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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
P.O. Box 82234
Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: (614) 294-3663
Contact: Sean McGovern
Newsletter: Bimonthly, $15
The Ohio Ecological Food
and Farm Association (OEFFA) was founded in 1979 as a broad-based membership
association of farmers, gardeners and consumers working together to promote a
sustainable, permanent, accountable and healthful agriculture in Ohio and
We support wider study and adoption of resource-conserving
farm and garden practices, preservation of family farms, the use of appropriate
technology, greater regional food self-reliance, and the wise development of our
rural and urban landscape. We encourage everyone involved in the food industry
to implement ecologically sound practices and policies which respect the
resource needs of future generations.
- Annual meeting. A two-day conference in late winter combines
information, inspiration, grower-to-grower exchanges, fun and organically grown
- Certification services. OEFFA's state-approved organic
certification program performs on-farm inspections and farm management reviews
to assure that crop and livestock producers meet Ohio's minimum standards for
organically grown food. These services protect farmers, distributors, consumers
and the environment.
- Networking. Our members are an invaluable source of practical
knowledge and experience. An annual membership directory helps members make
better use of this resource. OEFFA also networks with other Ohio organizations
whose missions intersect ours, and maintains an office in Columbus.
- Product Promotion. OEFFA promotes organically grown food through
consumer education, an annual guide to certified organic farms and gardens, and
- Newsletter. Farmer profiles, coverage of state and national
developments, book reviews, lists of educational events and resources, and
organizational news are found in our bimonthly newsletter.
- Legislation. OEFFA helped establish Ohio's organic "standard
of identity" several years ago, and continues to monitor proposed state and
federal legislative action, working on behalf of sustainable agriculture
research and education, farm and farmland preservation, and citizens' right to
- Summer farm tours. A series of tours to certified-organic farms,
gardens, and orchards gives growers, educators and consumers an opportunity to
see (and taste) organic food production, and to quiz organic producers about
their farming practices.
- Regional chapters. Regional chapters provide a community of
support, friendship, and opportunity for members to respond to local interests
and needs. Most regions meet several times a year, and all have representation
of the OEFFA board.
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