OEFFA Pros And Cons

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For the past three years, the Foundation has provided support to the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) for its public policy program. With Foundation support, OEFFA has worked diligently to define its policy agenda and create an online advocacy infrastructure for its work. Among the issues OEFFA has focused on is the reauthorization of the Federal Farm Bill, as Ohio has several key appointments on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and its impacts on sustainable farming.

OEFFA was founded in 1979 and is a grassroots coalition of farmers, backyard gardeners, consumers, retailers, educators, researchers, and others who share a desire to build a healthy food system that brings
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Each conference features more than 60 workshops taught by experienced OEFFA members, farmers, and researchers on sustainable farming, gardening, and living.

• Organic Certification – One of the oldest, largest, and most respected programs in the nation, OEFFA’s certification program ensures that organic crop and livestock producers meet the high standards established for organically grown food.

• Farm Tours and Workshops – Free public tours feature organic and sustainable farmers and gardens in Ohio, providing unique opportunities for growers, educators, and conscientious eaters to see, taste, feel, and learn what alternative production systems are all about from the farmers themselves. OEFFA also offers workshops and other educational opportunities that help people learn real skills like composting, beekeeping, and more.

• Learning from Each Other – OEFFA’s apprenticeship program links students and other aspiring farmers with knowledgeable growers and in turn provides Ohio farmers with labor and
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