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20th Annual MOFFA Winter Meeting

Date

Event Date: 
02/19/2011 (All day)

What do oysters and honey have in common? They are two of the diverse agricultural products that come from Maryland! You can learn more from Maryland producers at the Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association Winter Meeting: Focusing on diversity of farms and showcasing the variety of agricultural enterprises in Maryland. Whether you are a consumer or distributor looking for good sources of local organic food, or a farmer or gardener in search of new ideas, techniques and inspiration, the MOFFA Winter Meeting has something for you. Come on out
and join us!

8:00 Registration and Coffee / Networking. (Silent Auction & Seed Swap throughout the day.)

8:30 Welcome and General Announcements

8:40 State & Federal Organic Policy Issues & Updates
• MDA Organic Program Update - Deanna Baldwin, Chief, Food Quality Assurance, MDA
• Maryland Legislative / Political Food & Farming Issues - Mike Tabor, Lickin’ Creek Bend Farm
• National Organic Standards Board Update - Nick Maravell, Nick's Organic Farm

9:40 Break

9:55 Session 1
1. Oyster Culture on the Chesapeake Bay - Rich Pelz, Circle C Oyster Ranch
2. Soil Health Indicators: what soil mites and other organisms can tell us about soil health - "Dr. Mariam Lekveisvili - UMD researcher"

10:25 Session II
1. Spotlighting Maryland Farmers: The Ideas, Stories & Recipes Behind ‘Dishing Up Maryland ‘
Lucie Snodgrass, Author
2. Organic Research Update: "Management of the Colorado Potato Beetle Through Modification of the Eggplant Environment - Dr. Cerrutti Hooks, MD Extension Service

10:55 Session III
1. Community Supported Apiary - Meme Thomas, Director, B’MoreHonE, a Micro-Local Honey Producer
2. Animal Disease Traceability - Guy Hohenhaus DVM, State of Maryland

11:25 Break

11:40 Keynote: Seed Saving & Seed Production As A Farm Enterprise - Ira Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed
Exchange

12:40 Pot Luck Lunch

2:00 1. Live Auction 2. General Announcements 3. MOFFA Board Nominations / Election

2:35 Session IV
1. Growing A Kitchen Garden - Robin Ripley - Author of ‘Grocery Gardening’
2. Reduced Till Organic - Steven Mirsky, Ph.D., USDA-ARS Ecologist

3:05 Session V
1. Lessons From A Mid-Atlantic Orchard - Eric Rice, Ph.D., Country Pleasures Farm
2. Farmers Roundtable

3:35 Break

3:50 Movie: The Greenhorns - Dynamic Young Farmers Movement (38 minutes - First Area Screening!)

4:30 Meeting Adjourned (Purchase and pick up auction items.)

- Agenda subject to change. -

Directions to MDA: www.mda.state.md.us/about_mda/ directions_mda.php

Location

Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 S. Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis


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