|'Good Earth Guide' connects consumers with local farmers|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:03|
COLUMBUS - Ohio summers are a time to enjoy the bounty of fresh garden vegetables, ripe off the vine berries, farm fresh eggs, and orchard harvests bursting with juicy flavor. The Good Earth Guide to Organic and Ecological Farms, Gardens, and Related Businesses produced by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association can help bring these tastes of summer to any kitchen.
The Good Earth Guide includes information on 412 farms and businesses, including 180 certified organic farms and businesses and 94 community supported agriculture (CSA) programs.
"Since the first Good Earth Guide in 1990, it's grown from a list of a dozen or so to more than 400 farms and businesses, reflecting the tremendous growth in locally-sourced and sustainably-produced foods, fibers, products, and services," said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt.
The searchable online directory identifies sources for locally grown vegetables; fruits; herbs; honey; maple syrup; dairy products; grass-fed beef, pork, and lamb; free-range chicken and eggs; fiber; flour and grains; cut flowers; plants; hay and straw; seed and feed, and other local farm products.
"You can find just about anything you'd want being grown or produced right here in Ohio. The Good Earth Guide helps provide a blueprint for consumers interested in eating locally and in season," said Hunt.
Each listing includes name and contact information, products sold, a farm or business description, and whether the farm or business is certified organic. Many listings also include locations and maps for where the farm or business products are sold. The directory includes tools that make it easy to search the listings for a specific product, business or contact, by county, or by sales method.
"The purpose of the Good Earth Guide is making connections-Connecting consumers to local farms and businesses so that their dollars support the local community and sustainably grown food and farm products. Connecting farmers with one another so they can network and develop business relationships that support a successful farming community. And, connecting businesses, like restaurants and other retailers, with farmers who together are building the links that bring local food from field to fork," concluded Hunt.
The Good Earth Guide is available free to the public in an easy to use online searchable database at http://www.oeffa.org/search-geg.php.
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