Bringing Back the American Small Farm Conference

THURSDAY, MARCH 08, 2018     

TimeSession Polyface You        * EXCLUSIVE TICKET *        Lunch is included in ticket priceLocation
8:00 - 9:00 AM Exclusive
Overview of Polyface Principles   Joel Salatin
What has made Polyface successful?  In this look behind the curtain, Joel explains the ecological, economic, and emotional underpinnings that built the farm business. This includes creating an environment that not only provides opportunities on the farm for the next generation, but makes that opportunity attractive.  From simple ecological principles like animal movement and in-situ carbon cycling to renting rather than buying, this session brings together a context to incubate successful multi-generational farm businesses.
9:00 - 9:10        Break

9:10 - 10:10   Exclusive
 Wanting to Farm- Getting a Foot Hold     Daniel Salatin
Enjoy a walk though Daniel's first hand experience getting started in farming.
From young to old- getting started is, well,  getting started.  Learn ways to start small.  Do your own R and D. Find ways to build your "farm" on others land and/or operation, as well as finding ways to reuse or add uses to existing land and infrastructure.  
Look at ways to work with family, other land owners and become a better farmer/person/leader.
10:10 - 10:20        Break

10:20- 11:20  Exclusive
 Marketing Overview: Why Farmers Should Market     Sheri Salatin
You have spent all your blood sweat and tears creating the world's best products only to lose your profits to the vilified middle man. Sheri will share about her experience with capturing the entire retail dollar for your products and down-to-earth tips on catching and keeping customers for your farm. 
11:20-11:30       Break

11:30 - 12:00Exclusive
Q & A  Joel, Daniel, and Sheri Salatin

12:00- 1:30  PMExclusive

Keynote Luncheon   Going Full Time With Your Part-Time Farm   Joel Salatin                                Too many wannabee farmers feel trapped in a farmer’s body paying bills with off-farm incomes. Scaling up with emotional, economic, and environmental integrity requires specific techniques like stacking, value adding, diversifying, and building multiple use infrastructures. You don’t need to own land to farm; all the infrastructure and customers are portable. Capital payback leases and other techniques can propel your farm to a white collar salary.
Exhibit   Hall
*General Ticket*
Conference Workshops Begin  
 1:30- 2:30 1-1ARadical Rabbits    Daniel Salatin
A how to talk about rabbits- a great add on to any farm business or hobby farm.
They are a low cost, fast turn around time. High protein return for not a lot of time.  Fast multiplication and easy marketing make them a winner for the full and part time farmer alike.
Daniel has over 25 years of experience with meat rabbits.  Starting with just 2 does and 1 buck to selling over 1,000 fryers in a year.  At the same time working on a breed that performs with a large grass diet and no pharmaceuticals.  
Rabbits- an over looked livestock that could be your game changer.
 1-1BAgri-tourism   Scott McWilliams   McWilliams Pumpkin Patch
What is Agri-tourism to you? Marketing your farm, your production, and your skills. 
How do you sustain/maintain this business?
The costs and opportunities of an old big red barn event center.   
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 1-1C    Beginning Farmer Certificate Program Part 1
Farming – The First Steps       Presenter: Amy Patillo
The 4 P’s – purpose, plan, product, people 
Inventory your resources, the business plan, build skills through education and training, set up your business finance, your business access to land and capital, risk management, ag suitability site. 
              1-1DHigh Tunnels Introduction  Norm Kilmer, Morgan County Seed  
Help to make a wise choice in purchasing a tunnel, props to demonstrate different types of tunnels and what to grow in your new tunnel.
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  1-1EGarlic and Profits   Patrick Byers    Regional Horticulture Specialist - Southwest Region
“Garlic offers opportunities for farmers, both beginning and experienced.  Garlic production is straightforward, and many types of both hardneck and softneck gourmet garlic are well suited for the Ozarks.  Marketing opportunities abound – farmers markets, CSA’s, restaurant and grocery stores, and those producing value added products are clamoring for local garlic.  Garlic is well suited for internet sales, and bulbs will keep for extended sales into the winter.  Join Patrick Byers, MU Extension, for information on growing and marketing garlic, and learn about the garlic cultivar trials and garlic planting date trials.”
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  1-1F Honey - Value Added Products from your Honey Hives     Corinne Collins
An overview of what  “Value Added” products are from Beekeeping.
 2:30-3:00                 Break      Visit With Vendors 
3:00- 4:00  1-2ABeginning Farmer Certificate Program Part 2
Farming – Marketing is Key    Presenter: Patrick Byers
Direct marketing – farmers markets, on farm, PYO, CSA, internet
Wholesale marketing – schools, institutions, grocery stores, produce auction, restaurants,
value added products.
          1-2BMarketing     Sheri Salatin
More in depth aspects of marketing your product(s) using the electronic interface for the rural/urban connection, including the tensions, limitations, and opportunities to get our country stuff into the city.

             1-2CIntroduction to Hydroponics    Jennifer Morganthaler   Craig Jennings
Introduction to Hydroponics will discuss the history of hydroponics, the advantages and disadvantages.  Basics needed to start a system will be covered as well as the different types of growing systems. A closer look at the growing substrates, supplemental lighting and nutrients as well as how nutrients are prepared and managed.  General information on how to get started with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers will also be covered.

            1-2DNo-Till Farming     Patrice Gros
A practical summary of all necessary steps to build and cultivate soil without machinery.
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  1-2EGrowing Seed for the Small Farm & Market Garden   Jill Henderson
Growing seed for your small farm or market garden can reduce input costs and dependence on outside seed sources while providing high-quality, locally-adapted seeds that can bring added income and diversity to your current operation. In this presentation, local author Jill Henderson will discuss the various aspects of growing seed as part of your business and the seed-saving fundamentals you need to get growing this year.
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4:00- 4:20     Break       Visit With Vendors 
4:20 - 5:00  General Wrap up with Joel, Daniel and Sheri   Evaluations Raffle PrizesTheater
6:00               MSU-WP Meet and Greet with Speakers at Missouri State University, Lybyer, Room 103