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Beginning Farmers Focus of 2018 OEFFA Conference

39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, set for Feb. 15-17 at Dayton Convention Center

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Early career farmers and those considering a farming vocation will get the information they need during a dedicated begin farming workshop track and networking opportunities that are part of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change, Feb. 15-17 at the Dayton Convention Center.

“Our goal is to help people increase their knowledge and skills, find leads on farmland, and make business and professional connections,” said OEFFA Begin Farming Program Coordinator Kelly Henderson.

On Feb. 16-17, six 90-minute workshops, totaling nine hours of education, will cover a range of topics, from organic certification to farming with children:

• Your Top 10 Organic Transition Questions Answered — Julia Barton, OEFFA

• Land Access and Affordability for Beginning Farmers — Mike Durante, National Young Farmers Coalition

• In the Trenches with Farming and Government Regulations — Jacob Coleman, Sweet Grass Dairy

• Marketing Your Farm: Sell More of Your Product — Gretel Adams, Sunny Meadows Flower Farm

• Health Insurance and Risk Management: Tools for Navigating Health Insurance for Farmers — Shoshonah Inwood, Ohio State University

• Pasture-Raised Humans: A Conversation About Raising Your Children on the Farm.— Lindsey Teter, Six Buckets Farm, Sherry Chen, Andelain Fields, Jeff Suchy, Darby Meadow Farm

Additional workshop sessions on production, marketing, business, and green living will be offered over the two days, giving attendees nearly 80 workshops to choose from.

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