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    OEFFA Awarded Funds to Provide Hands-on Training, Farm Viability, and Land Access Support for Ohio Beginning Farmers

    Columbus, OH—The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) today announced the second phase of its Begin Farming Program to advance the viability of beginning farms and successful transfer of farmland between new and retiring farmers. For the project titled, On Solid Ground: Hands-on Training, Farm Viability, and Land Access Support for Ohio Beginning Farmers, OEFFA and its partners will build on previous work to comprehensively address the educational, skill-building, and service needs of new and beginning farmers to enhance their ability to acquire land, be successful as producers, and manage viable farm businesses. OEFFA will coordinate applied learning experiences, with the nationally-recognized Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, a new Specialty Crop…

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    New Online Matching Tool, Heartland FarmLink, Connects Landowners with Land Seekers

    Columbus, OH—The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) announces the launch of Heartland FarmLink, a new land linking service for farm seekers and farm owners. HeartlandFarmLink.org is a free online profile listing service where beginning farmers and farm land owners can review potential matches, contact each other, and find resources to help with the financial, legal, and communication challenges inherent in farm transfer. Ohio ranks sixth in the nation with a total of 33,885 beginning farmers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. These young farmers, increasingly well trained and eager, struggle to find affordable farm land. At the same time, the average age of…

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    Fibonacci Brewing Company Brewing a Special All Ohio Beer for OEFFA’s 40th Anniversary

    Columbus, OH—To toast 40 years of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), Fibonacci Brewing Company and OEFFA will tap the first keg of This is Spelta!, a special all-Ohio beer brewed for the occasion. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, October 12, at Fibonacci’s Mt. Healthy tap room and will feature remarks from some of OEFFA’s Cincinnati-area founding members and special tours of the brewery. Located in Hamilton County, Fibonacci is a family-owned nanobrewery founded by Betty and Bob Bollas. The brewery produces a wide variety of craft beers, concentrating on non-traditional and hybrid beer styles. Proud supporters of local agriculture, the brewers source from a variety…

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    OEFFA’s 5th Annual Dinner Celebration at Maplestar Farm Set for August 25

    Columbus, OH—The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association will present its 5th Annual Dinner Celebration at Maplestar Farm Sunday, August 25. The organization will mark its 40th anniversary with a fun and delicious evening hosted by Maplestar farmers Jake and Dawn Trethewey. The Tretheweys will lead guided tours of the farm as guests enjoy delicious bites of summer in the field and at the table. Maplestar Farm and The Driftwood Group will once again collaborate on a fabulous farm-to-table menu of small plates to showcase a diversity of Ohio flavors, all paired with Great Lakes Beers and Wente Vineyards wines. Tickets are $70 and include drinks for the evening. They…

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    OEFFA’s Farmers’ Table Event Returns to Jorgensen Farms August 4

    Columbus, OH—The Farmers’ Table returns to Jorgensen Farms Sunday, August 4, with a special menu crafted by Jorgensen Farms Head Chef Alonzo Horn. Surrounded by picturesque Jorgensen Farms, diners will enjoy a social hour with local drinks, and a lush assortment of hors d’oeuvres before sitting down to three full-service courses. Ingredients will be carefully sourced from OEFFA farmers, and Land-Grant Brewing Company will thoughtfully pair their beers with each course. Chef Horn’s special menu will envision a New Ohio Farmers’ Cuisine focused on what Ohio’s finest small, sustainable farmers are bringing to market in 2019. “Every year Ohio’s farmers show their passion, skill, and innovation in growing and selling…

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    Survey of Agriculture Reveals Challenges, Opportunities for Ohio Agriculture

    For Immediate Release: June 5, 2019 Contact: Amalie Lipstreu, OEFFA Policy Director, (614) 421-2022, amalie@oeffa.org Lauren Ketcham, OEFFA Communications Coordinator, (614) 421-2022, lauren@oeffa.org Columbus, OH—The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA NASS) recently released its five-year, comprehensive survey of U.S. agriculture, the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Using that data, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has published an analysis, “Ohio Agriculture: The Changing Contours of Farming,” which illustrates important trends and opportunities for growth and investment in Ohio agriculture. “The new NASS data reveals ongoing challenges, like an aging farmer population and consolidation in agriculture, but also very positive growth in the number of beginning…

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    Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Celebrates 40 Years

    Columbus, OH—The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association celebrates 40 years of engagement with farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, activists and food lovers in 2019. The organization has planned a year’s worth of special events to commemorate the milestone. Special 40th anniversary events this summer and fall include farm-to-table dinners at Jorgensen Farms and Maplestar Farm in August, an all-Ohio keg tapping at Fibonacci Brewing Company in Mt. Healthy in October, and a November open house, which will be featured in the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. “We’re thrilled to celebrate 40 years of providing education and assistance to the good farmers who are growing good food on the good…

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    2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series Gives Farmers, Public Chance to Get Back to the Land

    Columbus, OH—The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) and its partners invite you to stroll through organic vegetable fields, learn about pastured livestock production, consider a career in farming, savor farm-to-table feasts, and take advantage of other learning and networking opportunities during the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.      In addition to OEFFA’s 20 summer farm tours, workshops, and special events in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, 26 other events are being presented by The Ohio State University, Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, Clintonville Farmers’ Market, and the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance.        “This year’s series is unique because we’re offering many special events celebrating OEFFA’s 40th…

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    Ohio Smart Agriculture Report Overlooks Important Solutions

    Contact: Carol Goland, Executive Director, (614) 421-2022, cgoland@oeffa.org Lauren Ketcham, Communications Coordinator, (614) 421-2022, lauren@oeffa.org Columbus, OH—A report issued by Ohio Smart Agriculture offers solid solutions to address food security and economic growth in the face of changing and uncertain climate, but falls short in tackling environmental challenges, finds the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). Ohio Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land details critical challenges facing Ohio agriculture, including unpredictable and extreme rainfall events and nutrient runoff leading to algal blooms.    “To our dismay, the report is silent when it comes to the potential of organic farming practices to foster the resilience of Ohio agriculture, address environmental challenges,…

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    OEFFA Announces 2019 Award Recipients at 40th Annual Conference: Mike Hogan and Guy and Sandy Ashmore Recognized

    For Immediate Release: February 18, 2019 .  Contact: Carol Goland, OEFFA Executive Director—(614) 421-2022 Ext. 202, cgoland@oeffa.org Lauren Ketcham, OEFFA Communications Coordinator—(614) 421-2022 Ext. 203, lauren@oeffa.org .  Columbus, OH—The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has named the 2019 recipients of its Stewardship and Service awards. .  Guy and Sandy Ashmore of Clinton County received the Stewardship Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community, and Mike Hogan of Franklin County received the Service Award, which recognizes extraordinary service in support of sustainable agriculture. . The announcements were made February 15-16 in Dayton as part of OEFFA’s 40th annual conference, “Just Farming: The Path Before Us.” . 2019 Stewardship Award…

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