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  • Ones to watch: Young women in agriculture Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Farm and Dairy Staff | OEFFA News
    about serving the farm community She is quick to engage with friends or relatives about what farmers do sharing the positives but also the difficult issues of farming and dairy production We know why we do what we do but being able to share that with the public has been difficult And she s proud to claim that role too Jess Campbell Waynesville Ohio Jess Campbell Farm Credit Mid America agri consumer loan officer is not a farm girl in a traditional sense She grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason but was always involved in 4 H and raised small animals Campbell s extended family also had a hog operation which helped form much of her early knowledge of and passion for agriculture A 2009 Ohio State University animal science graduate Campbell is also president of the Warren County Farm Bureau and operates the 55 acre Carroll Creek Farms in Waynesville with her husband Adam Casey Ellington Campbell s Women to Watch nominator called her one of the local farming community s biggest agvocates The agriculture industry needs to help young people who are passionate about farming gain access to the resources needed to get started Campbell said My role will be not only to grow and succeed as a young farmer but to advocate for others and help them access what they need Katie Esselburn 27 Shreve Ohio Katie Esselburn grew up in Wayne County Ohio on a farm that produced corn soybeans and wheat The family operation also had a commercial feedlot That early experience made Esselburn s career choice easy There is such a small percentage of people who have ties back to agriculture that agriculture needs to keep telling its story the 27 year old Shreve Ohio resident said Esselburn who graduated from Denison University with a bachelor s degree in biology earned her master s in animal science from Ohio State University and currently works for Purina Animal Nutrition as a dairy nutritionist I work with dairy farms across central and northeast Ohio Esselburn said adding that the best advice she has ever received is take ownership and pride in your work I love working with people in the dairy industry she said It is great working with people who share common interests Emily McDermott 25 Riverside California Emily McDermott didn t grow up on a farm she grew up in a touristy beach town in New England She said she knew almost nothing about farming until she attended Ohio State University At Ohio State agriculture was all around her It was here she became intrigued by invasive crop pests and vector borne crop pathogens She graduated from Ohio State in 2012 with a bachelor of science in entomology and a minor in plant pathology She is pursing her doctorate in veterinary entomology at the University of California Riverside California Currently she is researching vector borne livestock diseases specifically bluetongue virus and the biting midges that transmit it Protecting livestock from diseases is

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=2030 (2016-02-17)
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  • Locals teach organic farming | OEFFA News
    in a book or hear about it in a lecture in college but nothing substitutes hand on experience Goland said Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association OEFFA is a membership based grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable ecological and healthful food systems Kevin Bradbury said some of the things the students will experience this week include the process of making maple syrup the process of how to prune fruit trees and berries also the process of growing Shiitake Mushrooms He said with the recent weather the area has experienced the group has been working on various projects around the farm We have several fruit trees and we ve taught them how to prune fruit trees They ve pruned apples and we raise raspberries and blackberries those have to be pruned this time of year Kevin Bradbury said He said the students are on an alternative spring break from Wake Forest University He said while some students choose to spend their spring break on a beach these students are on an alternative spring break that will allow them to gain experience working on an organic farm They seem like they ve been enjoying themselves They wanted to learn about food production and small farm agriculture because there is such a movement with people wanting to buy local and locally grown food Kevin Bradbury said They wanted to see how a small farm works and a lot of them have not been exposed to farming or gardening so they wanted to what we do here Kevin Bradbury said he s hopeful the group will get to experience how to construct a raised bed As a part of the experience he said the students are planning to travel to Hocking Hills and spend some time in Athens Kevin Bradbury said the

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=2025 (2016-02-17)
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  • Three ways to extend your gardening season | OEFFA News
    more quickly by this method The benefits of raised bed gardening include higher yields ease of working and water conservation Hotbeds and cold frames Purdue University Extension explains that hotbeds and cold frames which are build the same can be used both in the spring and in the fall Hotbeds get heat from the sun as well as another source while cold frames get their heat solely from the sun In the fall hotbeds and cold frames can be used without heat but with proper insulation and ventilation A hotbed or cold frame should have full sun exposure protection from the wind a water source and good drainage A hotbed or cold frame can be anywhere from a few inches to a few feet deep in the ground and four to six feet wide The base can be built out of wood concrete or concrete block High Tunnels Penn State University Extension explains that high tunnels are a fairly new method for extending the growing season They can protect plants from excess precipitation and cool temperatures A high tunnel is made of a metal frame and a plastic covering much like a greenhouse Raised beds can be used inside high tunnels as well as thermal blankets and cold frames Typically there are fewer pests in high tunnels so less pesticides need to be used Also ventilation and temperature can easily be controlled depending on the types of plants grown Since the plants are always covered they must be watered by hand or drip irrigation Advice for winter gardening The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association offers advice for winter gardening including notes about raised beds high tunnels and other methods for extending the growing season as well as the types of plants that have been known to grow well in

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1751 (2016-02-17)
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  • OEFFA: Gardening Tips
    crop leaves which are damaged if contacting the cover in freezing weather At first I used wire for hoops but the weight of the snow caused the tunnel to collapse I now use half inch PVC plastic pipe which holds up well in the snow Half inch metal conduit would probably also do the job I use two sheets of plastic over lettuce beds but can get away with one sheet over spinach which is hardier than lettuce The high tunnels cover two beds with the path in between and are high enough to go in bending over They require a little more substantial support The hoops consist of three quarter inch metal conduit and are 15 feet long before being bent with a pipe bender to fit over the two beds I drive short re bar stakes into the ground along the edges of the beds to be covered The hoops then go over the stakes to hold them in place They are five feet apart I attach ridgepoles to the peaks of all the hoops plus end poles connecting each end to the ground It makes a sturdy structure The one layer of 20 feet wide plastic sheeting is then pulled over the framework and held down with large rocks and cement blocks Again it takes a lot This year I am trying a rope going back and forth over the top of the structure and held down by stakes along the sides Maybe this could cut down on the amount of blocks and rocks required to hold the plastic down For added protection inside the tunnel I put two layers of floating row cover over each bed supported by low wire hoops These inner covers are taken off on warm and sunny days A word about coverings At first I used 4 mil plastic sheeting from local stores for the low tunnels It is cheap but does not last very long becoming brittle and tearing in only a few years I am switching over to authentic greenhouse 6 mil poly films It is a lot more expensive but hopefully will last longer especially since it is taken down in the summer Of course the winter weeds chickweed henbit winter cress grow just as well as the wintergreens so weeding is necessary You can even eat some of the weeds in your winter salad Neither is the winter garden free of insect and animal pests Slugs love it under the winter covers Hand picking is the best remedy Watch out for aphids on kale and other brassicas I use insecticidal soap in a small spray bottle to keep them in check The first years I did winter gardening the spinach plants kept disappearing I finally figured out it was voles like mice but with short tails tunneling under the spinach plants eating off the taproots leaving the leaves wilting on the surface How maddening After several failed attempts I found mousetraps baited with sweet potato and placed at

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/tips.php?sjt=winter (2016-02-17)
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  • Peak season vegetable report from Chef Alfonso | OEFFA News
    you know you could easily feed a family of five year round from a 25 x 25 garden The use of vertical trellises and planting with the inch by inch format I spent some time in major food processing plants while in California I developed 12 pasteurized sauces and 2 FZ proteins for a major manufacturing company At that time I fell in love with food canning and the value added world I am looking forward to sharing my research with the folks of Central Ohio For all you home canners please feel free to contact me at my Hocking College office with any questions or comments I will spend more time on this topic in September prior to first frost Bounty on the Bricks Bounty on The bricks was a great success this past Saturday in Athens We served 372 folks a four course meal along with three passed appetizers including 100 homestyle made from scratch country pies all made with locally grown and raised products within 30 miles of Athens OK I lied the zucchini came from Deer Valley Farms along with the plum tomatoes and fresh herbs But everything else was within 30 miles I am happy to report we raised 75 000 for the Athens foundation which will use the funds for our local food pantries Thanks to all who supported these venues and the volunteers who worked endless hours Thanks to Hocking College and our wonderful staff and administration The Athens Foundation Cheryl Sylvester Susan Urano and Cindy Hayes And finally thanks to the city of Athens Ohio Future Event Sept 7 I will be cooking at Val Jorgensen s organic farm in Westerville Ohio The proceeds from The Farmers Table event will support OEFFA the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association of which I m an active member and greatly support Hope to see you there If you need tickets please contact me The Blue Barn at Deer Valley Farms My phone rang at 2 50 in the morning last week It was Dylan Cooperrider Olivia a registered Berk from the Shipley farm in Mt Vernon was having piglets I arrived at the farm at 3 10 and the second was just born In total she had two males and seven gilts Dylan knows his pigs he has a barn full of sows and gilts behind Olivia Olivia s first born was the largest boar We named him Alfonso I have 50 full blooded Topline Yorkshire boar named Oliver at the farm also I am building a pig barn with a farrowing room at Oliver farms this fall I will raise show pigs and breeding stock for our soon to come Oliver farms all natural non GMO pork line Olivette our second registered Berk is due on Sept 3 Oliver Farms I am currently gearing up for sauce and condiment production at the end of this month I am going to share for the first time my eggplant caponata recipe This sauce is multipurpose

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1746 (2016-02-17)
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  • Farmers and Chefs Partner to Help Ohioans Connect with the Land | OEFFA News
    learn about the role of local foods in building a sustainable food system A lot of the consumers I meet at farmers markets are committed to buying local food but sometimes they don t have the opportunity to really visualize or understand where that food is coming from says Jorgensen This gets them one step closer Agritourism also allows farming operations to diversify their income Jorgensen is hosting a benefit dinner Sunday Sept 7th called The Farmers Table where diners can tour her organic farm and enjoy an evening of local food and drinks prepared by top area chefs Farms throughout the state also offer you pick fruit fall festivals and educational activities While the majority of Jorgensen s operation is used for growing and production she says she enjoys holding events to give consumers a glimpse of what happens on the farm The biggest reward for me is being able to stand back either just before or during an event and watch the enjoyment of others says Jorgensen That gives me a sense of making a difference in people s lives where they can really connect She adds events like The Farmers Table also allow farmers and producers to share the beauty and bounty of Ohio agriculture It s going to be something where they can experience the ultimate in seasonal food right here at the farm says Jorgensen The exciting part is we re able to pull together not only the growers but the chefs and the community Post navigation Meet Us at The Farmers Table Grower s passion for food yields uncommon produce 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

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1729 (2016-02-17)
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  • Meet Us at The Farmers Table | OEFFA News
    across Ohio The cocktail hour will feature locally distilled spirits and microbrews Even the decorations will feature locally grown flower arrangements from the beautiful Sunny Meadows Flower Farm Carol Goland Ph D Executive Director Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association said OEFFA s mission is to help farmers and consumers reconnect and together build a sustainable food system one meal at time and this dinner is a natural extension of that work designed to showcase the amazing farmers and chefs that make up Ohio s flourishing local foods system and the fresh flavorful seasonal ingredients of Ohio s farms It also give us all a chance to celebrate our farmers our food and the successful work that we ve all done to help cultivate an agricultural future that protects the environment and nourishes our bodies and our communities The event promises to be a special night celebrating the local farms and flavors we know and love so we hope to see you seated at the table Get your ticket here Post navigation Twenty minutes with organic grain farmer Dean McIlvaine Farmers and Chefs Partner to Help Ohioans Connect with the Land Archives Select Month February 2016 January 2016 December 2015

    Original URL path: http://www.oeffa.org/news/?p=1725 (2016-02-17)
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  • Ag Today in Central Ohio | OEFFA News
    grant 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 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013

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