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Lecture - Symposia & Joint Programs| Adults
Front Range Beginning Farmers Conference
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* SOLD OUT *
When: Sunday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., followed by a social hour from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a working farm at Wadsworth and C-470
Why: The average age of U.S. farmers today is 57. Two acres of farmland are lost every minute. Many young people dream of starting an urban or rural farm, but lack access to land, capital, education, and training. So let’s do something about that!
What: A one-day conference featuring instructional workshops from regional experts and discussions with agricultural leaders about land access, farm design, food safety, and farm justice. Instructional tracks geared towards beginners/dreamers and those who have already started. Time to share and connect over a locally sourced lunch and post-conference social hour.
Who: Those who are considering starting an urban or rural farm, those who have already been growing for a couple of years, and those who want to learn more and support the burgeoning small farm movement on the Front Range.
How: Pre-registration is highly encouraged.
$42 general public, cost of lunch and social hour is included.
Schedule: Each block of time will have a panel discussion and two informational presentations - one geared towards beginners (those who haven't started farming yet) and one geared towards intermediate farmers (1-3 years of experience).
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 - 9:40 a.m. Introduction with Michael Brownlee, Local Food Shift
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
1. Beginners: Soil Science for Farmers by Matthew Celesta, Waste Farmers
2. Intermediate: Season Extension by Nic Koontz, Native Hill farm
3. Panel: Land Access and Funding with Michael Moss, Kilt Farm; Tom Abood, Colorado Food Investments; Bryan Cook, USDA Farm Loan Manager
10:55 - 11:55 a.m.
1. Beginners: Marketing for Farmers with Jeni Nagle, Ela Family Farms; Steve Cochaneur, Clear Clear Organics; Josie Hart Genter, DBG Chatfield CSA
2. Intermediate: Labor on Non-profit and For-profit Farms by Candice Orlando, Urbiculture Farms and Kylie Manson, Red Wagon Farms
3. Panel: Farm Design with Adam Brock, The Grow Haus; Meg Caley, Sprout City Farms; and Amanda Scott, 63rd Street Farm
12:10 - 1:10 p.m. Lunch
1:20 - 2:20 p.m.
1. Beginners: Crop Planning by Steve Cochaneur, Clear Creek Organics
2. Intermediate: Record Keeping on the Farm by Debbie Dalrymple, Farmyard CSA
3. Beginners and Intermediate: Making Friends with Food Safety by Leigh Rovegno
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
1. Beginners: Irrigation by Jason Plotkin, Ekar Farms
2. Intermediate: Fertility Options by Phil Cordelli, DBG Chatfield CSA
3. Farm and Food Justice with Aaron Ney, Ekar Farms; Isabel Sanchez, Furn Wings Farms; Beverly Grant, Mo Betta Greens Markets; and youth leaders from Green Leaf
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Social Hour sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company