Event Calendar


Friday, October 30, 2020
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Whether you intend to transfer within your family or to an unrelated farmer, succession planning is real work. This three-part online workshop held Fridays October 30, November 20, and December 11 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm EST will help you assess your situation, consider options, make decisions, and develop a plan for transferring your land and/or farm business to a new farm owner.

Led by OEFFA Begin Farming Program Coordinator Rachel Tayse and Farmland Specialist Kelly Henderson-Cabral, and under the experienced guidance of professionals from Land For Good, you will spend the first session learning how farm transfer works, assessing your current situation, and setting goals. You will leave with specific homework tasks, such as holding family meetings and talking to advisors, to help develop your plan.

During the second and third workshops, you will explore your options, hear from a legal professional, and clarify steps to succession with OEFFA staff support. You will finish the intensive workshop series with solid action steps in place.

Event Location
This event will be held via Zoom webinar software. It will work best for those who can join by computer. Once you register, we will send you a link for joining the webinar.

The online format will be easy to navigate. You will have opportunities to talk with and learn from other farmers in the workshop. You will receive information, paper worksheets, and reading material in the mail before the first workshop.

Event Details
Registration is limited to just nine farm families to encourage conversation and allow for individualized attention and support during this journey.

Cost: Registration is $300 for OEFFA members and $350 for non-members for up to two members of the senior generation on the same farm. Use discount code MEMBERSSAVE2020 for your member discount.

If you hire legal, financial, or other advisors to help with your plan within six months of the workshops, you will receive a $200 rebate toward those costs.


Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees

Rachel Tayse / 614-598-3559 /



Online meeting 

Thursday, November 5, 2020
9:30-10:30 a.m.


Help craft farmer-focused soil health incentives!

OEFFA is part of the Ohio Soil Health Initiative (OSHI), a collaborative effort to provide support and resources to farmers working to implement soil health practices.

We want Ohio to join other states in adopting proactive legislation to support soil health practices for food and farm system resilience, but we need to ensure that policy is based on your on-the-ground needs and realities.

Join us for a one hour discussion to share your experiences with implementing soil health practices and the barriers you face. We want to hear your success stories, your challenges, and your ideas!

Register for free at https://action.oeffa.com/soil-health-discussion-registration.

Online meeting

Amalie Lipstreu / (614) 421-2022 /



Virtual Conference 

Friday, November 6, 2020 through Sunday, November 8, 2020
Three day event!


The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions is hosting a virtual conference for growers, environmentalists, changemakers, creatives, health providers, students, and teachers.

Presenters include:
● Rowen White, Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and Director of Sierra Seeds
● Judith Schwartz, author of Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World
● Adam Sacks, Executive Director, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
● Chad Bitler, Research Scientist, Greenacres Foundation
● Peter Bane, author of The Permaculture Handbook
● David Van Tassel, Lead Plant Scientist, The Land Institute
● Dawn Knickerbocker, Anishinaabe Leader, Board Member of Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition
● Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and author of Nature's Best Hope.
● Solomon Gamboa, Owner/Operator, Indigenous Landscapes
● Sallie Calhoun, Founder, #No Regrets Initiative
● Greg Watson, Director of Policy and Systems Design, Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Topics include:
● Protecting seed biodiversity and recognizing the leadership of Indigenous communities in this effort
● Restoring native habitats, locally and beyond, to provide habitat for threatened species
● Introducing children and adults to deep immersive activities with nature, building empathy and respect
● Celebrating and understanding reciprocity in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) traditions
● Restoring ecosystems through land practices that regenerate soil, air and water

Online workshop

Community Solutions / 937-767-2161 /



Online event 

Sunday, November 8, 2020
7:00 p.m.


Join Zoom meeting by computer:
Meeting ID: 963 1201 0723

Join Zoom meeting by phone:
(929) 205-6099
Meeting ID: 963 1201 0723

Residents in the Tri-State area spend about four billion dollars (retail) per year on food. Surveys in our area say that anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of consumers want to buy more locally grown food. 90 percent of those who responded in the positive say that the reason they are interested in this is because they want to support local farmers and a regional economy. This seems to be a huge opportunity for agriculture in our area.

The last ten years reflect a greater interest in food issues than we have seen for three generations. This has been elevated even more due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. However it seems that regional production is lagging far behind all of this potential demand; nevertheless, many producers report that times are still tough and marketing opportunities limited.

This SWOEFFA Chapter meeting will be an open discussion about what members can do as growers and food activists to help the agricultural sector evolve compatibly with this new and promising reality.

-How do you see our regional food system evolving over the next 10 years?
-What changes, if any, in your farming operations would you like to achieve in the years ahead?
-What kind of help could you use to reach your goals?
-Would it be advantageous to have a group effort to accomplish any of your needs?
-Now that there are existing funded entities working on regional food issues, what would you like to say to them?
-What skills and insights can you offer to help move our region ahead?

Thanks to SWOEFFA member, David Rosenberg, for spearheading this discussion.

Zoom meeting

Cori Yaeger / (513) 706-9323 /



Registration is now full 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
6-8 pm


Registration is now full!

This year-long farmer-led training and support program is designed to help early career farmers, committed to creating a sustainable farm business, achieve their goals.

The intensive, nine-part workshop series will enable farmers, with at least one year of production experience, to develop a whole farm plan through realistic goal setting, financial management, and assessment of resources, skills, and markets. Early career farmers will also receive the business planning tools necessary to successfully implement their plan.

The 2020-2021 course will be virtual, and begin in November 2020. Visit the link below for all the details.

Through Farm Beginnings®, participants will:
>Learn critical holistic farm management skills such as creative financing and innovative marketing strategies
>Craft a tailor-made farm business plan
>Join a vibrant network of local family farms
>Receive one-on-one feedback from a farmer engaged in a similar enterprise

Heartland Farm Beginnings tuition is $1,000 ($1,200 for applications received after September 1, 2020) for up to two individuals from the same farm business working on the same business plan. Payment plans and partial scholarships of up to $500 are available.


Registrants will be given appropriate virtual login details.

Rachel Tayse / 6145983559 /



Virtual Conference 

Monday, November 16, 2020 through Tuesday, November 17, 2020
1-4 p.m. November 16 4-6 p.m. November 17


Join the Food Policy Summit and Ohio Local Food Council Workshop hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network (OFPN) and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Ohio Food Policy Summit – November 16th, 1 – 4 p.m.

The Summit will kick-off with a presentation of the OFPN draft policy framework and an opportunity to interact with the framework, setting the course of the OFPN policy agenda. The OFPN Food Hero award will be presented. The Summit keynote will be announced shortly!

The Summit is open to all who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio – please share this event widely within your networks! #OFPSummit2020

Ohio Local Food Council Workshop – November 17th, 4 – 6 p.m.

The Workshop is aimed at strengthening and equipping Ohio's local food policy councils to work on their own policy agendas. It is designed for members of local food policy councils, but anyone who is interested is welcome to register and attend.

Save the date! Registration will open in October.

Online Conference

Amalie Lipstreu / (614) 421-2022 /



Virtual Conference 

Sunday, January 3, 2021 through Thursday, January 28, 2021
3-5 p.m.


Real Organic Project's symposium is a virtual series of interviews and live panels with more than 60 prominent organic farmers, scientists, and climate activists including Al Gore, Karen Washington, Bill McKibben, Dan Barber, and Jean Martin Fortier.

Each weekly session will be unique and focus on a different topic as it relates to organic farming.

The event runs Sundays (1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/21, 1/28) in January 3-5 p.m. ET.

Virtual Conference

Kim Werst / - /



Columbus, OH 

Sunday, January 24, 2021
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


The OEFFA and OEFFA Certification Boards' quarterly meetings are open to all members.

OEFFA Office
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

Carol Goland / (614) 421-2022 /



Online conference 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 through Monday, February 15, 2021
Activities and sessions held over six days!


Save the date! The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 42nd annual conference, Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain, will be held online February 10-15, 2021!

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the fragility of our global food chain, but also the remarkable resilience of local food systems. The 2021 OEFFA conference will put a spotlight on this historical moment and the exciting and stirring ways local agriculture is proving itself essential for our food security.

As another sign of the time, for the first time ever, the conference will be held online, allowing people from anywhere across the country and the globe to join this innovative and supportive community!

OEFFA's can't-miss conference offers up to six days of learning, sharing, and networking for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and others committed to local food, sustainable agriculture, and green living. The event will feature:

• The ability to join from anywhere by computer or phone
• Four days of educational, inspiring workshops on sustainable farming, livestock, homesteading, gardening, and business—if you miss a session because the cows get out or you can't take off work, you will have full access to the recorded workshops to view when it's convenient for you
• Powerful evening keynote sessions
• In-depth Food and Farm School classes
• An interactive virtual trade show
• Fun and engaging networking opportunities
• A welcoming food and farm community gathering, with long breaks in between sessions so you can get the chores done and put dinner on the table
• An "encore" day to meet up with others and share conference highlights

Registration for OEFFA's conference will open this fall. Be a part of this inspiring community of food and farm advocates helping to build a strong and sustainable food chain!

Online Conference

Milo Petruziello / 614-421-2022 /



Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus OH 43214


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