Organic Farming Conference highlights family farms

Organic Farming Conference highlights family farms

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In a community of many small-scale farms, it is common knowledge the family working together is what really makes things work. The sixth annual Organic Farming Conference will address the many facets of these farms on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11 and 12 at the Mt. Hope Event Center in Mt. Hope.

When most people think of living organic, they think of food, and food is very much a part of this conference. The meals served are produced using organic and mostly local sources.

A local farm family raised the pork that’s on the menu for Thursday, and the free-range broilers for Friday are likewise from a local farm. The vegetables used that aren’t grown locally will be sourced by the Wayne County co-op, Greenfield Farms. The morning break refreshments are organic cheese from Organic Valley and chocolate milk from Greenfield Farms.

However, people can live a more organic lifestyle in many other ways too. Living an organic way means doing your best to live a healthy lifestyle while also doing your part to take care of the natural environment.

The conference emphasizes the role of women involved in the farming life. Most are a part of running the dairy, the sheep flock, raising produce and chasing heifers, but their role in making the farm a success and a home goes far beyond that. The conference is aware of this, and besides just practical topics, there also are sessions catering to women.

Starting Thursday at 9 a.m., there will be sessions on the hour from presenters sharing their thoughts and ideas on a range of subjects.

On Friday the sessions will start at 9 a.m. with being creative with apples. Then there will be a panel at 10 a.m. with three farm wives discussing multiple topics. From doctoring sick calves to baking homemade bread, the subjects are still being decided upon.

As with past organic conferences, there will an Organic Home section where many tables will be on display and someone will be on hand to demonstrate or explain what they have to offer. All tables will be open on both days with special demos.

There will be a room available for mothers to feed and/or tuck their babies down for naps; sleeping cribs and rocking chairs are included.

To get a schedule of the events, call 330-674-1892 or visit www.organicfarmingconf.com. The cost is $40 per person at the door. It is $20 for one day or $30 for both days if you preregister by Oct. 23.