From strategies that can strengthen Indiana farms to inspired ideas for urban agriculture across the state, the Purdue Extension Indiana Small Farm Conference connects producers on backroads and busy streets to expert information and to each other. The 2019 conference and trade show will be held from Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, Ind.
Registration for the conference is now open at purdue.ag/sfc The 2019 Indiana Small Farm Conference begins on Feb. 28 with a series of daylong workshops and tours. Workshop topics include: “Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers”, “Mushrooms, Molds and Mycorrhizae: A Fungal Immersion Course,” and “Successful Biological Orcharding.” Two tours will be available: a butcher shop and livestock processing tour with Moody’s Butcher Shop, Smoking Goose and more; and an agritourism farm tour encompassing Hunter’s Honey Farm, Chandlers Orchard and Country Market and Mallow Run Winery. (Additional costs apply for the agritourism tour. Please see the registration page for details.)
Breakout sessions on March 1 and 2 will cover a variety of topics, including food safety, farm management, value-added products like herbs and oils, pest control, price trends, poultry, high tunnels, marketing, infrastructure, disease management, policy and diversity. Keynote speakers for the 2019 conference are: Michael Phillips (March 1) of Lost Nation Orchard, whose “Soil Redemption Song” encourages farmers to more deeply consider the role of soil biology in healthy crops. Also speaking will be Karen Washington (March 2) of Rise & Root Farm. A New York native and urban agriculture advocate, Washington has pioneered access to fresh, locally grown food for large metro populations.
Vendors will display a wide range of agricultural equipment, products and services during a trade show March 1 and 2 in the facility’s exhibit hall. For conference attendees registering before Feb. 4, admission is $75 for one day, $135 for two days and $190 for three days. After Feb. 4, admission is $90, $162 and $228. Admission for children age 18 and younger is $20, 35 and $45 before Feb. 4 and $24, $42 and $54 after Feb. 4.
One discounted registration fee for your plus-one – such as a spouse / partner or someone who works on your farm – is available at $50, $100 or $140 before Feb. 4. Plus-one prices are $60, $120 or $168 after Feb. 4. Any additional attendees beyond a plus-one pay for full admission. For more information – or to sign up – visit the Indiana Small Farm Conference website at purdue.ag/sfc.