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The Future of Soil: Ensuring Resilient Food and Agricultural Systems

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The Future of Soil: Ensuring Resilient Food and Agricultural Systems

Food security and autonomy is in serious jeopardy due to the expansion of corporate control of our seed supply. Excessive use of pesticides has led to soil degradation contributing to climate disruption, contaminated water supplies, air pollution and diminished quality of life. Our Family Farms is committed to educating our community and the agricultural industry on best practices for the important decisions we make each and every day; from the seed we buy to the food we put on our table.

This monthly series will educate farmers and businesses on how to improve the economic viability of their operations and enhance the quality of life for themselves and their employees.  

Community members and consumers will benefit from knowledge gained as to how their food is produced using both cutting edge 21st century technology and time tested farming techniques. These best practices can regenerate soil, improve yield, mitigate climate and environmental chaos, and serve as alternatives to pesticides and manufactured inorganic compounds derived from by-products of the petroleum industry.

Attendees may join us for the entire series or sign up for one or more informative and interactive sessions.

Register for the entire series for $99!  Our Family Farms member receive a $10 discount on entire series.

Register now for the Agriculture industry workshop or Community Presentations

The Future of Soil Curriculum

Series Launch: February 4, 2018  6-8 pm
Theme: History of seed, food and farming practices in Southern Oregon, Our State and Nation
Panel:  Red Earth Descendants, Prof. Vincent Smith, Seed Farmer Don Tipping, Our Family Farms
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Workshop one: February 20  
Theme: Soil is alive to nurture the next crop without added toxic chemicals.
Panel: Dr. Elaine Ingham (soil scientist)
Register for Agriculture Industry Presentation 1-5 pm or Community Presentation 6-8 pm

Workshop two: March 20  
Theme: Pest Management beyond Neonicotinoids: Predatory Insects and Regenerative Agriculture
Panel:  Jonathan Lundgren
Register for Agriculture Industry Presentation 1-5 pm or Community Presentation 6-8 pm

Workshop three: April 17
Agriculture Industry Presentation 1-5 pm; Community Presentation 6-8pm
Theme: GMO Pesticide Impacts on Farm Workers, Consumers, and the Environment
Panelists: Lisa Arkin (Beyond Toxics), Dr. Ray Seidler (retired EPA scientist), Dr. Fenske (University of Washington School of Public Health)
Register for Agriculture Industry Presentation 1-5 pm or Community Presentation 6-8 pm

Workshop four: May 15  
Agriculture Industry Presentation 1-5 pm; Community Presentation 6-8 pm
Theme: Oregon businesses and regenerative organic agriculture
Panel: manager Ashland farmers market; coop food manager, restaurateur (food integrity program), farmer; economic comments Oregon Organic Coalition program
Register for Agriculture Industry Presentation 1-5 pm or Community Presentation 6-8 pm

Workshop five: June TBA  Industry and Community together, time TBA
Theme: Seed to Table Farm Picnic;  location TBA
At this final event, we will review the highlights of the past workshops and give the opportunity for breakout sessions with farmers and consumers to discuss ways we can move forward with the information we learned over the last months. Certificates of completion will be given out.