[Market-farming] 2004 New Mexico Organic Farming & Gardening Expo

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2004 New Mexico Organic Farming & Gardening Expo
Student Union building, UNM, Albuquerque

Schedule
Friday, February 13, 2004   8:00 am -- 5:00 pm
Saturday, February 14, 2004, 8:00 am ­ 5:00 pm

Detailed schedule and registration form are below.  Questions? Call (505)
841-9070, extension 4

Friday, February 13
Registration: 8:00 - 9:00 am UNM Student Union Building, Top Floor

Workshop Sessions:
9:00 am ­ Noon, UNM Student Union Building, Top Floor

1)The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems
Laura Jackson is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of
Northern Iowa, where she teaches courses on conservation biology, applied
ecology and environmental studies. She is editor, with Dana Jackson, and a
contributing writer to The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food
Systems with Ecosystems.

2) Business Planning for New and Existing Farms
George Speck, President of Sunland Peanuts in Portales, New Mexico built a
growing business in organic peanuts through a combination of vision and
careful planning. George will share his secrets and take workshop
participants through the ins and outs of successful business planning and
making the transition to organic. Come prepared with questions and problems
you face in developing a business plan for your farm.

3)Organic Sustainable Greenhouse Design and Production
Paul Cross, of Charybda, a certified organic nursery in Arroyo Hondo, NM,
reprises this popular workshop from last year. A greenhouse specialist, Paul
will lay out techniques for commercial greenhouse design and production
including passive solar design, water catchment systems, nutrient
management, and production techniques. This workshop is for experienced
growers.

4) Organic Fruit Production
Here¹s your chance to get breaking information on fruit research specific to
New Mexico¹s climate.

Session A: Organic Berry Production
Dr. Ron Walser of the NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde
will report out results of organic research trials being conducted at the
Alcalde Center. Cutting edge information for New Mexico berry growers will
include reports on specific variety trials underway at the Alcalde Center
and other New Mexico farms.

Session B: Organic Tree Fruit Production
Dr. Ron Walser of the NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde
will report out results of organic research trials being conducted at the
Alcalde Center. Cutting edge information for New Mexico apple growers will
include reports on specific variety trials underway at the Alcalde Center
and other New Mexico farms.

5) Getting Into Value Added, Can It Work for You?

Session A: Value Added In Livestock Operations
Nancy Coonidge of Coonridge Farms and Coonridge Goat Cheese will talk about
the good, the bad and the ugly of on-farm processing, and her experiences
with the value-added world of certified organic goat cheese. Nancy is
convinced that value-added is the way to go for small producers. Come and
find out why.

Session B: What You Need to Know to Get Started In Processing
Dr. Nancy Flores, NMSU Food Technology Specialist will guide workshop
participants through all the steps needed to enter the world of processing.
She¹ll cover all the regulations, and trainings needed, and will walk
participants through a newly developed form that will help you make a budget
for your existing or envisioned operation, and source equipment you need.

Exhibit Hall: 
Open 11:00 am ­ 5:00 pm, UNM Student Building, Top Floor

Come check out agricultural businesses and non-profit organizations that
offer a wide variety of products and services for large and small organic
and sustainable producers.

Lunch: 
(on your own) 12:00 - 2:00pm
(See your registration packet for a list of nearby restaurants.)

Workshop Sessions:
2:00-5:00 pm, UNM Student Union Building, Top Floor

1) Diversification with Flowers and Starts

Session A: Organic Commercial Cut Flower Production
Sharlene Grunerud of No Cattle Co., farm will talk about the cut flower
operation that has been growing at No Cattle for the last several years and
has become a regular and increasingly important part of the farm income.

Session B: Selling From Your Greenhouse
Sharlene Grunerud of No Cattle Co., farm will draw lessons from the
evolution of a small greenhouse intended to grow starts for the farm to a
thriving 2-greenhouse business that draws people from around the county.
Great information for anyone thinking of growing vegetable and/or flower
seedlings for wholesale or retail sale.

2) Building Soil Fertility‹An Organic Systems Approach: Cover Cropping and
Composting for Sustainable Production
Soil fertility is the foundation of everything organic producers do. Dr. Ron
Godin, a research scientist in Organic/Sustainable Agriculture at Colorado
State University will be reporting on new research for production systems in
our bioregion. Using cover crops for fertility improvements and biomass
production: what, when and how.  Compost production and organic
certification: how to make and improve your compost. When, how much and how
often to apply compost for the most benefit and sustainability. If you
missed Ron¹s excellent presentation last year this is your chance to hear
him.


3) Federal Support for Organic Producers--Find Out How to Make Conservation
Programs Work for You
A guided tour through two federal conservation programs that are very
accessible to organic producers:  the Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP) and Conservation Security Program (CSP). Participants will be
shown how to apply for these programs and given guidance on writing an
effective proposal. Information and application assistance for the federal
organic certification cost-share program will also be available. Presenters
TBA.

4) Market Development for Organic Producers
Diversity in markets is an effective hedge against disaster. Hear experts on
how to enter and thrive in  markets available to nearly every grower.
CSA¹s:  Dr. Connie Falk of the CSA ³OASIS² at NMSU and Ernie New of White
Mountain Farm in Mosca Colorado.
Farmers¹ Markets: Esther Kovari of the New Mexico Farmers¹ marketing
Association
Buy Local: Kamyar Enshayan of the  ³Buy Fresh, Buy Local² initiative in Iowa

 

Saturday, February 14

Registration: 
8:00 - 9:00 am, Student Union Building, Top Floor

Exhibition Hall:
Open 8:00 am ­ 4:00 pm, Student Union Building, Top Floor

Come check out agricultural businesses and non-profit organizations that
offer a wide variety of products and services for large and small organic
and sustainable producers.

Plenary Session:
UNM Student Union Ballroom, Main Floor
9-9:15 am: Welcome
9:15-10:15 am: Keynote: Joel Salatin
³Holy Cows and Heavenly Hogs²
Creating and maintaining a habitat on farm that allows a cow ³cowness² and a
hog ³hogness.² Finding the wisdom of nature. Getting away from reductionist
models of thinking and moving towards holistic thinking with symbiosis and
synergy. 

Break:
10:15 - 10:30 am

Workshop Session:
10:30 am ­ Noon, UNM Student Union Building, Top Floor

1) Multi-species Livestock Grazing: Diversifying for Profit, Production and
PLEASURE.
A great follow-up to the morning plenary, Joel Salatin will discuss
multi-species livestock grazing systems, using the model he has created for
his own Polyface Farm.

2) Conservation Tillage Systems for Organic Vegetable Production
Dr. John Luna of the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University,
where he specializes in agricultural ecology, biologically-integrated
farming systems, sustainable agriculture and integrated pest management, has
been researching cover crops for the last 18 years. For the last 8 years,
John has been working with a group of vegetable growers to develop a
conservation tillage system. John will talk about how you can make a
conservation tillage work for you.

3) How Implementation of the National Organic Program (NOP) Rule Affects
Your Organic Certification  - Brett Bakker, New Mexico Organic Commodity
Commission Chief Inspector, will take a light-hearted look at this weighty
topic. This is a great workshop for those who are thinking of certifying or
transitioning to ³certified organic² or for anyone feeling daunted or
overwhelmed by the new rules and application process. Lots of time will be
allowed for discussion of the NOP rule and questions about the certification
process. Come with all your comments and questions.

4)The Effect of Currency Devaluation on Agriculture
Russell Gryder, farmer and rancher, Clovis, NM will discuss how
international market forces affect New Mexico producers.

5) Fruit Tree Grafting & Establishing an Heirloom Fruit Tree Orchard -
Gordon Tooley, of Tooley¹s Trees and will demonstrate fruit tree grafting in
this hands-on workshop. The intricacies different styles of grafting for
home and farm will be explored. Estevan Arrellano will explore options for
establishing heirloom orchards in New Mexico using examples from the
heirloom fruit tree project he is participating in.

6) Medicinal Herbs: Can They Cure What Ails Your Farm Business?
Cathy Hope of Isis Herbal Products, Monica Rude of Desert Woman Botanicals,
Erica Renaud of the Seeds of Change Research Farm, and Dr. Charles Martin of
the NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, will talk about
growing medicinal herbs in New Mexico, covering everything from cultivation
to marketing opportunities. Charles will report on trials underway at the
NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde on native medicinals.
Is the market for medicinal herbs dead or are there ways to add this to your
mix? Come hear four experts on the topic.

Lunch:
12:00 noon ­ 1:30 pm, Ballroom, UNM Student Union Building, Main Floor
Monday

Workshop Session:
2:00  ­ 3:30 pm, UNM Student Union Building, Top Floor

1) The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems
Laura Jackson is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of
Northern Iowa, where she teaches courses on conservation biology, applied
ecology and environmental studies. She is editor, with Dana Jackson, and a
contributing writer to The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food
Systems with Ecosystems.

2) Strip Tillage/Cover Crop System for Small-Scale (Garden) Organic
Vegetable Production
³Strip tillage is a form of conservation tillage that involves tilling
narrow strips for crop establishment while leaving areas between the strips
with undisturbed crop residue.² Dr. John Luna, Professor of Horticulture at
Oregon State University will detail this soil-building, labor-reducing
practice. 

3) Building a Food System Pyramid ‹ SW Marketing Network & the NM Food &
Agricultural Policy Council - Pam Roy of the New Mexico Food and
Agricultural Policy Council; Jim Dyer, of the Southwest Marketing Network
and Gary Nabhan, author of ³Coming Home to Eat,² are working to forge an
answer to the question, ³ What are the ³buy local² alternatives to
mega-agriculture?² Can they work in small population areas like the
four-corner states? How can sustainable marketing networks be built and
nourished? Get involved in a vital discussion for consumers and producers
alike.  

4) Choosing Appropriate Equipment for Vegetable Production Systems
Michael Alexander, of No Cattle Co., farm brings back this beloved session
from previous expos. In addition to talking about available equipment,
Michael will talk about tailoring existing equipment to your farm¹s needs
and fabricating tools to meet those special circumstances.

5) David and Goliath: The Independent Organic Farmer in the World of
Corporate Giants
Bill Russell, founder of Mountain Sun juices; Bill Manning of Kiva Orchards
in Delores, Colorado; and George Speck of Sunland Peanuts in Portales, New
Mexico will discuss the transition to organic production and ways to build
your farm business in the face of increasing market consolidation.

6)Farm Business Planning and Record Keeping
This panel received rave reviews when it debuted last year. Minor Morgan
shares the record-keeping system he created for his organic farm and
Margaret Campos shows how to use these records for effective business
forecasting and planning. Tame that paperwork and put it to work for you.

7) Mulches and Miscellaneous: Organic Research Update
Dr. Ron Godin of Colorado State University reports on organic mulches for
weed control and soil moisture conservation, and corn gluten meal for
organic weed control in vegetables. The presentation will also cover using
on-farm cover crops as a source of fertility and organic production of
seedless table grape varieties.


Break: Exhibition Hall and Networking
3:30 ­ 4:30 pm

Come check out agricultural businesses and non-profit organizations that
offer a wide variety of products and services for large and small organic
and sustainable producers.

Plenary Session:
UNM Student Union Ballroom, Main Floor
4:30 ­5:30 pm: Michael Abelman
5:30 ­ 5:45 pm; Goodbyes

__________________________________________________________________________
New Mexico Organic Farming and Gardening Expo 2004

Registration Form

(Please print clearly)
Name: ______________________________________________________
 

Second Person Name: _________________________________________

 

Farm/Affiliation: ______________________________________________

 

Address: _______________________________________________________

 

City: ________________________ State: ___________ Zip: ______________

 

Phone: ______________________ email: _____________________________

 

How did you hear about Expo?_____________________________________

q     This is my first Expo

q     I have attended Expo for _____ years

 

My main area of interest is: _________________________________________

 

Enclosed please find registration fee(s) for the following:

(Registration for Friday & Saturday, or Saturday includes lunch**)

___ registration(s) for Friday, Feb 13th  & Saturday February 14th **  @ $75
ea $________

___ registration(s) for Friday, February 13th ONLY
@ $45 ea  $________

___ registration(s) for Saturday, February 14th ONLY **
@ $50 ea  $________

___ any ONE Session or lunch ONLY
@ $20 ea  $________

 

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Deduct $5/registrant if a certified organic producer/processor
-$_______

Deduct $5/registrant for registration before December 15, 2003
-$_______

TotalŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠ.ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠ$________

 
Mail this form with your check (made payable to NMOCC) to: The New Mexico
Organic Commodity Commission, 4001 Indian School NE, Suite 310, Albuquerque,
NM 87110. Questions? Call (505) 841-9070, extension 4.


** If you plan to eat lunch on Saturday your registration MUST be received
by February 6, 2004.

If you cannot mail your registration by February 4, (February 1 for
out-of-state) please register at the door.

Registration Notes:
All conference areas are handicap accessible. Call (505) 841-9070, extension
4, if you have special needs.

There are a limited number of scholarships available and discounted fees can
be arranged for a limited number of small student groups. There are also
volunteer opportunities (volunteer for half of one day in exchange for
admission to the rest of the conference sessions). Please call (505)
841-9070, extension 4, for more information.

Presenters, topics and scheduling of workshops may change depending on room
availability and presenter needs. If you are registering to attend a
particular session at a particular time please check in early December to
confirm the schedule.

Full refunds of registration fees are available on written request received
by 1/15/04. Half refunds will be available on written request received by
1/31/04. There will be no refunds of registration fees after 1/31/04.

If you can help get the word out about the conference by distributing these
programs to your organization/clients/etc, please call us at (505) 841-9070,
extension 4, and we¹ll get some to you.

 







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