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Lauren Ketcham May 8, 8:19am

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has announced the farm tours and workshops that will be included in the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring free public tours of some of Ohio’s finest sustainable and organic farms.

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Lauren Ketcham Feb 4, 8:03am

Granville, OH—Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan will be the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, on Sunday, February 16 in Granville (Licking County).

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Lauren Ketcham Jan 9, 7:40am

As part of its 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, on February 15-16, 2014 in Granville, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will host the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program’s Farmers Forum.

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Lauren Ketcham Jan 7, 7:49am
Organic farmer, consultant, activist, and author Atina Diffley will be the featured keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, on Saturday, February 15 in Granville.
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Lauren Ketcham Dec 11, 8:13am
Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground. Pre-conference events will be held on Friday, February 14 and the conference will take place Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Granville Middle and High schools in Granville, Ohio (Licking County).
 
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Lauren Ketcham Sep 6, 8:40am
Mark your calendar for OEFFA's 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, 2014 in Granville, Ohio. A full-day pre-conference event will be offered on Friday, February 14.
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Michelle Ajamian ... Aug 28, 12:44pm

Shagbark Seed & Mill, a regional scale certified organic seed and flour mill famous for using only Ohio Grown, chemical free, or certified organic crops, is in the running for a $10,000 prize from Martha Stewart's American Made contest. Please go HERE to vote up to six times a day (you must register the first time in), and help the expansion efforts of Shagbark Seed & Mill!

 

Thank you,

 

Michelle & Brandon

 

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Hannah Whitehead Jul 31, 12:21pm

Save the date!

Join OSU's Agroecosystem Management Program and Organic Valley on September 24th for an oilseed pressing workshop at Mellinger Farm, including a demonstration of Organic Valley's mobile seed press.

We will cold-press seed from the canola, sunflower, flax and camelina grown in research plots at Mellinger farm, and will share our experiences working with these crops. 

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Lauren Ketcham Jul 25, 7:14am
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Ohio Grocers Foundation, Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association, and Ohio Department of Agriculture have partnered to launch a new initiative called OH So Fresh. The retail marketing campaign is designed to raise consumer awareness about Ohio grown specialty crops by giving Ohioans expanded opportunities to sample and purchase locally grown, farm fresh produce from their local grocers.
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Casey W. Hoy Jul 15, 7:36am

Published in this morning's Daily Record, Wooster, OH, see: http://the-daily-record.com/opinion/2013/07/15/commentary-northeast-ohio-ripe-for-ag-investment

 

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Lauren Ketcham Jul 2, 7:27am

Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association are planning something big for this fall! We’ll be offering a four day two-part workshop for specialty crop growers covering production techniques and business skills designed to help farmers scale up and take advantage of the growing opportunities to sell to restaurants, retailers, and institutions. The workshops will take place at Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, OH on November 2-5, 2013.

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Lauren Ketcham May 30, 7:52am

Directory lists more than 400 farms and businesses in Ohio and surrounding states

Columbus, OH – Ohio summers are a time to enjoy the bounty of fresh garden vegetables, ripe off the vine berries, farm fresh eggs, and orchard harvests bursting with juicy flavor. The Good Earth Guide to Organic and Ecological Farms, Gardens, and Related Businesses produced by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) can help bring these delicious tastes of summer to any kitchen.

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Lauren Ketcham May 8, 7:41am
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has announced its farm tours and workshops that will be included in the 2013 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring free public tours of some of Ohio’s finest sustainable and organic farms.
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Lauren Ketcham Jan 24, 8:15am
Contact: MacKenzie Bailey, OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator—(614) 421-2022 Ext.
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Lauren Ketcham Jan 15, 7:22am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2013
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Lauren Ketcham Jan 8, 7:40am

Organic Valley CEO to Keynote Ohio’s Largest Food and Farming Conference:

George Siemon to Explore How Cooperative’s Model and Organic Farming Can Provide Farmers with a Secure Income and Protect the Environment

 

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Lauren Ketcham Dec 5, 1:31pm

Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 34th annual conference, Growing Opportunities, Cultivating Change. The conference will take place Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Granville, Ohio (Licking County).

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Kwodwo Ababio Feb 16, 2:24pm

Recently in the Columbus Dispatch Senators Chris Widener, Cliff Hite and Peggy Lehners join forces to endorsed opening a school called "Global Impact STEM Academies" in Springfield, OH.  see attached link  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/02/13/ohio-could-get-schools-on-farming.html

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Bob Haugen Jul 27, 2:39pm

I posted this message in the Logistics group, in response to Sam Earle's message entitled "Supply Chain and Technology".  Reposting since I did not include some other groups that might be interested.

http://foodnetworksoftware.org/

This is administrative software for groups of producers who pool their food and distribute to many customers.

Also manages food processing.

Developed with and for several local food networks in the US and Canada.

Up and running.  Source code available.

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Stiletto Gardener May 18, 8:57am

Meet  - - Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power

Columbus, OH

July 15 - 17, 2011

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/174498

3  Day Workshop The goal of this workshop is to enable more Urban and Backyard Farmers and to grow and sell commercially, growlocal grown produces.   

 

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Grant Short May 16, 4:45pm

If you are within a reasonable distance of the Thumb area of Michigan and would like to discuss the potential for going into business together to build an Organic Vegtable Farm together, please contact me: grantshort@hotmail.com and learn more.

I am looking for a GROUP of people to take on a land contract on a 40 acre parcel of property to develop into a working model for people to learn from. I hope to find individuals who are just as passionate as I am about self-sufficiency in both resources and Energy! 

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Steve Bosserman Jan 25, 5:07pm

Pinakin Desai of Memes Associates is producing a series of process flow maps with support from the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative, the Fund for Our Economic Future of NE Ohio, and John Deere.

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Casey W. Hoy Jul 19, 8:53am

Charlotte Muezenberger wrote an excellent piece on one of the recent networking meetings that are catalyzing an agricultural and bioscience industry cluster in NE Ohio.  In an article in the business section of the July 18, 2010 edition of the Wooster Daily Record, she describes the project and some of the research that is fueling the network.  The project is sponsored by the Fund for Our Economic Future and is focused on building collaborative networks of locally owned businesses related to agriculture.  Read th