December 19, 2011
Food and Farm event planned
Register for OEFFA conference Feb. 18-19
Registration is under way for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 33rd annual conference, “Sowing the Seeds of Our Food Sovereignty,” to take place Feb. 18-19 in Granville.
The state’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, the event draws more than 1,000 attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest, and has sold out in advance the past two years. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Woody Tasch and Andrew Kimbrell, more than 70 hands-on workshops, two featured pre-conference events, a trade show, an educational conference for children and child care area, locally sourced and organic homemade meals, and Saturday evening entertainment.
The Slow Money Alliance advocates for sustainable financial investments that support local, community-based food and farm businesses.
Sunday’s keynote lecture, “The Future of Food,” will be provided by Kimbrell, an environmental attorney and the founder and executive director of the Center for Food Safety and the International Center for Technology Assessment. The Center for Food Safety pursues public education, policy advocacy and legal actions to curtail industrial agricultural production methods that harm human health and the environment, including genetic engineering.
In addition, the conference will offer a three-part series of workshops about high volume hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” which is a process that uses a high-pressure chemical cocktail to fracture rock to release natural gas. The workshops are designed to educate farmers, landowners and concerned citizens about the environmental and social risks of this process, existing laws and regulations, and what actions can be taken by landowners and community organizers.
The conference is being sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Northstar Café, Organic Valley/CROPP, Granville Exempted Village Schools, Mustard Seed Market, Whole Foods Market Dublin, Snowville Creamery, Edible Ohio Valley, Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese, Casa Nueva, Earthineer, Earth Tools, Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Lucky Cat Bakery, Midwest Bio-Ag, Ohio Earth Food, OEFFA Grain Growers Chapter, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, Stonyfield Farm, Swainway Urban Farm, Whole Hog BBQ, Andelain Fields, C-TEC, Curly Tail Organic Farm, DNO Produce, Eden Foods, King Family Farm, Luna Burger, Marshy Meadows Farm, Mrs. Miller’s Homemade Noodles, Rodale Institute, Swainway Farms, Bad Dog Acres, Bexley Natural Market, Blue Jacket Dairy, Bluebird Farm, Crumbs Bakery, Equine Veterinary Dental Services, Flying J Farm, Glad Annie’s Old World Baklava, Green Fields Farm, Hartzler Family Dairy, the Hills Market, Hirzel Farms/ Dei Fratelli, Kitchen Basics, Leo Dick and Sons, Locust Run Farm, Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources Social Responsibility Initiative, Phoenix Organics, Shagbark Mill, Schmidt Family Farms, Stan Evans Bakery and Wayward Seed Farm.
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, with headquarters on Croswell Road, is a statewide, grassroots, nonprofit organization founded in 1979 by farmers, gardeners and conscientious eaters working together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system.
For more information, go to www.oeffa.org.