Organic farming conference this weekend in Springfield
Hundreds of farmers from across the region will come to Springfield for the Missouri Organic Association Annual Conference 2011 from Feb. 10-12 at the Ramada Oasis Conference Center at 2546 North Glenstone.
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 three 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.
More information is available at www.missouriorganic.org/.