overdue payment limitation reforms included in both the House and Senate bills passed last year that target farm subsidy payments to working farmers It also drops a provision passed twice by the Senate that would have modestly reduced insurance subsidies to millionaires Additionally the bill cuts billions from conservation programs that help farmers address production challenges and protect natural resources and the environment The final bill also reduces benefits for a portion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP participants At a time of fiscal restraint growing income inequality and economic distress in rural communities it is appalling for the new Farm Bill to continue uncapped unlimited commodity and crop insurance subsidies for mega farms said Ferd Hoefner Policy Director with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition NSAC NSAC is an alliance of grassroots sustainable agriculture organizations including OEFFA that advocates for federal policy reform This Farm Bill falls short of achieving the changes needed to support a sustainable food and farm system and the secretive process used to achieve this agreement which reverses reforms backed in previous Senate and House versions of the bill is very disappointing Bailey added However given that our farming communities have been without a full Farm Bill for so long and the importance of the organic and conservation programs at stake we support the bill but will continue to work for reform The House of Representatives is expected to vote on

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  • Tours Shine Light on Ohio Sustainable Food Production | OEFFA News
    s a unique experience for both adults and children To see a tomato ripening on the vine in the field or to be able to pull a carrot out of the ground and really tangibly see how that food gets from the field to their dinner table she says Tours this year offer a variety of activities including the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of a shepherd view organic dairy production and sample local meats cheeses and preserves As part of the series there will be a one day Women Grow Ohio event at 17 locations and a benefit dinner in the fall Ketcham says OEFFA has offered the tours for more than 35 years to give growers and non growers the opportunity to learn about sustainable foods produced in Ohio communities The more consumers know about how their food is grown the better prepared there are to make informed choices about who to support with their food dollars says Ketcham The tours are a good way to gain this knowledge Ketcham says Ohio s sustainable farmers and producers use innovative practices and techniques and during the tours they will share their experiences She says the workshops allow folks to delve even deeper Some of those topics this summer are going to include learning how to design and install your own solar photo voltaic system small plot market farming urban agriculture dairy herd health farm machinery she says The Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and the Clintonville Farmers Market are sponsoring additional tours Post navigation OEFFA reveals organic Ohio farm tour schedule for 2015 from goat cheese to chickens Organic is Non GMO and More New Product Logo Helps Consumers Understand the Health and Environmental Benefits of Organic Food Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015

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  • Twenty minutes with organic grain farmer Dean McIlvaine | OEFFA News
    real food I recognized how much better it tasted and how much better I felt The contamination starts with our air our water and our soil And if we want to live a healthier more productive life we need to clean up our environment Q What are the biggest challenges to being an organic grain operator A The biggest challenges begin with finding adequate fertility and learning how to manage the microbial life in the soil to facilitate that fertility And dealing with the weeds and just learning how the whole system works that we can do it with the resources that nature has provided instead of from the toxic things that we ve used in the conventional world Q How have people s attitudes changed toward what you re doing A They re much more receptive People are very curious anymore Even in the midst of our under achievement there s lots of interest and curiosity People recognize the cost of producing food is ever increasing as our world s resources are forever diminishing and the beauty of the organic system is that we try to recycle nutrients that are available more effectively and try and enhance the biology of the soil which can help that transfer of nutrients from the soil to the plants Q What have been some of your biggest successes as an organic grain producer A Personally the times we ve had good corn crops or good clean soybean fields But learning how to replicate that over all 850 acres has been the challenge to do so consistently It is sort of a delicate balance and if you try to short circuit the system it will backfire in a hurry And there s always new challenges with the changing weed pressures and changing climate pressures What worked last year or three years ago may or may not work this year So we have to be forever looking forward to anticipate what we need to make things grow the best Q What new things are you trying or what things would you like to try A I ve always had an interest since college days to have a more value added production system or vertically integrated system So adding value to the crops that we grow is of interest He does do some of that by cleaning his own grain and dehulling etc for specific markets We ve really gone out on a limb with organic no till in corn It was one thing to make the leap into organics but to do so with the row crops is equally challenging But it matches the overall goal of enhancing soil life by minimizing soil tillage Q What would you tell others who want to begin growing crops organically A Do your homework Take a soil test to see where you are and address the long term needs of your crops Soil drainage and soil balancing are quite a trick and an art and a science that

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  • OEFFA Tour Stop: Harmonious Homestead | OEFFA News
    USDA grant Making sure what you are buying is truly organic Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 August 2013

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  • Ohioans Can Get The “Dirt” on Organic Growing from Farmers | OEFFA News
    farmers know all the dirt so during this summer series they re sharing that knowledge about how sustainably produced food is grown The tours are also designed to help farmers and gardeners learn from each other so that they can improve their production and marketing techniques Ketchum says Beyond just seeing how food is grown consumers can learn about rooftop gardening sustainable flowers solar electric use farming with horses and more Most of the tours and workshops are free and open to the public and will take place rain or shine Fulton Farms in Miami County is among those opening its gates Ketchum says allowing people to glimpse its operation They re a diverse family owned organic vegetable farm that is operating a pretty large community supported agriculture program which feeds more than 400 families People will have a chance to see more than 30 acres of organic field production she explains Ketchum says they see great turnout at the tours as demand for fresh local foods grows and consumers want to make informed choices We really encourage growers educators and conscientious eaters to attend the tours They can learn about sustainable agriculture in a real world setting from farmers with years of practical experience she says The tours have been offered for more than three decades and this year the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team is sponsoring 10 additional tours More information on the tours is at www oeffa org Post navigation Webinar and On Farm Workshop to Help Veterinarians and Livestock Professionals Manage Organic Dairy Herd Health USDA reports record growth in organics Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November

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