• OEFFA Press Releases

    Federal Sustainable Agriculture Spending Cuts Would Hurt Economy, Local Food Systems

    A statement from Dr. Carol Goland, Executive Director, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association The agriculture appropriations bill the House of Representatives just passed slashes $1 billion from mandatory farm bill conservation funding and tells the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to drop the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. The House measure would slash programs that support farmers who protect the soil and water on which our nation’s future productivity depends. Conservation programs were cut by $500 million in fiscal year 2011 and the House is proposing an additional cut of $1 billion for fiscal year 2012 to the Conservation Stewardship Program, the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, Farmland…

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  • Sustainable Agriculture in the News

    Field Day: Joseph Swain Turns His City Lot Into Bountiful Urban Farm

    Columbus Underground By Anne | June 26, 2011 1:30pm | Filed under Features | Comments You’ve probably seen Joseph Swain at the Clintonville Farmers Market where he sells his certified organic produce at his stand for Swainway Urban Farm. There, he offers a “a variety of gourmet vegetables, herbs, specialty items like shiitake and oyster mushrooms, Jerusalem artichokes, and sustainably grown potted plants and seedlings.” He’s been at the market since last year and it has been a wonderful experience for him. “I enjoy creating a product that is unique, beautiful and tasty and blows people away,” Joseph said. “I want to show others that you can do an urban…

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  • Sustainable Agriculture in the News

    Ohio couple picked for National Farmers Union Beginning Farmer Institute

    Nancy Allen The Daily Standard June 21, 2011 A New Knoxville couple are among a group of 10 farmers from across the nation selected to participate in the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) inaugural Beginning Farmer Institute. Jeff and Deb Eschmeyer, who operate Harvest Sun Farm, will learn about financial planning, farmer-owned cooperatives, marketing, USDA farm subsidy programs, renewable energy, understanding local food systems and more during ongoing sessions held across the U.S. The first session is this fall in Washington, D.C. Participants will be surveyed before the first session to set the eighth-month-long agenda to suit their needs, said NFU Education Director Maria Miller. Participants will get to choose the…

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  • Good Earth Guide,  OEFFA in the News

    Guide guides people to healthful foods

    This Week Clintonville June 22, 2011 A publication of the Clintonville-based Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association can help in bringing fresh garden vegetables, off-the vine berries and orchard harvests to any kitchen. Titled “The Good Earth Guide to Organic and Ecological Farms, Gardens and Related Businesses,” the publication includes information on more than 315 farms and businesses that sell directly to the public, including more than 150 certified organic farms and businesses and more than 70 community supported agriculture programs. The directory identifies sources for locally grown vegetables; fruits; herbs; honey; maple syrup; dairy products; grass-fed beef, pork and lamb; free-range chicken and eggs; fiber; flour and grains; cut…

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  • Good Earth Guide,  OEFFA in the News

    A “snapshot” of Ohio’s organic and sustainable food operations

    Mary Kuhlman Public News Service June 23, 2011 Going organic has never been more popular, and in Ohio, conscientious eaters have a newly updated resource to help them find fresh and organic foods. The Good Earth Guide published by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association identifies sources for locally grown vegetables, fruits, dairy, meats, flour and many other Ohio farm products. Guy Ashmore’s family farm in Clinton County has been featured in the guide for years, he says. “The guide offers a nice cross-section of the state; readers can see what’s going on from southwest to northwest Ohio, down to the southeast. It’s really diverse and really gives everybody…

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  • Farm Tours,  OEFFA in the News

    Organic food group to observe Wood County farm: Hirzel’s Luckey site part of statewide tour

    Jon Chavez The Toledo Blade June 17, 2011 A group devoted to organic food production will visit the operations of  Hirzel Farms in Wood County Saturday as part of a 40-stop tour of Ohio sites engaged in organic farming and sustainable agriculture. Beginning at 10 a.m., members of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association will be at the Hirzel site near Luckey where they will view its grain cleaning and compost operations. “When the grains come in from the field, they have one step in between harvest and the flour mill. It’s the cleaning out of all the nonfood debris, weed seeds and the like, that can go to…

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  • Farm Tours,  OEFFA in the News

    Hirzel’s organic farm featured in tour

    Larry Limpf The Press June 16, 2011 The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 2011 tour of some of the state’s sustainable and organic farms includes a stop at a local family farm. Hirzel Farms, 20790 Bradner Rd., Luckey, will be open to the public June 18 at 10 a.m.  About 700 acres of the 2,000-acre farm have been certified organic. The farm’s grain cleaning and bagging operations will be featured, said Lupe Hernandez, who manages the farm and has worked for the Hirzels for 32 years. “There aren’t too many machines like we have in Ohio,” he said, adding the farm ventured into organics in the early 1980s. Soybeans,…

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  • Sustainable Agriculture in the News

    Federal cuts to agriculture budget will harm natural resources

    Carol Goland The Columbus Dispatch editorials June 9, 2011 Given the country’s fiscal situation, agriculture spending will have to take its share of cuts (“Farm Programs Under Scrutiny,” Columbus Dispatch, 6/1/11). However, the targeting of particular programs is troubling. Budget cuts recently approved by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee make a second round of massive cuts to conservation, extension, research, renewable energy, and rural development programs. Any short-term savings will be at the expense of critically important soil and water resources. These programs provide crucial benefits to us all-farmer and consumer-by helping farmers address key resource concerns, comply with regulations, and protect soil and farmland to provide lasting food security.…

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  • Farm Tours,  OEFFA in the News,  Sustainable Agriculture in the News

    Swainway Urban Farm

    Hounds in the Kitchen June 7, 2011 Innovative. Compact. Sustainable. Friendly. Swainway Urban Farm is a new model for growing. Settled on a large lot in Clintonville Ohio, Joseph Swainway and partner Jess Billings (of Jess Bee Natural lip balm fame) have a half acre empire dedicated to growing edibles in an earth friendly way. Their farm grew out of a desire to provide themselves with healthy fresh food. As their interest deepened, their garden grew to the point of being able to give and sell the excess to friends and family. Soon, restaurants came calling and Swainway Urban Farm was born. In 2011 the farm applied for and received…

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  • Farm Tours,  OEFFA in the News

    Local Roots Market schedules three farm tours

    Farm and Dairy June 14, 2011 WOOSTER, Ohio — Inspired by the annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association farm tour, the Local Roots Market and Cafe farm tour provides shoppers with the chance to meet the farmers who grow or raise the food sold at Local Roots as well as to learn more about growing practices, environmental stewardship and farming life. The tour kicks off June 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Weaver’s Truck Patch in Fredericksburg. Martha Gaffney of Martha’s Farm in Ashland opens the gates for visitors June 25 to learn more about the all-natural produce and grass-based beef, pork, chicken and turkeys raised on the…

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