Winter Conference Highlights for 2012
Added January 19, 2012. Conference season is upon us; a time to reflect on 2011, plan for 2012 and beyond, and gather with like-minded people. It is a time to read, learn, share, teach, connect with friends and make new acquaintances. If you visit our Calendar page, you will see that there are many, many conferences and workshops coming up. Below are a few winter conference highlights taking place in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Vermont in greater detail.
Soil and Nutrition: An Education and Coalition-Building Conference
February 9-11, 2012 in Northampton, Massachusetts
Featuring leading thinkers and practitioners of building healthy soils, this conference aims to grow the movement for enhancing soil fertility as a basis for the long-term ecological and economic sustainability of farming, the environment, and our society as a whole. Each of the three days is organized with a different format.
Thursday, February 9: Seminar with John Kempf, National and international speaker on soil fertility, farmer consultant, and proprietor of Advancing Eco-Agriculture.
John speaks in clear practical language about scientific understandings of plant eco-systems and how the health of people is connected to healthy land and quality produce. He will explain three stages of plant health, and how by reaching each stage we can grow plants that are not only nutritious, but resistant to soil-borne and airborne fungal disease and insect damage.
Friday, February 10: Collaborative Symposium with Regional Experts on Managing Soils for Quality.
Saturday, February 11: Strategic Action Working Conference.
Participants will discuss building on the knowledge of building healthy soils to affect the broader world. Work groups will be formed to take action on:
For more information, contact: Ben Grosscup, firstname.lastname@example.org, 413-658-5374.
Vermont Organic Dairy Conference
February 21, 2012, in Randolph Center, VT
Organic dairy farmers will learn about successful calf-raising strategies, grazing innovations, and the latest organic dairy research at this day-long conference.
Farmer Jon Bansen will give the conference keynote address. Jon is a seasoned organic dairy farmer from Oregon who has honed his management intensive grazing strategies on his 200-head Jersey farm. He will share his experiences with extending the grazing season and managing under dry and wet grazing conditions. Another feature of the conference will be a panel of Vermont dairy farmers--led by NOFA-Vermont's Willie Gibson--who will discuss their strategies, tips, and tricks on successfully raising organic calves.
The conference will also focus on innovative research results. Vermont and the Northeast have a long tradition of leading the nation with cutting edge research conducted by researchers who understand farmer needs. This year, we will hear from some of those researchers who include Andre Brito, Heather Darby, John Barlow, Jennifer Colby, and Jana Kraft. They will share the results of their research on feed supplementation on organic dairy farms, pasture compaction and aeration strategies, mastitis management, and analyses of fatty acids (Omega-3 and CLAs) in forage and their influence on milk quality and on-farm greenhouse.
The brochure and online registration information is available at: www.uvm.edu/extension/organicdairy. You may also register by mail by sending a check ($20, includes lunch), made payable to University of Vermont Extension, to Organic Dairy Conference, UVM Extension, 278 South Main St., Ste. 2, St. Albans, VT 05478.
Moses Organic Farming Conference's Organic University
February 23-25, 2012 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin
The Organic Farming Conference is celebrated as the foremost educational and networking event in the organic farming community, with over 65 informative workshops, 160 exhibitors, locally-sourced organic food, live entertainment and inspirational keynote speakers. The OFC also offers Organic University; a pre-conference day on February 23rd.
At Organic University (OU) farmers, academics, and other experts come together to provide over six hours of background information and practical applications. Each class comes with a resource book with course instruction materials and additional information for further learning. Below are some 2012 topics that might interest NODPA's readers.
For more information: 715-778-5775.