OEFFA has been around for 40 years. That’s amazing when you think about it. Forty years of grassroots engagement from farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, activists, and lovers of food building a better way to eat together deserves a hearty cheer.
From early meetings in living rooms, to volunteers and a skelton staff operating out of a humble church basement, to housing more than 30(!) full-time employees in our very own building, we’ve come a long way together and we are far from finished.
So, let’s party. We hope to see you during one of the events below as we gather to commemorate this milestone, and reaffirm our commitment to continuing with purpose and community for the next 40 years!
OEFFA’s 40th anniversary special event lineup for 2019 includes:
The Farmers’ Table at Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove
Sunday, August 4, 4:30-8 p.m.
7500 Harlem Rd., New Albany, OH 43054
The Farmers’ Table at Jorgensen Farms’ premier event space features a special menu lovingly crafted by Chef Alonzo Horn. Guests will enjoy a lush assortment of hors d’oeuvres during a casual social hour and three plated courses, complete with local beer, all sourced from members of the OEFFA family.
Cost and Registration: $125, includes food and drinks. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/farmerstable.
The 5th Annual Dinner Celebration at Maplestar Farm
Sunday, August 25, 4-8 p.m.
10382 E. Washington St., Auburn Township, OH 44023
Maplestar Farms and Driftwood Catering are reuniting for a fabulous farm-to-table menu of small plates to showcase a diversity of Ohio flavors. Farmers Jake and Dawn Trethewey will lead guided tours of the farm, and guests will enjoy little bites of summer in the field and at the table, along with Great Lakes Beer and Wente Vineyards wine.
Cost and Registration: $70, includes food and drinks. To register, go to https://maplestardinner.eventbrite.com.
Toast to Ohio’s Harvest Keg Tapping at Fibonacci Brewing Company
Saturday, October 12, 5 p.m.
1445 Compton Rd., Mt. Healthy, OH 45231
Join us at Fibonacci Brewery to tap a very special keg, toast the season, and celebrate the labor of love that is farming. Fibonacci has brewed an all-Ohio grown beer and owners Betty and Bob Bollas will host special tours of the brewery and discuss the local sourcing of brewing ingredients.
Cost and Registration: A suggestion donation of $10 at the door supports OEFFA. OEFFA anniversary beer and other Fibonacci offerings will be available for purchase. No RSVP necessary; just come and enjoy yourself.
A Very OEFFA Open House
Friday, November 15, 4-7 p.m.
41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214
Meet the staff, ask questions about organic certification, compare production practices, enjoy light snacks, and peruse the office record collection. Bring a treat to share, if you are able, or simply bring yourself! We look forward to your good company.
Cost and Registration: No RSVP necessary; just come and enjoy yourself.
More details about these and other events in the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series are available here.
Follow OEFFA on Facebook throughout 2019 using #oeffaturns40 to see stories OEFFA members are sharing about what OEFFA has meant to them. Hear more stories, including extended oral history interviews, from OEFFA members on the Growing Right Project YouTube channel!