Calling All Farmers! Edible Cleveland Wants to Send You to Granville

If you’re really passionate about farming, maybe you’ve made the trip to Granville for Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference. If you haven’t experienced the annual gathering of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), here’s your chance.

OEFFA Conference Poster

OEFFA was formed in 1979 and is a membership-based grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological and healthful food systems. Its members, including farmers, consumers, gardeners, chefs, teachers, researchers, retailers and students, are working to recreate a regionally scaled farming, processing and distribution system that moves food from farm to local fork.

At the upcoming 34th annual conference in February, the keynote speakers will be Organic Valley CEO George Siemon, who described his company’s mission this way in the Huffington Post: “Organic Valley represents a pioneering effort of farmers and employees to bring organic foods and farming to a level of maturity that can compete, at all levels, with chemical-based agriculture,” and Nicolette Hahn Niman, an attorney, rancher and author of Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms. Her book profiles successful farmers and ranchers using humane practices and gives consumers practical tips for choosing meat, while weaving in the story of her personal transition from being a big-city lawyer to ranching in the West.

Additionally, the two-day conference will include more than 90 workshops, local and organic meals, a kids’ conference, child care and trade show. It’s a great opportunity for members to spend a weekend learning from each other, growing their network and celebrating their successes.

And we’d like to send you for free.

That’s right. Edible Cleveland is announcing its OEFFA Conference Scholarship, which will be given to one area farmer to cover the conference fee (including meals and a one-year membership) and a one-night stay at a nearby hotel. Since this year’s theme is “Growing Opportunities, Cultivating Change,” we’re asking you to write a brief explanation of how attending the conference will help you grow your personal farm dream.

For more information about the conference visit OEFFA. org/2013. To find out how to apply for the Edible Cleveland OEFFA 2013 Scholarship, please email and put “OEFFA 2013 Scholarship” in the subject line. We look forward to hearing your stories and giving one lucky farmer the chance to join us in Granville February 16–17.