Apply to Speak at the 2020 OEFFA Conference

OEFFA is now accepting workshop proposals for our 41st annual conference, A Climate for Change on February 14-15, 2020 in Dayton, Ohio. We are seeking experienced farmers and other food movement leaders willing to share their expertise on a wide variety of topics.

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What We Are Looking For

The conference covers diverse themes related to organic and sustainable agriculture, and we hope to receive a wide-range of proposals.

Knowledgeable speakers are encouraged to submit a proposal on:

  • Climate Resilience
  • Soil health
  • Commercial fruit and vegetable production
  • Commercial grain production
  • Commercial animal husbandry
  • Pasture management
  • Business management
  • Marketing
  • Biodynamics and permaculture
  • Gardening
  • Backyard animal husbandry
  • Food justice
  • Food policy
  • Food systems and infrastructure
  • Self-reliance and food preservation
  • Nutrition
  • Natural building
  • and other topics

Why Speak at OEFFA?

  • Serve your community by helping your fellow travelers farm, garden, advocate, or eat better.
  • Raise your profile in the Midwest’s food movement by speaking at the region’s largest ecological farming conference, which has featured leaders such as Onika Abraham, Gary McDonald, Ben Hartman, Sarah Flack, John Bobbe, Allen Philo, Liana Hoodes, Dan Kittredge, Richard Wiswall, Patty Lovera, Atina Diffley, and Kathleen Merrigan.
  • Get complimentary conference registration and other special perks, like lunch, child care, and parking (listed here).

What You Need to Do

STEP 1: Review each of the following four documents, which cover important details about speaking at OEFFA.

Speaking at OEFFA: General Information

Conference Workshop Presenter Policies

Getting to Know Your Audience

2020 Conference Workshop Proposal Sample Form REFERENCE ONLY–NOT FOR SUBMISSION

Please do not apply until you have read each document. If you have questions, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 947-1605 or milo@oeffa.org.

STEP 2: Develop a workshop concept. You don’t have to have a fully realized lesson plan or final details determined by the time you submit, but you should be able to clearly and accurately communicate your concept. If your workshop is selected, you will have opportunities to update and edit your workshop and its description.

STEP 3: Complete an online workshop proposal in its entirety by August 25, 2019. Proposals must be submitted through the online survey. Email submissions using the PDF sample form WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. If you are unable to use the online form for any reason, please contact Milo in advance to work out an alternative arrangement. Additionally, if you plan to submit a multi-speaker proposal, please contact Milo first to make sure you provide us with the information we need from all contributors.

STEP 4: All prospective presenters will receive notification of their proposal’s status in October. Accepted speakers will then work with OEFFA to finalize details.

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