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    OEFFA Announces 2021 Award Recipients at 42nd Annual Conference: Jan Dawson, Andy Reinhart, and Steve Edwards Recognized

    The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has named the 2021 recipients of its Stewardship and Service awards. Jan Dawson and Andy Reinhart of Logan County received the Stewardship Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community, and Steve Edwards of Warren County received the Service Award, which recognizes extraordinary service in support of sustainable agriculture. “Over the course of more than 40 years, this organization and the broader sustainable food and farm movement, have been built by the tireless efforts of farmers, conscientious consumers, educators, researchers, retailers, and others. It is breathtaking how far we’ve come, from a handful of folks with a shared vision to…

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    Soil Biologist and Educator Dr. Elaine Ingham to Keynote 42nd Annual Ohio Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    Understanding the life in the soil and using it to improve plant and human health will be the focus of a keynote address by soil biologist Dr. Elaine Ingham at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 42nd annual conference, Our Time: Essential Links in a Strong Food Chain, this February. In her Saturday, February 13 keynote address, presented by Turner Farm, “Soil vs. Dirt: Connecting Plant and Human Microbiomes,” Ingham will compare a healthy soil food web, which contains beneficial microbes that help plants grow strong, and a healthy human digestive system, which also contains sets of microbes that provide nutrients’ to the gut’s lining. Ingham will explain…

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    Community Organizer and Policy Advocate Navina Khanna to Keynote 42nd Annual Ohio Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    Building a strong movement for food systems change in a divided nation will be the focus of a keynote address by HEAL Food Alliance Executive Director Navina Khanna at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 42nd annual conference, Our Time: Essential Links in a Strong Food Chain. In her Sunday, February 14 keynote address, presented by Turner Farm, “Rooted, Ready, and Resilient: Cultivating a Movement for Crisis-Proof Food Systems,” Khanna will consider the ways in which COVID-19, climate chaos, and the 2020 elections have revealed deep fissures in our food systems and in our society and how we can build a strong, multi-sector movement for change to address…

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    Cattleman and Entrepreneur Will Harris to Keynote 42nd Annual Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    A farm vision focused on animal welfare, regenerative land practices, and rural revival will be the focus of a keynote address by fourth-generation cattleman Will Harris at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 42nd annual conference, Our Time: Essential Links in a Strong Food Chain. In his Wednesday, February 10 keynote address, presented by Turner Farm, “Regenerating Land with Livestock,” Harris will describe how the farm’s holistic, polyculture production system for 10 species of livestock, zero-waste model, and on-farm meat processing have made White Oak Pastures the largest private employer in the county, while regenerating the land. “Our farm is creating more in terms of organic matter in…

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    Registration is Now Open for Online Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

    Registration is now open for an interactive educational online conference 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) 42nd annual conference, Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain, will run Wednesday, February 10-Monday, February 15, 2021 and be accessible anywhere by phone and computer. “Through these challenging times of physical distance, more than ever, we need to be socially close,” said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt. “In that spirit, the online conference will be different, but with the same intent and result: sharing information so that we can all succeed, moving our food…

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    Ohio Farmers Call on Congress to Address the Climate Crisis: 2,100+ Farmers Deliver Letter to House Select Committee Highlighting Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture and Opportunities for Farmers to Lead on Climate Solutions

    Columbus, Ohio—Today, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and farmers and ranchers from across the country delivered a letter to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, urging Congress to support and invest in farming and rural communities to address the climate crisis. More than 2,100 independent farmers and ranchers in all 50 states— including more than 150 OEFFA farmers—signed the letter, representing farm families producing fruits and vegetables, dairy, livestock, grain, and more. The letter stresses the fundamental threat that the climate crisis poses to the viability of agriculture and the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers. “For a full month…

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    Opportunity in a Time of Crisis: New Report Offers Recommendations for Building a More Resilient Ohio Food System

    A coalition of statewide food and farm organizations has released a new 18 page report, Opportunity in a Time of Crisis: Recommendations for Building a More Resilient Ohio Food System. The report by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), Ohio Farmers Market Network (OFMN), Ohio Food Policy Network (OFPN), and Produce Perks Midwest (PPM) captures how local and regional food systems and nutrition assistance were impacted by COVID-19. It offers eight policy recommendations Ohio’s decision-makers can implement to invest in the capacity of Ohio’s farmers and farmers markets and build food security for vulnerable families. “COVID-19 paralyzed our country and broke many links in the centralized global food…

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    Food and Farm Organizations Call on Ohio Leaders to Help Farmers, Farmers Markets, and Low Income Food Access

    The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching repercussions on Ohio’s food and farm system. Four organizations, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), Produce Perks Midwest (PPM), the Ohio Farmers Market Network (OFMN), and the Ohio Food Policy Network (OFPN) are calling on Ohio’s leaders to implement six important policies that will help small and mid-size farmers, farmers markets, and families who rely on nutrition assistance to access affordable, healthy food. “Ohio leaders can take decisive action and ensure the survival of small and mid-scale family farmers that feed their communities and make sure the public can access much needed fresh food in a way that protects public…

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    Free Online Listings Available to All Sustainable Farm and Food Businesses During COVID-19

    Recognizing that farmers are trying to reach consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is taking steps to get the word out and is making its online searchable database available to all sustainable and organic farmers to list their products for sale. The Good Earth Guide gives consumers an online tool to search for farms and food businesses by product, name, county (Ohio only), and additional options such as community supported agriculture (CSA) and certified organic. Consumers can find out what farms and businesses in Ohio and beyond offer and how to contact them.  “We know farmers, farmers’ markets, and farm-related businesses are scrambling…

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    OEFFA Announces 2020 Award Recipients at 41st Annual Conference: David Bell and Alan Sundermeier Recognized

    The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has named the 2020 recipients of its Stewardship and Service awards.  David Bell of Logan County received the Stewardship Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community, and Alan Sundermeier of Wood County received the Service Award, which recognizes extraordinary service in support of sustainable agriculture. The announcements were made February 14-15 in Dayton as part of OEFFA’s 41st annual conference, “A Climate for Change.”  2020 Stewardship Award Winner—David Bell David Bell started a farming business with his brother Kevin in 1968, and has owned and operated Paul Bell & Sons, a 450 acre organic farm near Bellefontaine, Ohio with…

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