Maree, Graham, and I finally made our way down to the mecca of organic growers in the US, the Midwest Organic Conference (http://www.mosesorganic.org/conference.html). About 3,200 organic growers, wanna-be farmers, and organic foodie types descended on LaCrosse, WI last Thursday-Saturday to take in workshops about soils and raising livestock as well as a poetry slam and a lot of organic foods and snacks.
I presented a poster as Ryan Pesch, Extension Educator, about a food survey I did in Renville County-it was not the headliner of the event-but the ideas we got for our own farm were the highlights. Since we raised three hogs last year, we appreciated the session on raising hogs on pasture and also the session on integrating CSA with other enterprises like farmers market and livestock. The presenters were doing some cool things around farm to table like making pizzas made with all-farm ingredients for on-farm dinners, but we didn’t think it was something we’d pull off for this year. Still, at the very least, we’re much more fired up about the farm season. Inspiration is great fuel!