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Monday, February 21, 2011

Terra Madre 2006 Delegates Receive OEFFA Stewardship Award

Slow Food Northern Ohio is proud to congratulate Terra Madre 2006 delegates, Ed Snavely and Deb Stinner on their recent OEFFA Stewardship Award!

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) bestowed its highest honor, the Stewardship Award, on Snavely of Knox County and Stinner of Wayne County on February 19 as part of OEFFA’s 32nd Annual Conference, Inspiring Farms, Sustaining Communities. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community.”

Dr. Deborah Stinner is a Research Scientist and Administrative Coordinator for the Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program (OFFER) at The Ohio State University’s Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio.

Stinner’s research specialty is organic farming systems, with a focus on specialty small grains, including hard wheat and spelt, for artisan bread and pasta products. She helped found the OFFER program in 1998 in response to requests by organic producers and supporters to provide science-based information to Ohio’s organic farmers. OFFER is internationally recognized as a leader in organic farming research.

The OFFER Program, which maintains 50 acres of certified research land and 20 organic field experiments, supports “field to table” organic research and education, including organic vegetable, fruit, and grain production; environmental impacts of organic farming; local and international marketing; on-farm research with organic farmers; and the impact of organic production on food quality.

“For more than two decades, Deb Stinner has clearly articulated the challenges facing Ohio farmers. She has shared her understanding of what makes agriculture truly sustainable and helped farmers see how their farming decisions effect their profitability, their families and their communities.” said Mike Anderson, OEFFA’s Organic Education Coordinator, who presented the award at the Saturday evening ceremony.

Ed Snavely owns and operates Curly Tail Organic Farm, a 114 acre farm in Fredericktown, Ohio. One of Ohio’s longest continuously certified farms, Ed has been certified organic since 1989 and raises pastured pork and feed for livestock.

Snavely has been a member of OEFFA since 1989 and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Grain Growers Chapter Representative and Vice President. He has served as President of the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) Ohio Chapter, and also as a former board member of OCIA. Snavely has hosted numerous farm tours; spoken as a featured presenter at OEFFA, OCIA, and American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) meetings; and has been an honored delegate at the first and second Slow Food Terra Madre conferences in Italy.

“I was proud to present the OEFFA Stewardship Award to my good friend Ed. He has long been a proponent of organic and sustainable agriculture and has worked to spread the word not only locally but across our nation and around the world,” said Mike Laughlin, OEFFA Board Member and 2010 Stewardship Award recipient, who presented the award.

“Both Deb and Ed care deeply about creating a sustainable food system. We should all be sincerely grateful for what they have done to advance sustainable agriculture in our community,” said OEFFA Executive Director Carol Goland.

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