Building Soil Health: Strategy Meeting

Wednesday, December 15, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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At the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), we know that healthy soil is the foundation for sustainable agriculture. We also know the process of transitioning to stronger soil health practices must be informed and led by the experiences of farmers. 

Over the past year, OEFFA held listening sessions with more than 50 farmers across Ohio. At these meetings, we consistently heard a need for stronger farmer-to-farmer soil health networks and greater investment in soil health practices. 

That’s why we are bringing together folks statewide for a virtual meeting on December 15 at 7 p.m. At this meeting, we will take time to dig into: 

  • What building a state-based soil health network looks like 
  • How we educate decision makers and win policy solutions 
  • How we build widespread support for stronger soil health practices 

When we take a proactive approach to building healthy soils, we are taking steps toward a more resilient food and farm system that ensures clean water for our communities, tackles the climate crisis, and invests in the future of farming. 

This meeting is for anyone who cares about winning investment in, and building support for, strong soil health principles. Questions? Contact Ava at (614) 725-3164 or at


  • John Hohmann

    We have recycled clean wastes for over 50 years at our farm in Pataskala, continually learning and improving along the way. (“Clean” includes manures from our own animals, managed without antibiotics, and composted from neighboring farms which minimize similar inputs. ). We have made many mistakes over the years, like putting silt from our drainage filled pond on some garden area which took many years for it to self restore under heavy mulching. While more homeowners are wising up and mulching their leaves in situ as we have always done I still scarf as many bags of leaves from neighbors as possible, often first using them as animal bedding. We try to fit our restorative practices in with the history of our area which was “wooded swamp” until a couple hundred years ago. I trust that some of that native soil biome from the millennia still lives in our soils.

  • MaryLu Lageman

    This threefold task of building a network, policy work, and garnering support seems a good start on developing a much needed strategy for the climate, soil and water. Soil health is more important to the future health of the planet than most people realize. As a retired farmer, would like to come to this meeting and see how to help.

  • Peter Crowley

    I run a community garden in Oberlin Ohio and a seed hub for distributing donated seed from the commercial seed companies to the national Cooperative Gardens Commission. I believe its important to develop local seed exchange networks as farms and gardens research plant varieties that are adaptive to climate changes. OEFFA can bring us together to explore ways to share our knowledge and adaptive seed resources.

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