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Winter Guild Gathering
February, 7th 2015
Harmony School (909 E. 2nd St., Bloomington)
The Local Growers Guild host’s a full day of workshops for professional growers and home gardeners. You’ll interact and learn from experts, meet new people, and have opportunities to network with a growing community focused on increasing the viability of small farms and strong local food economy. Two tracks of workshops, detailed below, will be presented by leaders in their respective areas. Attend your favorite workshops in either track throughout the day.
Bring Your Soil Questions
Bulk Order Vendors will be available all day to answer questions and help place your bulk orders. For more information on the LGG Bulk Order of soil amendments, cover crops, and produce supplies, email localgrowers at localgrowers dot org or read more online.
8:30-9:00: Sign In and Welcome
9:00-11:20: Morning Workshops
12:30-1:00: LGG Annual Meeting
1:00-5:00 Afternoon Workshops
Tickets: Members $10 in advance, $15 at door; Non-Members $15 in advance, $30 at door. Tickets are available via PayPal at localgrowers.org and at Bloomingfood’s Market & Deli. Become a LGG producer, community, or farm advocate member at our website.
Parking: Street parking is free on Saturday, but crowded. The Atwater parking garage is two blocks away at Atwater and Woodlawn (map). We like to reserve the parking lot for Winter Market customers.
Lunch: Please consider buying lunch for a Winter Market prepared foods vendor. Options include tamales, biscuits and gravy, tarts, pies, savory and sweet baked goods, pizza, granola, coffee, and more. You can also visit Elm Heights Bloomingfoods 2 blocks away or bring a picnic.
Annual Meeting: What’s the LGG doing right now? Everyone is welcome, encouraged even, to attend this over view of LGG activities and meet the board. Board members will be around through the day to hear your ideas as well.
Winter Market: Thank you to The Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market for sharing the venue. Winter Market is open Saturdays from 9 to 12:30. If you haven’t been, take afew minutes to check out the bounty of delicious locally produced foods.
Track A – Small Growers and Home Gardeners
Getting the Most Out of a Small Space – Intensive planting techniques (9-9:40)
Michael Hicks, Living Roots Ecovillage, LGG member
Jami Scholl, My Edible Eden and curriculum developer for early childhood gardening
Diagnosing and Managing Diseases and Pests Organically (9:50-10:30)
Amy Thompson, Monroe County Extension Educator
Home Scale Rabbit Raising (10:40-11:20)
Rhonda Baird, Bloomington Permaculture Guild and LGG Member
Keeping Small Herds (2:30-3:10)
Allen Kitscher, Moon Valley Farm, LGG Member
Whitney Schlegel, Marble Hill Farm, LGG Member
Track B – Farm Management
Labor on Small Farms (9-9:40)
Josh Egenolf, WE Farm, LGG Member
William Harriman, Harriman Farms
Grant Pershing, Freedom Valley Farm, LGG Member
Financial and Liability Considerations for Farmers 9:50-10:30
Elizabeth Ruh, Personal Financial Services, LGG Member
Jeremy Goodrich, Shine Insurance, LGG Member
Soil Testing, Conservation Practices, and NRCS Farm Funding (10:40-11:20)
Cara Bergschneider, NRCS Conservation Officer and Soil Scientist
Amendments for Optimal Soil Health
Panel Presentation (1:00-2:30) Additional Q&A (2:30-3:10)
Ted Stutz, Ohio Earth Foods
Jason Hobson, Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA)
Jerald Rhodes, White River Ag cover crops
Local food in Neighborhood Groceries – Needs and Processes of Local Retailers (3:15-4:30)