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4th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

March 12, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

$50

4th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

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 UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships.

The UFC brings together participants representing all aspects of Urban Farming including, but not limited to, farmers (including roof top, chicken, bees, etc.), land trust managers, policy makers, commercial buyers, foundations, investors and all others. The 4th Annual Massachusetts UFC, building on the success of our past events, is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders and fantastic networking opportunities.

 

   “Early Bird Registration”: $50.00 (Until February 19, 2016)

Group Rate: 5 or more adults (18+) 20% off current ticket price

Youth Rate available, please inquire for either:

For general information, sponsor or vendor information please contact Rose:

rose.arruda@state.ma.us

**Refunds available until March 6, 2016.  By registering to attend the UFC, all participants acknowledge, understand and agree to being photographed or recorded for all purposes, including UFC related promotional use and that panels are subject to change.

 

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

CLOSING PANEL:

Community Organizing and Supporting Urban Farming;  Discussion on Social Justice, Economics, Food Sovereignty and Race with Karen Washington, Farmer and Activist, NYC

Panels:

(subject to change at any time)

Session 1     8:45-9:45 AM

  • Profitable Urban Farming: $75K on 1/3 of an Acre
  • Urban Food Production and Addressing Climate Change
  • Farm Planning: What You Need to Know Before You Quit Your Job!
  • Mushrooms: Farm Scale Production
  • Healthy Bees and Other Pollinators
  • Health Outcomes: Urban Agriculture and Data Collection

KEYNOTE  9:55-11:00 AM        

Session 2     11:10-12:10 PM

  • Financing Options
  • Irrigation Systems for Urban Farms
  • Thinking Outside the Raised Bed: “It’s Not About Growing Food, It’s About Community”
  • Season Extension and Winter Growing
  • Land Tenure: Land Trusts and Ground Leases
  • How to Start a Food Forest: Practical Tips for Food Justice
  • Roof Top Farming

Lunch, Networking, Vendors   12:15-1:30 PM

Session 3   1:30-2:30 PM

  • You Have the Land… Now How to Build a Farm
  • Aquaponics Workshop
  • Alternative Markets: Systems and Strategies
  • Investing in Your Farm: Decisions on Infrastructure, Tools, and More
  • Composting: Responsible Urban Models
  • Intensive Production Systems for Urban Farms
  • GAP/CQP/Food Safety/FSMA: Everything You Need To Know

Session 4      2:45-3:45 PM

  • Cultural Crops: Production, Markets and Profits
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Youth Development
  • Greenhouse Design and Management
  • Soil Health: Testing and Interpretation Relevant to Urban Soils
  • Getting Your Value Added Product to Market
  • The Business of Farming: Analyze Spreadsheets, Data & Fast Track Your Success
  • Legal Workshop

Break/Vendors   3:45-4:15 PM

Closing Panel     4:15-5:15  

Confernence Ends: 5:30 PM

Venue

Northeastern University
116 Forsyth St.
Boston, MA United States

Organizer

Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

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