Schedule, Meetings, & Film Screenings

The MOSES Conference is packed with opportunities for learning, networking, and socializing. Attend three workshops a day, grow inspired by the keynotes just after lunch, explore the expansive Exhibit Hall, and enjoy great music in the evenings. We also offer film screenings, roundtables, and scheduled meetings.

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Schedule

THURSDAY

8 a.m.     Organic University Check-In opens

8 – 10 a.m.     Organic University breakfast

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.      Organic University

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.      Organic University lunch

5 –  8:30 p.m.      Conference Check-In open

5 – 7 p.m.      Supper available for purchase

5 – 8 p.m.      Exhibit Hall & Bookstore open

7:15 – 8  p.m.      Conference Kick-Off

9 – 10:30  p.m.      Concert/Dance

 

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

7:30 a.m.      Conference Check-In opens

8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.      Exhibit Hall & Bookstore open (Fri.)

8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.      Exhibit Hall & Bookstore open (Sat.)

7 :30 – 9:30 a.m.      Breakfast

8:30 –10 a.m.      Workshop Session I

10:30 a.m. – Noon      Workshop Session II

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.      Lunch

1:30 – 3 p.m.      General Session  & Keynote

3:30 – 5 p.m.      Workshop Session III

5 – 7 p.m.      Friday supper (purchase)

6:30 – 11  p.m.      Social & Dance (Friday)

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Meetings

 

Thursday

Regeneration Midwest Annual Meeting
5:45 – 7 p.m.  |  Room I
Regeneration International and the Organic Consumers Association host a public meeting to talk about strategies to improve soil health and address climate change through agriculture.

Research Forum Social
6 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Room H
Join the researchers behind the poster presentations and Organic Research Forum workshop track to enrich both the farming community and the scientific one.

Conference Kick-Off and Farmer of the Year
7:15 – 8:30 p.m.  |  Gathering Hall
Join us for the conference kicks-off, with awards presentations to the Organic Farmers of the Year, Jane Hawley Stevens and David Stevens of Four Elements Organic Herbals, and “Changemakers” Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Joy Schelble and Loretta Livingston, and Steve Acheson. This new award honors people who break down barriers and empower others to farm in ways that are environmentally responsible, socially just, and economically viable. Followed by live music from the band Slow No Wake.

 

FRIDAY

 Compeer “Office Hours” Financial Help for Farmers
9 – 10 a.m.  |  Blue Room
Financial farm questions? Talk to staff from Compeer for some one-on-one consultation.

Xerces “Office Hours” Helping Farmers Help Pollinators
9 – 10 a.m.  |  Yellow Room
Join staff from the Xerces center for one-on-one consultations to consider how your farm can support pollinators.

In Her Boots | Meet & Greet:  Women in Organic & Sustainable Ag
10 – 10:45 a.m.  |  Red Room
Join an informal gathering to meet other women farming from your state, region, and maybe even your hometown. Women new to farming and the MOSES Conference: Come & connect!

Farmer Educator Community of Practice Meeting
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  |  Blue Room
MOSES convenes a meeting with professionals involved in educating farmers to explore developing a community of practice for farmer educators.

In Her Boots | Author Roundtable: How to integrate writing into your farm livelihood
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  |  Red Room
This meeting is part of the MOSES In Her Boots track and is presented by authors Elizabeth Henderson, Sharing the Harvest, Julia Shanks, The Farmer’s Office, Jamie Lamonde, Edible Madison, and Lisa Kivirist, Soil Sisters & Homemade for Sale.

OGRAIN Compass Training
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  |  Yellow Room
Learn how to use the OGRAIN Compass Tool. This tool helps farmers predict and understand the long-term financial impact of switching to organic grain production.

Oregon Tilth “Drop-In” Office Hours
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  |  Blue Room
Join staff from Oregon Tilth for one-on-one consultations to answer your organic certification questions.

To Catch a Thief: NOP invites farmers to share perspectives on fraud prevention in the organic supply chain
1:45 – 3 p.m.  |  Yellow Room
The National Organic Program invites farmers to share perspectives on fraud prevention in the organic supply chain. They will use a specific case study of a major federal fraud case to generate discussion.

In Her Boots | Launch your farmstead bakery: recipes & resources
3 – 3:45 p.m.  |  Red Room
This meeting is part of the MOSES In Her Boots track and is presented by Dela Ends, Scotch Hill Farm & Innisfree Farmstay, Ashley Wegmueller, Wegmueller Dairy & Farmstay, and Kalena Riemer, Riemer Family Farm.

Book Signing with Leah Penniman
5:15 – 6 p.m.  |  Bookstore
Meet MOSES Keynote Leah Penniman just outside of the MOSES Bookstore and get your copy of her book “Farming While Black” signed!

Farmer Veteran Coalition Meeting
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.  |  Room D
Come to socialize and network with fellow farmer veterans and learn more about the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

PRIVATE  |  Mentor Program Participant Meeting
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  |  Room A
Farmers currently enrolled as mentors or mentees in the MOSES Farmer-to-Farmer Mentorship Program are asked to participate in this private meeting.

Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange
6 – 8 p.m.  |  Room B
Join the Organic Fruit Growers Association (OFGA) and other tree enthusiasts for a mini workshop in grafting, hands-on learning, and an opportunity to exchange scionwood to start (or expand) your own tree-based endeavors.

In Her Boots | Women Caring for the Land:  Women Landowner Meet-Up
6 – 7 p.m.  |  Red Room
Are you a woman landowner interested in conservation practices?  Do you perhaps own farmland that you don’t farm yourself? Meet other women landowners and connect with resources to help you steward your land.

New Farmer Mixer
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Room I
Beginning farmers are invited to participate in this fun networking event. Trivia and other opportunities to make new friends will be present. This is a great time to get to know your cohort of other beginning farmers. Adult beverages will be available at a cash bar in the lobby.

Midwest Elderberry Growers Cooperative
7 – 9 p.m.  |  Yellow Room
Join the Midwest Elderberry Growers Cooperative at their annual meeting on-site at the MOSES Conference.

Queers in the Field Social
7 – 8 p.m.  |  Room H
LGBTQ+ farmers and friends are invited to network at this annual social.

 

SATURDAY

 In Her Boots | Sabbaticals: Taking restorative time off your farm

8 – 8:45 a.m.  |  Red Room
This meeting is part of the MOSES In Her Boots track and is presented by Molly Rockamann, EarthDance Farm and FL Morris, Grassroots Farm.

Compeer “Office Hours” Financial Help for Farmers
9 – 10 a.m.  |  Blue Room
Financial farm questions? Talk to staff from Compeer for some one-on-one consultation.

Xerces “Office Hours” Helping Farmers Help Pollinators
9 – 10 a.m.  |  Yellow Room
Join staff from the Xerces center for one-on-one consultations to consider how your farm can support pollinators.

In Her Boots | Amplifying our Stories:  How women can share our organic message
10 – 10:45 a.m.  |  Red Room
This meeting is part of the MOSES In Her Boots track and is presented by Jan Joannides Renewing the Countryside, Elizabeth McMullen, Organic Valley, and Melissa Weyland, Organic Valley.

In Her Boots | Diversification: Farmstays, farm to table dinners & agritourism
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  |  Red Room
This meeting is part of the MOSES In Her Boots track and is presented by Noreen Thomas, Doubting Thomas Farms and Lisa Kivirist, Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B

Student Networking for Organic and Sustainable Ag
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  |  Yellow Room
All college students, from whatever school, are welcome to come and network at this meeting hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Film Screenings

 

The Earthkeepers 15 min.

After moving to a small farm in Indiana, Ryan and Andrea become obsessed with compost. They leave promising academic careers behind to launch a composting business, and begin employing formerly incarcerated men. Their vision: to heal the planet, one bucket at a time. Crazy, no? Or maybe not…

http://www.mitchellteplitsky.com/earthkeepers.html

 

Future of Food: Is Kernza a Viable Wheat Replacement? 10 min.

Scientists in Minnesota and Kansas are developing a grain called Kernza, which, unlike most of our food crops, is a perennial plant with a whole host of environmental benefits. While it’s still far from hitting the market widely, food producers big and small are starting to get on board.  This report from PBS is part of the “Future of Food” series, supported by the Pulitzer Center.

https://youtu.be/Lh844qfcTAQ

 

Harvesting Liberty 15 min.

Industrial hemp is a crop that has the potential to lower the environmental impacts of textile production, empower small-scale farmers and create jobs in a wide variety of industries. Two non-profit groups, Fibershed and The Growing Warriors Project, are working to reintroduce industrial hemp into Kentucky—and eventually U.S. agriculture.

https://youtu.be/AXFQrhQsCyw

 

Last Man Fishing 60 min.

LAST MAN FISHING is a cinematic look at the vastly changing seafood system through the lens of small-scale fishermen across the United States. Narrated by best-selling author Mark Bittman, the film explores the dichotomy between the industrial model and sustainable fishing methods that focus on conservation and quality. LAST MAN FISHING calls to question the ethics of the seafood industry and its impact on small-scale fishing across the United States.

http://www.lastmanfishing.com

 

Misunderstood: A Brief History of Hemp 15 min.

Natural. Misunderstood. Legal. This is the story of hemp in the United States. A forbidden fiber in the U.S. since 1970, hemp has taken the heat for almost five decades. Until the Farm Bill passed in December of 2018, hemp was federally illegal to grow for commercial purposes, making it risky for businesses to invest in a new crop that was incorrectly classified as a drug.

https://youtu.be/Xy3HFRj1GOM

 

Pedro e Ivan 5 min.

Set in the Ancash region of Peru, Pedro e Iván profiles a father and son finding meaning in the land as they breathe life into it, growing corn, quinoa, lima beans, sweet potatoes, avocados, and much more. Sixty-year-old Pedro Espinosa Garcia left his rural home as a teenager to study in Lima, but was unhappy with the capitalistic culture he found there. The younger Iván, too, made a choice to return to the countryside. He wanted to do something meaningful, and to get in touch with an indigenous, mountain identity through food, dance, and song.

https://vimeo.com/131489769

 

Right To Harm 75 min.

Through the riveting stories of five rural communities, RIGHT TO HARM exposes the devastating public health impact factory farming has on many disadvantaged citizens throughout the United States. The documentary chronicles the failures of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations – or CAFOs –produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that destroys the quality of life for nearby neighbors. Fed up with the lack of regulation, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.

https://righttoharm.film

 

Robin Hoods of the Waste Stream 80 min.

Robin Hoods of the Waste Stream looks at a variety of food waste solutions, from modern apps to ancient methods coming back into fashion.

https://www.facebook.com/Robin-Hoods-of-the-Waste-Stream-267947487185773/

 

Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm 83 min.

For a quarter-century, Henry Brockman has worked alongside nature to grow delicious organic vegetables on his idyllic Midwestern farm. But farming takes a toll on his aging body and Henry dreams of scaling back. While his former apprentices run the farm, Henry spends a “fallow year” with his wife Hiroko in Japan. But things don’t turn out as planned, and Henry must grapple with the future of farming in a changing climate on personal, generational, and global levels.

http://www.seasonsofchangeonhenrysfarm.com

 

Tarrent Farm 8 min.

Enjoy an 8 minute interlude with this beautiful musical fly over New Zealand.

Located in the Waitomo Valley, the Tarrant Farm adds to the region’s reputation of beauty. The farm has been in the family since 1950. Now operated by Patrick Sarah Tarrant, the farm is 1,000 acres and has over 1,000 cattle.

https://youtu.be/_x1qVb8tdFE

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