History

MOSES is a nonprofit organization that promotes o­­­rganic and sustainable agriculture by providing the education, resources and expertise farmers need to succeed.

Elliot Coleman at 1990 OFC

Elliot Coleman gave the keynote talk at the first conference, which would later become known as the MOSES Conference.

The organization has its roots in the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference, which was created in 1990 to help educate the growing number of farmers interested in organic agriculture. That first conference in 1990 drew 90 farmers.

In 1999, when conference attendance rose above 1,000, conference planners decided it was time to create a new entity to meet the year-round educational needs of organic and sustainable farmers. They created MOSES and hired Faye Jones, a market farmer who’d been instrumental in organizing the conference, as its leader.

Read more about Faye Jones and the start of MOSES.

Today, MOSES has a staff of 10 that manages educational events, programs, publications, and more to help farmers succeed in organic production. The Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference has become known as the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, or simply, the MOSES Conference. It is now the country’s largest event for the organic farming community, reaching more than 3,500 attendees each year.

 

 

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