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2016 Bionutrient Food Association Soil and Nutrition Conference

Stockbridge, MA 

Monday, February 8, 2016 through Tuesday, February 9, 2016


The Bionutrient Food Association is holding its 5th annual conference, featuring two tracks, a Soil track, and a Nutrition track. SN2016 will begin by asking the simple and important question of, "What is Quality," to our opening panel, which includes perspectives from a farmer, a chef, a hospital food systems specialist, an agriculture extension specialist and a produce supply chain expert to frame our conference dialog.

Learn about biological systems, what they are, how they work, and how to support them to increase levels of organic matter, thereby sequestering excess atmospheric carbon, attaining food with forgotten flavors and aromas, and much more!

Stockbridge, MA

Gary Neves


OEFFA's 37th Annual Conference: Growing Right by Nature

Granville, OH 

Friday, February 12, 2016 through Sunday, February 14, 2016


Ohio’s largest sustainable agriculture conference will feature keynote speakers John Ikerd and Lindsey Lusher Shute, approximately 100 workshops, local and organic meals, full-day pre-conference events, a kids’ conference, childcare, a trade show, Saturday evening entertainment, and more.

Keynote Speakers:
Lindsey Lusher Shute is the Executive Director and co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). Shute and her husband, Benjamin, raise two daughters and own and manage Hearty Roots Community Farm, an organic farm in New York’s Hudson River Valley serving 900 community supported agriculture program members. In 2014, Shute was selected as a White House Future of American Agriculture Champion of Change.

John Ikerd is one of the nation’s leading experts and speakers on agricultural economics and a well-known, passionate, and insightful sustainable agriculture advocate and speaker. He is the author of six books including Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms: Sustaining People Through Agriculture, and The Essentials of Economic Sustainability—along with book chapters, journal articles, magazine and trade publications, and conference proceedings on various aspects of the sustainable agriculture movement.

The conference will offer nearly 100 beginner, intermediate, and advanced workshops across 16 tracks. Taught by experienced OEFFA members, farmers, researchers, and sustainable agriculture leaders from across the country, the workshops cover a range of topics including sustainable farming, gardening, homesteading, cooking, livestock and poultry production, business management, food and farm policy, research, and more.

Pre-Conference Events:
Three pre-conference workshops on Friday, February 12 will provide in-depth learning opportunities.

Answering the Call to Farm, facilitated by Lindsey Lusher Shute, is designed for beginning farmers and those considering a farming profession. It will cover start-up business planning, accessing land, transition and restoration of new ground, budgeting, and more.

The Dirt on Organic Matter, led by Ohio State University soil scientist Rafiq Islam, will explore time tested holistic organic farming practices that can help retain and build soil organic matter.

During Marketing Organic Grain: A Farmer’s Guide, OFARM Executive Director John Bobbe, NForganics Field Representative Tim Boortz, and Illinois organic grain farmer Harold Wilken will take a detailed and practical look at successful organic grain marketing.

Other Features:
• Saturday evening entertainment, including a performance by The Back Porch Swing Band and a conversation with OEFFA's founding members about the history of the organic movement;
• 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;
• Locally sourced, from-scratch meals; volunteer and scholarship opportunities, a raffle; book table; book signings; seed swap, and much more.

Read more and register at

Granville Middle and High schools
248 New Burg St., Granville, OH

OEFFA / (614) 421-2022 /


2016 Southeast Ohio Farm to School Conference

The Plains, OH 

Thursday, March 3, 2016 through Friday, March 4, 2016


Registration for the 2016 Southeast Ohio Farm to School Conference: Partnerships and Innovations for Successful Farm to School Programs is now open. School educators, administrators, farmers, parents, community organizers, and individuals interested in local foods are all welcomed and encouraged to attend. Cost of the event is $30 per day, with scholarships available.

The 2016 Southeast Ohio Farm to School Conference will bring together stakeholders from across the Appalachian region to exchange knowledge on topics such as Farm to School Procurement, School Gardens, Food Safety, Food Service Training, Sourcing Local Food, Healthy Food Curriculum, Food Policy, and more.

The conference is a collaborative event coordinated by Southeast Ohio Food Partners: Rural Action, the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), Community Food Initiatives (CFI), and Live Healthy Appalachia (LHA). The event is funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Community Development Initiative, The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, Sisters Health Foundation, the Stinner Summit, and the Central Appalachian Network.

The conference keynote will take place Thursday, March 3 at 1:00 and will be given by Chef Katie McGushin, Program Director for the School of Hospitality at Hocking College. Chef McGushin works with the Rural Action Farm to School program, and coordinates a partnership between Rural Action and Hocking College that encourages local schools to purchase local produce and assists in the local economic development of the area.

Eclipse Company Store
11309 Jackson Dr., The Plains, OH

Rural Action / 740-677-4047 /




Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus OH 43214

Phone: (614) 421-2022   Fax: (614) 421-2011