Rushville Republican

Agriculture

December 27, 2013

Conference to build on successes of Indiana small farms

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Three keynote speakers are scheduled:

* Sarah Aubrey of Monrovia, Ind., owner of Prosperity Consulting, a funding opportunities firm that assists entrepreneurs and small farmers in securing funds from a variety of foundations, agencies and other organizations.

* Diana Prichard, a mother, author, blogger, speaker and small farmer from north of Lansing, Mich.

* Tom McConnell, small-farm program leader at West Virginia University. He will bring his perspective on the importance of small farms in West Virginia, where 98.2 percent of the farms are small farms. That is the highest percentage in the nation.

Registration is $150 per person for both days or $100 per person for one day. To accommodate families, there is a discounted fee for additional attendees from the same family, and youth under 13 can attend for free. Fees include conference materials and a lunch each day featuring Indiana-raised foods.

A new feature will be two pre-conference workshops on Feb. 20

* Growing Organic Workshop, covering many questions fruit and vegetable growers have about growing organically.

* Dairy Meat Processing and Direct Marketing Tour to Trader’s Point Creamery in Zionsville and Moody’s Meats and processing in Ladoga. Participants will hear from the owners on topics such as production, processing and direct marketing to consumers.

An additional fee of $50 for participants of the pre-conference workshops ($30 for each additional family member 13 and older) will cover lunch, workshop materials and transportation.

For more information, including how to register for the conference and pre-conference workshops, visit the Purdue Small Farms and Sustainable Agriculture Extension Team website at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/smallfarms. Information also is available by calling the Purdue Extension hotline toll-free at 888-EXT-INFO (398-4636).

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