• OEFFA Press Releases

    2018 Conservation Stewardship Program Enrollment Opens

    For Immediate Release: January 22, 2018 Contact: Amalie Lipstreu, OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator, (614) 421-2022, amalie@oeffa.org Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Urges Farmers to Apply Before the March 2018 Deadline Columbus, Ohio—On January 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that farmers have until March 2, 2018 to submit an initial FY 2018 application for the nation’s largest working lands program, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). More than 72 million acres across the country—roughly 8 percent of all agricultural land—and more than 300,000 acres in Ohio are currently enrolled in whole-farm conservation contracts. The significant amount of working lands already enrolled in CSP,…

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  • OEFFA Press Releases

    Urban Agriculture Featured at Ohio’s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference: Central State University Extension Presents Nine Hour Urban Agriculture Workshop Track

    For Immediate Release: January 3, 2018 Contact: Lauren Ketcham, Communications Coordinator, (614) 421-2022, lauren@oeffa.org Sabrina Pritchett, CSU Associate Director of Public Relations and Marketing, (937) 376-6323, spritchett@centralstate.edu Urban agriculture offers accessible opportunities for individuals to make a living farming, gain practical educational and job training, and provide communities with healthy, local food. Empowering urban farmers to take advantage of these opportunities and helping them succeed in urban agriculture is the focus of a six-part workshop track presented by Ohio’s newest 1890 land-grant institution, Central State University Extension (CSUE). The workshop track is part of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, February…

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  • OEFFA Press Releases

    Beginning Farmers the Focus of Ohio’s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference: Workshops, Scholarships, and Farmland Access Featured

    For Immediate Release: December 21, 2017 Contact: Kelly Henderson, Begin Farming Program Coordinator, (614) 421-2022, kelly@oeffa.org Lauren Ketcham, Communications Coordinator, (614) 421-2022, lauren@oeffa.org    Early career farmers and those considering a farming vocation will get the information they need during a dedicated begin farming workshop track and networking opportunities that are part of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, February 15-17 at the Dayton Convention Center. “Our goal is to help people increase their knowledge and skills, find leads on farmland, and make business and professional connections,” said OEFFA Begin Farming Program Coordinator Kelly Henderson.  . On February 16-17, six 90-minute…

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  • Sustainable Agriculture in the News

    Consumer Advocate and Investigative Journalist Stacy Malkan to Address Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    For Immediate Release: December 14, 2017 Contact: Renee Hunt, Program Director, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 205, renee@oeffa.org Lauren Ketcham, Communications Coordinator, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 203, lauren@oeffa.org    As evidence mounts about the health and environmental harms associated with pesticides, some corporations are responding with tobacco-style propaganda campaigns designed to undermine organic and non-genetically modified agriculture. .  Who’s behind these attacks and how they are doing it will be the focus of a keynote address by author, journalist, and leading consumer advocate Stacy Malkan at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, this February in Dayton. In her Saturday, February 17 talk, “Fake News,…

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  • OEFFA Press Releases

    Organic Advocate Jeff Moyer to Address Ohio’s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    For Immediate Release: December 11, 2017 Contact: Renee Hunt, Program Director, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 205, renee@oeffa.org Lauren Ketcham, Communications Coordinator, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 203, lauren@oeffa.org    The role that technology, biology, consumers, and farmers play in changing agriculture and food will be the focus of a keynote address by long-time organic farmer and advocate Jeff Moyer at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, this February in Dayton, Ohio. In his Friday, February 16 keynote address, “Welcome to the Future of Change!,” Moyer, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, will share his perspective on the organic movement and organic agriculture’s role in…

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  • Annual Conference,  OEFFA in the News

    Ohio Foodies, Farmers Can Taste the Change

    December 4, 2017 By Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service-OH  . COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers, foodies and anyone hungry to know more about local, sustainable foods are invited to an annual event that draws more than 1,000 people from Ohio and beyond. Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 39th annual conference, Feb. 15-17. Lauren Ketcham, OEFFA’s communications coordinator, says it’s a great chance to learn more about a variety of topics, including gardening and urban agriculture, farm business management, food safety and homesteading. “The goal of the conference really is to bring farmers and food advocates together to learn, network, share and break bread with…

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  • OEFFA Press Releases

    Registration Now Open for Ohio’s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    For Immediate Release: November 29, 2017 Contact: Renee Hunt, Program Director, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 205, renee@oeffa.org Lauren Ketcham, Communications Coordinator, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 203, lauren@oeffa.org    Registration is now open for Ohio’s premier educational and networking event for ecological farmers, backyard growers, and others committed to sustainable agriculture, local food, and green living.  . The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, will run Thursday, February 15 through Saturday, February 17 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio.  . “The conference is three days of learning, networking, sharing, and breaking bread with an inspiring and growing community of farmers and local food…

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  • Sustainable Agriculture in the News

    Madison County ag retreat looks at crops and profit

    The Madison Press, Michael Williamson, 11/3/17 “Grow More Vegetables, Make More Money,” was the theme of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) two-day retreat at the Procter Camp and Conference Center just outside of London Friday morning through Saturday evening. OEFFA started in 1979 by a collection of farmers dedicated to the growth and promotion of ecological and organic farm systems. The goal of the workshop was to inform farmers on practices that could enhance their management plans and advance their earning potential. “This particular workshop is geared towards farmers who are already farming mixed vegetables, specialty crop-growers who are kind of at a certain scale where they’re…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    Business of Ohio’s organic farms is growing

    The Columbus Dispatch, JD Malone, 11/2/17 Ohio’s big corn and soybean farmers haven’t seen much in the way of sales growth the past few years, but that can’t be said for some of the state’s smaller players — those who produce organic produce, grains and dairy products. Ohio’s organic farmers reported sales of $101 million in 2016, a 30 percent jump from 2015, while both the number of organic farms and acreage grew year over year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Certified Organic Study. Ohio ranks seventh nationally in number of organic farms — 575. That’s up from eighth in 2015. “The 2016 survey illustrates the strength…

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  • OEFFA in the News,  Organic Certification

    OH Farmers Apply “You Are What You Eat” to What They Farm

    Public News Service, 11/1/17 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Harvest season is winding down in Ohio, and sustainable-farming advocates say it’s a great time for growers and producers to learn more about what it takes to go organic. In some cases it’s a matter of making the personal professional. Renee and Alan Winner, dairy farmers in central Ohio, have been selling into the conventional milk market for years, but now are transitioning the four dairies they and their children operate. Renee Winner said switching to organic was important for them because their farming practices didn’t mesh with their personal lifestyle. “For the last 30 years, we have eaten organic,” she said. “To…

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