2018 Healthy Farms Conference
The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
333 S 13th St
Plan to attend the Healthy Farms Conference of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society. The dates for 2018 are February 9th & 10th and it will be held at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.
Keynotes: This year we will feature;
Wes Jackson, founder and president emeritus of The Land Institute, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina; a master’s degree in botany from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate in genetics from North Carolina State University. He established and served as chair of one of the country’s first environmental studies programs at California State University-Sacramento and then returned to his native Kansas to found The Land Institute in 1976. He is the author of several books, including New Roots for Agriculture, Becoming Native to This Place, Consulting the Genius of the Place, and most recently Nature as Measure. Wes is widely recognized as a leader in the international movement for a more sustainable agriculture. He was a Pew Conservation Scholar in 1990, a MacArthur Fellow in 1992, and received the Right Livelihood Award in 2000. Life magazine included him as one of 18 individuals predicted to be among the 100 important Americans of the 20th century. Smithsonian in 2005 included him as one of “35 Who Made a Difference.”
Graham Merriweather; Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer & Editor. Graham Meriwether spent four years crisscrossing the country -- from Appalachia to the sun-swept pastures of southern California, from the abandoned lots of Detroit to the fertile fields of northwest Iowa -- to find the farmers who imbue this film with their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. Previously, Graham directed the documentary, American Meat, a pro-farmer story showcasing the unique agricultural innovations underway at Polyface Farms in Virginia. Graham is the proud founder of Leave It Better Media, which shares stories of spiritual, economic and environmental healing. Meriwether lives in New York City with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Abraham and Maya Lou. Read more here, https://www.leaveitbetter.com/farmers-for-america/
Sessions: This year’s agenda offers a number of breakout sessions with topics ranging from cover crops to holistic orchards to pollinators & diversity. We will also once again have a full youth program with many of the presenters being youth and presenting on projects from their farms.
Fly ManagementCover CropsHops ProductionHolistic Management Financial PlanningHM Biological MonitoringGrazing Cover CropsEstate Planning for Sustainable Farms and RanchesBudgets for small farms including veggies, fruit and small livestockIncreasing Farm ProductivityFarm AccountingPurchasing a Small FarmHugelkulturCreating diverse habitats for native wildlife and farms to coexistExploring New Ideas In Sustainable AgricultureGrazing ManagementWriting GrantsPastured Hog ProductionSlow Meat; a Slow Food look at sustainable meat production
The complete list will be available on our website and will be updated as they are confirmed!
Foods: A major reason for the conference is the awesome, local & sustainable foods at the meals and breaks. We will once again be sourcing as much food as possible from local farmers and NSAS members. If you have foods you'd like to contribute please let us know
Youth Program: We will again have a full slate of youth programming available. Session so far include; Cooking Local Foods, Lettuce, and peppers, and peas, oh my! How to start an organic vegetable garden, Permaculture Earth Repair for Kids, Farm Safety 101, and more.
Lodging: Make Lodging reservations online today by clicking this link! There are several options for lodging including 2 level suites. Make reservations at 1-866-706-7706, attendees will need to ask for Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society event rate. The hotel comes with numerous family friendly options and includes a pool and workout area. The hotel will also be providing a complimentary reservation link to the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society for online reservations, coming soon.
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