OEFFA's 32nd Annual Conference

Inspiring Farms, Sustaining Communities

Granville, Ohio

Saturday, February 19, 2011
through Sunday, February 20, 2011

OEFFA’s 32nd annual conference—Inspiring Farms, Sustaining Communities—will feature nationally recognized keynote speakers Joan Gussow and Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, nearly 80 informative, hands-on workshops; a trade show; a fun and educational kids’ conference; great homemade meals featuring local, organic foods; a child care area; and Saturday evening entertainment.

OEFFA’s annual conference is Ohio’s largest sustainable agriculture conference.

Our Keynote Speakers

Joan Gussow was one of the first persons to envision, teach, and write about a local, organic whole food system, earning her the title “matriarch of the modern day food movement.”

As one of the foremost critics of industrial agriculture, Joan has been a mentor to leaders in the local foods movement, including Barbara Kingsolver and Michael Pollan.

Joan is a highly acclaimed nutrition educator, author, Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita, and former chair of the Columbia University Teachers College Nutrition Department.

She is the author of This Organic Life; The Feeding Web, and Chicken Little, Tomato Sauce and Agriculture: Who Will Produce Tomorrow’s Food? Her newest book, due out in October, is Growing, Older.

On top of all these accomplishments, Joan views herself first and foremost as a gardener. Four decades ago, Joan began eating seasonally by turning her front yard into a vegetable garden. Today, we see Joan’s ideas bearing fruit with the boom of backyard and community gardens cropping up throughout the U.S.

Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens have farmed organically since 1993 and own and operate New York’s only dedicated organic feed mill and organic seed operation.

The Martens raise about 1400 acres of corn, soybeans, small grains, and other crops as well as heifers, pigs, and chickens. Their organic grain business, Lakeview Organic Grain, was started in 1996 and has expanded to supply more than 300 organic farmers in central New York.

The Martens made the transition from conventional farming to being one of the leading experts in organic production, sharing their knowledge and learning experiences in magazines such as ACRES USA and as in-demand speakers at conferences and events.

The Martens are the Northeast Region winners of the 2008 Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture. They helped found New York Certified Organic, an accredited USDA organic certification agency, and the Northeast Organic Network, which works to improve organic farmers' access to research and technical support.

Conference registration is now closed. We will not be able to accept additional mail-in, online, or walk-in registrations.

More information about the conference, including lodging information, directions, keynote descriptions, workshop schedules and descriptions, the weekend menu, a school map, and more are available at http://www.oeffa.org/conference2011.php.
Renee Hunt / (614) 421-2022 /