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2013 Conference Program

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mailer_cover14th Annual Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference
January 18 & 19, 2013
National Conference Center - Lansdowne, VA
(Street address: 18980 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, VA 20176 - www.conferencecenter.com)

 

 

Scroll down for a conference schedule overview. Please note that the Butchering, Mobile Poultry Processing and Wormbin Construction pre-conference workshops are full. The available slots for One-on-One Business Coaching also are full.

Speaker Bios

Click here to read about our amazing speakers and presenters, and the expertise they bring to our conference. 

Continuing Education Credits

CEUs have been approved for Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered.  Click for a list of the approved sessions.

CEUs have been approved for Certified Dietary Managers. Click for a list of the approved sessions.

CEHs have been approved by the American Culinary Federation for ACF-certified professionals. Click for a list of the approved sessions.

CEUs have been approved by the American Society of Agronomy for Certified Crop Advisors. Click for a list of the approved sessions.

Kids Activities

Youth ages 10-14 can learn more about agriculture at their own level through the University of Maryland Extension's AGsploration program. The focus of the AGsploration program is to enhance youth's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) abilities through interactive lessons that focus on one of the area's top industries, agriculture. Youth will participate in hands-on group lessons to learn about different topics in agriculture. Dwayne Murphy of Baltimore County 4H will lead AGsploration.

We will also offer art activities using recylcables for children ages 6 and up. Aaron Springer, a recycled art specialist and public school art teacher will lead this activity.

All children at the National Conference Center must be registered for the conference at our reduced youth rates. Children may be signed in and out by their parents for two-hour blocks; parents must leave a cell phone number for contact in case of emergency. 

Session Descriptions

Click track links below to see session descriptions or scroll down to see the full conference program. Also use the links at the top of the page for conference lodging and other logistics. Get a printable pdf of the conference brochure, or print out a one-page flyer to share with others.

Pre-Conference Workshops
General Sessions - Keynote, Local Food Celebration and Auction, Farmer Panel
Track 1 - Beginning Farmers
Track 2 - Scaling Up
Track 3 - Grass-Based Systems
Track 4 - Local Food Communities
Track 5 - Fruit and Vegetable Production
Track 6 - The Business of Farming  


Friday, January 18, 2013

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (9:00-11:30 am)

Farm Trainers and Mentors Workshop
Jack Gurley, Calvert's Gift Farm;  Cathy Tipper, Future Harvest CASA Beginner Farmer Training Program; Shane LaBrake, Agricultural Consultant; Ellen Polishuk, Farming Consultant and Educator

Butchering For Farmers, Chefs and Food Producers
Mike Brannon, Roseda BeefOld Line Custom Meat; Mike Smollon, Saval Foodservice

Wild Fermentation Workshop
Sandor Ellix Katz, Wild Fermentation  

Mobile Poultry Processing
Shawna DeWitt, Mountain View Farm at Blue Ridge Center

 

Worm Bin Construction
Benny Erez, ECO City Farms 

Farmers Market Managers Workshop
Benjamin Bartley, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture; Gus Schumacher, Wholesome Wave Foundation

Developing Business & Risk Management Plans for Successful Wholesale & Food Hub Marketing
National Good Food Network Field Guide Team

 

 

GENERAL SESSIONS

11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Lunch and Networking 


1:00 - 2:15 pm
Keynote Address

David Kline, Larksong Farm
"What is the Future of Small-Scale Agriculture?"

 

 

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

2:30 - 4:00 pm

4:15 - 5:30 pm

TRACK 1
BEGINNING FARMERS 

Basic of Seasonal Crop Planning
Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm

Hatching and Brooding
Josh Hatkin, Avian Specialties

TRACK 2
SCALING UP 

Effective Management of Farm Employees
Chip Planck, Wheatland Vegetable Farms, retired

Growing a Diversified Farm: Two Case Studies
Ted Wycall, Greenbranch Farm; Dave Liker, Gorman Farm

TRACK 3
GRASS-BASED SYSTEMS
 

Natural Animal Health
Paul Detloff, DVM, Organic Valley 

High Density "Mob" Grazing
Doug Peterson, NRCS 

TRACK 4
LOCAL FOOD COMMUNITIES 

Occupy Backyards: Get Chickens Legal in Your Neighborood
Patricia Foreman, Good Earth Publications

Urban Farmers Unite! The Farm Alliance of Baltimore Story
Maya Kosok, Farm Alliance of Baltimore; Elisa Lane, Whitelock Community Farm; Tyler Brown, Real Food Farm

TRACK 5
FRUIT & VEGETABLE PRODUCTION
 

Growing Organic Tree Fruit on the East Coast
Anthony Owens, Windy Ridge Organic Farms
 

Cover Crops, Compost & Pollinator Habitats
Ron Wood, NRCS 

TRACK 6
THE BUSINESS OF FARMING
 

Energy Hogs: Reducing Energy Use on Your Farm
Chris Lent, NCAT

The Bs, Cs, LLCs and More of Business Structures
Tim Barkley, The Tim Barkley Law Offices 



Saturday, January 19, 2013

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

8:30 - 10:00 am

10:15 - 11:45 am

TRACK 1
BEGINNING FARMERS 

Grant, Cost-Share, Incentive and Loan Programs
Panelists: Jason Challendes, NE SARE; Jessica Danner, Farm Credit VA; Kim DePasquale, Virginia FSA; Steve McHenry, MARBIDCO; Lucie Snodgrass, Maryland FSA; Stephen Versen, VDACS
Moderator: Rob Schnabel, Future Harvest CASA, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and MD Grazers Network 

From Pasture to Market: Understanding Carcass Yields
Joe Cloud, T and E Meats 

TRACK 2
SCALING UP 

Purchasing Used Farm Equipment
Rick Hood, Summer Creek Farm

Right-Sizing Your Poultry Operation
Carole Morison, Bird's Eye View; Tom Albright, Albright Farms 

TRACK 3
GRASS-BASED SYSTEMS
 

Natural Pasture Health
Paul Detloff, DVM, Organic Valley 

Organic Dairy Farming
David Kline, Larksong Farm 

TRACK 4
LOCAL FOOD COMMUNITIES 

Practical Tools for Farm and Garden
Nazirahk Amen, Purple Mountain Organics

Fermentation and the Local Food Movement
Sandor Ellix Katz, Wild Fermentation

TRACK 5
FRUIT & VEGETABLE PRODUCTION
 

Norton-Native Grape for More Sustainable Vineyards
Jenni McCloud, Chrysalis Vineyards
 

Tractor Cultivation for Diverse Vegetable Operations
Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm 

TRACK 6
THE BUSINESS OF FARMING
 

Holistic Business Planning
Wally Hudson, Moving Meadows Farm; Ginny and Jeff Adams, Walnut Hill Farm; Mike Peterson, Mount Vernon Farm; Moderator: Sue Ellen Johnson, Piedmont Environmental Council

Effective Use of Spreadsheets
Mike Koch, Firefly Farms 


GENERAL SESSIONS (1:30 - 3:30 pm)

 Membership Meeting

Farmer Panel: Down a New Path - Stories of Change and Transition
Carole Morison, Bird's Eye View Farm
Forrest Pritchard, Smith Meadows Farm
Ted Wycall, Greenbranch Farm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

3:45 - 5:00 pm

TRACK 1
BEGINNING FARMERS
 

Ask the Experts: Advice for Beginning Farmers
Presenters and Panelists TBA 

TRACK 2
SCALING UP
 

Buyer-Driven Growth
Holly Emmons, Union Hospital of Cecil County; Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen; Craig Mason, National Conference Center

TRACK 3
GRASS-BASED SYSTEMS 

Multi-Species Grazing
Forrest Pritchard, Smith Meadows Farm 

TRACK 4
LOCAL FOOD COMMUNITIES
 

Backyard Bee Hives, Honey and Pollination
Roger Williams, Apiary Consultant 

TRACK 5
FRUIT & VEGETABLE PRODUCTION
 

Marketing Organic Tree Fruit on the East Coast
Anthony Owens, Windy Ridge Organic Farms 

TRACK 6
THE BUSINESS OF FARMING
 

Evaluating "Cash Crop" Potential
Mike Klein, Good Fortune Farm 


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