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MOSES 2009 organic farming conference — day 1

warm and wired

warm and wired

Ed Z and I came up a day early so we could sit in a coffee shop all day, drink coffee and stare at our laptops. Actually, thanks to Grounded Specialty Coffee it’s been a very pleasant day. The snow started about an hour ago. We’re warm and wired. This evening we’ll go register, then look for some farmers with which to hang.

In the mean time I’ve been learning about the brand new Organic Agriculture page on eXtension website. It’s loaded with articles on organic production and certification contributed from Extension and university folks from all over the country. There are lot’s of people contributing to this site on an on-going basis. There’s a good FAQ section, and even some videos.

Check it out!

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Upper Midwest Organic Conference

Last year about this time I started this blog. One of the first things I did was try to live-blog from the Upper Midwest Organic Conference. Today, I’m getting ready to head back up to LaCrosse, WI where I plan to attend this year’s conference. I’ll be posting blogs on the spot when I see or hear something interesting, so stay tuned.

Also, in a few weeks I’ll be going to Brazil to stay on a sustainable/organic coffee farm. A friend and I are taking 9 College of ACES students over Spring Break. I’ll post a daily blog from there to keep friends and family up to date on the trip. More on that later. Hoping this will become an annual trip.

Join us!

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Organic horizon makes top 50

and the winner is...

and the winner is...

Thank you to Organicasm for listing this blog in their “50 Must-Read Blogs for the Conscientious Organic Shopper.” Actually looks like a good list.

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Live the dream

farm dreamer (TLC)

The Land Connect and Illinois Extension do a great job planning the Central Illinois Farm Dreams workshops. The 2008 workshops are now scheduled. For more information, or to register, visit the website or contact The Land Connection — 847/570-0701. These are for people serious about organic farming. Very practical information shared by real farmers.

In the Farm Dreams workshops, you will:

  • be introduced to farmers doing various types of farm businesses, and to existing farmer training opportunities
  • do self-assessment exercises to determine your need for, e.g. resources for land, capital, training, and markets
  • identify next steps in pursuing your farming goals
  • leave Farm Dreams with a clear idea about what is possible and what the risks are, so that you are better prepared to decide whether a farming business is the right fit for you at this time

Each interactive workshop is 4 hours long, includes a light supper, and costs $30.

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live-blogging at upper midwest organic conference

I’ll be traveling tomorrow. Going to LaCrosse, WI to attend the MOSES Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference. This is one of the largest organic meetings in the country and always a good time. As I did at the Eco-Farm Conference, I’ll be live-blogging the event. So stay tuned!

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