• Farm Tours,  OEFFA in the News

    Green Corps plants seeds with teens in urban neighborhoods

    The Plain Dealer, Greg Burnett, 7/28/2017 Sixteen-year-old Tamryn Dailey fondly remembers her first gardening experience. It was with her grandmother when she was younger. The elder was teaching her how to plant flowers. Dailey is now one of 50 kids involved with Green Corps. Green Corps is an urban agricultural work-study program for teens ages 14 to 18. The Cleveland Botanical Garden founded the program in 1996. Dailey learned about the program through her guidance counselor and wanted to start digging soil immediately. “I was interested because of my gardening experience with my grandmother,” she said. “During the program, I planted watermelon, basil, tomatoes, scallions and cauliflower. We harvest our…

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    Researchers put soil balancing to test

    Farm and Dairy, Chris Kick, 6/23/2017 WOOSTER, Ohio — Organic farmers have long believed in the benefits of a healthy soil and balancing nutrients like calcium, magnesium and potassium. Now, farmers and scientists are working together to look at the scientific differences in organic soils, and help bridge the gap between farmer experience and scientific study. Researchers and farmers spoke about their collaborative work June 20 during a tour of Raymond Yoder Jr.’s organic farm, known as Artisan Acres. This 17-acre produce farm, part of the Greenfield Farms cooperative, grows vegetables that are sold in grocery stores like Kroger, Meijer and Earth Fare. Collaborative effort Yoder opened his farm to…

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    See, Taste, and Experience Life on the Farm: 2017 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series Guide Available

    Columbus, OH—The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 2017 farm tour, workshop, and event line up offers a multitude of experiences, including: strolling through organic fields and pastures, acquiring basic homesteading skills, learning from early career growers following their farm dreams, hearing stories from Ohio’s founding sustainable farmers, grasping the ins and outs of growing food in the city and on reclaimed urban lots, scaling up vegetable production, choosing the right farm equipment, and processing poultry. . OEFFA’s 27 summer farm tours, workshops, and other special events are part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Five of these events focus on urban agriculture and are…

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    Visitors to Hirzel Farm view high-tech ag systems

    By Bill Ryan Sentinel Tribune, 8/23/16 Visitors from across Ohio gathered at Hirzel Farm in rural Luckey on Friday for a tour of the farm. After meetings, lunch and the tour there, they traveled to the company’s composting facility in rural Pemberville to see that operation. The tour was part of the 2016 Farm Tour by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. At the Luckey site, the visitors were shown the grain movement, grading and storage facility which uses state-of-the-art equipment, which maximizes the value of the crops to food buyers. The movement of grain uses no augers, but rather paddle conveyors, which minimize damage to the beans, for…

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    A First-Hand View of Sustainable Agriculture in Ohio

    By Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service May 16, 2016 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dozens of farmers and growers around the state will kick off summer by opening their gates and sharing their agricultural know-how with Ohioans. Thirty-two farm tours and 10 workshops will be featured between June and November during the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is sponsoring 21 of the events, and communications coordinator Lauren Ketcham says it’s a chance to see, taste and experience life on a farm and learn about where food comes from. “Consumers gain a greater understanding of how food gets from the field to the…

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    Organic farm tour to make stop in Lindsey

    By Larry Limpf, The Press, 8-3-15 A tour of sustainable and organic farms in Ohio will make a stop Aug. 7 in Sandusky County. Turnow Ventures, which began operation in 1980 with 600 acres, will be featured during the 2015 tour and workshop series sponsored by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. The farm is located at 2956 County Rd. 92 near the Village of Lindsey. The tour stop will be at the farm from 1-3 p.m. Steve Turnow began experimenting with growing organic crops in 1998. Within five years, he certified all 1,500 acres of his farm to comply with certification standards set by the National Organic Program.…

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    Flower-farm open house touts ‘local,’ sustainable

    By Joshua Lim, The Columbus Dispatch, 6/29/15 In a straw hat and with the sleeves of his checkered shirt rolled up enough that you could see his tattoo of a dahlia, Steve Adams revealed his obsession in the sprawling field of some of the most beautiful blooms in Columbus. About 100 people attended the open house at Adams’ Sunny Meadows Flower Farm on the East Side on Sunday to hear about how the sharpest-red and deepest-blue blooms rise from the farm. The open house is part of an annual series of farmers events held by members of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. Renee Hunt, the association’s program director,…

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    Tours Shine Light on Ohio Sustainable Food Production

    By Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service, 5/26/2015 PHOTO: The 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series kicks off in June offering people across Ohio the chance to experience life on the farm and learn new skills. Photo courtesy of Sunseed Farm. COLUMBUS, Ohio – A lot of work goes into the production of fruit, vegetables and other fresh food sold at markets and grocery stores, and this summer Ohioans can get an up close and personal look at the process. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is sponsoring 15 tours and nine workshops during its 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Communications coordinator Lauren Ketcham…

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    OEFFA reveals organic Ohio farm tour schedule for 2015, from goat cheese to chickens

    By Debbi Snook, The Plain Dealer, 5/12/15 CLEVELAND, Ohio — Time to get your proverbial boots dusty. Fifteen organic farm tours – from chickens to vegetables and grains – are part of this year’s series organized by the Columbus-based Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). Northeast Ohioans won’t have to travel far for several of them, including The Farmers’ Table, a farm-to-table dinner Aug. 30 at Maplestar Farm in Geauga County. Muddy Fork Farm in Wayne County kicks off the schedule on June 3 with a demonstration of its pastured poultry research. On July 19, MorningSide Farm in Medina County opens its vegetable growing operation to everyone, especially those who…

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    Twenty minutes with organic grain farmer Dean McIlvaine

    Farm and Dairy by Chris Kick 8/13/14 WEST SALEM, Ohio — When you think of organic, you probably think of small-scale farms of about 100 acres or less. But that’s not always the case. Dean McIlvaine, of Twin Parks Organic Farm in Wayne County, has operated an 850-acre organic grain farm since 1985. He welcomed guests to his farm Aug. 1 as part of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s annual summer sustainability tour. He grows organic corn and soybeans, spelt, oats, wheat, rye and clover, and markets them nationally and internationally. His father, Dale McIlvaine, bought the farm in the mid 1970s, and the family farmed conventionally up until 1985.…

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