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Cultivating Lands, Nourishing Communities, Building Businesses

Urban Farming Conference The Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is a forum to share information regarding what is currently happening with urban agriculture and to map out a vision for its future in Massachusetts.

The conference is being presented by City Growers and the Urban Farming Institute (UFI) in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).

Due to the Feb 8, 2013 snowstorm, the conference is being rescheduled.
See letter following:


Greetings Urban Farming Conference Participants, 
 
We have been looking forward to presenting the Urban Farming Conference (UFC) on Saturday, February 9. Due to weather conditions, we will be rescheduling this event. 

The interest and attention to this gathering has been tremendous! As such, not only will we reschedule the UFC for Saturday, March 9, but we will relocate the UFC to a larger venue at Roxbury Community College (RCC). RCC is located just across the street from the current UFC location at the Reggie Lewis Center. This will allow us to present a greater event that many, many people (hopeful attendees and exhibitors on an extremely long wait list) have requested. We are truly excited about what is now unfolding. Thank you very much for your interest, support and understanding.

We will quickly follow up with you with confirmed details as soon as possible.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
 
Best regards,
 
The Urban Farming Conference Team
(617) 416-4915



Urban Farming Conference - "Cultivating Lands, Nourishing   Communities, Building Businesses”

Saturday, February 9, 2013, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Roxbury Community College Reggie Lewis Center, Boston, MA



View Urban Farming Conference information at MDAR


How to Register

Register through EventBrite.  The fee is $25 and there is limited seating.

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4701198411#



Welcome Ceremony Keynote Speaker:  Eliot Coleman from Four Season Farm. 

Closing Ceremony Keynote Speaker:  Malik Yakini, Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.  His theme is:  "Urban Farming Lessons from Detroit." You are invited to join with urban farming leaders representing farmers, commercial buyers, policy makers, and investors to participate in conversations about many relevant topics.

UFC interactive panels include the following:
  • Open Field Farming Techniques
  • Organic Farming Techniques and Season Extension Technologies
  • Lessons from Different Market Strategies
  • Composting: Policy, Practice and Viable Business Enterprise
  • Roof Top Techniques
  • Food System Investors Meeting
  • Urban Farming Thought Leaders: A Panel Discussion
  • Land: Strategy, Community Control, Zoning and Policy
  • Viable Enterprises Other Than Fruits and Vegetables
  • Investing in Workforce Training

UFC Conversation Leaders representing:
  • Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • City Feed and Supply
  • City Fresh Foods
  • City Growers
  • Conservation Law Foundation Ventures
  • Fair Food Network
  • Green City Growers
  • Henry P. Kendall Foundation
  • Lumiere Restaurant
  • Lufa Farms
  • MA Department of Agricultural Resources
  • MA Farm to School Project
  • New Entry Sustainable Farm Project
  • ReVision Urban Farm
  • The Food Project
  • The Trustees of Reservations
  • Urban Farming Institute
  • Wholesome Wave

For UFC questions, sponsorship, exhibiting or other inquiries, contact Crystal Johnson, ISES/Integrative Sustainability & Environmental Solutions, at Crystal@ISESplanning.com, 617-416-4915.




MDAR’s mission

Ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. MDAR has four divisions:
  • Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance,
  • Agricultural Markets,
  • Animal Health, and
  • Crop and Pest Services–
MDAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production.

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Updated:  February 8, 2013
Posted: January 21, 2013     Nancy J Conrad
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