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Welcome to OEFFA’s 40th Annual Conference!

Save the date and help us celebrate 40 years of OEFFA, when the annual conference returns to Dayton this February!

Registration will open in December. Watch this page for more information coming soon. Details will be added as the big event comes together!

We Want YOU: Food Donations and Volunteers Wanted
Food donations and volunteers to help plan and organize meals, the book table, raffle, and kids' conference are needed. For more information, contact Renee Hunt at (614) 421-2022 Ext. 205 or renee@oeffa.org.

Let Us Know What You Need!
We want the conference to be a welcome and positive space for everyone. If you have concerns about enjoying the conference due to physical limitations or accessibility issues, please let us know and we'll try to work with you to find a solution.

If you need our materials in a different format or if parking in the garage presents a challenge for you, we may have ideas that can help!

As an alternative to our printed conference program, we provide a downloadable pdf version of the full program in advance of conference on this page. The pdf is also available on-site through complimentary wi-fi provided in the hotel and conference center. This pdf can be read by screen readers, or on tablets, iPads, or other devices, which allow you to zoom and scroll across pages.

If you have other concerns, or ideas for how we can make the conference a more inclusive space for everyone, please contact Milo Petruziello at milo@oeffa.org or (614) 421-2022.

Keynote Speakers

Elizabeth Henderson

Elizabeth Henderson

Friday Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Henderson is a pioneer of the community supported agriculture (CSA) model and outspoken advocate working to address the many injustices of a cheap food system.

She co-founded the Genesee Valley Organic CSA in Rochester, NY in 1989, and later Peacework Farm in Newark, NY in 1998, where she's farmed for more than 30 years.

She's the author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture and her writings on organic agriculture appear in Grist, The Natural Farmer, and other publications.

She is a core leader behind the Agricultural Justice Project and its Food Justice Certification label, working to create fairness for farmers and farmworkers. She helped to shape the National Organic Foods Production Act, is a member of the board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, and is honorary president of the international CSA network, Urgenci.

Onika Abraham

Onika Abraham

Saturday Keynote Speaker

Onika Abraham is a farmer and educator with more than 15 years of experience in teaching, nonprofit management, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

She was a teacher at Farm School NYC, before becoming its Executive Director in 2014, where she works to recruit students that reflect the diversity of New York City and help cultivate future leaders in the food justice movement. The organization trains local residents in urban agriculture to help them achieve their professional farming goals.

She has completed the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Brooklyn Urban Gardener certification program and the 1,000 hour Farm and Garden Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) in Santa Cruz.

She served on CASFS's Social Justice Action Committee, helping expand the curriculum, diversify of staff and faculty, and create more support systems for apprentices of color.

Onika is one of the co-founders of Black Urban Growers and has helped organize three national Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conferences.

She has previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Safe Horizon, which empowers victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 14

  • 9:00 a.m.: Food and Farm School check-in begins
  • 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.: Food and Farm School
  • 4:00-7:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall and raffle open to the general public*
  • 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.: Networking opportunities*
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: The Contrary Farmers’ Social reception [2nd Street Market]

Friday, February 15

  • 7:00 a.m.: Conference check-in begins
  • 8:00 a.m.: Welcome, Exhibit Hall and raffle open
  • 8:30-10:00 a.m.: Workshop Session I
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Workshop Session II
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Workshop Session III
  • 3:45-5:00 p.m.: Keynote, award, and announcements
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Cash bar, Exhibit Hall open to the general public*
  • 5:15-6:15 p.m.: Members' meeting*
  • 6:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall and raffle close
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.: The Cream of the Crop Banquet

Saturday, February 16

  • 7:00 a.m.: Conference check-in begins
  • 8:00a.m.: Exhibit Hall opens
  • 8:30-10:00 a.m.: Workshop Session IV
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 10:30-12:00 p.m.: Workshop Session V
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall break
  • 2:00-3:15 p.m.: Keynote, award, and announcements
  • 3:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall closes
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Workshop Session VI

Schedule is subject to change. Events will be held at the Dayton Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.

Food and Farm School registration must be purchased separately; it is not included in general registration.

*OEFFA members are invited to attend the member meeting at no cost. The Exhibit Hall is open to the public on Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and Friday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Thursday's networking opportunities are also free and open to the public. All other conference events require paid registration.

Exhibit Hall

Enjoy an Exhibit Hall packed with a diversity of vendors, offering you a one-stop shopping experience. You'll find businesses that can help you find your market, products that you can use on your farm or in your backyard, services that will help your farm or homestead succeed, quality locally-produced merchandise for your pantry and home, and useful information from knowledgeable nonprofit and educational institutions. Be sure to check out all that the Exhibit Hall has to offer, including OEFFAstead—home to all things OEFFA in the trade show.


Try your luck for a chance to win a variety of wonderful products and services, courtesy of many of our exhibitors, sponsors, and other conference supporters. Funds raised support OEFFA’s educational work.

Book Table

Here's your chance to get great deals on scads of food and farming book titles! We also encourage you to donate your gently used farm and food books at conference, or before the event. Book sales support OEFFA's work.

Book Signing Table

Inconvient HerdOEFFA member John Wiley will be signing copies of his first book, An Inconvenient Herd. Check back for more authors being added.



Don't forget your OEFFA swag! Aluminum "No Spray" and other signs and organic logo stickers will be for sale.


Are you certified organic or considering certification? Bring your questions and paperwork! OEFFA Certification staff will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance and to answer questions about the organic certification process, organic standards, and certification guidelines.


A Place to Stay

Crowne Plaza Dayton

Crown Plaza33 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 229-9835

$105.00 per night (ask for the OEFFA group rate)

The Crowne Plaza is attached to the Dayton Convention Center by a convenient enclosed walking bridge. Complimentary parking in the Transportation Center garage attached to the hotel is included (for vehicles under 6’8”).

The Red Lion Inn & Suites

Red Lion6960 Miller Ln., Dayton, OH 45414
(937) 898-1120

$79.00 per night (Reservation deadline: February 9)

Shuttle service is offered to the Dayton Convention Center.


For a list of other nearby hotel options, click here.



Parking is available in the Transportation Center parking garage for $6 per day maximum ($2 per hour, $1 per partial hour), or at no cost for Crowne Plaza Dayton guests.

The garage is located one block east of the Dayton Convention Center on 5th St. at Jefferson St. The garage offers a covered skywalk on Level 1 that connects to the third floor of the convention center.

Please pay for your parking before you get in your car to leave the facility by using the pay stations located on Level 1 (the skywalk level) at the parking garage.

The pay stations are located directly across from the elevators on the right as you are walking across the skywalk to the garage. They are located immediately on the right before you get to the elevators, which will be straight ahead.

Please note, there are no cashiers stationed at the exits. Credit/debit cards are the only form of payment that are accepted at the exits and are subject to additional charges if used at the exit. To use cash, you must use a pay station that is located on Level 1 of the parking garage. The pay station will also accept credit and debit cards.

For more information and directions, visit the Dayton Convention Center website.

In the event that the Transportation Center parking garage is full, overflow parking is available at the Montgomery County Reibold Building parking garage () on E. 5th St. between Main St. and Ludlow St.

Experience Dayton

The conference will be held at the Dayton Convention Center located at 22 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402.

There's lots to see and do in Dayton when you join us for the conference! Dayton offers the best of both worlds: the dining, nightlife, and buzz of the city, at a size and scale that makes it easy to get around and enjoy. Check out some of these nearby attractions: