MOSES Organic Farming Conference
The Organic Farming Conference is the largest organic farming conference in the United States, held annually in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Feb 25, 2010 08:00 AM
Feb 27, 2010 05:30 PM
|Where||La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center|
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The Organic Farming Conference is the largest organic farming conference in the U.S. Organized by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), and held annually in La Crosse, WI, the OFC is an extraordinary, farmer-centered event.
With over 60 informative workshops, 140+ exhibitors, locally-sourced organic food, live entertainment and inspirational keynote speakers, the OFC is celebrated as the foremost educational and networking event in the organic farming community.
From its humble beginning with 90 attendees twenty years ago, our most recent conference in February attracted over 2,600 farmers, advocates, educators, and community members!
2010 Organic Farming Conference Registration includes:
- Admission from Thursday evening at 5pm until Saturday at 5:30pm;
- Six workshop sessions with over 60 topics to choose from;
- Three general sessions with keynote addresses;
- Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks (Friday and Saturday);
- Admission to the Exhibit Hall.
- Day-long session in Organic University Course
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks (Thursday)
- Resource notebook
FISHER-MERRITT Farm Family "Building Community Through Growing Food"
Thursday, February 25th
While their farm may be small, located debatably between planting zones 3 and 4, and purchased for its most notable characteristic, "affordable", it has allowed the Fisher-Merritts to raise a family, build a community and nourish a passel of next generation farmers. Appropriately named Food Farm, the Fisher-Merritts produce and deliver food to their surrounding communities nine months out of the year. When not feeding their neighbors, they are feeding their soil, which has transformed under their stewardship. Never content to leave well-enough alone, the Fisher-Merritts have applied their innovative nature to small scale systems of production, storage and season extension. Legendary mentors, they have graciously extended themselves to novice farmers time and again. Tonight we can be "the novice at their knee" as they entertain and inspire us with insights gained during their 37 years of organic farming on the edge of the northwoods.
"A Wave of Change: Challenges and Hope for
Transforming the American Food and Farming System"
Friday, February 26th
As Executive Director for the Center for Rural Affairs, a nationally recognized research, advocacy, and rural development organization, Chuck Hassebrook has tirelessly championed family farming and ranching, small business, and entrepreneurial rural development. Through over thirty years of rural activism, Hassebrook has seen that organic and sustainable agriculture are creating a wave of change in the farm and food systems that offer rural people and communities the opportunity to retake control of their destinies. Formidable challenges stand in the way, but history and people's freedom to make their own choices provide hope for a brighter future in rural America.
Saturday, February 27th
Dr. Margaret Mellon directs the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. The program promotes a transition to sustainable agriculture and focuses on critically evaluating the use of biotechnology in plant and animal agriculture as well as assessing animal agriculture's contribution to the rise of antibiotic-resistant disease. Trained as both a scientist and a lawyer, Mellon considers food safety through two lenses: organic agriculture and biotechnology. Exploring how people relate to food safety in these contexts as well as through scientific and legal perspectives, Mellon's work considers how to put the issue of food safety into the context of the ongoing debates about the future of agriculture