Fertile Ground – Connecting Farmers to Farmers to Promote Soil, Food and Community Health
On Thursday, December 9th, The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project will host a Farmer-to-Farmer Conference in Sturbridge, MA. The conference is designed for small-scale farmers who want to expand their farm businesses by learning from and networking with their peers. The event is also open to anyone interested in learning from farmers about food systems and farming practices in the Northeast. Speaker and panel topics were chosen based on surveys of small-scale Massachusetts farmers about the most important areas for farmer education; topics include soil fertility, farm business and financial planning, strategies for ensuring the health of livestock, and building sustainable communities around food. In addition, there will also be a World Café forum that allows farmers to choose other topics on site for afternoon sessions.
Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
8:30am-6:30pm, Thursday, December 9, 2010
Early-bird registration (through November 19) is $40; the full registration fee is $50. Fee includes lunch and a networking reception.
New Entry has received sponsorship support for the conference from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, Farm Credit East, High Mowing Organic Seeds and Boston Organics.