Local and Organic Food to the Rescue with Keynote Speaker Joel SalatinFriday & Saturday, March 5th & 6th, 2010 from 8 am - 5 pm Cool Springs Marriott: 700 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin, TN 37067 TOGA's yearly gathering has been expanded to two days of educational workshops, speakers and farm tours, capped with a keynote address by author, activist and farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. The conference begins at noon on Friday with an afternoon touring local farms that specialize in producing products for local direct sales, ranging from animal to mushroom production, and all practicing organic and sustainable methods. Bus transportation is provided for the tours, which conclude at 5 p.m.
A full day of workshops starts on Saturday at the Cool Springs Marriott with a welcoming breakfast session at 8:30 a.m. Professional farmers, hobby farmers, backyard gardeners and local food enthusiasts alike will find sessions that fit their skill level and areas of interest, and range from urban farming, mushroom production, organic fruit production, beekeeping to local food systems and more.
Taking a mid-day break from workshops, attendees will enjoy lunch provided by Whole Foods Market. Complimenting lunch, keynote speaker Joel Salatin will inspire the crowd, addressing the importance and implications of creating strong regional food systems based on sustainable and organic growing methods.
For more information or to register for the conference visit the TN Organic Growers web site: www.tnorganics.org