Welcome to OEFFA’s 39th Annual Conference!

Save the date and stay tuned! Registration will open this fall. Watch this space for updates and conference news.

Sponsor, exhibitor, advertiser, literature display, and raffle opportunities are available! Click here.

We Want YOU: Food Donations and Volunteers Wanted

Food donations and volunteers to help plan and organize meals, the book table, raffle, and kids' conference are needed. For more information, contact Renee Hunt at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 205 or renee@oeffa.org.

Keynote Speakers

Jeff Moyer

Jeff Moyer

Friday Keynote Speaker

Jeff Moyer is a world renowned authority in organic agriculture with expertise in organic crop production systems, weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design.

Jeff conceptualized and popularized the No Till Roller Crimper for use in organic agriculture and in 2011, he wrote Organic No-Till Farming, a publication that has become a resource for farmers throughout the world.

He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board, a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Seed Farm, part of the Green America Non-GMO Working Group, a Project Member of The Noble Foundation's Soil Renaissance project, and a Board Member of PA Farm Link.

In September 2015, Jeff was appointed as Executive Director of Rodale Institute after spending the last four decades at the Institute, helping countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic methods.

Stacy Malkan

Stacy Malkan

Saturday Keynote Speaker

Stacy Malkan is an author, journalist, and leading consumer advocate for safer products and our right to know what's in our food. Stacy is co-founder and co-director of the nonprofit group U.S. Right to Know whose mission it is to educate and inform consumers about the often hidden practices that shape the food system.

She is author of the award-winning book, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry and a co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of health and environmental groups that has inspired the world's largest beauty companies to remove some of the most hazardous chemicals from personal care products.

Stacy has been named a Pioneer of Green Beauty and one of seven most powerful women in the natural beauty industry, and she has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now, and in newspapers around the world to discuss her research on safer products.

She is also a veteran of food transparency campaigns and served as media director for the 2012 ballot initiative in California to label genetically engineered foods. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 15

  • 9:00 a.m.: Food and Farm School check-in begins
  • 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.: Food and Farm School
  • 4:00-7:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall and raffle open to the general public*
  • 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.: Networking opportunities
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: The Contrary Farmers’ Social reception [2nd Street Market]

Friday, February 16

  • 7:00-8:00 a.m.: Yoga or Chi Kung
  • 8:00 a.m.: Welcome
  • 8:30-10:00 a.m.: Workshop Session I
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Workshop Session II
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Workshop Session III
  • 3:45-5:00 p.m.: Keynote, award, and announcements
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Cash bar, Exhibit Hall open to the general public*
  • 5:15-6:15 p.m.: Members' meeting*
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Banquet

Saturday, February 17

  • 7:00-8:00 a.m.: Yoga or Chi Kung
  • 8:30-10:00 a.m.: Workshop Session I
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 10:30-12:00 p.m.: Workshop Session II
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 2:00-3:15 p.m.: Keynote, award, and announcements
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Workshop Session III

Schedule is subject to change. Events will be held at the Dayton Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.

*OEFFA members are invited to attend the member meeting at no cost. The Exhibit Hall is also open to the public on Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and Friday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. All other conference events require paid registration.

Experience Dayton

The conference will be held at the Dayton Convention Center located at 22 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402.

There’s lots to see and do in Dayton when you join us for the conference! Dayton offers the best of both worlds: the dining, nightlife, and buzz of the city, at a size and scale that makes it easy to get around and enjoy. Check out some of these nearby attractions:

A Place to Stay

Crowne Plaza Dayton

Crown Plaza33 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 229-9835

$105.00 per night (A limited number of rooms are available at this OEFFA group rate. Call (937) 229-9835 to confirm availability and make reservations.)

The Crowne Plaza is attached to the Dayton Convention Center by a convenient enclosed walking bridge. Complimentary parking in the Transportation Center garage attached to the hotel is included (for vehicles under 6’8”).

The Red Lion Inn & Suites

Red Lion6960 Miller Ln., Dayton, OH 45414
(937) 278-4871

$79.00 per night (Reservation deadline: January 15)

Shuttle service is offered to the Dayton Convention Center.



Parking is available in the Transportation Center parking garage for $6 per day, or at no cost for Crowne Plaza Dayton guests.

The garage is located one block east of the Dayton Convention Center on 5th St. at Jefferson St. The garage offers a covered skywalk on Level 1 that connects to the third floor of the convention center.

For more information and directions, visit the Dayton Convention Center website.

In the event that the Transportation Center parking garage is full, overflow parking is available at the Montgomery County Reibold Building parking garage () on E. 5th St. between Main St. and Ludlow St.