2021 Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Links: Virtual Experience | Registration | Pricing | Community Standards


VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

WHAT IS A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE?

OEFFA’s virtual conference will grant you access to exclusive video content, including 64 60-minute workshops, 3 full-day Food and Farm School classes (must be purchased separately), 3 keynote lectures, and more. You’ll be able to see and hear speakers while following along with their presentation slides, and have access to both a mobile and web app for viewing recordings and exploring speakers, sponsors, and more.

DO I HAVE TO WATCH LIVE?

Yes and no. To get the full experience, attending live will connect you with attendees and allow you to ask our speakers questions directly. However, on-demand replay will be available for most sessions until March 31. Food and Farm School registrants will have access to a recording of their Food and Farm School workshop, but not the rest of conference, unless they register for both. Recordings are not available for the open mic, members meeting, mixology lesson, land link mixer, strategic planning meeting, BIPOC discussion, and chapter meet ups.

CAN I WATCH ON MY PHONE OR OTHER DEVICE?

Yes, you can join our event and use the mobile and web apps on your tablet, phone, or desktop computer.

For the best experience, we recommend using BOTH the mobile app for conference on-the-go AND the web version on your computer or tablet for streaming Zoom sessions. 

The web app will simply allow you to enjoy conference through a tab in your browser. Socio suggests using Chrome with the web app for the best performance; OEFFA staff have found it also works well on Firefox.

If you’re using the mobile app, remember to “refresh” it from time to time (using the circular arrow) for the latest updates. In order to download the mobile app, your phone must meet the minimum system requirements: iOS 11 for iPhone and 5.0 for Android. If you’re concerned because you have an older phone, check under Settings in your phone; the operating system will generally be listed as Version.

OEFFA conference sessions will be held on Zoom. Be sure to have both Zoom and the conference app available on your preferred computer, phone, or other device. New to Zoom? Check out OEFFA’s conference Zoom guide.

WHAT IS THE ONLINE EXPERIENCE LIKE?

We are excited to host our conference on Socio. The platform and app are easy to use! Read OEFFA’s guide to the conference mobile and web app for easy-to-follow instructions to help you navigate this new virtual world. You can also explore Socio’s App Help Center (please note Socio was originally designed for in-person conferences, so some of the features referenced may not apply to OEFFA’s online event).

OEFFA conference sessions will be held on Zoom and accessible through your conference web or mobile app. Read OEFFA’s conference Zoom guide if you need support getting started with Zoom.

HOW DO I ACCESS THE APPS?

If you’ve registered, you can access the web version of the Socio platform here (for desktop computers; no download required), download the mobile app from Apple’s iTunes store here, or download the mobile app from Google Play here.

You will need to sign in using the email you registered with and create a unique password (be sure to hang onto this, but here are instructions on how to reset your password if you forget). If you don’t know which email address you are registered under, please contact Kristy Yonyon as soon as possible at (614) 947-1611 or kristy@oeffa.org.

Once you’ve entered your email and created your password, you will be prompted to accept Socio’s terms of service and to create a personal profile that other guests will see.

If you already have the Socio app or need to look for our event within the app, search “OEFFA’s 42nd Annual Conference: Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain,” and tap “join.”

If you are experiencing a technical difficulty with the apps, Socio offers live chat, email, and phone support.

HOW DO I GET HELP IF I NEED IT?

We first recommend checking our frequently asked questions, conference app guide, and conference Zoom guide pages for answers. If that doesn’t answer your question, please contact Renee Hunt at (614) 947-1642 or renee@oeffa.org.

HOW DOES A VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL WORK?

Visiting exhibitors is easier than ever! Just click on the online trade show to find a diversity of vendors, offering you a one-stop shopping experience. It’s simple to send an instant request for more information, and you can even sort the exhibitor list if you are searching for specific goods or services. Grab informational handouts, watch educational videos, and connect to online stores.


REGISTRATION

WHAT’S THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER?

Registration to attend the conference live ended February 8, 2021. Recording-only access to the conference will be available for purchase post-event. Recordings will be available until March 31.

CAN MORE THAN ONE PERSON WATCH WITH A SINGLE REGISTRATION?

Technically, yes. But, when you register yourself and others, you provide OEFFA with essential financial support and you get karmically-approved access to dozens of hours of educational video sessions and the Socio virtual conference environment.

If you want to organize a viewing for a few folks, contact Renee Hunt at (614) 947-1642 or renee@oeffa.org to let us know what you are planning, and we can find a very reasonable rate to get you all in.

WHAT DOES MY REGISTRATION INCLUDE?

General registration includes 64 60-minute workshops, 3 keynote lectures, and nearly a dozen other special events, like debates and panel conversations. Registration for the Food and Farm School classes must be purchased separately.


PRICING

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The recommended registration price for members is $150. However, 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 can pay what they can, from as little as $90. Food and Farm School classes start at $50.

IS THERE A STUDENT RATE?

Yes and no. We decided a student rate for members was unnecessary because of our sliding scale fee structure, which allows members to register for less than last year’s student rate. If you do not wish to join OEFFA, we have a student rate of $110 available for non-members.

CAN I REGISTER FOR A SINGLE WORKSHOP OR ONLY ONE DAY?

No, but our sliding scale pricing provides a lot of flexibility. With conference extending over six days, we wanted to keep things simple this year, both for our registrants and for our staff who have to manage attendee access to different parts of the online conference environment. If you only plan to attend a for one day or a few specific sessions, we encourage you to use the sliding scale to pay what you think is appropriate for the level of access you plan to use.

ARE THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS?

A limited number of scholarships may still be available. Contact Renee Hunt at (614) 947-1642 or renee@oeffa.org to check availability.

ARE THERE REFUNDS?

Due to the virtual nature of this event, no refunds will be given. Transfer of registration to another person must be done by January 25, 2021.

OEFFA reserves the right to revoke conference platform access if community standards are broken (see below). No refunds will be given to attendees who are removed from the conference platform for violation of these standards.


COMMUNITY STANDARDS

WHAT ARE THE CONDUCT REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATING IN CONFERENCE?

All are welcome here. OEFFA values diversity within our organization and at our annual conference. Like in ecological agriculture, diversity plays an important role in cultivating symbiotic and sustainable relationships between both plants and humans. A community that embraces everyone regardless of race, nationality, creed, political belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or ability braves the harshest season and bears the sweetest fruit. We ask that all conference participants:

Be kind. All participants are encouraged to connect with other attendees, post to discussion boards, use the chat feature, engage in breakout sessions, and get the most out of what the platform has to offer. Spam and offensive, divisive, or profane language are not permitted, and will be removed. Furthermore, degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, or identify will not be tolerated, nor will bullying or slanderous messages or posts about other attendees, staff, volunteers, speakers, sponsors, or exhibitors.

Be ethical. Attendees must respect the intellectual property of speakers by refraining from any unauthorized sharing of their materials. The recording, copying, and distribution of a speaker’s presentation or other content without their express consent is strictly prohibited. Likewise, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors shall not violate any copyrights with respect to the writings, music, or other material they use during the conference, and assume sole liability and responsibility for the use and display of all copyrighted materials at the conference, and shall obtain any and all necessary licenses therefore. OEFFA takes no responsibility for the unauthorized sharing of copyrighted material.

Be you. Allowing others to login to the Socio conference platform during or after the event with your credentials is forbidden. OEFFA relies on conference revenue to fund our work and we need everyone who attends to register through proper channels. We offer scholarships and have instituted a sliding scale registration fee this year to make the conference as accessible as possible. If you have a friend, family member, or colleague who does not qualify for a scholarship and cannot afford to attend the conference, please have them reach out to us directly so we can try to work something out rather than allowing them to use your registration credentials.

Be patient. This virtual event is new to all of us, including OEFFA staff, speakers, and exhibitors. Technical issues may arise, and we ask that you be gracious while we navigate this new landscape. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

OEFFA staff, volunteers, speakers, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors are expected to honor these standards. OEFFA reserves the right to revoke conference platform access if community standards are broken. No refunds will be given to attendees who are removed from the conference platform for violation of these standards.

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