FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2012Contact: Renee Hunt, Program Director—(614) 421-2022 Ext. 205, firstname.lastname@example.org Lauren Ketcham, Communications Coordinator—(614) 421-2022 Ext. 203, email@example.com
Granville, OH—The Greenhorns, a new documentary film created by a national grassroots nonprofit organization of young farmers by the same name, will be screened at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 33rd annual conference, Sowing the Seeds of our Food Sovereignty, on Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. The event will also feature a discussion and a debut screening of a trailer of the Athens, Ohio documentary, Hand to Mouth.
The film showing is free and open to all OEFFA members. All other conference events require paid pre-registration.
A growing number of young men and women are entering into farming, countering trends of an aging farmer population, the economic challenges of agriculture, and the continued loss of farmland to development. In Ohio, more than 6.9 million acres of farmland have been lost to development in the past five decades, yet the growing popularity of farmers’ markets are providing low cost entry points for small, mid-sized, and beginning farmers to incubate their businesses. At Columbus’ popular Clintonville Farmers’ Market, for instance, one quarter of the farmers are under 40 years old and approximately 90 percent of the market’s producers are start-up and small farming operations.
The Greenhorns documents the reemergence of the young American farmer on the national landscape and the ways in which this new generation of farmers is creating jobs and economic opportunities, reshaping our local food systems, and changing the culture of farming in America. Directed by farmer and activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming, and filmed in dozens of states over three years, The Greenhorns runs for 50 minutes.
The free screening will be followed by an audience discussion facilitated by Joseph Swain of Swainway Urban Farm in Columbus. Swain operates a certified organic urban farm on a sub-acre plot where he intensively grows a variety of vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, specialty crops, and seedlings.
A trailer for an upcoming documentary about the sustainable food economy in Athens, Ohio, Hand to Mouth, will also make its public debut.
The events are featured as part of the state’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, which draws more than 1,000 attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest each year. The conference features nationally-recognized keynote speakers; more than 70 informative, hands-on workshops; two featured pre-conference events on February 17; a trade show; a fun and educational kids’ conference presented by Chipotle; child care area; and locally-sourced and organic homemade meals.
All events will take place at Granville Middle and High School, 248 New Burg St. in Granville, Ohio.
The film screening is free and open to all OEFFA members. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. OEFFA members are also invited for free contra dancing with the Back Porch Swing Band at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the Exhibit Hall, featuring dozens of businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies from across Ohio and the U.S. offering an array of food, books, farm and garden products, tools, information, and services, will also be free and open to the general public from 5:15-6:30 p.m. on Saturday only.
All other conference events require paid pre-registration. Space is still available for the pre-conference events and for Sunday, but Saturday registration is full and weekend meals are sold out. Go to http://www.oeffa.org/conference2012.php for more information.
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is a state-wide, grassroots, non-profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers, gardeners, and conscientious eaters working together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system. For more information, go to www.oeffa.org.
About The Greenhorns
The Greenhorns is a national non-profit organization that recruits, supports, and promotes young farmers in America. Using radio, blogs, film, new media, original resources and live events, The Greenhorns build agrarian culture by connecting young farmers with land, resources, and each other. They are based on a farm in the Hudson Valley of New York State. For more information, go to http://www.thegreenhorns.net/about.html
Conference and Pre-Conference Registration
Space is still available for the pre-conference events and for Sunday, but Saturday registration is full and weekend meals are sold out. To register or for more information, including directions, workshop descriptions, speakers, and a schedule, go to http://www.oeffa.org/conference2012.php. For additional questions, contact Renee Hunt at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artwork and Images
For The Greenhorns logo, conference art image, or pictures of keynote speakers, contact Lauren Ketcham at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 203 or email@example.com. For photographs of the 2011 conference, go to http://www.redplanetwd.com/oeffa/conference2011.php.
Press Passes and Interviews with Keynote Speakers
OEFFA offers a limited number of press passes to members of the media who would like to attend one or both days of the conference. We can also help members of the press schedule pre-conference interviews with our keynote speakers. To arrange an interview or request a press pass, contact Lauren Ketcham at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OEFFA’s 33rd annual conference is being sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Northstar Café, Organic Valley/CROPP, Edible Ohio Valley, Granville Exempted Village Schools, Mustard Seed Market and Cafe, Snowville Creamery, Whole Foods Market Dublin, Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese, Casa Nueva, Earthineer, Earth Tools, The Fertrell Co., Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, Gregg Organics, OEFFA Grain Growers Chapter, Raisin Rack Natural Food Market, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Lucky Cat Bakery, Midwest Bio-Ag, Northridge Organic Farm, Ohio Earth Food, OEFFA Grain Growers Chapter, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, Stonyfield Farm, Swainway Urban Farm, Whole Hog BBQ, Andelain Fields, C-TEC, Curly Tail Organic Farm, DNO Produce, Eden Foods, King Family Farm, Luna Burger, Marshy Meadows Farm, Mrs. Miller’s Homemade Noodles, Rodale Institute, Bad Dog Acres, Bexley Natural Market, Blue Jacket Dairy, Bluebird Farm, Crumbs Bakery, Equine Veterinary Dental Services, Flying J Farm, Glad Annie’s Old World Baklava, Green Fields Farm, Hartzler Family Dairy, The Hills Market, Hirzel Cannery and Farms/ Dei Fratelli, Kitchen Basics, Leo Dick and Sons, Locust Run Farm, OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources Social Responsibility Initiative, Peace Coffee, Phoenix Organics, Shagbark Seed & Mill, Schmidt Family Farms, Stan Evans Bakery, and Wayward Seed Farm.