2019 Small Farm Conference Registration Now Open

From strategies that can strengthen Indiana farms to inspired ideas for urban agriculture across the state, the Purdue Extension Indiana Small Farm Conference connects producers on backroads and busy streets to expert information and to each other.

The 2019 conference and trade show will be held from Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, Ind.

Registration for the conference is now open at purdue.ag/sfc

The 2019 Indiana Small Farm Conference begins on Feb. 28 with a series of daylong workshops and tours. Workshop topics include:

  • Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers

  • Mushrooms, Molds and Mycorrhizae: A Fungal Immersion Course

  • Successful Biological Orcharding

Two tours will be available: a butcher shop and livestock processing tour with Moody’s Butcher Shop, Smoking Goose and more; and an agritourism farm tour encompassing Hunter’s Honey Farm, Chandlers Orchard and Country Market and Mallow Run Winery. (Additional costs apply for the agritourism tour. Please see the registration page for details.)

Breakout sessions on March 1 and 2 will cover a variety of topics, including food safety, farm management, value-added products like herbs and oils, pest control, price trends, poultry, high tunnels, marketing, infrastructure, disease management, policy and diversity.

Keynote speakers for the 2019 conference are:

Michael Phillips (March 1) of Lost Nation Orchard, whose “Soil Redemption Song” encourages farmers to more deeply consider the role of soil biology in healthy crops. Phillips also coordinates the Holistic Orchard Network and is the author of The Holistic Orchard: Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way. He will offer a full-day Thursday workshop on holistic soil nutrition and biodiversity in biological orcharding.

Karen Washington (March 2) of Rise & Root Farm. A New York native and urban agriculture advocate, Washington has pioneered access to fresh, locally grown food for large metro populations. In 2012, Ebony named her among America’s 100 most influential African-Americans for her promotion of the power and dignity of growing your own food and in 2014, she received the James Beard Leadership Award.

Vendors will display a wide range of agricultural equipment, products and services during a trade show March 1 and 2 in the facility’s exhibit hall.

For conference attendees registering before Feb. 4, admission is $75 for one day, $135 for two days and $190 for three days. After Feb. 4, admission is $90, $162 and $228.

Admission for children age 18 and younger is $20, 35 and $45 before Feb. 4 and $24, $42 and $54 after Feb. 4. For more information – or to sign up – visit the Indiana Small Farm Conference website at purdue.ag/sfc.

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