Welcome to OEFFA’s 41st Annual Conference!

Save the date for OEFFA's 41st annual conference!

Registration will open by December. Watch this page for more information coming soon. Details will be added as the big event comes together!

We Want YOU: Food Donations and Volunteers Wanted
Food donations and volunteers to help plan and organize meals, the book table, raffle, and kids' conference are needed. For more information, contact Renee Hunt at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 205 or renee@oeffa.org.

Keynote Speakers

Laura Lengnick

Laura Lengnick

Friday Keynote Speaker

Resilient AgricultureLaura Lengnick is an award-winning soil scientist who has explored agricultural sustainability for more than 25 years as a researcher, policy-maker, educator, author, consultant, and farmer.

She is the author of the 2015 book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, and contributed to the 3rd National Climate Assessment as a lead author of the U.S. Department of Agriculture report Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation.

Laura founded Cultivating Resilience, a private consulting firm that works with organizations to integrate resilience thinking into operations, assessment, and strategic planning, and is currently writing a new book, Opportunity in Change: Resilience Thinking for Small Business.

Previously, she led the academic program in sustainable agriculture at Warren Wilson College for more than a decade, where she also served as the Director of Sustainability Education.

Laura is a Fellow of the Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the lead Resilience Partner for Foragable Community, and serves as an advisor to the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance. Her work in soil quality and sustainable farming systems was nationally-recognized with a USDA Secretary's Honor Award.

Eric Holt Giménez

Eric Holt-Giménez

Saturday Keynote Speaker

Can We Feed the World Without Destroying ItEric Holt-Giménez is an agroecologist, political economist, activist, and author.

From 2006-2019, he was the Executive Director of Food First, where he worked to end the injustices that cause hunger, build a global movement for food sovereignty, and advance agroecology and sustainable food systems.

After growing up on farms in northern California, from 1975 to 2002 he worked in Mexico, Central America, and South Africa in sustainable agricultural development and helped to start the Campesino a Campesino (Farmer to Farmer) Movement.

He is the editor of the Food First book Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems; co-author of Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice, and author of the books Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America's Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture and A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat. His work has appeared in many academic, magazine, and news articles, including The New York Times and Huffington Post. His latest book is Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?

He holds a Masters degree in international agricultural development from the University of California (UC) Davis and a Ph.D. in environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz. He has taught development studies at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Boston University, the National Gastronomic University in Italy, and the Universidad de Antioquia in Columbia.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 13

  • 8:00 a.m.: Food and Farm School check-in begins
  • 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.: Food and Farm School
  • 4:00-7:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall and raffle open to the general public*
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: The Contrary Farmers’ Social reception [2nd Street Market]

Friday, February 14

  • 7:00 a.m.: Conference check-in begins
  • 8:00 a.m.: Exhibit Hall and raffle open
  • 8:30-10:00 a.m.: Workshop Session I
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Workshop Session II
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Workshop Session III
  • 3:45-5:00 p.m.: Keynote, award, and announcements
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Cash bar, Exhibit Hall open to the general public*
  • 5:15-6:15 p.m.: Members' meeting*
  • 6:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall and raffle close
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.: The Cream of the Crop Banquet

Saturday, February 15

  • 7:00 a.m.: Conference check-in begins
  • 8:00a.m.: Exhibit Hall opens
  • 8:30-10:00 a.m.: Workshop Session IV
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 10:30-12:00 p.m.: Workshop Session V
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 2:00-3:15 p.m.: Keynote, award, and announcements
  • 3:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall closes
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Workshop Session VI

Schedule is subject to change. Events will be held at the Dayton Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.

Food and Farm School, The Contrary Farmers' Social, and The Cream of the Crop Banquet registrations and lunches must be purchased separately; they are not included in general registration.

*OEFFA members are invited to attend the members' meeting at no cost. The Exhibit Hall is open to the public on Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and Friday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. All other conference events require paid registration.

Exhibit Hall

Enjoy an expanded Exhibit Hall which now has more booths, larger equipment displays, and hospitality areas! As always, the trade show will be packed with a diversity of vendors, offering you a one-stop shopping experience. You'll find businesses that can help you find your market, products that you can use on your farm or in your backyard, services that will help your farm or homestead succeed, quality locally-produced merchandise for your pantry and home, and useful information from knowledgeable nonprofit and educational institutions. Be sure to check out all that the Exhibit Hall has to offer, including OEFFAstead—home to all things OEFFA in the trade show.


Try your luck for a chance to win a variety of wonderful products and services, courtesy of many of our exhibitors, sponsors, and other conference supporters. Funds raised support OEFFA’s educational work.



Don't forget your OEFFA swag! Aluminum "No Spray" and other signs and organic logo stickers will be for sale.



Are you certified organic or considering certification? Bring your questions and paperwork! OEFFA Certification staff will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance and to answer questions about the organic certification process, organic standards, and certification guidelines.


Book Table

Here's your chance to get great deals on scads of food and farming book titles! We also encourage you to donate your gently used farm and food books at conference, or before the event. Book sales support OEFFA's work.

Exhibit Hall Hospitality

There are seating areas available within the trade show for attendees and exhibitors to relax, reflect, and engage with fellow conference-goers. Grab a cup of coffee and some literature to peruse, and sit and visit for a while with your OEFFA family.

Exhibit Hall

A Place to Stay

Crowne Plaza Dayton

Crown Plaza33 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 229-9835
Book Online | OEFFA Reservations

$112.00 per night
(Ask for the OEFFA room block rate. Deadline: January 12, 2020)
Booking Details

A limited number of rooms are available at this OEFFA group rate. Please use the booking link provided to reserve your room at this special OEFFA room block price. If you need additional assistance in making your reservation or to confirm availability, call (937) 229-9835 and ask for Sam or Ronda. If necessary leave a message to be called back.

Do not call the general (800) number for the hotel, as these reservationists do not have the details for the OEFFA conference.

The Crowne Plaza is attached to the Dayton Convention Center by a convenient enclosed walking bridge. Complimentary parking in the Transportation Center garage attached to the hotel is included (for vehicles under 6’8”).

Courtyard Dayton Mall

Courtyard100 Prestige Pl., Miamisburg OH 45342 
(937) 433-3131
Book Online | OEFFA reservations

$84.00 per night
(Ask for the OEFFA room block rate.)

Complimentary shuttle services will be provided to the Dayton Convention Center if room block goals are achieved.


For a list of other nearby hotel options, click here.


Parking and Transportation

Parking is available in the Transportation Center parking garage () for $6 per day maximum ($2 per hour, $1 per partial hour), or at no cost for Crowne Plaza Dayton guests.

The garage is located one block east of the Dayton Convention Center on 5th St. at Jefferson St. The garage offers a covered skywalk on Level 1 that connects to the third floor of the convention center.

Please pay for your parking before you get in your car to leave the facility by using the pay stations located on Level 1 (the skywalk level) at the parking garage.

The pay stations are located directly across from the elevators on the right as you are walking across the skywalk to the garage. They are located immediately on the right before you get to the elevators, which will be straight ahead.

Please note, there are no cashiers stationed at the exits. Credit/debit cards are the only form of payment that are accepted at the exits and are subject to additional charges if used at the exit. To use cash, you must use a pay station that is located on Level 1 of the parking garage. The pay station will also accept credit and debit cards.

For more information and directions, visit the Dayton Convention Center website.

In the event that the Transportation Center parking garage is full, overflow parking is available at the Montgomery County Reibold Building parking garage () on E. 5th St. between Main St. and Ludlow St.

RTA Flyer: A free shuttle bus service in downtown Dayton that can help you tour the city at no cost! RTA website | RTA Flyer

Discover Dayton

The conference will be held at the Dayton Convention Center located at 22 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402.

There's lots to see and do in Dayton when you join us for the conference! Dayton offers the best of both worlds: the dining, nightlife, and buzz of the city, at a size and scale that makes it easy to get around and enjoy. Check out some of these nearby attractions: