Sustainable Agriculture Farming conference in Hagerstown

December 13, 2005

The Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture Farming for Profit and Stewardship is holding its 7th annual conference Jan. 13-14, 2006, in Hagerstown.

The gathering, which will be held at the Four Points Sheraton, will include pre-conference seminars from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 13.

These include:

  • Value-Added Products: How am I Going to Sell All This Stuff? Local marketing expert Ginger Myers is to discuss the pros and cons of producing a value-added product, as well as how to maximize your marketing tools and find outlets for products.

  • Taking Research into Your Own Hands - University of Maryland professor Ray Weil and a team of Mid-Atlantic farmers will discuss how to conduct research on your farm. Then, participants will work in small groups with university faculty, graduate students and farmers to map out their own on-farm research ideas.

  • The keynote speaker is Vern Grubinger, director of the University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

  • A vegetable and berry specialist at University of Vermont Extension, Grubinger is known for his "innovative, holistic programming for both aspiring and experienced growers," according to a press release.

Other speakers include:


Direct marketers George and Melanie DeVault of Pheasant Hill Farm, Emmaus, Pa. They are to describe their diverse farm, which produces fruit, vegetables and flowers for a CSA enterprise, farmers markets, health food stores and restaurants.

Chris Fullerton, manager, Tuscarora Organic Cooperative in south central Pennsylvania, who works with 25 farmers to store, slot and deliver produce to the Washington, D.C. area.

Jerry Brunetti, agri-dynamics director of a firm specializing in livestock products.

In all, more than 16 workshops are to be offered during the conference.

Organizers urge early registrations. Space is limited to 300 people. Meals are included in registration fee.

For more information, call 1-410-549-7878.

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