Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's (OEFFA) 33rd annual conference, Sowing the Seeds of Our Food Sovereignty, February 18-19, 2012 in Granville.
The state's largest sustainable food and farm conference, the event draws more than 1,000 attendees from across Ohio and the Midwest, and has sold out in advance the past two years. This year's conference will feature keynote speakers Woody Tasch and Andrew Kimbrell; more than 70 informative, hands-on workshops; two featured pre-conference events on February 17; a trade show; a fun and educational kids' conference and child care area; locally-sourced and organic homemade meals, and Saturday evening entertainment.
"Our conference title says a lot about what we believe and what we're trying to accomplish," said OEFFA program director Renee Hunt. "Farmers, businesses, chefs, and consumers are working together to reclaim our food sovereignty--rebuilding local food systems and Ohio's rural farming communities, demanding access to healthy, organic food and information about how that food is produced, and relearning sustainable agriculture practices that nourish our bodies, our communities, and the environment."
Saturday's keynote lecture titled, "Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Matter," will be provided by Woody Tasch. Tasch is the chairman of the Slow Money Alliance and inspired the Slow Money movement by writing Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.
The keynote lecture titled, "The Future of Food," will be provided by Andrew Kimbrell. Kimbrell is one of the country's leading environmental attorneys and the founder and executive director of the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA).
To register or for more information, go to www.oeffa.org/conference2012.php. Early registration is encouraged.