Surrounded by picturesque Jorgensen Farms, diners will enjoy a social hour with local drinks, and a lush assortment of hors d’oeuvres before sitting down to three full-service courses. Ingredients will be carefully sourced from Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) farmers, and Land-Grant Brewing Company will thoughtfully pair their beers with each course.
Chef Horn’s special menu will envision a New Ohio Farmers’ Cuisine focused on what Ohio’s finest small, sustainable farmers are bringing to market in 2019.
“Every year Ohio’s farmers show their passion, skill, and innovation in growing and selling excellent, ecologically produced food,” says OEFFA Executive Director Carol Goland. “The food these farmers grow reflects their own personalities, the characteristics of their land and its living creatures, and the tastes and lifestyles of their customers. This is the place-based community food culture we are building together and want to celebrate.”
Located just north of New Albany, Jorgensen Farms has been certified organic since 2002. Jorgensen's new Oak Grove venue, centered on a historic Lord and Burnham greenhouse, joins The Historic Barn as highly desired wedding and event space. In addition to being one of central Ohio's premier event spaces, Jorgensen Farms is a four-season farm focused on growing fresh vegetables and herbs through improvements in soil health and biodiversity. Owner Val Jorgensen is a passionate steward of her land and a leader in Ohio’s sustainable agriculture community.
The OEFFA is celebrating 40 years of engagement with farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, activists and food lovers in 2019. The organization has planned a year’s worth of special events to commemorate the milestone.
Events this summer and fall to celebrate the 40th anniversary include farm-to-table dinners at Jorgensen Farms and Maplestar Farm in August, an all-Ohio keg tapping at Fibonacci Brewing Company in Mt. Healthy in October, and a November open house, all of which are featured in the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate 40 years of providing education and assistance to the good farmers who are growing good food on the good land for which they are the caretakers,” Goland says. “We were founded by visionaries committed to creating a more healthful food system. What might have been a dream in 1979 is a greater reality each and every year as society has come to share an understanding of the importance of agriculture in creating a sustainable future.”
From early meetings in living rooms, to a humble church basement office, to owning a picturesque Clintonville headquarters housing more than 30 staff members, OEFFA has continued to grow and evolve over the years.
Today, OEFFA boasts more than 4,000 members and hosts Ohio’s largest sustainable agriculture conference. In addition to offering education and technical assistance, as a national leader in the sustainable agriculture community, OEFFA works with policymakers in the Statehouse and Washington D.C. on behalf of sustainable and organic farmers. In 1981, OEFFA founded one of the first organic certification programs in the nation and currently certifies more than 1,300 farms and processing facilities in Ohio and other states.
More details about OEFFA’s 40th anniversary events are available at www.oeffa.org/news/40-years and information about other events in the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is available at www.oeffa.org/news/farm-tours-2019.
"The dedication and passion that has sustained and grown our organization over 40 years is something truly special that all of our members should be proud of,” Goland said. “All of the farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, educators, chefs, food entrepreneurs, and rabble-rousers have worked hard to get us here, and the future has never been brighter. We deserve to celebrate together.”