An engaged community is essential to cultivating a future in which sustainable and organic farmers thrive, local food nourishes our communities, and agricultural practices protect and enhance our environment. Your participation in OEFFA chapter activities not only helps us to maintain a strong, regional network of local food and farm champions; it’s also a great way to get more out of your OEFFA membership and stay connected with other OEFFA members throughout the year!
Many of OEFFA’s chapters have rotating steering committees that allow for experience in community organizing and all welcome volunteers to help organize chapter events and share feedback. Members are the heart and soul of OEFFA, and chapters are the vessel that channels and magnifies the hands and voices of our members.
Conference guests are welcome to attend any OEFFA chapter meet up. Learn more about all the chapters, including their service areas, here. OEFFA members can select up to 4 chapters to participate in; contact Kristy Yonyon at (614) 421-2022 or email@example.com to update your chapter affiliation.
Not coming to conference, but still want to connect with a chapter? Watch our website for direct links to the meet ups (no registration required), or contact Kristy!
Southeast Ohio Chapter
Thursday, February 11—12:00-1:00 p.m.
If you live in Southeast Ohio, you are encouraged to connect or reconnect with others in your region! Now that 2021 is here, the chapter would love to reinvigorate our good food community and cook up some plans for the months ahead, so bring your ideas for what the chapter can do to make progress at the local, state, and national level. A chapter president and secretary will also be chosen, so please consider serving in this capacity for the coming year.
MOON (Miami Oxford Organic Network) Chapter
Thursday, February 11—3:30-4:30 p.m.
The MOON chapter has a history of more than 20 years collaborating with local residents and nonprofit groups enthusiastic about organic food and growing. Current leadership is ready to retire, so new member-leaders are needed to carry on the tradition of providing educational programs and sharing OEFFA’s resources in the region. Join them to learn more about how you can get involved!
Market Gardening Chapter
Friday, February 12—11:00-12:30 p.m.
The Market Gardening chapter connects market gardeners throughout the state in order to share ideas and experience and learn from each other. They hold meetings and potlucks with educational speakers and host a Facebook group for members to share questions and experiences and to make connections. Join them in a unique virtual space that you’ll want to experience for yourself!
Grain Growers Chapter
Friday, February 12—3:00-4:00 p.m.
All current and up-and-coming organic grain producers are welcome to join this chapter meet up following the Organic Grain Market Outlook workshop and exhibit hall break. They will be discussing the state of our markets, as well as other takeaways from the first three days of conference. Don’t miss this opportunity to socialize with other growers, and bounce around ideas of how to set yourself up for success to make your grain operation the best that it can be.
Southwest Chapter (SWOEFFA)
Friday, February 12—3:30-4:30 p.m.
All are welcome to gather for a virtual meet up to great SWOEFFA members and learn more about joining this vibrant chapter. SWOEFFA’s 2020 monthly Zoom meetings (second Sundays from 7-8:30 p.m.) have been lively, informative, and fun. Bring ideas for topics you’d like to learn about at future meetings!
Marketing Our Organic Ohio Chapter
Saturday, February 13—11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
This newest OEFFA chapter is focused on creating a collaborative and cooperative marketing strategy that can benefit organic, transitional, and aspiring organic growers in Ohio. The chapter’s goal is to increase communication regarding organic producers’ marketing efforts and help members learn from each other about what marketing works and what could be improved. Please join them for their first meeting as a chapter to help create something meaningful and impactful within the OEFFA community.
Lake Effect Chapter
Saturday, February 13—11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Lake Effect chapter meet up will include some time for socializing and a slideshow on the soil web of life. The chapter was formed to encourage the production and consumption of organic food in Northeast Ohio and works to accomplish this through educational meetings on organic agriculture, activism at local markets and county fairs, and by facilitating interaction between local farmers and consumers.
Heart of Ohio Chapter
Sunday, February 14—3:00-3:30 p.m.
The Heart of Ohio chapter will be discussing a plan to meet quarterly, with the intention to schedule some farm tours and seasonal workshops. Join this meet up if you live in east central Ohio!
Little Miami Chapter
Sunday, February 14—3:30-4:00 p.m.
The Little Miami Chapter in southwest Ohio is a group of farmers, gardeners, and consumers dedicated to sharing and promoting organic growing practices, marketing, and new ideas. Join them to connect and encourage each other!
Youth Agricultural Education Chapter
Monday, February 15—3:00-4:00 p.m.
The Youth Agricultural Education chapter provides support and connection for OEFFA members who work with or are interested in working with youth to cultivate the next generation of sustainable farmers and consumers. Chapter meetings provide a venue for agricultural educators to share strategies and ideas that promote sustainable agriculture instruction both inside and outside of traditional classroom environments.