FREE WEBINAR OFFERED FOR SPECIALTY CROP FARMERS: Registration is Now Open for May Session

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2012

Contact:
Beth Knorr, (330) 657-2542 x 228, farmersmarket@cvcountryside.org
Michelle Gregg, (614) 421-2022 x204, michelle@oeffa.org

Countryside Conservancy and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) are offering a free webinar designed for specialty crop growers later this month. There is no charge to participate, but pre-registration is required.

On Wednesday, May 23 from 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. the webinar, “Building Relationships with Regional Grocers,” will be presented by Terry Romp.  Romp is the buyer for Heinen’s Fine Foods, a local chain of 17 grocers in northeast Ohio.  Romp has developed the local purchasing program at the store and has nurtured relationships with local and regional growers. Romp previously owned and operated the Danny Boy Farm Market in North Olmstead. A fourth generation produce marketer, Romp will discuss best practices for growers who want to sell to regional grocers, along with information about packaging requirements, billing, volume and delivery to help aid local growers who want to sell their products to grocery stores.

To register for the webinar, go to https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/664497294.

Archived specialty crop webinars in this series, “Improving Efficiency on Your Organic Farm,” “Building Mutually Profitable Relationships with Independent Chefs and Restauranteurs,” “Advanced Weed Management Techniques,” “A Systematic Approach for Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Quality on Your Farm,” and “Effective Cover Cropping Systems for Specialty Crop Farms,” are available to watch online at www.oeffa.org and www.cvcountryside.org.

Partial funding for this webinar series is provided through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, and the United States Department of Agriculture under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant.

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About Countryside Conservancy

Countryside Conservancy advances the vision of a Northeast Ohio filled with thriving farming and food entrepreneurs: where farms are viable businesses, farmland is a treasured resource, and local food is commonplace. We support up-and-coming farmers, share innovative land-use and business models, facilitate networking opportunities and advocate community-based agriculture.  We connect communities and farmers, provide alternate market choices, and create venues that foster civic engagement through fun and informal education. To learn more visit www.cvcountryside.org.

About OEFFA

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 and is a coalition of farmers, gardeners, consumers, retailers, researchers, and educators who share a desire to build a healthy, sustainable food system. For more than 30 years, OEFFA has used education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing to promote local and organic food systems, helping farmers and consumers reconnect and together build a sustainable food system, one meal at a time. For more information, go to www.oeffa.org.