Keynotes

 

Soil, Culture and Human Responsibility

Are we able to perceive whether a farm is healthy or not? Are we aware of how our ways of seeing, speaking and thinking contribute to the creation of our agricultural reality—for better and for worse?

Sponsored by:
Main Street Books

Friday 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Presenter:

Bruno Follador

 

Building A Forever Farm

Building A Forever Farm The ultimate responsibility of land stewards is to build resiliency into their farms and ranches. Like it or not, nature is not always a gentle spirit. Floods, droughts, disease, winds, sickness, low prices: these and more will strike at some time or another. Preparing for these crises requires that farm businesses insulate themselves from commodity price fluctuations. It means increasing animal and plant immunity, reducing population concentrations, and storing water. This talk ranges broadly into the many vulnerabilities farms experience but offers ways to make those crises less threatening.

Saturday 10:45am to 12:15pm

Presenter:

Daniel Salatin

Breakout Sessions

 

Film Screening Introduction to 'Polyfaces'

Polyfaces is a joyful film about connecting to the land and the community. Produced over 4 years it follows the Salatin’s, a 4th generation farming family who do ‘everything different to everyone else’ as they produce food in a way that works with nature, not against it. Using the symbiotic relationships of animals and their natural functions, they produce high quality, nutrient-dense products.

Friday 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Presenter:

Daniel Salatin

 

The Four Lost American Ideals

The United States was founded on five primal ideals, four of which have been lost to the average American. This lecture explores what the four lost ideals are and how to get them back in support of building statesmen and true American leaders. Dr. Brooks will explain how vital these lost ideals are to perpetuating the American Republic, entrepreneurship, God-based education, the traditional American family, the traditional family farm, and liberty for future generations.

Saturday 9:00am to 10:30am

Presenter:

Dr. Shanon Brooks

 

Practices and Insights of Biodynamic Composting: Developing Dynamic Ways of Seeing and Working with Compost.

“Compost happens!” Perhaps you have seen this statement printed on t-shirts or in farm-related magazines. Each time I read this I am always left bewildered: Yes, compost happens, but how? Although there is a plethora of technical literature, the question still remains: What is compost? Do I have to turn it? Should I layer everything or mix it? What is the C/N ratio really? How do I know if it is good or not? How do I know it is ready? And did it really happen?

In this workshop we'll delve into the practical and technical details of farm-scale composting. This workshop will address questions such as:

  • How to manage and organize a compost site
  • How to mix, build, and turn windrows
  • How to understand and relate do the ideal C/N ratio
  • How to recognize signs of the different phases of the composting process

We will also explore how we can develop a qualitative understanding of the dynamic processes in the compost pile, and consider the significance of compost in the whole farm organism—which ultimately means to think about how the composting process is intimately tied to the social process of the farm staff and farm community.

Sponsored by:
Main Street Books

Saturday 9:00am to 10:30am

Presenter:

Bruno Follador

 

Pastured poultry and value adding

Pastured Poultry value adding. A look at the many positives of having poultry on your farm/homestead and the how to's of adding value. Adding value is the key to financial stability on a small farm. Poultry is one of the best places to start. From brooder to bagging. Cutting up to cooking, this workshop will cover it!

Saturday 1:45pm to 3:15pm

Presenter:

Daniel Salatin

 

Seed Economy and a Regenerative Tomorrow

Matt Powers, permaculture educator, shares his vision of a regenerative tomorrow using seeds, permaculture, and our heritage.

Sponsored by:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Saturday 1:45pm to 3:15pm

Presenter:

Matt Powers

 

Labor and Interns

Looking for or thinking about adding farm help or interns? From finding people that fit your farm for the summer, or making long term agreements. Gleaning from more than 20 years of experience, this class will help you avoid some of the pit falls that come from working with people on the farm.

Saturday 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Presenter:

Daniel Salatin

Why? – Principle-driven Decision Making for Food Production

Following a short presentation by Dr. Thurber, he will moderate an open discussion on several related topics (listed below). The final 15 minutes will be devoted to summarizing, synthesizing, and suggesting action to be taken.

TOPICS
  • Neurophysiology: Conscious vs. subconscious decision making.
  • Sociality: Comfort in conformity vs. power through deliberative, independent action.
  • Economics: Must I “succeed” as middle class American or can I live as a Burundian?
  • Dependency: Control the food, control the people.
  • Pragmatism: Can I, ought I really grow 100% of my food, even in Winter?
  • Ethics: Stealing from our grandchildren and consideration for 9,999,999 other species.
  • Fairness: Serious physical labor while others seem to have it easy.
  • Education: Converting other consumers in spite of massive marketing by big corporations.
  • Aesthetics: Beauty, diversity, flavors, colors, enjoyment, camaraderie , spirituality
  • The Future: Can it be predicted? Save seeds, not gold.

Saturday 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Presenter:

Dale K. Thurber, Ph.D.

 

The good, the bad, and the ugly of market displays

When exhibiting at a farmers market, your booth space is more than a section of parking lot, city street, or community park. It is a physical representation of your company, and the place where you turn attendees into customers. Your booth is your storefront, your sales platform, and your home. In my six years of managing a farmers market, and recently starting a small business of my own, I've learned that every booth has its own challenges and opportunities to impress. During this workshop we'll discuss what separates the good display from the bad, how to add curb appeal to your space to draw customers in, and walk through a list of tips that will hopefully improve your layout and increase sales. After our discussion we'll take these new tools to the local farmers market to identify what's working and what can be improved.

Saturday 9:00pm to 10:30am

Presenter:

Candace Schaible

 

The Agricultural Industrial Complex And Your Government

An inside look at the politics of food and the process to deregulate and loosen the laws that would allow more local, farm/producer to consumer sales of food and food products.

Saturday 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Presenter:

Marc Roberts

 

Three Voices of Agriculture

America was created on the principles of the Agrarian age. It grew on the ideas of the Industrial age. And we believed those ideas during the Corporate age. Now, with the Information age progressing swiftly around us, we are asking ourselves “What the h*** happened to farming?” The Food industry is a billion-dollar business… but eating a diet of homegrown food is almost impossible. We have hundreds of safeguards in place to guarantee quality food, but we still don’t know if our food is healthy, safe, and grown responsibly. Legislation makes it illegal to trade my extra eggs for peaches or butter with a neighbor. A common practice for my grandmother and mom at our old-fashioned, small town mercantile. It leaves a person wondering “What does the next 30 years of history mean for my food supply? And what can my grandkids expect from farming?”

William DeMille will take you through the trends of agricultural history to show what food production has meant to people in the past, what it means now, and what we must do about it to ensure that a new crop of farmers has the opportunity to take root in the 21st century.

Saturday 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Presenter:

Will DeMille

 

The New Georgics: Reclaiming a Homeland

A generation ago our parents and grandparents were shaking off the dust of the farm, racing for the stars, and a better world; only to come back down to earth and find that their homeland was sold out from under them and a better world as far away as ever. As corporate farming grew, family farms dwindled by the tens of thousands. But, there is a groundswell of farmers in America today, born with no land to inherit, but a love of the land written on their heart. They are doing more than raising food, they are reclaiming the American homeland. Every garden planted, from urban rooftops and aquaponic greenhouses, to the resurgence of micro-dairies and rural farmland, tells the story of a people who are writing the story of the new American farmer across the United States. Come hear stories from Vernie Lynn’s memoir “Walking My Father’s Fields: Love Letters from a Daughter of the Land”, and learn why your story, as a New American Georgic is so important. A book signing opportunity will be available at the end of her presentation.

Saturday 1:45pm to 3:15pm

Presenter:

Vernie DeMille

 

Farming, Economy, Community & Freedom

Discussion of how small local sustainable economies are the basis of strong, vibrant communities and countries. How small local agriculture is the base or core of these sustainable communities, countries and their economies. What does this look like? What is the vision we are working towards? What are the obstacles? What are the opportunities?

Saturday 1:45pm to 3:15pm

Presenter:

Danny McDowel

 

Our first 10 years of Market Farming!

Quail Hollow Farm operates an organic “full-circle” market farm on less than 10 acres including fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, eggs, dairy, honey and molasses, meat and grains.

We are excited to share: What has worked, what hasn’t, why we are still farming in spite of the challenges, and what we are eagerly looking forward to in the next 10 years and beyond!

Saturday 1:45pm to 3:15pm

Presenter:

Laura & Monte Bledsoe

 

Oh, The Places She'll Go!

My journey, starting a CSA at 14 without my parents permission and where that has taken me!

Saturday 9:00am to 10:30am

Presenter:

Sara Patterson