5.  2007 Michigan Organic Conference

Saturday, March 3, Kellogg Conference Center, Michigan State University

   To register visit <> 

Sessions for Consumers, Gardeners and Farmers with a great (mostly local
and organic) lunch.

Rodale's Farm Manager, Greg Moyer, Author of "Sharing the Harvest" To
Give Keynote Address.  

This year's Michigan Organic Conference will feature special new
sessions for consumers alongside sessions already popular with organic
farmers and gardeners, according to conference organizers. The all-day
conference takes place on Saturday, March 3 at the Kellogg Center
located on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

 "We've always held sessions that are of interest to organic farmers and
gardeners," said George Bird, the conference coordinator.  "But this
year we are adding two educational sessions for consumers.  One will
help them understand what's really organic and the other is designed to
guide them in choosing the kind of milk that's best for them."    

Sessions for gardeners and farmers will cover such production topics as
heirloom versus hybrid seeds, building soil for organic crops, selecting
animal breeds for organic farms, organic tree fruit pest management and
equipment for medium-sized organic farms, according to Bird.  Marketing
sessions include topics such as selling organic produce at farmers'
markets, marketing organic produce to restaurants, marketing organic
fruit and selling grains in local markets.   

In addition to the educational sessions, the conference will include two
keynote speakers.  Jeff Moyer, manager of the Rodale Institute research
farm, will provide the morning keynote.  Rodale is famous for pioneering
organic techniques and providing education and publications about
organic growing.   

The afternoon keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Henderson, founder of a
highly successful community supported agriculture farm or CSA, and
author of Sharing the Harvest, a book about CSAs.  CSAs involve
participation by local farm customers in the growing and financing of
the food they eat.   

The conference will include exhibits from organic-related businesses and
will be followed by a reception celebrating Michigan-produced foods.  A
special musical program is available to participants in the evening.

The cost is $65 to pre-register and $75 at the door.  Registration forms
and more information are available at
<>  or by calling (517) 353-3890. The conference is
sponsored by the Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance; a nonprofit
organization which promotes locally produced organic food and educates
consumers about its benefits, and the C. S. Mott Chair of Sustainable
Agriculture at Michigan State University.



Vicki Morrone

Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist

Michigan State University

C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems

303 Natural Resources Bldg.

East Lansing, MI 48824


517-282-3557 (cell)

517-353-3834 (fax)



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