Formed in 1979, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) cultivates a future in which sustainable and organic farmers thrive, local food nourishes our communities, and agricultural practices protect and enhance our environment.
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OEFFA, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, has been championing sustainable and organic farming since its establishment in 1979. With a vision for a future where farmers thrive, local food nourishes communities, and agricultural practices protect the environment, OEFFA offers a wide range of products and services. At the heart of their offerings is their Annual Conference, a popular and inspiring gathering featuring nationally-recognized speakers, workshops, entertainment, and locally sourced meals. OEFFA also hosts free public farm tours, workshops, webinars, and educational opportunities that provide unique insights into alternative production systems.
As one of the oldest and most respected certification programs in the nation, OEFFA ensures that farmers and processors meet high organic standards through their Certification program. They also support farmers in transitioning to organic practices with dedicated education staff, resources, and services. Beyond that, OEFFA's Begin Farming program provides aspiring and early career farmers with apprenticeships, workshops, mentoring, and networking opportunities. They advocate for sustainable agricultural policies and keep members informed through newsletters, policy bulletins, and social media updates.
Members also benefit from OEFFA's Farmer Information Network, connecting individuals with experienced farmers, and their Good Earth Guide, which allows the public to find local and organic food and farm products. With their dedication to education, advocacy, and connection within the agricultural community, OEFFA is paving the way for a more sustainable and environmentally conscious farming industry.
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