As the local and organic food movement continues to grow, so does the state’s largest gathering of sustainable farmers, backyard growers and local food enthusiasts.
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is gearing up for its 35th annual conference, with more than 12-hundred people from Ohio and across the nation expected to attend. Spokeswoman Lauren Ketchum says the title “Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground” speaks to the growing popularity of sustainable foods.
Each year, the conference expands, but Ketchum says what remains constant are the farmers and growers who come together under one roof exchanging ideas on how to help one another succeed as a community. And from policy issues to weather, weeds and pests, she says they share a variety of challenges.
This year’s event features more than 100 workshops for almost anyone covering topics including farm policy, gardening, cooking, and livestock and poultry production. The conference will be held February 15th and 16th in Granville, with pre-conference events starting on the 14th. More information is available at oeffa.org/conference2014.