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The Largest Organic Farming Conference

OFC-2019

Feb. 21-23, 2019

La Crosse, WI

What is the MOSES Conference?

It’s the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 60 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed exhibit hall with over 170 vendors. Organic University, day 1 of the conference, provides full-day classes that dig deeper into specific farming topics.

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is a nonprofit organization based in Spring Valley, Wis.  They promote organic and sustainable agriculture by providing education, resources and expertise farmers need to succeed.

The cornerstone of this foundation is the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the country’s largest conference on organic and sustainable farming. The MOSES Conference draws around 4,000 people each February to La Crosse, Wis. for more than 60 workshops, inspiring speakers, a two-floor Exhibit Hall, and organically grown food. You can find details about the MOSES Conference here:

https://mosesorganic.org/conference/

They also educate farmers about specific farming practices through MOSES Organic Field Days. These on-farm events give farmers the chance to see firsthand how successful organic farmers manage their operations.”

Grants for small sustainable farms

Small farms and agricultural nonprofits looking to fund environmental sustainability projects that reduce water and power use, increase pollinators, improve soil health, promote natural pest control, or extend their growing season can apply at no cost for a 2019 grant from The FruitGuys Community Fund beginning Monday, December 10, 2018.

Grants ranging in amounts from $2,000–$5,000 will be awarded to 10–20 farms in spring 2019. Interested farmers should read the eligibility requirements and submit a letter of intent describing their farm and proposed project before midnight on Friday, January 11, 2019. Twenty finalists will be notified by February 5, 2019, and provided with a Continue reading Grants for small sustainable farms

Sustainable Food and Farming Jobs

annaliseIf you listen to the news these days, everyone is talking about jobs, jobs, jobs.   And indeed opportunities in some fields are up!  Still…. for graduating seniors from colleges and universities, the stress of finding work remains high – particularly given the cost of their education.

Students are (appropriately) asking if the value of a college education is worth the cost.

I’m one of the academic advisers for students in our Sustainable Food and Farming program in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and I often get asked – so will I be able to get a job when I  Continue reading Sustainable Food and Farming Jobs

A GROWING NUMBER OF YOUNG AMERICANS ARE LEAVING DESK JOBS TO FARM

locally-grown

Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up here, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chill.

The hours were better at her nonprofit jobs. So were the benefits. But two years ago, the 32-year-old Whitehurst – who graduated from a liberal arts college and grew up in the Chicago suburbs – abandoned Washington, D.C., for this three-acre farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

FARMERSShe joined a growing movement of highly educated, ex-urban, first-time farmers who are capitalizing on booming consumer demand for local and sustainable foods and, experts say, could have a broad impact on the food system.

For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Census of Agriculture.

This new generation can’t hope to replace the numbers that farming is losing to age. But Continue reading A GROWING NUMBER OF YOUNG AMERICANS ARE LEAVING DESK JOBS TO FARM