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> MIDWEST SMALL FARM CONFERENCE
> and TRADE SHOW
> "Linking Farm Gates and Dinner Plates"
> December 5, 1998
> Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Noblesville, Indiana
>Arrival and sign-in 7:30 - 8:30
> Visit the Trade Show
>Welcome 8:30 - 8:45
>Steve Bonney, president, Sustainable Earth, Inc.
>Session 1, 9:00 - 10:15
>A Managed Intensive Grazing - Dave Forgey, River View Farm,
> Logansport, Indiana
> Farmer/columnist (Hoard's Dairyman) who has developed a grass-based
> seasonal dairy system. MIG has broad applicability to all livestock
>B Organic Grain Production, Marketing and Certification - Byron Green,
> Mooresville, Indiana & Rich Molini, Atlanta, Indiana
> Farmers/marketers who grow certified organic soybeans, corn and small
>C Going Up Against Goliath - Michael Olson, Santa Cruz, California
> The author of MetroFarm describes identification, evaluation and
> implementation of opportunities for profitable small farm enterprises in
> the land of the giants.
>D Building a Diverse Farming System - Bruce McCallister, Goose Creek Farm,
> Freedom, Indiana
> An organic vegetable farmer with poultry and beef production and
>Session 2, 10:30 - 11:45
>A Outdoor Hog Production - Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp's Pastur-ized Pork,
> LaGrange, Indiana
> Greg markets 1000 hogs annually from a farrow to finish system on pasture.
> He is also a member of the USDA Small Farm Commission
>B Planning Your Farm As If The Future Really Mattered - Andy Lee, Buena
> Vista, Virginia
> Farmer/ author (Backyard Market Gardening, Chicken Tractor) combines
> permaculture and whole farm planning principles into small farm planning.
>C Freshwater Prawn Production - Tony Musgrave, Bloomington, Indiana
> Farmer who raises big shrimp in a small pond.
>D CSA and Organic Marketing - Ken Steffen, Quiet Springs Farm,
> Tangier, Indiana
> A farmer who is building his marketing system from the ground up.
>Session 3, 12:15 - 1:15
>Keynote Presentation: "A Wild-Eyed Wanderer Through the Fields of Farm
> Gene Logsdon, whose new book is entitled, You Can Go Home Again
>Session 4, 2:00 - 3:15
>A Free Range Poultry Production and Marketing - Herm Beck-Chenowith,
> Locust Grove Farm, Creola, Ohio
> Poultry farmer/author (Free Range Poultry Production and Marketing) will
> guide you threw strategies to capture a high value market for turkey and
> B Opportunities in Oils Pressed From Seeds - Bob Leader, Brookston,
> Farmer/developer of an on-farm processing system and a farmer network for
> pressed oils.
> C Health from Soil - Joe Scrimger, Bio-Systems, Marlette, Michigan
> A farmer/consultant describes relationships of healthy plants and healthy
> soil for biological farming systems.
> D Building Local Food Systems - Steve Bonney, Sustainable Earth, West
> Lafayette, Indiana
> Founder of CityFood presents strategies for building personal and
> community food systems with local farmers.
>Session 5 3:30- 4:45
>A Building A Small Farmer Marketing Cooperative - Jane Bush, Apple Schram
> Orchard, Charlotte, Michigan
> Farmer/president of a Michigan egg marketing cooperative of ten farmers
> who produce free range eggs.
>B Production and Marketing of Herbs - Sue Wamsley, Thorn Tree Hill Farm,
> Warsaw, Indiana
> A presentation about building a successful herb business by meeting the
> market demands of restaurants, consumers and other buyers.
>C Production and Marketing of Fish - Jim Bradley, Aqua-Manna, Ladoga,
> Farmer/developer of an aquaculture production system that has small farm
> applicability. Jim has been the entire gamut from starting small to his
> present annual production of 100,000 fish.
>D Direct Marketing of High Value Specialty Crops - Bob Holmes, Heaven and
> Earth, New Albany, Indiana
> Through his brokering, Bob developed a network of small farms that
> supplied vegetables, fruits and herbs to restaurants in the Louisville,
> Kentucky area. Now he's into even higher valued specialties including
> edible flowers and micro-greens.
>Registration : Fees are $15.00 ($18.00 at the door), $20.00 per family
>($24.00 at the door). To register, send name, address and telephone number
>with check or money order to: Sustainable Earth, 100 Georgton Ct., W.
>Lafayette IN 47906
> *for family registrations, names of all family members must be registered
> and all must live in the same household.
>Meals: food will be sold at the conference site. Food items from small
>farms will be used as availability allows. Vegetarian options will be
>available. You may also bring your own food and drinks (no alcohol).
>Location: Noblesville is located at the convergence of State Highways 37,
>32, and 38 . The Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in on Pleasant St. one
>block west of its intersection with SR 37. (traffic light, Quality Farm &
>Fleet on corner). Free Parking at fairgrounds
> - From Chicago: I-65 south to exit 140 (SR 32) in Lebanon. Go 27 miles
>east on SR 32 to intersection with SR 37. South one half mile to Pleasant
>St., right to fairgrounds.
> - From southern Michigan, south on I-69 to exit 19, west on SR 38 for 11
>miles to SR 37, left (south) one half mile to light at Pleasant St., west
>- From south, east or west of Indianapolis, I-465 to the northeast corner
>of Indianapolis, north on I-69 to exit 5, north on SR 37 for 5 miles to
>light at Pleasant St., west to fairgrounds.
>Lodging (all rates listed are approximate and do not include taxes of about
>10 %). Always ask if they offer any discounts (AAA, AARP, Sams Club,etc)
> Super 8, 17070 Dragonfly Lane, Noblesville, (317) 776-7088, 58 rooms,
> Children under 12 free, heated pool.
>Other lodging is nearby:
> Fishers near I-69 and SR 37, 6 miles from the conference:
> Holiday Inn, 9780 N By Northeast Blvd, (317) 578-9000; ($75 and up)
> Holiday Inn Express, 9790 N By Northwest Blvd., (317) 578-2000; ($50-75)
>Castleton, I-69 and 82nd St., about 9 miles from the conference:
> Dollar Inn, 8110 N Shadeland Ave., (317) 845-0049; ($31 single)
> Fairfield Inn 8325 Bash, (317) 577-0455; ($44 for 1 or 2 adults)
> Hampton Inn, 6817 E. 82nd, St. (317) 576-0220, (800) 290-4001; ($79-84)
>Anderson, I-69 and SR 32, about 20 miles from the conference:
> Dollar Inn, 6325 S. Scatterfield, (765) 640-1356; ($32 for 1, $37 for 2)
> Economy Inn, 2400 S. Scatterfield, (765) 642-9966; ($39; $44 for 2 beds)
> Motel 6, 5810 S. Scatterfield, (765) 642-9023; ($32 for 1, $37 for 2)
> Super 8, 2259 E. 59th, (765) 378-0880, (800) 800-8000; ($53 for one;$63
> for 4 adults)
>Camping: (water may be limited in freezing weather)
>Pine Lakes Fishing and Camping, I-69 and SR 38 (exit 19), Pendleton ,
>(765) 778-2697. $7.99 for tent space; $16.99 for RV includes water and
>electricity. About 11 miles from the conference.
>Camp Nothingmuchere, 1927 W. 156th, Westfield , (317) 896-3942. $16 per
>night on spaces with water and electricity provided. About 9 miles from
>Sustainable Earth, Inc., a 501(c)3 , not-for-profit organization committed
>to economic development through agriculture. Current projects include The
>Small Farm Development Project - building infrastructure to support small
>farm agriculture, CityFood, building a comprehensive sustainable community
>food system, and Directory of Value-Added Agriculture- crop and livestock
>strategies which support small farms and build community. Annual
>memberships $35. Donations tax deductable. Sustainable Earth, 100 Georgton
>Ct., W. Lafayette, IN 47906 (765) 463-9366, fax (497-0164, email
>Names of all registrants:_________________________________________________
>State____ Zip__________ Telephone
>Please help the caterer by indicating whether you will likely purchase food
>Fees must be enclosed. Checks payable to Sustainable Earth.
>Mail to Sustainable Earth, 100 Georgton Ct., W. Lafayette IN 47906
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