Ask an OEFFA educator

Whether you’re just starting or are a seasoned farmer, are transitioning to organic or certified organic, or simply have questions about sustainable agriculture practices and strategies, OEFFA’s sustainable agriculture educators can help!

With rich backgrounds in agriculture and food production, each of OEFFA’s educators can answer your questions, including on topics such as:

  • Soil health, cover crops, and production techniques
  • Organic transition, certification, and compliance counseling
  • Resources and funding
  • USDA programs and education
  • Organic product and materials sourcing

Together, they are dedicated to serving farmers as a general help desk for questions relating to organic and sustainable agriculture.

Drop in virtually on the third Monday of each month to talk to OEFFA’s team of educators with your queries and questions. To start a conversation today, call (614) 421-2022 or email

Farmer Help Shop

Each month, OEFFA’s educators offer open hours virtually for anyone to come and talk through their questions.

Meet OEFFA’s Sustainable Agriculture Educators

Casey Brooks | (614) 947-1643

Casey has more than 20 years of experience in sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and natural resource management. He worked in organic certification for OEFFA and the Texas Department of Agriculture, has managed sustainable agriculture programs at the Wilds and Zane State College, and conducted natural resource management practices and environmental education with The Nature Conservancy and Lorain County Metroparks.

Casey has hands-on farming experience from working at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, growing fruits and vegetables and raising chickens at home, and growing up on a 220-acre farm in Guernsey County, Ohio, where his family raised beef cattle and pigs.

Johnnie Speicher | (614) 947-1647

Johnnie grew up and resides on a generational farm in Stark County, Ohio. From his family farm and other farming experiences, he has been exposed to a wide variety of enterprises, including dairy, grain, livestock, fruit, and vegetable production. He has an educational background in sustainable plant systems from the Ohio State University, where he learned aspects of plant physiology and performed specialty crop research in high tunnel settings.

Johnnie loves to get outside and observe the connections between agriculture, humans, and the environment.

John Stock | (614) 947-1610

John has been educating and providing technical support in conservation and sustainable agriculture for more than 25 years. His previous work with Watershed Organic, Snowville Creamery, and United Plant Savers has given him deep hands-on experience in building relationships with farmers and consumers, program development and event planning, providing technical support, and advocating for sustainable practices. 

John lives on his farm in Meigs County, Ohio, where he raised his two children and now spends his time growing food, traveling, forest farming medicinal plants, making music, and building, breaking, and fixing things.

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus OH 43214


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