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For Immediate Release Monday, January 10, 2000
Contact: Sean McGovern, Executive Director, OEFFA @ 614/267-3663
OEFFA Announces 21st Annual OEFFA Conference
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is proud to announce its 21st
Annual Conference, themed, "Our Biological Heritage, Seeds of the Past,
Seeds for the Future." The Conference will be held March 4th & 5th, 2000,
at Northridge School, in Johnstown, Ohio. Experts from Ohio and around the
country will be on hand sharing sustainable agriculture production and
marketing techniques through a wide variety of workshops and plenary
speeches. The OEFFA conference is Ohio's largest annual sustainable and
organic agriculture gathering with approximately 700 consumers, farmers,
and retailers in attendance.
Don Bixby, Executive Director of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy,
will present a plenary session entitled "Heirloom Seeds and Breeds for a
Sustainable Future." Cass Peterson, Market Gardener from Western
Pennsylvania, will present sessions entitled "Small Farm Diversification,"
focusing on diverse revenue streams as insurance for small farmers. In
addition, CR Lawn, Director of Fedco Seeds, will present the role of
heirloom seedstocks and their role in agricultural democracy and
sustainability. Speakers may be available for interviews. For more
information, call the number below.
The conference will feature over 40 workshops on sustainable and organic
food production, marketing, and networking. Workshops include topics such
as Working with Draft Horses, Transitioning to Organic Grain Farming,
Advanced and Beginner Berry Production, Free Range Livestock Systems,
Producing Bedding Plants, Developing in Home Food Systems, The Role of Rare
Breeds in Sustainable Agriculture, Farmers' Market Sales, and more. In
addition, a 4 hour short course on organic greenhouse maintenance and
production will be offered during the two day conference.
Other activities will include a trade show for ecological entrepreneurs, a
Saturday night contra dance, child care services and children's conference,
and Ohio grown and organic meals prepared by OEFFA's Chef David Tidd.
Attendees will have the opportunity to browse the Organic Trade Show, which
features organic and sustainable product vendors from across Ohio and the
Registration fees for the conference begin at $45, with volunteer discounts
available. Child care is available. Early registration deadline is 2/10/00.
On site and single day registrations will be accepted. For a copy of the
workshop schedule, registration forms, or trade show information, contact
PO Box 82234, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Phone 614/267-3663, fax 614/267-4763, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OEFFA is a non profit organization founded in 1979 as a broad based
membership association of farmers, gardeners and consumers which conducts
Ohio's organic certification program, and hosts numerous educational
programs for sustainable and organic farmers, gardeners, and their
Sean McGovern, Executive Director
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
PO Box 82234 Columbus Ohio 43202
(ph) 614/267-3663 (fx) 614/267-4763 email: email@example.com
For OCIA/OEFFA Organic Certification services in Ohio, call OEFFA
Certification Coordinator, Sylvia Upp at 419/853-4060 or fax 419/853-3022
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