Opening Remarks & Keynote - Potomac Ballroom
10:00am - 11:00am
"Values & Scale in the Local Foods Marketplace"
Chris Blanchard, The Purple Pitchfork
Balancing the reasons we choose to farm with the economic realities of the modern food system can challenge even the most experienced grower, and while beginning growers wash up on the rocks of scaling up, questions about size and values create conflict within the local foods movement. Chris Blanchard will discuss how we can root our growth in good business, while not losing sight of the fertile values in which that growth occurs.
Friday Lunch & Keynote - Chesapeake Ballroom
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch 1:30pm - 2:30pm Keynote
"The Importance, Economics, and Vital Function of Carbon in Soils"
Dr. Kristine Nichols, Chief Scientist, The Rodale Institute
The atmosphere has too much carbon; most soils of the earth have too little. By skillful management of our grasslands and croplands, we can draw some CO2 out of the air and put it in the ground as SOC (soil organic carbon). Kris Nichols will explain to us the wondrous and vital ways that carbon functions in soils; how we can begin to increase carbon sequestration into our own soils; how we can progress to healthy soils, and to healthy family, friends and customers; how we can have more profitable farms; and how carbon in the right places can help to ease Climate stress on our planet.
4:15pm - 5:45pm
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday Dinner & Keynote - Chesapeake Ballroom
7:15pm - 9:00pm
"The Life of an Ingredient: Chef and Farmers Unite!"
Chef Jordan Lloyd, The Bartlett Pear Inn
The Farm-to-Table chef can tell a beautiful story that starts in the ground and ends at the fork. Chef Jordan Lloyd creates those stories every day at his acclaimed restaurant The Bartlett Pear Inn in Easton, MD. He will take us on a ride as he shares what he has learned from his restaurant and others about the life cycle of an ingredient -- from seed to farmer to chef to your plate.
Friday Night Music Jam!
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Featuring some great music performed by Fiddle Oaks and some of our very own member musicians, the Friday Night Music Jam is sure to entertain! Bring your instrument, as all are welcome to participate and join. Come to listen, sing along, play along, or dance with other conference participants. Cash bar will be available.
Saturday Lunch & Local Fare Fair
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Lunch on Your Own
Enjoy locally crafted food and drink at the annual Local Fare Fair! Create a picnic lunch shopping through the fair for hand-crafted, local delicacies or visit one of several on-site food trucks. You can also dine at The Commons, the on-site restaurant.