Friday, December 19, 2014

Organic Farmers and Gardeners, Save the Dates!

January 17-18, 2015 and January 26-27, 2015

For the first time in Tallahassee, two upcoming multi-day sessions will include workshops and farm tours with two of our country's most knowledgeable leaders in the fields of Agroecology principles and implementation, sustainable organic agriculture, and sustainable food systems---sometimes called simply Earth and Agriculture Restoration.  Enhance your knowledge, claim your local place through these crucial and timely capacity building sessions: You will learn how conventional GMO agricultural strategies impact our local non-GMO agricultural farms and environment.  Learn agroecological principles and application to design biodiverse, resilient farms. Discover soil enhancing and soild remediation techniques.  Learn critical methods to assess and strengthen sustainability and soil remediation techniques.   Learn critical methods to assess and strengthen sustainability of farms/gardens and local food sovereignty.  We can restore our waters, our soil, and our health.  Learn more about how, at these 2015 Sustainable Development Sessions.  Registration through Eventbrite and additional information coming soon.

Provided in collaboration with FAMU StateWide Small Farm Programs,
PGG, Local Small Farmers, and Community Collaborators.

January 17-18, 2015
Agroecology and Food Sovereignty/Dr. Miguel Altieri
Dr. Alteri has been a Professor of Agroecology at UC Berkeley since 1981 in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.  He received his education at the University of Chile, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Florida.   He is author of more than 230 publications, and numerous books including Agroecology:  The Science of Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity, Pest Management in Agroecosystems, and Agroecology and the Search for a Truly Sustainable Agriculture

January 26-27, 2015

Agroecology—Healthy Farms, Healthy Lives/Dr. Don Huber and Jim Gerristen
Dr. Huber will examine the impact of GMOs and Glyphosate on soil, plant, animal and human health; Best Management Practices.  Dr. Huber is Emeritus Professor at Purdue University in Botany and Plant Pathology and an internationally recognized plant pathologist  whose research has focused on the epidemiology and control of soil-borne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology, cultural and biological controls, and physiology of host parasite relationships.  Dr. Huber has issued stern warnings about shockingly devastating effects of genetically engineered food crops.  Gerristen is a long-time organic farmer from Maine with extensive experience with potatoes which are also suitable for growing in our area. He is currently President of the national organization, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), and has been active for many years in efforts to enact laws and obtain rulings to label GMO seeds and foods.  Jim was named as one of 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World by Utne Reader magazine in January 2014.

Both events will be held at:
FAMU Viticulture Center, 6506 Mahan Drive,
 Tallahassee, Florida  32317
For more information:
Jennifer Taylor 850-879-6895 or Sue Hansen 850-264-5929

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