Monday September 17 - Hilton UF Conference Center - Gainesville, Florida

Sessions & Topics Subject to Change

Ute Albrecht

Ute Albrecht

Learn from citrus greening experts from the University of Florida and Uncle Matt’s Organic about the current state of the citrus greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB), disease in Florida, the importance of the citrus industry to the state and nation, and the latest research efforts to recover production. This panel will discuss the developments of promising new rootstock varieties, organic management practices, and ongoing education and extension efforts.  Dr. Ute Albrecht (pictured here) is an Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology at the UF Southwest Florida Research & Education Center in Immokalee, FL. Dr. Tripti Vashisth is an Assistant Professor of Horticultural Sciences and a Citrus Extension Specialist at the UF Citrus Research and Education Center Lake Alfred, FL. Mr. Ben McLean III is the Vice President of Uncle Matt’s Organic, the nation’s oldest organic orange juice company. Please come prepared with any questions you may have regarding citrus production in Florida for our panel of experts!

Metamorphosis: Composting Organically 

 Herman Holley & Sundiata Ameh-El

Learn about the process of composting organically, methods for creating compost, types of farm-scale equipment used, managing a compost system, the beneficial uses of compost,  application methods, and much more from experienced organic farmer and self-professed ‘composting missionary’

5 Steps to a food justice farm 

Elizabeth Henderson, Eugenia Economos, & Pia Desangles

Join the movement of family-scale farms who are following Food Justice guidelines and demonstrate to your customers and workers that you follow best practices when it comes to running a fair and safe business. Elizabeth Henderson and members of the Farmworker Association of Florida will discuss the historical roots of exploitation of and current conditions for farmworkers in conventional agricultural production,  and then  guide you through the steps to creating a farm based on quality health and justice standards, including -  employment policies, safety planning, conflict resolution, wage structure and pricing that are the foundation of food justice, and lastly incorporating ideas from a local agroecology project.

Urban Agriculture

Michael Meier & Caroline Chomanics

Climate Change

Dr. Robert Kluson & Lynn Steward

Growing Under Cover

Dr. Ayanava Majumdar & Jim Gibbons

Seed Saving

Angie Lavezzo & Bill Kozakas

Cost of Production

Dr. Erin Silva

Diversifying your farm

Noah Shitama

Florida's Emerging Crops

Dr. Jennifer Gillett-KaufmanDr. Tripti Vashisth & Dr. Brantlee Spakes-Richter

Community Supported Agriculture

Elizabeth Henderson & Noah Shitama

Soil Health & Management

Mark Kopecky & Dr. Erin Silva

Healthy soils are the foundation of all organic farming systems.  Healthy soils grow healthy plants, to provide healthy food and feed for people and livestock, to help make us (and our world) healthier, too.  We’ll talk about how the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil interact and how we can use natural systems and management practices to keep our soils as healthy as possible. We’ll cover topics including soil tilth, fertility, nutrient cycling, managing organic matter, and cover crops in this session.  Bring your questions and your willingness to share your experiences. Whether you’re a beginning organic farmer or have lots of experience, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn from each other.

Raising Ruminants & Poultry Organically

Gerry Cohn & Linda Hart

Come learn all you need to know to raise ruminants and poultry organically.  This interactive session will cover the art and science of organic livestock production from the ground up.  Agronomy and soil fertility, forages and grazing, nutrition and herd health, housing and animal care, organic certification and marketing.  Bring your questions and your willingness to share your experiences. This session will help everyone from beginner to grizzled veteran learn more about organic livestock principles and opportunities.

Farm Policy

Marty Mesh Sarah Hackney

Food Safety Modernization Act

Ram Balasubramanian & Mario Velasco

developing your Farm Marketing Plan

Kevin Althearn & Jenny Franklin

Pest Mangement

Dr. Oscar Liburd & Jordan Brown

The National Organic Program

Jenny Tucker