2011 Sustainable Agriculture Conference

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Local & Organic: Together We’re Growing! 

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2011 Conference Workshops, Speaker Bios and Contact Information, plus Pre-Conference Tours and Workshops, Meals, Networking and More!
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A Note from The Director

Join us in  a world-class food and farm destination to grow the local, organic  movement.

Don’t miss the 26th Annual CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, NC!

When we come together,  we can do almost anything.  Working  together, we have set off a food and farming revolution: launching new organic  and promoting existing sustainable farms; opening successful farmers’ markets;  creating strong farmer-restaurant partnerships; building infrastructure to help  sustainable farming and food businesses thrive; and advocating for a fair deal  for small farms and local food.

But we face growing  challenges: GMOs, market competition,  pest and disease pressure, labor shortages, labeling and more on the food safety front.

That’s why it is more  important than ever to come together at the 26th Annual Sustainable  Ag Conference!

Sharing knowledge:  We’ve assembled cutting-edge, skill-building sessions on horticulture, livestock, soils,  mushrooms, permaculture, bees, food, and more.   Classes will be taught by our best local experts, including: Will  Hooker, Chuck Marsh, Andrea Reusing, Ken Dawson, Rob Bowers, Daniel Parsons, Tony Kleese, and Debbie Roos.  And we are  bringing in amazing talent from around the country:  Ross Conrad (VT), Greg Judy (MO), Ellen  Polishuk (VA), Paul Wiediger (KY), Guy Jodarski (MN), Kristina Hubbard (CA) and  Brian Snyder (PA).  Come prepared to  learn (a lot!) and share what you know.

Sharing inspiration:  Our keynote this year is  Joan Dye Gussow, author of the bestselling “This Organic Life.”  She’s a legend in the local, organic  movement.  Friday night Joan will get us  thinking together about what it means to defend real food.  She inspired Michael Pollan and we’re sure  she will inspire you and our Carolina movement.

Sharing food:  This year’s conference  takes place in Durham, North Carolina. Durham was recently heralded by the New York Times as one of best 37  places in the world to visit in 2011  because of its food scene.  What better  way to re-establish connections with your farm and food friends, and make new  ones, than over a plate of delicious food at a Durham eatery, or check one of  amazing farm to fork restaurants in Chapel Hill, Raleigh and the rest of the  Triangle.  And as always, we put our  ideals on your plate with fantastic local, organic food at the conference meals  and not-to-be-missed local foods reception.

We want you to come away  from this weekend with inspiring ideas, new skills and new friends, mentors and  business colleagues.  Let’s all build our  connections across the spectrum of farmers, businesspeople, community activists  and educators. Together, we are creating  a positive, sustainable, healthy farm and food future.

Roland McReynolds – CFSA Executive Director

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