Organic University

In-depth Courses
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017


These courses take place just before the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, allowing you to attend both. (Separate fees apply).

Each full-day course includes a customized book with course content and additional resources. Books available only to the participants of that course.



Regular Price (ends Feb. 9): $180
On-Site (if available): $210

Limited scholarships are available.


Course Topics

Click on a topic to see the full course description.

1: Organic Transplant & Compost Production
Presenters: John Biernbaum, Michigan State University
Katie Prochaska, River Root Farm, Iowa

2: Get Started in Organic Beekeeping
Presenter: Ross Conrad, Dancing Bee Gardens, Vermont

3: ‘Lean’ Approach to Farming Success
Presenter: Ben Hartman, Clay Bottom Farm, Indiana

4: Manage Risk During Transition to Organic
Presenters: Harriet Behar, MOSES
Paul Dietmann, Badgerland Financial
Mark Doudlah, Doudlah Farms, Wis.
Mark Kopecky, Organic Valley
Gary McDonald, Organic Resources

5: Practical Route to Healthy Soils, Better Crops
Presenters: Gary Zimmer, Farmer and Consultant
Ellen Polishuk, Potomac Vegetable Farms, Virginia

6: Successful Organic Grazing
Presenter: Sarah Flack, Author and Consultant

7: Sustainable Farm Law 101
Presenters: Rachel Armstrong, Farm Commons
Cassie Noltnerwyss, Crossroads Community Farm, Wisconsin

8: Start Right With Organic Dairy
Presenters: Paul Detloff, DVM, Organic Valley
Sarah Slaby, DVM, Dr. Sarah’s Essentials

9: Year-Round High Tunnel Options
Presenters: Collin Thompson, Michigan State University North Farm
Ryan Pesch, Lida Farm, Minnesota

10: Cover Up to Reduce Tillage in Row Crops & Vegetables
Presenters: Ajay Nair, Iowa State University
Billy Sammons, Sammons Custom Farming, Iowa
Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Francis Thicke, Radiance Dairy, Iowa




1 Not available if sold out prior to conference. Availability of on-site registration will updated here after Feb. 9.




The Organic University began in 2001 with six courses dealing with transitioning to organic, organic transplant production, soil management, organic market gardening, organic livestock production, and an introduction to organic farming. Read more.


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