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Missouri Organic Association Conference Offers Sessions for the Public Feb. 10-12, 2011

Missouri Organic Association Conference Offers Sessions for the Public Feb. 10-12, 2011

Hundreds of farmers from across the state will gather in Springfield for the Missouri Organic Association Annual Conference 2011 Feb. 10-12 at the Ramada Oasis Conference Center at 2546 N. Glenstone Ave.

The public is welcome to attend individual workshops for $30 per workshop. Choose from 36 hands-on workshops including: making herbal essences and tinctures, organic pest management, managing organic poultry, distillation of wild crop essences, tree grafting, managing pollinator habitats, cheesemaking, and cooking demonstrations. Space is limited - register online at www.missouriorganic.org.

Conference attendance for all 3 days is $175, and includes all workshops and organic lunches and dinners.

Conference highlights include:
Talks by national and international experts in sustainable and organic agriculture including Jerry Brunetti on food as medicine, Ken Roseboro on the hazards of genetically modified organisms in our food system, Gary Zimmer on biological agriculture, Randel Agrella of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds on saving your own seeds, Jon Pittman on sustainable living, and many more.
Thursday night screening of Living Downstream, based on the acclaimed book about cancer and its environmental links by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber PhD
Friday night dinner honoring Missouri organic farming pioneer Coburn Schrock
More than 50 organic industry vendors from seed dealers to organic certifiers.
Full day tour of Millsap Farm, a local diverse organic farm.

Missouri Organic Association Conference 2011 Schedule
Thursday, February 10, 2011
8:30 AM – 5 PM - Three (3) Concurrent Full-Day Workshops

Block 1: Soil Fertility and Cover Crops
Gary Zimmer- Midwestern Bio-Ag and Dr. Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University

This workshop will give you the knowledge that you need to manage your soil fertility! Gary Zimmer, Founder and President of Midwestern Bio-Ag, is an internationally known speaker on using organic and biological methods for assessing the soil fertility nutrients needs, and implementing organically approved methods and products to enhance and maintain the soil fertility. Gary’s knowledge is unsurpassed in the biological farming community. He will get you excited about maintaining your soil biology while producing the highest quality organic crops possible!

Dr. Joel Gruver, Associate Professor at Western Illinois University, will present differing options for implement crop rotations into your system to manage for weed and pest control, manage soil erosion, and help supply necessary nutrients for your crop health.

Bring your soil tests and be prepared to take fast and furious notes as you learn the basics of soil fertility in a fast-paced environment!

Block 2: Ruminant Health Care and Developing Intensive Grazing Season
Dr. Ann Wells and Jim Gerrish

Do you have ruminant livestock that you want to manage organically? Need practical knowledge of maintaining the condition of your animals? Dr. Ann Wells, current Program Director of the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture located in Poteau, OK, has presented nationally on parasite and disease control of ruminant animals by using good management systems and sound nutrition. She has been on the OMRI technical review team for animal substances for many years, and has testified many times as the “livestock expert” at the NOSB hearings. In addition to teaching good animal management practices, she will be teaching hands-on body score condition (BSC) assessment of live cows, so bring your coats and be prepared to work outdoors and learn from Dr. Ann as she teaches animal health practices using live animals.

In the afternoon, Jim Gerrish will continue this workshop by presenting practical knowledge for developing a working rotational system on your farm. Many of you may remember Jim from his days with the University of Missouri where he taught people from all over the US how to develop their management-intensive grazing systems. He now serves as a consultant for clients across the nation to develop their management-intensive grazing systems under his company name, American GrazingLands Services LLC; and he is prepared to assist you with developing your own planned grazing system. Bring your farm maps and your questions, learn from one of the best!

NRCS- NRCS will follow with a short presentation on some of their financial assistance programs for cost-sharing rotational grazing systems.

Block 3: Farm Tour of a Diverse Operation
Curtis and Sarah Millsap, Springfield Talk/Millsap Farm

Want to know how to manage diverse operations? Join Curtis Millsap as he hosts an on-farm tour of Millsap Farm, a diversified family farm that raises vegetable plants, 150 varieties of fruits and vegetables, has a 75 member summer CSA and a 30 member winter CSA, using 4 high tunnel hoop houses and a 6000 sq ft greenhouse. They also raise grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured chicken and turkey, and free range eggs, all with careful attention to stewardship practices which improve the health and tilth of the land.

They have recently added a home based bakery where Sarah produces delicious wholegrain breads, and they sell locally produced cheese at their farm stand. Curtis will be discussing both production methods and marketing strategies, so be prepared to learn!

12:00 PM Lunch Burritos provided and prepared by Chipotles Mexican Grill

6:00 PM Dinner Menu of local organic foods donated by our producer/members, prepared by the Ramada Oasis Culinary Chefs

7-9:30 PM “Living Downstream” a film by Sandra Steingraber, PhD
Hosted by ‘The Food Sleuth’, Melinda Hemmelgarn

“Living Downstream” is based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. “Living Downstream”chronicles Sandra as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. Hosted by Melinda Hemmelgarn, of “The Food Sleuth,” the film will be followed by a panel discussion on the health issues raised in this powerful documentary. You don’t want to miss this eye-opening film!

Friday, February 11, 2011
8:00 AM - Honoring our Organic Farmers- This presentation is sure to wake you up and make you proud that you are an organic farmer, protector of our health and environment!

9:15 AM - Keynote Speaker- The Importance of Non-GMOs in our Foods
KEN ROSEBORO, editor of “The Organic & Non-GMO Report”

10:30 AM- 12 PM - Six (6) Concurrent Hands-On Workshops

Block 1: Controlling Weeds through Mechanical Cultivation
Tevie Tillman

Effective and early weed control is critical for high yields in organic production. Tevie represents Einboch Industries, a company that has developed the cultivator/tine weeder. She will present documentation showing the drop in organic production when weeds become competitive with the crops and effective cultivation methods for controlling weeds.

Block 2: Cooking with Organic Foods
Chadwick Isom, Executive Chef of Victory Trade School

Chef Chadwick Isom is the executive chef at Victory Trade School, a culinary school in Springfield MO that specializes in teaching troubled young adults how to become successful chefs and employees in the food industry. Chef Isom will be demonstrating culinary skills and sharing recipes while talking about the importance of using local organic foods. Come learn new techniques and recipes while tasting good organic food prepared by a master chef.

Block 3: Managing Organic Certification Audit Trail for Extensive Vegetable Production using Google Documents
Kelly Carney

Kelly is a retired IT executive with 20 years of experience in the online and government travel industry and now owns and manages North Pulaski Farms, a certified organic specialty crop producer located in Central Arkansas, where he produces vegetables from 12 hoop houses and outdoor production, and selling at 5 farmers markets in central AR. Kelly has used his many years of IT background to leverage Google Documents and Calendars to do all the necessary audit trail bookwork that is required to become certified organic. Kelly will demonstrate his spreadsheet to the participants, and all participants can take home a copy of sample documents along with information on how to start using Google to assist them with their organic certification audit trail requirements.

Block 4: Grafting Fruit Trees
Dr. Curt Rom, University of Arkansas Horticulture Department

Have you always wanted to know how to graft your own fruit trees? Come participate in this hands-on tree grafting workshop. You will be instructed step by step as you graft your own fruit tree. Grafting knives, tree scions and tree root stock will be provided free of charge, and you will be able to take your grafted fruit tree home with you to plant. Grafting knives and any extra fruit trees may be available for sale at the end of the conference to help recoup the costs of the workshop. Be prepared, you may slip and cut your fingers as you learn the technique of grafting, so you must sign a waiver stating that you will not hold the University of AR or the Missouri Organic Association libel for any cuts you may incur.

Block 5: The Home Apothecary
Tina Wilcox, Ozark Folk Center

Tina, the head gardener and herbalist at the Ozark Folk Center, is a well-seasoned herbal educator and entertainer and co-author of “The Creative Herbal Home” which is being translated into Japanese for the Japanese public. Tina will guide you through the steps to making your own essences and tinctures for homeopathy use. After participating in this workshop you will take home the knowledge and recipes to create your own health products for your home and your livestock.

Block 6: Organic Dairy Production and Marketing
Farmers Creamery

Come explore new opportunities for organic dairy production with Farmers Creamery, contracted with Horizon Organic Dairy. The Farmers Creamery and Horizon Organic Dairy are committed to sourcing organic milk from the Midwest, specifically from Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. They will be talking about the requirements for organic milk production and opportunities for contracting with them to sell your organic milk products.

12:00 PM Lunch - Menu of local and organic foods donated by our producer/members, prepared by the Ramada Oasis Culinary Chefs

Friday Afternoon - February 11, 2011
1:30 PM - 3 PM - Six (6) Concurrent Hands-On Workshops

Block 1: Correlating Good Soil Fertility and Human Health
Keith Cuvelier, SuperGro of Iowa

Keith Cuvelier has been a pioneer in biological and organic farming, starting SuperGro of Iowa in 1983. Using the Albrecht theories as the basic background for soil balancing and fertility management, he will demonstrate his methods for maintaining soil fertility to supply the crops nutrient needs, resulting in supplied livestock and human essential amino acids. Keith’s presentation will open your eyes to the importance of maintaining the micro-nutrient needs of your soil.

Block 2: Cheese- Making with Organic Milk
Janet Hurst, Lincoln University

Janet has taught cheese-making around the US and has been featured in such magazines as “Mary Janes Farm.” She will be demonstrating the art of making mozzarella cheese using local organic milk. Join Janet to make the cheese during this hands-on workshop, sample your end product, and go home with the recipe and knowledge to make mozzarella cheese at home.

Block 3: Saving Heirloom and OP Seeds for Commercial Production
Randel Agrella, Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds

Here’s a surefire way to beat Monsanto-save your own heirloom seeds! Join Randel Agrella from Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds as he teaches the techniques to save seeds, either for commercial seed saving or just for your own farm production. Randel Agrella, owner of Abundant Acres, grows and online sells heirloom tomato and pepper plants-all grown organically. He runs the seed-saving program at Baker Creek and is a regular writer for the Baker Creek Heirloom Gardener magazine. Randel says that saving tomato seeds is one of the hardest seed saving techniques to master, but almost guarantees that you will have mastered the art at the end of this workshop. Learn from a leading expert!

Block 4: Pest Management Using Organic Methods
Dr. Jaime Pinero, Lincoln University

Got pests and don’t know how to control them using organic methods? Dr. Jaime Pinero will be dividing this workshop into 3 sections: the 1st30 minutes will be sharing his methods for controlling such insect pests as blister beetles, harlequin bugs, cross backed cabbage worms and southern cabbage worms using organic methods. The next 30 minutes will be addressing organic management of cucumber beetles, followed by the last 30 min spent on a hands-on workshop demonstrating traps and lures that are effective in controlling the pests. At the end of this workshop, you should feel more empowered to produce your crops organically.

Block 5: Managing Poultry Using Organic Production Methods
Desiree Rutherford, Rutherford Farms

Desiree sells eggs from 400 organically fed hens to clientele which includes several upper-class St Louis restaurants, as well as marketing through a CSA. The Rutherford Farm is not currently certified organic but is ‘Certified Naturally Grown’, and always feeds certified organic feeds with organically approved vitamin/mineral premix. Desiree serves as a mentor to farmers’ state wide who want to raise their poultry without synthetic pesticides, medications, or chemicals. She and her husband Lindell also mix and sell organic poultry feed to those who cannot find a source on their own. Come learn how to manage your poultry flock, whether commercially to sell meat or egg products, or just a few hens for your own fresh eggs.

Block 6: Managing for Pollinator Habitats
Jennifer Hopwood, Xerces Society

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. They actively work to educate producers and government officials on the importance of maintaining habitats for our native pollinators. This is a must-see, fascinating workshop which will provide hands-on training on ways that you can improve your environment by providing food and resting areas for our native pollinators.

NRCS - The NRCS will follow with details on some cost-share opportunities for planting crops to encourage beneficial insects. Everyone will benefit from this workshop whether you own a small backyard or large farm.

Friday Afternoon- February 11, 2011
3:30 PM - 5 PM - Six (6) Concurrent Hands-On Workshops

Block 1: Production of Native Plants and Herbs
Jon “Wood” Pittman, Organic Homesteading and Gardening

Jon, a full blood Cherokee Indian from Paducah Kentucky, founded and manages a 5900 member yahoo group whose purpose is to help others learn to live sustainably on their homesteads, whether small backyards or large farming operations. Jon is a Master Herbalist and an Advanced Master Gardener with a degree in agronomy. He raises berries, grapes, orchard crops, brambles, herbs, and heirloom flowers on his organic homestead, and is 80% self-sufficient. He grows culinary and medicinal herbs, and makes most of his own medicines, tinctures, and salves. Jon is an heirloom seed preserver and works with the USDA seed bank in growing and preserving soon-to-become extinct flora.

Jon will be instructing the participants on the importance of organic production methods to sustain our Earth while producing native and heirloom plants and herbs.

Block 2: Tilapia & Vegetables: Symbiotic Relationships in Greenhouse Production
Randy Wood, Floating Farms

Randy Wood owns Floating Farms a hydroponic greenhouse in Licking, MO. He and his brother Russell have been raising basil hydroponically and hope to expand their operation to include closed-system aquaponics—growing tilapia fish and basil. He will present an overview of his operation, discuss general production do’s and do not’s, talk about some of the hazards of incorporating two production systems in the same greenhouse, and present the marketing operations for those who want to incorporate his methods. Randy works full-time as business manager of Sappington Farmers Market, and spends much of his spare time forming relationships with sustainable farmers and others who have an interest in the future of a sustainable food system.

Block 3: Grafting Tomato and Other Vegetable Plants with a Discussion of Chinese Solar Greenhouse Systems
Dr. Sanjun Gu, Lincoln University

Dr. Sanjun Gu has just returned from a sabbatical in China and brings back grafting techniques that you can use for your vegetable production. Grafting tomatoes has become a useful production tool to add root vigor and disease resistance for heirloom tomato plants. Other vegetable species are now being grafted, and Dr. Gu will be demonstrating the latest techniques for grafting vegetables. He also will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of using Chinese solar greenhouses for production in Missouri. You will have a chance to graft some tomato or watermelon plants, so come ready to roll up your sleeves to help with the grafting processes.

Block 4: Marketing Berries with a “You-Pick-It” Operation
Ernest Bohner, Persimmon Hills Farm

Ernie successfully manages a “You-Pick-It operation of blueberries, blackberries, and other berries near Branson, MO, with a major emphasis on further processing the juices into syrups, jellies, and using the berries in his great “Thunder Muffins.” He also produces and markets shitake mushrooms and products on his farm. Ernie is so successful in marketing that his farm was recently highlighted in the American Airlines magazine which is placed in every AA plane. Ernie will give an overview of his operation, and will be conducting interactive demonstrations of some of his most important marketing tips. Come learn valuable marketing tips from one of the most successful You-Pick-It Berry Operations in Missouri.

Block 5: Fecal Egg Counts of Parasites in Small Ruminant Animals
Dr. Charlotte Clifford-Rathert, Lincoln University

If you own sheep or goats, you know how important it is to stay informed about the latest methods for internal parasite management for your animals. Join Dr. Clifford-Rathert at the microscopes, as she walks you through identifying and counting the oocytes from common parasites. She will also be discussing new research for alternative treatments, with scientific results showing which products have potential for working, which don’t work, and those products that are still being researched. If you are owners of sheep or goats, you won’t want to miss this workshop.

Block 6: Home Distillation of Essential Oils and Essences from Wild Crops
George Frazier, Wild Crops Farms

Wild Crops Farms, a cooperative of six producers, harvests and distills organic essential oils and essences from wild crops such as wild plums, Echinacea, and willow trees from the Ozark Forest. The final extracts are marketed on the internet as body care and health products. George will be demonstrating a home distillation system that you can build to distill your own products. Come learn how to add value to your farming operation by marketing wild crops products from your wooded and prairie lands.

5:15- 5:45 PM- MOA Business Meeting [Paid MOA Members Only]

6:00 PM- Dinner, Farmer Tribute, Native American Storytelling and Benefit Auction

Begin with a wonderful dinner of local organic food prepared by the excellent chefs from the Ramada Oasis’ famed ‘Fire and Ice Restaurant’ in honor of pioneer organic farmer, Coburn Schrock. After dinner, thrill to the Native American storytelling of Cherokee Indian, John “Wood” Pittman. Then, take out your wallets and help support MOA by bidding on the great donated items at the MOA Benefit Auction with the auctioneering skills of Roger Kropf. This fun-filled evening has something to please everyone!

Saturday Morning, February 12, 2011
8:00 AM- Welcome and Introductions

8:05 AM- Keynote Speaker- Heal Yourself... Farm as Farmacy
JERRY BRUNETTI, Agri-Dynamics

In 1979, Jerry Brunetti founded Agri-Dynamics with a vision of providing a line of holistic animal remedies for farm livestock, equine and pets. After witnessing first-hand the devastating results of conventional, chemically dependent, grain-based rationed farming practices, Jerry embarked on a crusade to educate and consult for farmers who made the wise choice to transition to ecologically responsible and sustainable farming. Jerry works towards improving soil and crop quality, livestock performance and health on certified organic farms. In 1991, Jerry co-founded Earthworks Natural Organic Products, a company which provides products and consulting services to the golf course and landscaping industries. Jerry’s aspiration was once again to encourage the implementation of ecological principles of balancing soils, reducing the use of pesticides and eliminating dependence on chemical fertilizers.

In 1999, Jerry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and given as little as six months to live without aggressive chemotherapy. He instead chose a holistic path of nutrition, detoxification and immune modulation and applied his vast experience with farming and animal nutrition to his own health. The links between healthy soil, truly nutritious food and profitable, sustainable farming are clearly evident in his personal and professional experiences and his skill for communicating this to people has won him extensive praise from holistic health professionals, sustainable farming organizations and many farmers and consumers.

Jerry is a highly demanded lecturer and speaker, both nationally and internationally, on topics that include soil fertility, animal nutrition and livestock health. As a result of healing himself of a life-threatening episode of cancer utilizing holistic modalities, he often speaks to audiences about the relationship of “Food as Medicine” and “Farm as Farmacy.” Jerry bridges natural and scientific understandings of plant and animal “ecosystems,” such as digestion in soils (decomposition), digestion of foods (fermentation) and the digestion that takes place in the GI tract of animals/humans. Jerry’s “connect-the-dots” systems approach helps farmers and ranchers understand how the health of people and their communities are linked to healthy land, healthy animals and healthy produce.

10:30 AM- 12:00 PM - Six (6) Concurrent Hands-On Workshops

Block 1: Ruminant Animal Health
Jerry Brunetti, Agri-Dynamics

Jerry will continue his discussion of the correlation between animal and human health, but this block will focus on his methods for managing ruminant health issues, with special emphasis on dairy livestock management. Jerry has developed several products that are approved for organic certification to prevent and treat livestock health issues and he will be presenting those to his audience. Come with your livestock health questions and get the answers that you need to be a successful organic livestock producer.

Block 2: Cooking with Organic Foods
Executive Chef Chadwick Isom, Victory Trade School

Repeat of Friday’s Workshop. Are you looking for new recipes to try out? Do you love organic foods, but really don’t know what to do with it? Come join Executive Chef Chadwick Isom as he demonstrates some of his favorite organic food preparations. Participants will leave this workshop with new recipes, new cooking techniques, and great sampling of organic foods. Be there!

Block 3: Edamame Production in Missouri
Mark Frank and Kumiko Nagai, Hilltop Farm and
Kerry Clark- Soybean Breeding Specialist, University of Missouri

Mark Frank and Kumiko Nagai were active organic farmers in Japan, and Mark was a member of the Japan Association of Organic Agriculture. While in Japan, Mark became friends with one of the leading organic farmer/writer/activists there, Hiroyuki Tateno. When they returned to the US, they brought back production techniques for producing Edamame-edible soybeans, and successfully marketing them at the Christian County Farmers Market. Mark and Kumiko will share their production and marketing knowledge of Edamame, while sharing some of their Japan organic production experiences.

Kerry Clark, soybean breeder specialist at UMO, will be sharing several Edamame varieties that she has developed especially suited to MO production. If you are looking for new products and new marketing opportunities, don’t miss this workshop.

Block 4: Propagation of Elderberries
Terry Durham, Elderberries for Life

Elderberry juice has been shown to have immune enhancing properties and is being sold world-wide as a health enhancing product. High yielding elderberry cultivars of our Missouri native plants have been selected that produce high quality juice, and a group of Missouri producers have formed a cooperative to market the juice to the health industry. Terry will talk about the opportunities for producers to grow elderberries for commercial markets while demonstrating the technique for propagating elderberry bushes from dormant branches of elderberries for planting the following spring. As a participant of this workshop, you will be able to do the actual propagating of the elderberries, and at the end of the workshop you can take home your own elderberry bush to plant next spring.

Block 5: Organically Approved Soil Amendments
Carroll Montgomery, Zone Products

Carroll has been an organic grains crop farmer in southeastern Missouri for many years. Realizing that he needed soil amendments to build up his soil, long depleted by conventional crop production and not finding any products that were approved for organic production; he decided to develop his own products. The results are Zone Products which is sold worldwide to organic and sustainable producers. A majority of his soil amendments are OMRI ® listed, so are approved by most certifying agents without all the hassles inherent when trying to add soil amendment products to the Organic System Plan. Come join Carroll as he discusses methods for enhancing and maintaining soil fertility using approved organic production methods and substances.

Block 6: Basics 101 Organic Certification Requirements for Crops & Livestock
SueBaird Organics, LLC

Are you thinking of becoming certified organic? Want to know the requirements of becoming certified organic for your farm production? This is a basic 101 class which will walk you through all the requirements for becoming certified. Bring your farm maps, plans for organic crops to be certified and be prepared to learn what you need to know to start your organic certification process.

Saturday Afternoon- February 12, 2011
1:30 PM - 3 PM - Six (6) Concurrent Hands-On Workshops

Block 1: An In-Depth Discussion of New Cultivars for Berry Production
Patrick Byers, MU Extension Greene County, Horticulture Specialist

Fruits, especially berries, offer opportunities for organic and sustainable farmers. Patrick's presentation will include an in-depth discussion of berry production, including blueberry, bramble, strawberry, elderberry, and minor berries, with an emphasis on new berry cultivars and the role that proper cultivar selection plays in successful production. In addition, a portion of the presentation will include a question/answer session, to address fruit-related topics of interest to participants.

Block 2: Virtual Tour of Gary Zimmer’s Diverse Farm
Gary Zimmer, Midwestern Bio-Ag

Gary is the author of the book, The Biological Farmer, A Complete Guide to the Sustainable and Profitable Biological System of Farming, published in 2000. His focus remains on the soil as the source of nutrients: how healthy soils produce healthy plants for healthy livestock and healthy humans. In this workshop, Gary will be sharing an overview of his diverse family farm, the Otter Creek Organic Farm located in Blue Mounds, WI. From his family farm, Gary operates the Bio-Ag Learning Center where biological farming practices and agricultural products are field tested. The Zimmer family's Otter Creek Organic Farm includes a 200-cow organic dairy and grain production, while utilizing the ideas Gary has gleaned over a lifetime spent studying agriculture.

Block 3: The Native Way
Jon “Wood” Pittman, Organic Homesteading and Gardening

Jon Pittman, a Cherokee Indian, returns in this workshop to teach us about production and preservation of heirloom and native foods used for generations for natural foods and medicines. Jon is passionate about teaching sustainability, using both the old traditional methods as well as new methods of production of organic foods and medicines. If you are lucky, Jon will have his trader’s blanket spread to trade his heirloom seeds for some of your seeds, so bring your seeds for trading and be prepared from some fun while learning.

Block 4: Mozzarella Cheese Making
Janet Hurst, Lincoln University

Repeat of Friday’s Workshop. Janet will be demonstrating the science and art of making mozzarella cheese. Join this hands-on workshop and follow Janet’s step by step instructions to make your own mozzarella cheese. At the end of this workshop, you will have the hands-on working knowledge to make your own cheese at home from organic milk.

Block 5: Sweet Potato Production
Norm Kilmer, Morgan County Seeds

Norm Kilmer, owner of Morgan County Seeds has a long history of helping vegetable producers become more productive in their operations. Norm feels that sweet potatoes are an important economic crop for our area and wants to help producers implement them into their crop production systems. In this hands-on workshop, Norm will be demonstrating procedures for propagating and growing your own sweet potato plants. Join Norm to see the actual sweet potatoes growing in planter boxes and participant in the propagating techniques.

Block 6: Establishing Local Food Systems
Dr. Mary Hendrickson, Moderator

Want to know how to establish a local food system in your community? Dr. Mary Hendrickson has been a pioneer in establishing local food connections for many years; as such, she will moderate our panel of the leading experts in Missouri. The panel will discuss all the steps necessary to successfully connect farmers with food establishments and direct food consumers of organic and sustainable local foods. Our panel will consist of Nancy Smith, Farmer to Food, St. Louis; Katherine Kelly, Kansas City; Jay and Carol Maddick, Campo Lindo Farms, Lathrop; Ruell Chapell, Local Food Coalition, Springfield; Lane McConnell, Ozark Farm and Neighbor Magazine, Springfield; Shane Hansen, Door-to-Door Organics, Kansas City; and Debi Kelly, University of Missouri, Columbia.

Saturday Afternoon- February 12, 2011
3:30 PM - 5 PM - Six (6) Concurrent Hands-On Workshops

Block 1: Making Compost and Soil Amendments for European Herb Production
Tina Wilcox, Ozark Folk Center

Have you wondered what the trick is to successfully making compost and soil amendments? Tina Marie Wilcox has been the head gardener and herbalist at the Ozark Folk Center’s Heritage Herb Garden in Mountain View, Arkansas since 1984. She tends the extensive gardens, plans and coordinates annual herbal events and workshops and facilitates the production of sale plants, seeds and herbal products for the park. In this workshop, Tina will instruct the participants in the procedures to successfully make compost and soil amendments tot provide the necessary nutrients for successful herb production. Never be without compost again!

Block 2: Grafting Fruit Trees
Dr. Curt Rom, University of Arkansas Horticulture

Repeat of Friday’s workshop. Have you always wanted to know how to graft your own fruit trees? Come participate in this hands-on tree grafting workshop. You will be instructed step by step as you graft your own fruit tree. Grafting knives, tree scions and tree root stock will be provided for this workshop, and you will be able to take your grafted fruit tree home with you to plant. Grafting knives and any extra fruit trees may be available for sale at the end of the conference to help recoup the costs of the workshop. Be prepared, you may slip and cut your fingers as you learn the technique of grafting, so you must sign a waiver stating that you will not hold the University of AR or MOA libel for any cuts you may incur.

Block 3: The Ins and Outs of Transplanting Vegetable Plants
Robbins Hail, Bear Creek Farms

Robbins and her team will be demonstrating transplanting techniques for various vegetable and herb plants. Come plan to get your hands dirty while learning to transplant vegetable and herb plants from seedlings and larger transplants. Learn which potting mixes are most successful for transplanting, which crops and soil amendments provide the most boost to get the plants off to a good start, and the timeframes necessary to have plants transplanted in time to meet the plant market.

Block 4: Home Distillation of Essential Oils and Essences from Wild CropGeorge Frazier, Wild Crops Farms

Repeat of Friday’s workshop. George Frazier of Wild Crops Farms, a cooperative group of six producers, harvests and distills organic essential oils and essences from such wild crops as wild plums, Echinacea, and willow trees from the Ozark Forest. The final extracts are marketed on the internet as body care and health products. George will be demonstrating a home distillation system that you can build to distill your own products. Come learn how to add value to your farming operation by marketing wild crops products from your wooded and prairie lands.

Block 5: Managing for Pollinator Habitats
Jennifer Hopwood, The Xerces Society

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. They actively work to educate producers and government officials on the importance of maintaining habitats for our native pollinators. This is a must-see, fascinating workshop which will provide hands-on training on ways that you can improve your environment by providing food and resting areas for our native pollinators. The NRCS will share cost-share opportunities for planting crops to encourage beneficial insects. Everyone will benefit from this workshop whether you own a small backyard or large farm.

Block 6: Establishing Local Food Systems (continued until 4pm)

5:00 PM- Last Remarks and Farewells

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