Diverse Farm Tour Crosses the State

June 16, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Consumers are getting a peek inside the operations of some of Ohio’s most sustainable farms this summer. This is the 29th year the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has hosted its Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series, giving people the opportunity to learn about techniques used by organic and ecological farms and gardens.

OEFFA spokesperson Lauren Ketcham says the farmers will share their extensive experience in producing and marketing with anyone interested in learning more.

“The series features a diverse array of farms, including livestock producers, specialty crop and vegetable producers, poultry processors, farms that incorporate renewable energy and green building techniques, and farmers using a wide range of direct-to-consumer marketing strategies.”

Ketcham says the tour is a great opportunity for consumers to see firsthand how their food is being grown.

“Consumers are growing increasingly savvy about their food buying decisions, and the transparency and personal relationships that these tours encourage are something shoppers don’t get at the grocery store.”

Last year, more than 600 people attended the farm tours; on this year’s tour, 11 farms are featured. More information is online at www.oeffa.org.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service – OH

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