Community briefs.

Granville to host
food conference
The Ohio Ecological Food Farm Association (OEFFA) will hold its 31st annual conference Feb. 13 and 14 at the Granville middle and high schools.

The conference, "Growing with Integrity, Eating with Intention," will feature keynote speakers Joel Salatin and chef Ann Cooper, more than 60 workshops, exhibitors, a children's conference, child care, locally sourced meals and entertainment.

Among the workshop topics are cheese-making, off-grid energy production, goat husbandry, urban gardening, rain water harvesting, community kitchens, healthy lunch programs and worm composting.

Online registration has begun.

Visit or send an e-mail to for more information.

Tax-help program
seeks volunteers
The Licking County Coalition for Housing and AmeriCorps Positive Balance in Newark are looking for volunteers to prepare income-tax returns as a part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).

VITA sites are operated by AmeriCorps members and local volunteers, who also serve as connections to other community resources, such as the Ohio Benefit Bank and financial education opportunities.

Volunteers are needed at three VITA sites in Newark: the LCCH main office, Central Ohio Technical College/Ohio State University in Newark and Opportunity Links.

Volunteers must be IRS certified. Training will be provided for those who need it.

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least two hours per week throughout the tax season (Jan. 29 through April 16). The first training session will be held Jan. 9. All volunteers must be certified by Jan. 19.

To register as a volunteer, visit the LCCH office at 23 S. Park Place, Suite 200 (second floor), e-mail or visit

Eight to 10 volunteers are needed in addition to the six AmeriCorps members who participate in the program.

For more information about the AmeriCorps Positive Balance team or its sponsoring agency, the Licking County Coalition for Housing, call (740) 345-1970. LCCH is a Licking County United Way partner agency.