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CONFERENCE REPORT

2013 SUSTAINABLE AG SUMMIT
22nd ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE FARMING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

Growing Our Farmer-to-Farmer Network

Friday & Saturday, February 15 & 16

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BRONZE SPONSORS

Edible Twin Cities Magazine

USDA-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)


SESSION SPONSORS

Lakewinds Natural Foods

Minnesota Department of Agriculture


PRODUCT SPONSOR


Great Harvest Bakery of Minnetonka

EXHIBITORS

Ag Resource, Inc.

All Energy Solar

Animal Welfare Approved

Fahey Sales, Auctioneers & Appraisers

Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens

Land Stewardship Project

Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA)

Minnesota Department of Agriculture/Minnesota Grown

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)

On Farm Storage, Inc.

The Minnesota Project

United States Department of Agriculture-Farm Services

Werner Farm Seed, Inc.

Whole Farm Cooperative


PREFERRED CONFERENCE HOTEL

Country Inn & Suites - Chanhassen


ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS*

Dinner on the Farm

Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply

Gardening Matters

Gardens of Eagan

Homegrown Minneapolis

Land Stewardship Project

Minnesota Garlic Festival

Organic Field School

Renewing the Countryside

Slow Food MN

U of M CFANS - Plant Disease Clinic


*
For information about endorsing this summit, click here.

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Michael Ableman

Michael Ableman is founder and executive director emeritus of the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, a non-profit organization based on one of the oldest and most diverse organic farms in southern California. Author of On Good Land and Field of Plenty, he currently farms at Foxglove Farm, home of the Center for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. He will give the keynote address and help lead the initiative to launch the new Twin Cities Urban Ag Alliance.

Mark Seeley

Dr. Mark Seeley, a professor at the University of Minnesota, relates weather/climate impacts to Minnesota agriculture, transportation, energy, tourism, and natural resources. He edited a series of children's books on science and authored two books for adults about Minnesota's weather and climate. He has received numerous awards, including the Sigma Xi Science Communication and Education Award and the University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service.

Marla Spivak

Dr. Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota. She directs the University's Bee Lab and is author and creator of numerous beekeeping manuals and videos. Her scientific articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Neurobiology (now Developmental Neurobiology), Evolution, Apidologie, and Animal Behavior.

The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota has more than 22 years of experience in creating solutions to contemporary farming challenges, exploring agricultural innovations, and providing a forum for people committed to sustainable agriculture. This summit offered an unprecedented opportunity for Minnesota's rural and urban farmers - and other proponents of sustainable farming principles and practices - to come together to explore ways to farm profitably, build a sustainability community, and advance mutual goals of land stewardship.


PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED:

• Farmers and landowners
• Chefs
• Graziers
• CSA farmers and customers
• Meat farmers and customers
• Sustainable farming supporters and anyone interested in developing a strong, dynamic farmer-to-farmer network

 

Photo of Kevin Doyle (upper right): Crystal Liepa

Additional photos courtesy Sustainable Farming Association

Kevin Doyle demonstration

CONFERENCE DOCUMENTS

Agendas
      Friday, February 15
      Saturday, February 16

Presenter Biographies

Complete Session Descriptions

Conference Folder


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Eat Your Veggies - Anti-cancer Crops

Local Food Advisory Committee