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2014 Conference Program

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15th Annual Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference
January 17 & 18, 2014 
University of Maryland University College Marriott Inn & Conference Center - College Park, MD
(Street address: 3501 University Blvd, East · Hyattsville, Maryland 20783 - UMUC Marriott Website)

  

 

Speaker Bios

Click here to read about our amazing speakers and presenters, and the expertise they bring to our conference. 

Continuing Education Credits

CEUs have been approved for Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered.  Click for a list of the approved sessions.

CEUs have been approved for Certified Dietary Managers. Click for a list of the approved sessions.

CEHs have been approved by the American Culinary Federation for ACF-certified professionals. Click for a list of the approved sessions.

CEUs have been approved by the Maryland Agricultural Nutrient Management for Nutrient Managers. Click for a list of the approved sessions.

CEUs have been approved by the American Horticultural Society for Master Gardeners. Click for a list of the approved sessions.

Volunteer at the Conference!

Volunteering is one way that Future Harvest CASA members can contribute to the growth of our organization. As a critical part of our annual conference team, volunteers help us keep conference costs lower and help ensure a smoother conference experience for attendees. Volunteers also attend the conference at a reduced registration rate in exchange for their commitment of three hours per day assisting our staff, which allows plenty of time to participate in a wide range of conference activities.
Would you like to be a conference volunteer? We'd love to have your help! Read more and apply here.

Apply for a Farmer Scholarship to the Conference

The Future Harvest CASA Farming for Profit and Stewarship Conference is one of the most valuable and affordable learning opportunities available in the Mid-Atlantic region for farmers at any stage of their careers. But particularly for farmers who are beginning, or at a transitional stage of their business, the financial resources to attend the conference are not always there. To read more about eligibility requirements and to access the online application form, click here.

Session Descriptions

Click track links below to see session descriptions or scroll down to see the full conference program. Also use the links at the top of the page for conference lodging and other logistics. Get a printable pdf of the conference brochure.

Pre-Conference Workshops
General Sessions - Keynote, Local Food Celebration and Auction, Farmer Panel
Track 1 - Beginning Farmers
Track 2 - Scaling Up
Track 3 - Grass-Based Systems
Track 4 - Local Food Communities
Track 5 - 
Fruit and Vegetable Production
Track 6 - The Business of Farming  


Friday, January 17, 2014

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (9:00-11:30 am)

Cover Crops for Reducing Tillage and Recycling Nutrients in Vegetable Production Systems
Ray Weil, University of Maryland
Note: This workshop has reached its maximum capacity and is no longer accepting registrations.

Kombucha, Kimchee and Kraut
Meaghan Carpenter, HEX Ferments
Note: This workshop has reached its maximum capacity and is no longer accepting registrations.

Goat Butchery and Respect for Older Animals
Adam Danforth, Author of "Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork" and "Butchering Beef and Veal"

Tour of ECO City Farm
Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, ECO City Farms 

Making and Selling Raw Milk Cheese in Maryland
Barbara Haigwood, P.A. Bowen Farmstead

Building a Mobile Poultry Pen
Homer Walden, Sunnyside Farm

 

 

 

GENERAL SESSIONS

12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Exhibits Open

11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Lunch on Your Own & Networking

1:00 - 2:15 pm
Keynote Address

Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Brewery
"Brewing Up a Business: The Dogfish Head Story"

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

2:30 - 3:45 pm

4:00 - 5:15 pm

TRACK 1
BEGINNING FARMERS 

Selecting the Right Land and Location for Your Farm
Sue Ellen Johnson;
Panel TBA

Developing a Farm Plan
Keith Stewart, Keith's Farm

TRACK 2
SCALING UP 

Challenges and Opportunities for Institutional Sales
Jon Berger, Real Food Challenge; Lindsay Gilmour, Common Market Philadelphia; Norman Zwagil, Bon Appetit Management Company; Alex Persful, Big City Farms

Labor - Why You Need It, Two Models for Discussion
Joan Norman, One Straw Farm;
Chip Planck, Wheatland Vegetable Farms

TRACK 3
GRASS-BASED SYSTEMS 

Animal Nutrition
Guy Jodarski, Organic Valley;
Ed Rayburn, WVU Extension

Genetics in Pasture-Based Dairy and Grass-Fed Beef Production
Steve Washburn, NC State University;
John Comerford; Penn State

TRACK 4
LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS

Building Community and Sales at Farmers Markets
Maddy Beckwith, FRESHFARM Markets;
Amy Crone, Maryland Farmers Market Association;
Lynn Rubin, Market to Mealtime

Not Far From the Tree - Rethinking the Orchard
Lincoln Smith, Forested LLC;
Eric Kelly, Baltimore Orchard Project

TRACK 5
FRUIT & VEGETABLE PRODUCTION 

Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation
Paul Goland, Hardscrabble Farms
 

Rediscovering Hops
Tom Barse, Stillpoint Farm;
Stan Driver, HootnHollerHops

TRACK 6
THE BUSINESS OF FARMING 

Accounting for Sunnyside Farm: Making It Work
Dru Peters, Sunnyside Farm

Using Meadow to Meal Mythos to Give a Sense of Place to Add Value
Gabriel Key, Food For The Rest of Us

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Whole Foods Market Networking Reception

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Local Food Celebration

 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

8:30 - 9:45 am

10:00 - 11:15 am

TRACK 1
BEGINNING FARMERS 

Funding Programs that Work for New/Young Farmers
Steve McHenry, MARBIDCO;
Joseph Scott, FSA;
Zach Evans, MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Let's Get Started: Raising and Grazing Sheep and Goats
Steffanie Simpson, White Hall Farm

TRACK 2
SCALING UP 

Growing Produce for Wholesale
Tom McDougall, Blue Ridge Produce

High Tunnels for Season Extension
Chris Lent, NCAT/ATTRA

TRACK 3
GRASS-BASED SYSTEMS 

High-Density vs. Managed Intensive Grazing
Jeff Semler, UMD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources;
Ed Rayburn, WVU Extension;
Ron Holter, Holterholm Farms;
Tim Fritz, King's Agriseeds

Multi-Species Grazing/Pricing and Profit of Livestock Enterprises
Forrest Pritchard, Smith Meadows Farm;
Dale Johnson, UMD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

TRACK 4
LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS

Food Safety Modernization Act, What You Need to Know
Ariane Lotti, NSAC

How Local Food Councils Make a Difference
Panel: Spencer Neale, VFSC;
Christine Bergmark, SMADC;
Jessica Weiss, MCFC

TRACK 5
FRUIT & VEGETABLE PRODUCTION 

Mechanization and Equipment
Rick Hood, Summer Creek Farm
 

The Science of Growing Potatoes
Sudeep Mathew, UMD Extension

TRACK 6
THE BUSINESS OF FARMING 

Season-by-Season Guide to Farmers Market Sales Success
Keith Stewart, Keith's Farm

How to Put SARE Grants to Best Use
Jason Challandes, Northeast SARE
Tanya Tolchin, Israeli Harvest

 

GENERAL SESSIONS

8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Exhibits Open

11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Lunch & Networking

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
 Membership Meeting

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Founding Farmers Panel - Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Michael Heller, Clagett Farm
Ginger Myers, Evermore Farm
Jack Gurley, Calvert's Gift Farm
Chip Planck, Wheatland Vegetable Farms
Homer Walden, Sunnyside Farm
Shep Ogden, Jefferson County Development Authority

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

3:30 - 4:45 pm

TRACK 1
BEGINNING FARMERS 

"Stories From the Field:" Experienced/Beginner Farmers Panel
Salena and Rick Garber, Stone Run Farm
Elisa Lane, Whitelock Farm

TRACK 2
SCALING UP 

Growing the Family Farm Business
Joe-Sam Swann, Swann Farms;
Brad Miller, Miller Farms

TRACK 3
GRASS-BASED SYSTEMS 

Forage Quality, Mineral Supplements and Grazing: Promoting Healthy Animals and Healthy People
Guy Jodarski, Organic Valley 

TRACK 4
LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS

From Farm to Bottle: The Benefits of Real Cider
Curt Sherrer, Millstone Cellar

TRACK 5
FRUIT & VEGETABLE PRODUCTION 

Orchards and Small Fruit Production
Bryan Butler, UMD Extension

TRACK 6
THE BUSINESS OF FARMING 

Farm the Sun Every Day of the Year!
Tim Beiler, Paradise Energy Solutions


 Thanks to our 2014 Conference Sponsors!

Learn more about them here!

CONFERENCE PARTNER

WFM

Whole Foods Market - MidAtlantic

 

Gold Sponsors


CBF MDgrazerslogo_beef

Chesapeake Bay Foundation/MarylandGrazers Network

 organicvalley-cropp
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative

 

MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Kaiser Permanente


Silver Sponsors

Coastal Sunbelt Produce

* FRESHFARM Markets

The Humane Society of the United States

* Loudoun County Department of Economic Development

MARBIDCO

* PASA

* University of Maryland Extension

* Willowsford Farm


Bronze Sponsors

* American Culinary Federation - Greater Baltimore Chapter

* Catoctin Creek Distillery

* Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

* Moyer's Chicks

* Paradise Energy Solutions