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Thanks to all who contributed to a successful 2013 MOSES Conference!
Information on this page pertains to the 2013 event. Look for details in December about the 2014 MOSES Conference Feb. 27-March 1, 2014-- our 25th anniversary!
2013 MOSES ORGANIC FARMING CONFERENCE
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NETWORKING AT THE CONFERENCE
Share information and knowledge with your peers!
We offer several ways to connect directly with others:
- Meetings and Receptions
Many groups request space to host gatherings at the MOSES Conference. Check the list in the conference program and on posters in the lobby.
- Free Resource Area • Bulletin Boards
Pick up lots of great information,and exchange selling, buying or work opportunities with other conference participants. Find the resource area in the North Concourse on the way to the MOSES Bookstore.
- New Organic Stewards
Connect with other new and young farmers at targeted events during the MOSES Conference.
- Singles Meet-and-Greet
Information about this popular "networking" event will be posted at the MOSES Conference.
- Networking Area: In addition to the popular Farmer Connection Roundtables, we are adding two new networking features, “Ask an Expert” and the "MOSES Legal Corner." This expanded Networking Area will be in the lobby of the North Hall (below the MOSES Bookstore).
Farmer Connection Roundtables: View the Schedule! Have a favorite farming topic you want to discuss with other farmers? Reserve a Connection table—the perfect venue for discussing farming issues. Sign up in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the conference. Look at the list for a conversation to join or start one of your own. Fifty-minute table times will be available Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; and, Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Legal Corner: Talk one-on-one with an attorney about issues related to your farm business or estate. Volunteer attorneys experienced in real estate, business, agriculture and estate planning will be available to provide general information to conference goers. Sign up sheets will be in the Networking Area. Attorneys will be available:
Friday 10 a.m. – noon and 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – noon.
Ask an Expert: Seventeen experienced farmers and ag professionals will be on-hand to answer those burning questions you’ve had about soil health, season extension, renewable energy, farm finances, grazing and a host of other topics. See the schedule below, and sign up at the conference for a 20-minute one-on-one talk with an “expert.”
Schedule for “Ask an Expert”
Friday, February 22
8 – 9 a.m. Chris Blanchard – CSAs and market farming
Mark Shepard – Agroforestry & permaculture
John Ivanko – Renewable energy on the farm
2 – 3 p.m. Eric Mader – Native Pollinators, Beneficial Insects for Pest
Management, and Restoring Natural Areas on the Farm
Craig Chase – Farm finance
John Navazio – Seeds
4 – 5 p.m. Tom Galazen – Tree fruit
Kevin Jahnke – Milk quality
Dan Guenthner – CSA & using draft animals on the farm
Saturday, February 23
8 – 9 a.m. Steve Campbell – Cattle genetics
Guy Jodarski – Holistic/organic livestock care
Ross Conrad – Organic beekeeping
2 – 3 p.m. Terry Durham – Tree fruit
Gary Zimmer – Soil and soil health
Klaas Martens – Row crops
4 – 5 p.m. Chris Blanchard – Farm systems & finance
Jackie von Ruden – Organic certification
Atina Diffley – Market farming/policy/systems