With more than 100 workshops offered, how do you choose? You don't have to! Conference recordings provided by Dove Conference Services will give you the choice of purchasing individual workshops and keynote presentations or the complete set for one low price on CD or MP3. Order on-site or after the event at www.dovecds.com/oeffa.
Music and Dancing
After a day of sitting, come enjoy good music and get up and dance! If you're looking for a band with swingin' rhythm and old timey flavor, look no further! The Back Porch Swing Band combines the talents of four notable musicians responsible for the tapping of thousands of feet across Ohio for the last 17 years.
In this documentary, GMO OMG film director and concerned father, Jeremy Seifert sets out on a journey across the globe to uncover the truth about genetically modified organisms (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?
OEFFA members and the public are invited to attend the evening entertainment at no cost. All other conference events require paid registration.
Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM, PhD — Veterinarian and certified grazing planner Silvia Abel-Caines is a Ruminant Nutritionist for Organic Valley’s CROPP Cooperative. She works with organic dairies across the country helping them balance high forage diets for optimal animal health, milk production, and milk nutritional profile. Join her on Sunday for workshops on balancing organic dairy rations and nutrition for all grass-fed dairies.
Andy Clark, PhD — Andy Clark, of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, has worked with cover crops for almost 30 years. His experiment station and on-farm research experience covers a wide breadth of cover crop techniques and applications, and he is the editor of several editions of the SARE book, Managing Cover Crops Profitably. Join him on Saturday, along with OSU Extension Educator Alan Sundermeier, for an advanced session on cover crops for grain production.
Jill Clark, PhD — Jill Clark is an assistant professor of food policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and leads the Ohio Local Food Policy Council Network. She is the former director of the Ohio office of the American Farmland Trust, and directed the Center for Farmland Policy Innovation at OSU from 2006 to 2012. Join her for a Saturday workshop with OEFFA board member Bryn Bird to learn about engaging in food policy.
Jim Fullmer — Biodynamic farmer Jim Fullmer has been Executive Director of the Demeter Association since 2004. Jim has 25 years of Biodynamic farming experience and operates a certified Biodynamic farm in Oregon. He spent many years as a Biodynamic and organic farm and processing consultant and organic inspector. Join Jim and the Demeter Association's Farmer Education Coordinator Erin Agostinelli on Sunday for an in-depth look at Biodynamic farming.
Don Kretschmann — Don has been growing organic vegetables and fruit for 35 years in western Pennsylvania. He served on the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) Board of Directors from 2001 to 2010 and received the PASA Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Award in 2013. An experienced organic orchardist, Don planted his first orchard in 1985. Join him along with Kretschmann Organic Farm's Tim Gebhart for two Saturday workshops to learn about planning and managing your organic orchard.
We encourage parents to bring the family! Christa Hein of Bring the Farm to You is organizing this year’s Kids' Conference, which offers 6-12 year olds educational and fun hands-on activities. Child care is available for younger children, which includes age-appropriate activities and time to take a nap. Private space for nursing can be arranged. Children must be with parents during meal times.
Teenagers have the option of attending the teen conference, where they can create their own personal schedule for the weekend. Choices include attending workshops, volunteering, food preparation, and hands-on projects like making rocket stoves and a conference video.
The Teen Conference is open to ages 12-15. Twelve year old children can choose between the Kid’s Conference and the Teen Conference. Older teens may also choose to attend the conference as an adult attendee. Space is extremely limited, so please register early.
Many current agricultural practices exploit the native fertility of our soils, creating an unsustainable system unable to support healthy soils and crops. Truly sustainable agricultural systems must utilize regenerative models which allow soil and plant health to improve, not degrade, over time.
Join John Kempf of Advancing Eco-Agriculture to learn the principles which support re-generative farming systems and what’s possible when plant health is approached from a fundamentally different perspective. Discover the differences between healthy and unhealthy plants and find out how you can produce disease- and pest-resistant crops, which are healthier and more nutritious for the animals and people who eat them.
Join Jim Adkins of the Sustainable Poultry Network to learn about effective and profitable strategies for sustainable poultry production.
Designed for poultry producers of any scale, participants will learn about 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. Walk away with an understanding of the breeding, feed, forage, facilities, and care required for different size production models, and how to make your poultry business profitable through effective financial planning, marketing, and consumer education.
Practical management and mastitis control practices can improve milk quality and farm profitability for organic dairy producers.
Join 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 to learn the basic requirements for good udder health, strategies for managing clinical mastitis, and more.