It’s time we get back together again!
Save the date for OEFFA’s 43rd annual conference, Rooted and Rising, set for Saturday, February 12 online and Thursday, February 17-Saturday, February 19, 2022 in Dayton.
We are planning for hybrid conference event, which will offer you the best of both worlds, and registration will open by December. Read on for details and watch this page for more information as the big event comes together!
Saturday, February 12, 2022
|9:30-10:30 a.m.||Workshop Session I|
|11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||Policy Conversation|
|1:00-2:00 p.m.||Workshop Session II|
|3:00-4:00 p.m.||Workshop Session III|
|4:15-5:30 p.m.||Keynote Address|
|7:00-8:00 p.m.||Members’ Meeting|
|8:00-9:30 p.m.||Open Mic Night|
Thursday, February 17, 2022
|10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.||Food and Farm School|
Friday, February 18, 2022
|8:30-10:00 a.m.||Workshop Session IV|
|10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||Community Conversations and Networking|
|1:30-2:30 p.m.||Community Conversations and Networking|
|3:00-4:30 p.m.||Workshop Session V|
|4:30-6:00 p.m.||Exhibit Hall Happy Hour|
Saturday, February 19, 2022
|8:30-10:00 a.m.||Workshop Session IV|
|10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||TBA|
|1:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.||Keynote Address|
Schedule is subject to change. Online events will take place on OEFFA’s Socio app and Zoom. In-person events will be held at the Dayton Convention Center unless otherwise noted. Recordings of the event will be accessible through the conference app until March 31. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.
Watch for more information about OEFFA’s 2022 keynote speakers soon!
Mary Hendrickson is a rural sociologist whose passion is making the world a better place through food. As an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she specializes in community food systems, sustainable agriculture, rural development, competition and antitrust, and the sociology of agriculture and food. She also advises students in the university’s sustainable agriculture degree program.
She was previously an assistant professor in the University of Missouri’s Division of Applied Social Sciences. Prior to that, for nearly 15 years, she served as director of the Food Circles Networking Project and as associate director of the Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Program for University of Missouri Extension, where she worked extensively with community groups to transform the food system. She has also previously served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Rural Sociology, a Kellogg Food and Society fellow, and helped to create the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition.
Hendrickson has received many awards and honors over the years, including Fulbright Scholar to Iceland in 2020, Excellence in Instruction from the Rural Sociological Society in 2019, Outstanding Senior Teacher from the University of Missouri in 2019, Excellence in Extension and Outreach from the Rural Sociological Society in 2014, Meritorius Service Award from the National Farmers Union in 2012, the Cooperative Service Award from the National Farmers Union in 2002, and the Family Farm Leadership Award from the Missouri Farmers Union in 2001.
She earned a Ph.D. in rural sociology from the University of Missouri in 1997 and a Master’s degree in rural sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1994.
Francis Thicke is a long-time dairy farmer, soil scientist, and leader in the organic community.
For 30 years, Thicke has owned and operated Radiance Dairy, a 736-acre grass-fed organic dairy farm in Fairfield, Iowa. With his wife Susan, they locally market value-added organic bottled milk, cheese, and yogurt, which they produce on their on-farm processing plant. This innovative farm also uses alternative energy systems and an integrated grazing system to manage livestock ecologically.
He served on the National Organic Standards Board as an environmentalist and resource conservationist from 2013-2018. Thicke previously worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Extension Service as the National Program Leader for Soil Science, and he has served on the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission, the Scientific Congress on Organic Agriculture Research, the Organic Farming Research Foundation Board, the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Board, the Iowa Food Policy Council, the Iowa Organic Standards Board, and the Organic Farmers Association Policy Committee.
Thicke has received many awards and honors over the years, including the Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award from the Practical Farmers of Iowa, Friend of Extension Award from Iowa State University Extension Service, Outstanding Pasture Management Award from the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Steward of the Land Award from the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club.
He earned a Ph.D. in agronomy and soil fertility from the University of Illinois in 1988 and a Master’s degree in soil science from the University of Minnesota in 1984.
Keynotes presented by:
After the 2021 conference ended, many attendees told us they loved the convenience of the virtual format but missed the hallway conversations, so we are working on a conference that has both!
The Saturday before our traditional weekend, we will host a virtual day of conference complete with workshops, a keynote address, our membership meeting, and a few fun, creative things that will help you engage from anywhere with an internet connection.
Our traditional weekend will look much like conferences in years past, but with a greater emphasis on networking, community building, and celebrating together.
Socio will again host our virtual programming and recordings, including the in-person workshops, so you can still access all the learning even if you cannot make the trip.
For those who can be with us in Dayton, our plan is to hold an in-person event and have a merry time together. Unfortunately, COVID-19 remains persistent and unpredictable, so we must stay vigilent and flexible. Our highest priority is the safety of all participants. OEFFA is monitoring the pandemic and will craft safety procedures in line with the best guidance available. Moving the conference fully online will be the last resort. We will let you know of any changes and thank you for your continued support and understanding during this uncertain time. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and each other.
FOOD AND FARM SCHOOL CLASSES
Wednesday, February 10—10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET
Not included in general registration. $50 members/$75 non-members
The Soil Food Web: Structure and Function
World renowned soil biologist Dr. Elaine Ingham will lead an in-depth, three-part exploration of the soil food web and strategies for making it work for you. The first part will lay the foundation by exploring how the correct soil biology can dramatically help desired plants, and the six benefits to plants from a healthy soil food web. In the second part of the class, Elaine will turn theory into practice you can use. She’ll describe how to measure microbes, what makes plants healthy, and share techniques for getting your soil food web established and functioning. She’ll conclude by giving real world examples showcasing the ways in which people learned what was wrong with their soil and how they managed to balance their soil organisms.
Happy Pigs Taste Better
What does it take to raise a happy pig? Ethically managing pigs requires an understanding of their natural behavior, including factors such as social grouping, mating, territory, housing, and, of course, their love of wallowing in the mud. Successfully managing pigs requires an understanding of what hogs need in their diet to grow and thrive, the role pasturing plays in hog nutrition and welfare, and how to keep hogs healthy without resorting to synthetic medications. This workshop led by hog farmer and Fedco Seeds Organic Growers Supply division manager Alice Percy provides an in-depth introduction to raising happy pigs.
Raw Milk Risk Management
Raw milk produced for the processor is different from raw milk for the people. Raw milk intended for direct human consumption must be produced with careful intention in order to be a healthy, safe food which benefits both the consumers and the farmers.
This Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI) training day focuses on the benefits of raw milk, grass-to-glass identification of risks, development of a risk management plan, and lessons learned from other raw milk dairies. This training has been shown to reduce outbreaks and illnesses, increase safety, and lower insurance costs.
Speakers include Mark McAfee, RAWMI Chairman and Owner of Organic Pastures Dairy in California; Sarah Smith, RAWMI Director and Board Secretary; Joseph Heckman, PhD, RAWMI Director and Professor of Soil Science at Rutgers University; and Edwin Shank, owner of The Family Cow dairy in Pennsylvania.
FEATURED CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Jo Ann Baumgartner
Jo Ann Baumgartner is the executive director of Wild Farm Alliance (WFA). She is the author of many publications on biodiversity conservation and agriculture, covering topics like beneficial birds, conservation mandates within the National Organic Program, and the co-management of food safety and conservation. Before joining WFA in 2001, she was an organic farmer and senior research editor for a book on California’s rare wildlife species.
Dave Dowling has helped advise cut flower growers across the country as a sales representative at Ball Horticulture and Ednie Flower Bulb. He has more than 20 years experience as a cut flower farmer in Maryland, selling year-round at farmers markets, grocery stores, florists, and designers. Dave has served as President, Industry Liaison, and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.
In the early days of OEFFA, member Kamyar Enshayan wrote the beloved “Ask Dr. Head-in-the Sand Twisted” column for OEFFA’s newsletter. He now lives in north- east Iowa where he works to strengthen the region’s local food economy. He is an agricultural engineer by training and helps his students understand why we need food system transformation everywhere, but especially in the Midwest.
Dr. Joel Gruver is an Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture at Western Illinois University (WIU). He is the Director of the WIU Organic Research Program and conducts large scale replicated field experiments each year at the WIU Organic Research Farm, where he examines cover crops, nutrient sources, crop genetics, weed control practices, and solar corridors in organic cropping systems.
For 10 years, Alice Percy operated a commercial hog operation, becoming the largest certified hog producer in Maine. Alice has mentored hog farmers through the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), presented workshops on organic hog husbandry at MOFGA events and the annual Northeast Organic Farmers Association summer conference, and served on the MOFGA board. She currently works as the manager of the Organic Growers Supply division at Fedco Seeds.
As the National Young Farmer Coalition’s Land Access Director, Holly Ripon-Butler works to ensure that current and future generations of farmers have access to land on which they can support a career in agriculture. Holly grew up on her family’s multi-generation dairy and beef farm in upstate New York, where she continues to farm with her parents.
For 32 years, Mark Schultz has led numerous successful farm and rural organizing campaigns at the Land Stewardship Project, including development, passage, and implementation of the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. He has been a leader in building the power of Minnesota’s progressive movement and served in key roles with national racial, economic, and environmental justice organizations.
Dr. Erin Silva is an Associate Professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on sustainable and organic cropping systems, including cover crops, no-till production, variety selection, and the impact of organic management on the soil. Erin has launched an organic grain training program, OGRAIN, for farmers in the upper Midwest and serves on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council.
Included in general registration. Re-watch recorded workshops until March 31. Workshops are subject to change. Workshop descriptions are available here.
Workshop Session I: 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Advocating for Organic—Patty Lovera, Organic Farmers Association
Three Practical Strategies to Improve Access to Fruits and Vegetables Among Vulnerable Populations—Kamyar Enshayan, University of Northern Iowa
Proven Strategies for Profitable Urban Agriculture—Lisa Helm Hancock, Dayton Urban Grown Cooperative
Setting Up an Efficient Seed Starting Workspace—George Mertz, Patchwork Gardens
Utilizing Side-Dressed Swine Manure in Organic Corn—Eric Richer and Glen Arnold, The Ohio State University Extension
Poultry Disease Diagnosis—Mohamed El-Gazzar, Iowa State University
When Your Cows are Tired of Hearing About It: Addressing Farmer Mental Health—Kelly Cabral, The Ohio State University
Growing and Thriving on E-Commerce for Farmers’ Markets—Ross Olsen and Sam Sharkey, Ohio Farmers’ Market Network
Workshop Session II: 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET
Creating Fair, Democratic Workplaces: Walking Our Talk—Liz Henderson, Agricultural Justice Project
Tips and Tools for On-Farm Research—Cassy Brown and Elizabeth Hawkins, The Ohio State University
Soil Lead: Myths and Facts—Alyssa Zearley, The Ohio State University
Pivoting from Tillage to No-Till Practices in Vegetable Production—Matt Herbruck, Birdsong Farm
Farming with the Grain—Mark Dobson, reMARKable Farms
Live Question and Answer with Will Harris—Will Harris, White Oak Pastures
Practical Biogas Systems for Home and Small Farms—Matt Steiman, Dickinson College Farm
COVID and Organic Agriculture: One Year Later—Kellee James and Megan Thomas, Mercaris
Workshop Session III: 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET
Opportunity in Crisis: Building Power for a Sustainable and Just Food System in Ohio—Tevis Foreman, Produce Perks Midwest, Jaime Hadji, Ohio Farmers’ Market Network, Amalie Lipstreu, OEFFA, Amy Bodiker Baskes, Ohio Food Policy Network, Brian Estabrook, Franklin County Economic Development and Planning
Organic Machinery for No-Till and Weed Control—Jos Pelgröm, Treffler Man@Machine
Reliable, Restorative Harvests: Securing Supply with Easy-to-Grow, Nutritious Foods and Herbs—Barbara Utendorf, Wilmington College
Successful Succession Planting and Planning for the Flower Holidays—Dave Dowling, Ball Seed
Organic Perennial Grain Crops for Grain and Forage—Steve Culman, The Ohio State University Extension
Pasture-Based Livestock: Advancing Ecological, Economic, and Emotional Resilience—Paul Dorrance, Pastured Providence
Ohio AgrAbility: Assistive Technology to Keep You Farming— Laura Akgerman and Rachel Jarman, Ohio AgrAbility
Do Private Carbon Markets Make Sense for Farmers or the Climate?—Colin Mitchell, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Ben Lilliston, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Workshop Session IV: 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
The Right to Grow: Working at the Local Level to Expand Urban Agriculture—Brittany Jones, University of Toledo
Compost Quest for Glory: Exploring Newly Developed Methods— Nathan Rutz, Rust Belt Riders Composting
Heritage Meat Rabbits for the Homestead and Small Farm—Jerah Pettibone, Pettibone Urban Game
Irrigation System Design for Organic Production—Evan Axelbaum, Front Axle Farm
Organic Grain Market Outlook— Megan Thomas, Mercaris
Forage Grasses and the Impact on Birdsfoot Trefoil—Nathan Blake, West Virginia University
Civic Agriculture in a Food Desert: Healthy Living in Bronzeville—Julialynne Walker, Bronzeville Growers Market
E-Commerce Solutions for Direct-Marketing Farms—Michael Parker, National Young Farmers Coalition
Workshop Session V: 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET
A Bigger Food Movement: Building and Maintaining Broader Coalitions—Brennan Grayson, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center and the Good Food Cincinnati Coalition
Organic Seeds and You: Insights from the Seed World—Daniel Eggert, High Mowing Organic Seeds
Incorporating Native Plants in Your Landscapes—Dianne Kadonaga, Sunny Glen Garden
Using Shade Cloth and Sprinklers to Mitigate Summer Heat for Leafy Greens—Michelle Nowak, Franklinton Farms, Tim McDermott, The Ohio State University Extension
Intensifying Cover Crops in Organic Grain Systems through Interseeding—Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Happy Pigs Taste Better—Alice Percy, Fedco Seeds
Breathwork For Building Resilience—Christian Totty, LOAM Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Marketing Organic Products in Ohio—Monica Bongue-Bartelsman, Muddy Fork Farm
Workshop Session VI: 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Building OEFFA’s Impact on the Food and Farm System—Mark Schultz
Life in the Soil: The Soil Food Web’s Five Over-Arching Principles—Elaine Ingham, Soil Food Web
Foraging: It’s Not Just for the Wilderness—Alexis Nikole Nelson, Black Forager
Growing Late Season Tomatoes Using Suckers vs. Seeds—Guy and Sandy Ashmore, That Guy’s Family Farm
Crop Rotation: Evolving, Not Revolving, for Improved Management—Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University
How Dairy Farms Can Thrive in Our Changing World—Mark McAfee, Organic Pastures Dairy
Mulberry: An Easy Fruit and Forage Crop for Any Farm—Weston Lombard, Solid Ground Farm
What’s Your Break Even Price?—Ellen Polishuk, Plant to Profit
Workshop Session VII: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET
Getting Your Hands Dirty: Fighting Polluting Energy Projects in Our Communities—Rose Monahan and Lauren Ketcham, Friends of Perry State Forest
Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds—Jo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance
Gardening: Where to Start, Where to Finish—Deb Knapke, GardenComm
Successional Planting in High Tunnels—Dana Hilfinger, Central State University
Integrating Steel and Ecology for Better Weed Management— Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University
Adding Livestock Guardian Dogs to Your Farm: Things to Know—Keba Hitzeman, Innisfree on the Stillwater
Natural Building and Remodeling Home Tour—Nick Leone
Diversify Smarter, Not Harder—Alexis Dragovich, Mud Run Farm, Chelsea Gandy, Fox Hollow Farm
Workshop Session VIII: 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
Land Access: Advocacy Tools You Can Use—Holly Rippon-Butler, National Young Farmers Coalition
Your Farm Can Cool the Climate—Glenn Gall
Pesticides Wintering in Your Hives—Michele Colopy, LEAD for Pollinators
Growing Organic Gourmet Garlic in Midwest Climates—Rod and Jennifer Sharpnack, Family Roots Farm
Soil Health Economics in an Organic System—Jim Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services
Expanding Appalachia Ohio’s Artisanal Meat Production—Leslie Schaller, ACEnet
Achieving Personal Food Sovereignty through Community— Sherry Chen, Andelain Fields
Online and Social Media Marketing: Where Do You Belong?—Angela Blatt, The Ohio State University Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation, Lyndsey and Seth Teter, Six Buckets Farm
to Heal a Climate in Crisis
with the Real Organic Project
Friday, February 12—7:00-8:30 p.m. ET
Included in general registration
Organic farming is one of the most powerful tools we have for building a prosperous future in the face of the climate crisis. That future demands a food system rooted in the soil and based on integrity and transparency. In this very special presentation, the Real Organic Project’s Linley Dixon and Dave Chapman share video from the Real Organic Symposium featuring pre-recorded interviews with some of our movement’s brightest minds and most passionate advocates as they reflect on the organic movement’s beginnings, and the connections between organic farming and addressing climate change.
A Conversation with Senator Sherrod Brown
Friday, February 12—9:00-9:30 a.m. ET
Included in general registration
OEFFA welcomes Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for a recorded message about the issues that matter most to OEFFA members. After brief opening remarks, Senator Brown will answer preselected questions from OEFFA members about agriculture, food access, and policy. After viewing the message from the Senator, join us for a brief conversation about the issues discussed and share your reactions or any additional questions you have for the Senator.
Senator Brown was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and serves on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, where he has been instrumental in strengthening the farm safety net and addressing childhood hunger. He was recognized by OEFFA in 2018 with the Food and Farm Champion Award for his consistent work supporting investments in local and regional food systems that contribute to farmer viability, job creation, and improved public health.
Included in general registration
OEFFA is excited to offer two thought-provoking conversations presented by Earth Tools.
The Future of Certified Organic and Hydroponic Production: A Congenial Debate
Few questions have stirred up the organic community as much as this one: Can hydroponic farming systems be certified organic?
During this substantive and thoughtful “Oxford debate,” Dave Chapman, Executive Director of the Real Organic Project, and Kelly Damewood, CEO of California Certified Organic Farmers, will share their distinct positions on whether hydroponics can be consistent with organic principles and what our path forward on this contentious issue should be.
Dave and Kelly will each offer an opening statement in support or opposition of the resolution: “The future of certified organic production includes hydroponics.” The moderator and audience members will then be able to ask questions, and each will make a closing statement. The audience’s position on the resolution will be polled before and after the debate to determine which side was able to change the most minds.
Up for Debate: Lab-Grown Meat
Many companies all over the world are developing “meat” products from animal cells cultured in laboratories. In December, Singapore approved lab-grown “chicken” for public consumption, becoming the first country to allow cultured meat to enter its commercial food supply. Advocates promote this technology as environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free, but many questions remain about the veracity of these claims, the safety of this technology, and the regulatory environment it will be subject to.
We hoped to host a robust debate about the promises and pitfalls of lab-grown meat, but proponents declined to participate. Instead, Center for Food Safety Policy Director Jaydee Hanson will seed the conversation with an overview of the technologies involved, where they are in development, how they may or may not be regulated, and what we know and do not know about their impacts on the environment, animal welfare, and human health.
Included in general registration
The OEFFA conference is for kids too! OEFFA’s Youth Agricultural Education Chapter is organizing 1 live event and 5 on-demand activities for our youngest farmers and foodies. Children do not need to register separately to attend.
Write a letter to the president on Monday, February 15 or enjoy activities anytime like story time with Chapter President Josh Stephens, a digital escape barn and dungeon, or answer regenerative agriculture trivia.
Mini-NCR-SARE Farmers Forum
Included in general registration
OEFFA is proud to host a mini North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR- SARE) Farmers Forum! Workshops describing projects funded by the NCR-SARE Program are found throughout the conference workshop schedule, featuring topics like meat rabbits, using suckers for late season tomatoes, value-added processing for meat, and mulberry production.
An Educational Happy Hour
with the Western Reserve Distillers
Friday, February 12—6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Included in general registration
Looking to shake things up this Valentines Day?! Hand crafting a cocktail for that special someone is a great way to show them how much they mean to you. Western Reserve Distillers, Ohio’s only certified organic craft distillery, is hosting a mixology lesson in which you will learn about distilled spirits and make two shaken cocktails: a vodka gimlet and a vodka sidecar. Meet organic farmer Dean McIlvaine of Twin Parks Organic Farm, who supplies meat proteins for the distillery’s onsite restaurant.
Come prepared to mix things up using this list of cocktail ingredients and supplies and locations for finding Western Reserve spirits near you. Or, just show up to enjoy the company of others after a day of learning and networking!
Sunday, February 14—5:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Chefinar registration is now closed
Prepare dinner in your kitchen with a Michelin star-rated chef! This live, interactive virtual cooking class led by Fēst’s exceptional chefs, including Chef Tiffany Swan, will guide participants through a delicious meal: chickpea sofrito with creamy polenta and roasted root vegetables, with apple galette for dessert. The ingredient list will be shared ahead of time, so you can gather everything and be ready to cook!
A Community Day for
Reflection, Regeneration, and Action
The final day of conference reserves time for reflection and action. Hear one-on-one interviews with OEFFA changemakers and and essential conversations with diverse voices in the food system about their experiences this year and what they are doing to prepare for 2021. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your feedback and ideas for building collective strength and developing a new strategic plan to guide OEFFA’s work.
Our Time Is Now: Conversations About 2020 and the Road Ahead
Monday, February 15—10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. ET
Included in general registration
2020 has been a hard year for all of us. From the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastation of lives, businesses, and social fabric, to the killing of George Floyd, the ensuing protests, and the urgency and awareness it created around long standing injustices, all of us have lost this year, all of us have faced uncertainty, and all of us persevered. In our perseverance we learned, we grew, and we now look ahead to a world that will never be the same and we have no choice but to try and shape for the better. In that spirit of reflection and action, OEFFA will host a series of four panels on the final day of conference featuring a diverse array of people from all over our food system. We will ask them how their year went, what they faced, how they adapted, what gives them hope, and how they plan to move forward stronger.
Panel 1 Presenters: Jonathan Gingerich, Yonie’s Greenhaus, Ben Bebenroth, Spice Companies, Sasha Sigetic, Hocking College Agroecology Program, Black Locust Livestock & Herbal (Moderator: Julia Barton)
Panel 2 Presenters: Adrienne Williams, Growing and Growth Collective, Drausin Wulsin, Grassroots Farm and Foods, Dave Sokoll, Oberlin Food Hub (Moderator: Rachel Tayse)
Panel 3 Presenters: Rose Smith, Organic Valley, Erin Harvey, Keller Market House, Lancaster Farmers Market, Sophia Buggs, Lady Buggs Farm
Panel 4 Presenters: Beth Knorr, Summit Food Coalition, Ted Stutz, Ohio Earth Food, Richard Stewart, Carriage House Farm (Moderator: Eric Pawlowski)
Essential Conversations with OEFFA Changemakers
Monday, February 15—4:30-5:30 p.m. ET
Included in general registration
One of the most inspiring things about OEFFA is our members’ passion, dedication, and unique stories. It may be cliché to say, but it is fundamentally true that we cannot do what we do without you. To drive this point home, and simply to have an excuse to chat with some of the insightful folks who make OEFFA what it is, our staff have recorded interviews with a few of the OEFFA members who have shown up for us over the years to learn more about what inspires them. Watch discussions with Walter Bonham of The Food Lab in Richland County, Emily Jackle of Mile Creek Farm in Montgomery County, Angela Schriver of Schriver Organics in Lorain County, Jordan Settlage of Settlage & Settlage Dairy in Auglaize County, and Bob O’Neil of Village Bakery & Cafe in Athens County. These are folks whom we rely on to move our work forward, and we think you should get to know them.
Exhibit, Sponsor, or Advertise at Conference
Increase your visibility across the conference through sponsorship, exhibitor, and advertising opportunities.
Questions? Contact Renee Hunt at email@example.com or (614) 947-1642.
Exhibit Hall Hours
Open throughout conference!
Dedicated exhibit hall hours:
Thursday-Sunday 2-3 p.m. ET
Saturday 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET
Our trade show will be at a whole new level for the 2022 conference!
The in-person exhibit hall will be packed with a diversity of vendors, offering you a one-stop shopping experience. You’ll find businesses that can help you find your market, products that you can use on your farm or in your backyard, services that will help your farm or homestead succeed, quality locally-produced merchandise for your pantry and home, and useful information from knowledgeable nonprofit and educational institutions.
Through our conference app and online conference platform, you can easily message vendors and access exhibitor and sponsor information at your fingertips.
Be sure to check out all that the Exhibit Hall has to offer, including OEFFAstead—home to all things OEFFA in the trade show.
Exhibit Hall Hospitality
There are seating areas available within the trade show for attendees and exhibitors to relax, reflect, and engage with fellow conference-goers. Grab a cup of coffee and some literature to peruse, and sit and visit for a while with your OEFFA family.
Try your luck for a chance to win a variety of wonderful products and services, courtesy of many of our exhibitors, sponsors, and other conference supporters. Funds raised support OEFFA’s educational work.
Organic Certification Assistance
Are you certified organic or considering certification? Bring your questions and paperwork! OEFFA Certification staff will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance and to answer questions about the organic certification process, organic standards, and certification guidelines.
Getting your hands on OEFFA swag is now easier than ever!
CLOZTALK, an online merchandise business set up to help raise not-for-profit awareness, selected OEFFA as one of its charities. A wide selection of branded clothing—t-shirts, hoodies, trucker baseball caps, and much more—is available. Shopping and delivery are made easy, and OEFFA receives a share of CLOZTALK’s net profits.
Exhibit Hall OEFFA Merchandise
Don’t forget your OEFFA swag! Aluminum “No Spray” and other signs and organic logo stickers will be for sale.
Exhibit Hall Book Table
Here’s your chance to get great deals on scads of food and farming book titles! We also encourage you to donate your gently used farm and food books at conference, or before the event. Book sales support OEFFA’s work.
ACRES USA Bookstore Online
We know the OEFFA book table is a big part of the annual conference trade show experience but, if you can’t join us in person you still can still find a comprehensive selection of books right at your fingertips…virtually! OEFFA is partnering with Acres USA to offer books from Chelsea Green Publishing and many others, so you’ll be able to order many of the same great farming and food-related titles.
Registration Pricing at a Glance
Watch session video recordings until March 31 when you purchase post-conference access!
Sliding scale for members begins at $90
NOFA-NY Conference Special*
Register by January 10
Sliding scale for members begins at $90, Become a student member for $10!
Food and Farm School
Register by January 25
View OEFFA’s Frequently Asked Questions and Community Standards for participation in the OEFFA conference, as well as our conference mobile and web app guide.
*NOFA-NY CONFERENCE SPECIAL
We know 2020 has been a tough year, tougher for some. If you can make it possible for someone else to come to the OEFFA conference, you will be thanked with a complimentary registration to the Northeast Organic Farm Association-New York (NOFA-NY) conference online January 16-23!
Here’s the special give-and-get deal: For $250, you can register for both the OEFFA and NOFA-NY conferences and donate an OEFFA conference scholarship to someone else! And, like the OEFFA conference, if you can’t attend all the NOFA-NY sessions live, you can watch the videos on demand.
The NOFA-NY Conference Special ends January 10.
PURCHASE ACCESS TO CONFERENCE RECORDINGS
Although the conference is over, the learning can still continue! Register now to gain access to the conference web and mobile apps and watch pre-recorded video sessions until March 31.
Because this year has been hard on many people, OEFFA is offering a sliding scale for conference registration to our members. Members who can’t afford the full registration price of $150 can pay what they can, from as little as $90. Contact Renee at (614) 947-1642 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or want to learn about scholarship options.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PERSONS OF COLOR
Thanks to generous funds from the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) and others, OEFFA is able to offer scholarships to increase the diversity of conference attendees, with particular focus on underrepresented participants such as Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people who are or want to be in food system work, for example as farmers, farmworkers, food preparation and service workers, food nutrition and food system advocates, or food and farm educators. Award priority will be given to Ohio residents who have not previously attended the conference. Apply here or call Renee Hunt at (614) 947-1642. Scholarships will be awarded beginning the week of January 4.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BEGINNING FARMERS
To support beginning farmers with a financial need, OEFFA will again offer scholarships to help farmers start or improve their operations. Click here to see if you’re eligible or to apply for a scholarship or contact Rachel Tayse at (614) 947-1633. The deadline to apply is January 6.
Begin Farming scholarships are made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY FARMERS
Food Animals Concerns Trust (FACT) will award scholarships to cover registration fees for livestock and poultry farmers to participate in the 2021 OEFFA Conference. Scholarships are limited and are awarded on a first come, first served basis to eligible farmers.
Take a Virtual Tour of the 2020 Conference in Dayton!
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Videos recorded during the 2021 OEFFA online conference
The in-person conference events will be held at the Dayton Convention Center () located at 22 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402. We’re excited to announce that the Dayton Convention Center is now under new management, and a lot of positive upgrades to the venue are being planned!
Show your OEFFA conference name tag at nearly 30 participating Dayton attractions, restaurants, and retail businesses for special discounts!
There’s lots to see and do in Dayton when you join us for the conference! Dayton offers the dining, nightlife, and buzz of the city, at a size and scale that makes it easy to get around and enjoy. Check out some of these nearby attractions:
Explore the galleries, shops, restaurants, bars, and businesses of the nearby Oregon Arts District. Nearly all the businesses in this historic downtown neighborhood are locally owned and operated.
Shop the year-round 2nd Street Market, located in a charming historical freight house and featuring local growers, bakers, culinary specialists, and artisans.
Get outside at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, a 200 acre nature complex, which includes an education center, a 72-acre educational farm, six miles of walking trails, farm animals, and a discovery center.
Home to the Wright Brothers, Dayton is known as the “birthplace of aviation.” Learn about Ohio’s aviation history at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, the Wright family mansion Hawthorn Hill, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and other aviation sites—many of which are free and open to the public.
Explore 30 historical buildings on 65 acres and see the original 1905 Wright Flyer III at Carillon Historical Park, which is also home to Carillon Brewing Company, the only U.S. museum to make beer using techniques from the 1800s.
Travel back in time and learn about Ohio’s earliest peoples at SunWatch Village and Archaeological Park and enjoy family learning at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, a natural history museum, science center, children’s museum, planetarium, observatory, and zoo.
See memorabilia, hear funk music, and learn about the musicians who brought this art form to life at the new Funk Museum Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center.
Enjoy Dayton’s selection of music, dance, theater, and visual arts performances. Tour the The Dayton Art Institute housed in one of Dayton’s best-known landmarks, a 1919 Italian Renaissance-inspired building overlooking downtown. The Dayton International Peace Museum offers exhibits, activities, and events that focus on nonviolence. K12 Gallery & TEJAS is nonprofit visual arts center open to all ages, where you can view current exhibits, a sales gallery, and artists at work.
Parking and Transportation
Parking is available in the Transportation Center parking garage () for $6 per day maximum ($2 per hour, $1 per partial hour), or at no cost for Radisson Hotel Dayton Convention Center guests.
The garage is located one block east of the Dayton Convention Center on 5th St. at Jefferson St. The garage offers a covered skywalk on Level 1 that connects to the third floor of the convention center.
Please pay for your parking before you get in your car to leave the facility by using the pay stations located on Level 1 (the skywalk level) at the parking garage.
The pay stations are located directly across from the elevators on the right as you are walking across the skywalk to the garage. They are located immediately on the right before you get to the elevators, which will be straight ahead.
Please note, there are no cashiers stationed at the exits. Credit/debit cards are the only form of payment that are accepted at the exits and are subject to additional charges if used at the exit. To use cash, you must use a pay station that is located on Level 1 of the parking garage. The pay station will also accept credit and debit cards.
For more information and directions, visit the Dayton Convention Center website.
In the event that the Transportation Center parking garage is full, overflow parking is available at the Montgomery County Reibold Building parking garage () on E. 5th St. between Main St. and Ludlow St.
Columbus Irrigation Company
High Mowing Seeds
Farm and Dairy
The Fertrell Company
Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance
Ohio Earth Food
Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative
Agroecosystems Management Program (AMP), CFAES, OSU
Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT)
OSU Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER)
Five Rivers MetroParks
Kevin Morgan Studio
Nature’s Path Foods
OEFFA Grain Growers Chapter
Plant Talk Radio
Shagbark Seed & Mill
Western Reserve Distillers
Dayton Urban Green
Dayton Urban Grown
Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
OSU AgrAbility Program
Rosebud’s Real Food
Stauf’s Coffee Roasters
Weston A. Price Foundation
Conference Champions: Audrey Albright, Wesley Anderson, Jennifer Angone, Amy Baskes, James Bidigare, Ann Brandt, Anne Brosnan, Bryna Chandler, Jeanne Duckett, Britton Devier, Diantha Duren, Steve Edwards, Carol Eichert, Brian Gardener, Ben and Michelle Gibbons, Erin Harvey, Christine Hughes, Susie Huser, Bob Huston, Ben Jackle, Katie Jesurun, David Karikomi, Eef Kolkman, Nick Leone, Tony Logan, Sean McGovern, Dean McIlvaine, George Mertz, Jeff Molnar, Logan Morrow, The Procter Center, Tobert Rocheford, Harv Roehling, Judy Sauer, Helen Sites, Carol Smathers, Vernon Smith, Edward Snavely, Richard Stewart, Jessica Tingey, Mardy Townsend, Kim Whitehead, Anna Wolak, Drausin Wulsin, Cori Yaeger
Conference artwork created by Rosanna Morris. Conference photography provided by Ed Chen.