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    Welcome to the Southwest chapter of the

    Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

    Welcome to the website of SWOEFFA, the Southwest chapter of OEFFA (the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association). OEFFA was formed in 1979 and is a membership-based, grassroots organization, dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological and healthful food systems.  Visit www.oeffa.org for a good overview of the organization.  For questions see the “SWOEFFA Questions” post on the left or email us at swoeffa@gmail.com.

    Our local chapter is committed to the same ideas.  Events, meetings and opportunities will be posted here, as well as on our chapter page within OEFFA’s site (www.swohio.oeffa.org)

    The State of the Plate Conference

    Our current focus is on our first local conference–a mini-version of the state conference held in February in Granville, Ohio.  The date of our conference is April 13, 2013 and will be held at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale–just up the road (I-75) from Cincinnati.  The one day event will feature David Gary Cox, Esq., General Counsel to the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, as our keynote speaker.  Workshops will run through out the day.  Lunch by Savor Catering who will source foods locally (as much as possible) will be served in the Exhibition Hall, at the UAW Hall next to the farm.  Many vendors and information booths will be in that building, as well.

    Check out the conference pages on this site for more information, to register, or to apply to be a vendor, sponsor or have an information booth.

    Along with Taaron Meikle and Sally Fallon Morell, Gary Cox is one of the co-founders of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and is its first and only General Counsel. As lead attorney for the Fund, Gary represents farmers throughout the United States in their efforts to distribute their products directly to consumers free from governmental interference and harassment. Gary has sued the USDA, the FDA, and several States on behalf of Fund members.

    Gary served 14 years as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office and prosecuted such Fortune 500 firms as General Motors, BP Chemical, Philips Electronics and Sun Oil Company for violations of state and federal environmental laws. Since entering private practice, Gary has been involved in raw milk issues throughout the country, has represented over 40 members of the Fund in all sorts of judicial and administrative proceedings, has provided testimony in support of food sovereignty legislation and has spoken at several conferences on sustainable farming issues. Gary lives in Columbus, Ohio, has a son and daughter in college, is an avid gardener and bicyclist, a former organic vegetable farmer, a supporter of local farmers, and consumes raw milk daily.