Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Missouri Organic Association's Annual Conference

Feb 10-12, 2011 at the Ramada Oasis Conference Center, Springfield, MO. To register go to the Missouri Organic Association website.

Attend all 3 days, including Lunch and Dinner meals from local sustainable and organic MO Farmers for only $175!

For 3 outstanding days, Missouri Organic Association will bring together educators, businesses, farmers and supporters to celebrate the heritage and future of organic and sustainable agriculture.

Speakers: Listen to Renowned Keynote Speakers!

National and international lecturer Jerry Brunetti speaks on the relationship of Food as Medicine and Farm as Farmacy. Gary Zimmer focuses on how healthy soil produces healthy plants for healthy livestock and healthy humans. Join Jon Wood Pittman, Organic Homestead Gardening; Jim Gerrish, American GrazingLands; Dr. Ann Wells, DVM; Tina Wilcox, Ozark Folk Center; Ken Roseboro, Non-GMO Report; and Randell Agrella from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, presenting on such topics as soil fertility, living sustainably, and the importance of organic and non-GMOs. Take a full day tour of Millsap Farm, an organic diverse operation farm.

Workshop: Participate in Your choice of 36 Hands-On Workshops!

Fruit tree grafting, home apothecary, managing organic poultry, distillation of wild crop essences, hoop house production; Edemame beans production, managing pollinator habitats, organic pest management, Cheese making, organic certification, and participate in a cooking demonstration with Victory Trade School Executive Chef Chadwick Isom. Plus a whole lot more.

Special Events:

Thursday Night: Join us Thursday evening for a reception and screening of Living Downstream. Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., Living Downstream chronicles Sandra as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. Hosted by Melinda Hemmelgarn, "The Food Sleuth", the film will be followed by a panel discussion on the health issues raised in this powerful documentary.

Friday Night: Join in for a night of fun. Honor long-time organic farmer Coburn Schrock. Listen to Cherokee Indian storyteller Jon Pittman. Then bring out your wallets for the annual MOA Benefit Auction. This year the donated auction items have really been rolling in. The rapid-fire auctioning skills of Roger Kropf certainly make this an evening of enjoyment, and the proceeds help to offset the cost of the conference.

A full agenda can be found on the MOA website.

For vendor information, visit http://www.moamarket.org/ www.moamarket.org<> or email Gary Littrell at grl@ktis.net or by phone at 573-473-6022.

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