Roundtables

 

The Roundtables at the MOSES Conference open a discussion about specific farming topics. These 45-minute group discussions aren’t presentations, but an opportunity to share information and get input from people attending the conference.

Roundtables will be in Room S at the Radisson.

 


Friday, February 22


Heirlooms for Market Farms
9 – 9:45 a.m.  |  Room S  |  Rochelle Wiedenhoeft – Seed Savers Exchange

Join in a discussion about what market farmers are looking for in their heirloom varieties. From flavor, adaptability, performance, and customer interest all the way to the farmer’s role in biodiversity, we know you have goals, and we know that heirlooms have a lot to offer. With the rise of hybrid varieties, we aim to explore how open-pollinated varieties can shine within your market farm operation

How Safe Is Your Farm?
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  |  Room S  |  Carol Peterson – UMASH

Come to discuss your experiences and challenges with implementing farm safety practices. We’ll review some of the topics of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health (UMASH) Center’s Farm Safety Check and you can tell us what you think. What would you change? Is the information relevant to organic farmers like you? Help us to identify strategies and tips for creating a culture of safety that can protect our most valuable resources: our farmers.

Business Mentoring Through USDA and SCORE
11 – 11:45 a.m.  |  Room S  |  Dave Maaske – SCORE

You’ve got the farming piece down, now how about your business plan? SCORE and USDA are working together to offer free mentoring, business training, and other resources for new and existing farmers. This business mentorship provides you with a better foundation for success through one-on-one business coaching. This service is available through many USDA/FSA offices, SCORE locations, and through virtual avenues. Come to learn about the opportunities available and share your goals for developing your own business chops.

Regenerative Agriculture Self-Assessment Tool from General Mills
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  |  Room S  |  Christina Skonberg – General Mills

General Mills invites community feedback on the first version of their Regenerative Agriculture Scorecard. This user-friendly self-assessment tool was launched in March of 2018 and is designed to help farmers across diverse production systems understand how their management practices influence soil health, biodiversity, and economic resilience.

This interactive roundtable will encourage discussion and solicit feedback on the open-source tool. Input from producers will ensure that future iterations of the tool reflect the best interests of farmers and account for the realities that agricultural communities face. Make your voice heard and help shape the regenerative agriculture conversation by joining this interactive session.

Feel free to prepare by reviewing the scorecard here: http://bit.ly/RegenAgScorecard

Grow With Farm To School
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.  |  Room S  |  Jenna Segal – USDA Farm to School

Learn how Farm to School efforts can support your farm while strengthening community food systems and improving school meals. We will discuss barriers, food safety, and share success stories.

Land Access Conversation
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.  |  Room S  |  Suzan Erem – Sustainable Iowa Land Trust

Let’s gather to share ideas for innovative and affordable land access options for beginning organic and sustainable farmers in the Midwest. We can explore the pros and cons of land trusts, farm linking program, random luck, and more. Landowners are invited to offer their perspectives, needs, goals, and expectations. Farmers seeking land are invited to do the same!

Planning Your Silvopasture – Consultation Time
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.  |  Room S  |  Steve Gabriel – Wellspring Forest Farm

Taking examples from the group, we will look at grazing operations and discuss opportunities to integrate silvopasture into existing systems using a site evaluation check list.

Midwest Seed Production
4:30 – 5:15 p.m.  |  Room S  |  Kitt Healy – Organic Seed Alliance

Midwest vegetable seed producers and farmers interested in adding seed production to their operation for on-farm or commercial use gather to create new connections, share information, and collaborate. Goals of this roundtable include sharing information about challenges that Midwest seed growers face and collaboration between participants to address those challenges.

 


Saturday, February 23


Farmers and Beekeepers Unite
7:45 – 8:30 a.m.  |  Room S  |  Kristy Allen – The Beez Kneez

Gain the benefit of our collective experience as we dive into the many benefits of partnerships between beekeepers and farmers. We’ll discuss pollination, cover cropping, environmental stewardship, advocacy for sustainable producers, honey production, water quality, soil erosion, and more. We’ll have productive conversations about pest control and building community.

Overcoming ‘Intermediate Farmer’ Challenges
9 – 9:45 a.m.  |  Room S  |  Jennifer Nelson – MOSES, Greg Padget – Practical Farmers of Iowa

Are you a beginning farmer who has been farming at least five years? Farmers like you have been sharing with us that they still have hurdles to overcome. New challenges of growing a business include securing more capital, land, and even managing new employees. Let’s come together to share these challenges and brainstorm some new ideas to overcome your barriers and meet your farming goals.

Preliminary Research Results of “Organic for All” Study
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  |  Room S  |  Kendra Klein – Friends of the Earth

Learn about (and discuss) the preliminary results from a new study from Friends of the Earth (FOE). FOE partnered with specific families who agreed to change their diet for a limited time to only organic foods that were prepared by local chefs. They tested the participants for pesticide residue before and during the diet changes to learn what affect organic eating has on the chemicals in our bodies.

Strategies to Address Marketing Challenges
11 – 11:45 a.m.  |  Room S  |  Diahann Lohr – Adunate Word and Design

What is it about marketing your farm products that keeps you awake at night? What do you find most challenging? Is it the time, know-how, or the fact that marketing strategies just aren’t wired into your make-up? Join this discussion where we’ll share our challenges and find ways to move successfully beyond them.

Food Sovereignty in the Farm Worker Movement
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  |  Room S  |  Florida Farmworkers Association

Active members of the Florida Farmworkers Association travel to Wisconsin in the hopes of learning at the MOSES Conference and sharing the farmworker perspective with more of the agricultural community. Come prepared to learn, ask questions, and engage in productive dialogue.

Fair Trade’s Role in Organic
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.  |  Room S  |  John Peck – Family Farm Defenders

Family Farm Defenders, Domestic Fair Trade Association, US Food Sovereign Alliance, and other allies invite you to join our discussion about the role of fair trade in the organic movement. We have concerns about the creeping agribusiness influence on the organic sector that can drive down farm gate prices, lead to abuse of labor, and undermine NOSB standards. Understanding and applying the principles of fair trade could help maintain organic integrity while also helping organic farmers survive this current crisis.

 

 

 

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