Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference 2016

Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

4th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference - 2016

Saturday, March 12th -  8:00 am - 5:30 pm, Northeastern University Curry Student Center, 346 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA The annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The 4th Annual Massachusetts UFC is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with leading practitioners. $50 Early Bird Registration For panel/workshop information, or sponsorship and vendor opportunities, contact Rose Arruda at MDAR: Rose.Arruda@state.ma.us Panels and Workshops at the Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference: Key Elements That Can Make Your Urban Farm More Profitable and Productive
  • Curtis Stone, Founder, Green City Acres, Kelowna, BC, Canada
Urban Food Production and Addressing Climate Change
  • Crystal Johnson, CEO/Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Strategist
  • Bruce Fulford, President, City Soil & Greenhouse, LLC
Farm Planning: What You Need to Know Before You Quit Your Job!
  • Andy Pressman, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology(NCAT), ATTRA Project
 Mushroom Cultivation: A High Value Crop in Unused Spaces
  • Willy Crosby, Co-Founder, Fungi Ally
 Every Urban Farm Needs Healthy Bees - Here’s How To Do It
  • Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, The Best Bees Company
 Health Outcomes: Urban Agriculture and Data Collection
  • Catherine Sands, Director, Fertile Ground
  • Sara Shostak, Professor, Brandeis University
  • Ruth Goldman, Merck Family Fund, Facilitator
KEYNOTE  The Cuban Agroecology Movement: Are There Lessons for Massachusetts’ Urban Farmers? Presenter: Greg Watson, Director for Policy and Systems Design | Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network at Schumacher Center for a New Economics Financing Options
  • Dorothy Suput, Founder and Executive Director, The Carrot Project
  • Dan Pullman, Managing Partner, Fresh Source Capital Fund
  • Gerard Kennedy, MDAR
  • Jon Niedzielski, Massachusetts State Executive Director, USDA – Farm Service Agency
Irrigation Systems for Urban Farms
  • Curtis Stone, Founder of Green City Acres, Kelowna, BC, Canada
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Youth Development
  • Michael Barnett  Professor of Science Education and Technology, Boston College
  • Grace Sliwoski, YouthGROW Program Coordinator, Regional Environmental Council
  • Thywill Opare, YouthGROW, Regional Environmental Council
Season Extension and Winter Growing
  • Chris Lent, Agriculture Specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology
 Land Tenure: Land Trusts and Ground Leases
  • Barbara Knecht, Project Leader Farm Site Development, Urban Farming Institute of Boston (Moderator)
  • Johanna Rosen, Program Associate, Farms for Farmers Program, Equity Trust
  • Harry Smith, Director of Sustainable Economic Development, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
  • Margaret deVos, ED, South Side Community Land Trust
How to Start a Food Forest: Practical Tips for Food Justice
  • Orion Kriegman, Director of Boston Food Forest Coalition
 Roof Top Food Production
  • Jessie Banhazl, CEO & Founder, Green City Growers
  • Lauren Rathmell, Greenhouse Director, Co-Founder, Lufa Farms
  • Edith Murnane, Facilitator
You Have the Land… Now How to Build a Farm
  • Keith Zaltzberg, Partner and Founder, Regenerative Design Group
  • Barbara Knecht, Project Leader Farm Site Development, Urban Farming Institute of Boston (Moderator)
  • Helena Farrell, Landscape Designer, UMASS Amherst
Aquaponics Workshop
  • Dr. Joe Buttner, Professor, Department of Biology, Salem State University
  • James Carnazza, President, Full Circle Earth & North Shore Aquaponics
  • Anthony Dunn, Aquaponics Educator and Developer
Alternative Markets Strategies
  • JJ Gonson, Chef and Owner, ONCE/Cuisine en Locale
  • Bayoán Rosselló-Cornier, Community Organizer & Planner, DSNI
  • Josh Trautwein, Founder,The Fresh Truck
  • Cassandria Campbell, Co-Founder, Fresh Food Generation
  • Jackson Renshaw, Co-Founder, Fresh Food Generation
  • Jamey Lionette, Operations Manager, City Growers Farm & Procurement Manager, City Fresh Foods
Investing in Your Farm: Decisions on Infrastructure, Tools, and More
  • Andy Pressman, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology
Composting: Responsible Urban Models
  • Bruce Fulford, President, City Soil & Greenhouse, LLC
Intensive Production Systems for Urban Farms
  • Curtis Stone, Founder of Green City Acres, Kelowna, BC, Canada
GAP/CQP/Food Safety/FSMA: Everything You Need To Know
  • Michael Botelho, Commonwealth Quality Program Coordinator, MDAR
Cultural Crops: Production, Markets and Profits
  • Anne Cody, Director of Development, Nuestras Raices,Holyoke
Thinking Outside the Raised Bed: "It's Not About Growing Food, It's About Community"
  • Karen Washington, Farmer and Co-Owner, Rise & Root Farm, Co-Founder BUGS(Black Urban Growers)
  • Belene Tesfaye, Director of Education, City Soil & Greenhouse
Greenhouse Design and Management
  • Chris Lent, Agriculture Specialist, National Center for Appropriate Technology
Soil Health: Testing and Interpretation Relevant to Urban Soils
  • Frank Mangan, PhD. Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass Amherst
 Getting Your Value Added Product to Market
  • Jen Faigel, Executive Director, CommonWealth Kitchen
  • Nico Lustig, Food Business Development Specialist, Franklin County CDC
  • Seth Morrison, Commissary Manager, CommonWealth Kitchen
 Crunching Numbers to Crush Your Season
  • Curtis Stone, Founder of Green City Acres, Kelowna, BC, Canada
 Get Your Farm Business  on Solid Legal Ground with a 1-on-1 Attorney Consultation
  • Jonathan Klavens, Principal, Klavens Law Group, P.C. 
  • Lori Yarvis, Partner, Archstone Law Group, PC
  • Joshua D. Fox, Partner, Wilmer Cutler
  • Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Closing Keynote Panel: Community Organizing and Supporting Urban Farming

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