Unique Farmer-Focused & Consumer-Friendly Education featured at WAPF conference
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The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation have teamed up to create three unique educational tracks for the
Weston A. Price Foundation 10th Annual Conference, November 13-16, 2009 in Schaumburg, Illinois.
While an obvious audience is farmers, these sessions were also created with consumers in mind. Since consumers direct the flow of money within this holistic model, many farmers are scrambling to use more sustainable techniques, have more livestock on grass, provide more products and create more distribution avenues. An educated consumer is a good friend to small farmers.
Friday, November 13, 2009
WHAT EVERY GRASS-BASED FARMER (AND CONSUMER) SHOULD KNOW
We’ll explore transitioning farms to grass based livestock farming. Some farmers (and cows) are finding that too much of a good thing, is not a good thing. Instant consumer demands for “all grass” dairy and meat can unwittingly upset small farm sustainability. We know the benefits of slow cooking pastured meats, we’ll now learn the benefits of slow (yet innovative) changes to support soil, pasture, livestock, farm and farmer/consumer health.
- Diversity on the Farm: Producing a Superior Product by Doing More with Less, Steve Heyer
- Grain – The Bridge to Grass, Tim Wightman
- Grass-Based Farming – Look Before You Leap, Karl Dallefeld
Saturday, November 14, 2009
ARTISANAL FARMING WITH LIVESTOCK: BRINGING ANIMAL HUSBANDRY BACK TO ANIMAL SCIENCE BY WILL WINTER, DVM
Dr. Will Winter will distill his experience as farmer, educator, distributor and holistic veterinarian in a day-long workshop on Artisanal Farming with Livestock.
Will’s humorous teaching style makes this information interesting and accessible to both farmers and consumers.
- Grass-The Forgiveness of Nature: Find Success and Joy with Your Own Grass-Based Livestock Herd or Flock
- The Wisdom of Grass Genetics: Select the Best Breeds and the Best Individuals – Just Do What Really Works
- Holistic Herd Health Basics: Raise Radiantly Healthy Animals Without Antibiotics, Wormers, Vaccines or Vet Bills
- Pastured Pork-The Other Red Meat: Forest Hogs, Whey-Fed Hogs, and Other Happy Pigs
- “Stump the Holistic Vet”
Sunday, November 15, 2009
FARM DIRECT - THE NEW FACE OF MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION
We’ll highlight two new private and successful consumer-driven distribution models and highlight one farmer who used raw milk to open the doors to more
- Raw Milk – Gateway to Small Farm Prosperity, Meg Cattell, DVM
- The Sustainable Big Box, Will Winter, DVM
- Building Local Buying Clubs: Nuts and Bolts from the Beginner to the Best, John Moody
- Panel Discussion: Private Marketing & Distribution, Tim Wightman, Moderator; Pete Kennedy, Esq.; Meg Cattell, DVM; John Moody; Will Winter, DVM
To learn more about the WAPF conference or to register click here or call (304) 724-3006 or email [email protected] to attend these unique educational tracks designed with you in mind!
The Fund and Foundation will be exhibitors at this conference. We look forward to seeing you there!
FOR FARMERS ONLY
Donate or Barter Your Fresh Farm Food
The WAPF conference will feed 1,200 people more than 7,000 meals. Each meal features nutrient dense foods donated by small farmers and artisan producers.
Farmers who want to donate or barter with fresh farm food, please call Cathy Raymond 703-499-5511 or email at [email protected]
Exhibit at the WAPF Conference Farmer's Market
Farmers can exhibit at the WAPF Conference Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Nov. 14 for $350.
Call Paul Frank for more information 304-724-3004 or email at [email protected].
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