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Sustainable ag conference

Multiple Days:
January 11, 2018
January 12, 2018
January 13, 2018

12:00am - 12:00pm


Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture’s 19th Annual Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference takes place Jan. 11–13 at College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in College Park, MD. The conference offers eight pre-conference workshops, three free pre-conference trainings, seven conference tracks, several one-on-one coaching opportunities, more than 30 sessions and farm-to-table meals. In the Farmer to Farmer Chat, participants engage in peer-to-peer problem-solving and brainstorming as they talk about what works for them and what doesn’t. Friday’s speaker is Gabe Brown, a North Dakota rancher, who has increased his profits 25 percent by farming in ways that mimic nature and build soil health. He’ll share his strategies for improving soil health in a no-till system, using cover and companion crops and eliminating synthetics and GMOs. Friday evening’s speaker, Michael W. Twitty, is a culinary historian whose recent book, The Cooking Gene, traces his ancestry — black and white — through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom. Saturday’s speaker, Ira Wallace, is an author, seed saver and educator who helped to found Acorn Community, the home of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where she lives and works on building a cooperative and sustainable organic seed system for the Southeast. Conference fees depend on level of participation. Early bird rates end Jan. 5.

Fee: Yes

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