Author and ledgendary oragnic farmer Eliot Coleman will be our keynote speaker this year!

Coleman, author of The New Organic Grower and The Winter Harvest Handbook harvests vegetables year round and does agricultural research from Four Season Farm in Maine.He has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle, sheep and range poultry.

He is a commercial market gardener a teacher and lecturer on organic gardening.

He served two years as the executive director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and was an advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

These days, he consults and designs tools for Johnny's Selected Seeds.

At 78, Coleman shows no sign of slowing down. He still enjoys what he does and looks forward to getting up in the morning. He is encouraged by the passion of the current slow food movement and believes it is here to stay.

 

Come celebrate the newest wave of farmers, ranchers, gardeners, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, chefs, advocates, beekeepers, cheese-makers, butchers, grocers, foodies and food lovers!

We invite you to participate, collectively grapple with big challenges and explore new opportunities right alongside fellow farmers and local food advocates-- together as a community from all over the west.


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Gather, eat delicious organic local meals, farm tours, film screening, early morning yoga

Gather

Gather before the busiest throes of harvest season begin!

Kindle friendships, opportunities and partnerships hard to find in rural areas, uniting an oftentimes disparate movement-- especially for a new wave of agrarians lured to farming not just by tradition but by a vision for a healthier food system and a passion for the land.

Connect with farmers and like-minded folks, collaborate and find the resources needed to thrive within local food webs, stimulate stronger local economies and sustain our natural resources.

Learn

Much can be learned online, reading, researching, but sometimes you just gotta be there! It’s not so much about what was said as what you heard!

Learn from inspiring keynotes, unique speakers from far and near, interesting workshops and all you encounter and experience while attending.

Grow

Feeling inspired to make a change in your community?

Learn to utilize your local resources and return home with new connections, tools and inspiration to enhance your farm and empower your community.

By trading ideas and sharing knowledge, skills, notes and advice, you'll return home from this synergetic weekend ready to get to work on establishing a collective buying club, a CSA, a farm or a farmers market, a skill sharing bank or a group to advocate policy reform. Together we can make the changes we need to build a successful, healthy and thriving local food economy. And we're pretty confident that you'll do a good job of it!

SPONSORS!

To whom we are so grateful! Without them this conference would not be possible!

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds   Red Acre Farm CSA   Sunshine Health Foods

Click here to see all of our sponsors.