The conference in Danville, Indiana begins with a series of daylong workshops on March 1.
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Topics include on-farm fresh produce food safety, regenerative farming with livestock and agroforestry, farm viability and financial management, and a four season farm tour. Breakout sessions on March will cover topics ranging from ncr and livestock production to farm management and marketing. Participants will have an opportunity to network with Extension educators, expert speakers, other farmers and vendors.
The complete list of speakers will continue to be updated as presenters become finalized. The Small Farm Trade Show takes place on March where more than 50 vendors will showcase their products and services. The Small Farm Poster Session on March 3 will feature research and programs on local foods, diversified agriculture, and small farm production dating education. Lunch is included with your registration. Catering will be provided by Lali Hess and the wonderful staff at The Juniper Spoon, using ingredients sourced from Indiana farms and food businesses.
Download the conference program to preview the full schedule of sessions and activities. Earth Tools Inc. Rincon-Vitova InsectariesSeedling Sponsor. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Find out about our different sponsorship levels. Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Farms. Greg Gunthorp, along with his wife Indiana three kids, owns and operates a pasture-based livestock operation in Northeast Indiana.
They have about acres and 30 employees. Greg's family has raised pigs on pasture for at least four generations.
They have one of the largest pastured poultry operations in the country. Their operation includes an on-farm full USDA inspected slaughter and processing plant. They supply pork, chicken, duck and turkey to some of the best restaurants in Chicago, Indianapolis, and surrounding areas.
Greg has been very active in the Sustainable Agriculture and rural advocacy movement in the United States. Their operation has hosted visitors from all over the world.
Martha Hoover, Patachou, Inc. Without even one day spent working in the restaurant industry, Patachou Inc. Today, Patachou supports more Indiana family farms than all the other restaurants in Indianapolis combined. Hoover created The Patachou Foundation in to feed healthy meals to food insecure children in Indianapolis. To date, over 60, healthy, nutritious meals have been served by The Patachou Foundation to children in the Indianapolis community who live with pervasive food insecurity. See her recent feature in Vogue Magazine.
Tyler Herald, Patachou, Inc. Chef Tyler Herald came by his culinary career honestly when he was 14 years old and his mother bought a restaurant. Chef Tyler is now responsible for menu development, ingredient sourcing and overall kitchen management for all locations of Cafes Patachou, Petite Chou Bistro, Napolese Pizzeria, and Public Greens.
His requirement for working with the best ingredients, seasonal and local, puts him in constant communication with our farmer partners-many of whom he now counts as his best friends. He is particularly proud of the fact that in the summers, the produce featured at Napolese Pizzeria and Public Greens is almost entirely local and organic.
Chris Blanchard, Purple Pitchfork. Chris Blanchard provides consulting and education for farming, food, and business through Purple Pitchfork. As the owner and operator of Rock Spring Farm sinceChris raised twenty acres of vegetables, herbs, and greenhouse crops, marketed through a member year-round CSA, food stores, and farmers markets.
Prior toChris managed student farms, worked as an intern, packing house manager, plant breeding assistant, and farm manager, and provided consulting for a major organic processor, in California, Wisconsin, Maine, and Washington state. His workshops, writing, and consulting throughout the country about farm business concepts, food safety, organic vegetable production, and scaling-up have gained a reputation for fresh approaches, down-to-earth information, and honesty.
He is the host and producer of the Farmer to Farmer Podcast, an internet radio show for organic and sustainable market farmers. Participate in a tour of Indiana farms utilizing season extension to produce and market vegetables and flowers through all four seasons.
Learn more about this workshop: Produce Safety Training. This workshop will explore how livestock, managed with adaptive grazing systems on pasture, and agroforestry practices are key components of regenerative farming systems. You will learn from specialists and farmers from Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin who are working daily to put these practices on the ground! Learn more about this workshop: Fearless Farmer Finances.
This documentary shows the difficult choices Kentucky farmers face that impact their relationship with the land and their community. Sustainable farming and land stewardship have been replaced with capital-focused and industrial agriculture.
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This film blends interviews with farmers and community members with scenes of farm live throughout the four seasons. This will screen repeatedly on Friday and Saturday. Visit the website for more information. This networking time cap off the second day of our three day conference, and gives attendees relaxed time to network and catch up with new and old acquaintances!
The social takes place in the trade show, giving you more time to mingle with trade show vendors. Light fare and beverage from local suppliers will be catered by the Juniper Spoon, and music will be provided by an Indianapolis-based swing band. The social is open to all attendees that register for Friday admission. Is your organization interested in sponsoring the Friday evening social? This is a great opportunity to support and connect with Indiana's small and diversified farm community.
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The Farmers Forum is a traveling annual event giving farmers, ranchers, researchers and others the chance to share information about sustainable agriculture practices with a national audience. These presentations focus on research, demonstration, and education projects that promote profitable practices that are good for the environment and community. Indiana Small Farm Conference March Greg Gunthorp Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Farms Greg Gunthorp, along with his wife and three kids, owns and operates a pasture-based livestock operation in Northeast Indiana.
Tours: Four Season Farm Tour March 1 Tour is full Participate in a tour of Indiana farms utilizing season extension to produce and market vegetables and flowers through all four seasons. Friday Evening Social!