"CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND REGISTRATION FORM"
2007 Michigan Organic Conference March 3, 2007 Kellogg Center East Lansing, Michigan This Year Is Dedicated to the Memory of John Clark Saving and Sowing the Seeds of Organic Saturday - March 3, 2006 8:00 – 9:00 Registration 8:00 – 4:00 Exhibits Open 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome, John Clark Dedication and Conference Overview 9:15 – 10:00 John Clark 2007 Keynote Address, Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute 10:00 – 10:30 Break 10:30 – 12:00 Morning Production Education Sessions 1. Heirlooms vs. Hybrids: Seed variety selection for organic vegetables - meeting organic seed requirements while choosing appropriate varieties for your markets – Sue Houghton (Giving Tree organic farm, Lansing, MI) 2.Where do I Plant the Tomatoes this Year? Vegetable rotations and cover crops for disease and insect management. Anthony Cinzori (Cinzori Family Farms, Battle Creek, MI). Lee Arboreal (Eaters Guild Farm, Bangor, MI) 3. Building Soil for Better Organic Crops Sieg Snapp (Soils and Cropping Systems Ecologist, MSU-Kellogg Biological Station, Gull Lake, MI) and Michigan Farmer TBD. 4. Tree Fruit Pest Management. Jim Koan (Almar Orchards, Flushing, MI) 5. Selecting animal breeds and feed that fit your organic farm. The opportunity for diversity into organic animal production including; goats, heirloom chickens, pigs and lambs. Michigan Organic Farmers TBD. 6. Equipment for medium size organic farms. Jim and Barb Loe (Funny Farm Organics, Grant MI). 10:30 – noon Morning Consumer Education Session 1. The Value of Choice – Raw Milk. Explore diverse perspectives on the value of choice in our food system. John Partridge (Associate Professor Food Science and Human Nutrition), Patti Warnke (Our Farm and Dairy, St. Johns, MI), Michigan Department of Agriculture, Joe Scrimger (Bio Systems, consumer). 12:15 – 1:45 Lunch 1:15-1:45 Luncheon Program: Robin Rosenbaum - MDA Review of Organic summit, Corie Pierce - Organic Farming Certificate Program, Jim Bingen, MOFFA /Organic farmer awards 1:45 – 2:15 Exhibits 2:15 – 3:00 Afternoon Keynote Address Elizabeth Henderson, Peacework Organic Farm 3:00 – 3:30 Break (final drawing at 3:20, exhibits close at 4:00) 3:30 – 5:00 Afternoon Concurrent Marketing Education Sessions 1. Selling at Farmers Markets-Hear about the Michigan Farmers Market Association, and some great tips for selling at Farmers Markets! - MSU Extension, Farm Market Master-TBD, Richard Andres (Tantre Farm, Ann Arbor, MI). 2. Marketing Grains to Niche Markets- Michigan Organic Farmers TBD. 3. Marketing Organic Produce to Restaurants- Susan Houghton (The Giving Tree Farm, Lansing MI), Chanbrae Beaubaif (Knight Cap Café, Lansing, MI) 4. Marketing Organic Fruit- Jane Bush (Appleschram Orchard, Charlotte, MI) 5. Organic Livestock Processing Regulations - Jim Graham (Graham Farms, Rosebush, MI) 3:30 – 5:00 Afternoon Consumer Education Session 1. From Purchasing to Policy. Learn what the hot topics in organic are today, and how to stay informed. Michigan Department of Agriculture, Taylor Reid (MOFFA Board, Community Food and Agriculture, MSU). 5:00 – 6:00 Celebration of MI products (organic cider, hard cider, cheese and bread) Saturday Evening Musical Extravaganza. Come to Magdalena’s Tea House in Lansing and support local business and local music. Featuring folk music from local bands “Breathe Owl Breathe” and “A Story Told”. $5/person, space is limited so buy your ticket early! 2007 Michigan Organic Conference REGISTRATION FORM Dedicated to the Memory of John Clark March 3, 2007 Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI Saving and Sowing the Seeds of Organic A program designed for consumers and producers of organic food interested in learning about organic consumer issues and innovative organic crop and livestock production practices Return to: 2007 Michigan Organic Conference ATTN: Emily Reardon CARRS, Natural Resources Building MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824 Number of People Attending: Name and Organization/Farm: Please list all other attendees on the back of this form. Address: City: State Zip: County: Phone number: E-mail: Michigan Organic Conference Saturday Registration ______ X $65/person = _______ Post Conference Musical Extravaganza ______X $5/person = ________ Saturday night at Magdalena’s Tea House, featuring folk music from local Bands “Breathe Owl Breathe” and “A Story Told” Total* = ________ *Please make checks payable to MOFFA Pre-registration deadline is close-of-business on February 28, 2007. Registration is $75 at the door. If you are interested in having a booth or advertising with us, please contact Doug Murray at email@example.com Thank you on behalf of MOFFA and the Michigan Organic Community.