Farmer to Farmer Conference
Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors and Major Funders
November 1-5, 2021
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Virtual Zoom Sessions
November 7, 2021
In-Person Farm Tours and Gatherings
MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics and profound discussions. The conference offerings are based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners. Conference speakers include prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators and other agricultural professionals. Our unique workshop session format presents talks by both agricultural service professionals and farmers, and then opens up to a farmer discussion that capitalizes on the knowledge of all in attendance.
Learn from and engage with speakers who are farmers and service providers, including peers and mentors from across Maine, Vermont and Pennsylvania.
We will feature in-person farm tours across the state and a virtual soils intensive on carbon sequestration led by Dr. Gladis Zinati of Rodale Institute on Saturday, November 6.
2021 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Gladis Zinati, Rodale Institute
Saturday Intensive – Saturday, November 6, 2021
Carbon Farming, aka Soil Carbon Sequestration
All creatures, from humans to plants to soil bacteria, require carbon as “an energy currency” in one form or another to sustain life on earth. In this half-day workshop, Dr. Gladis Zinati will discuss carbon sequestration; the various ways of managing farmland to build soil carbon; the ecological benefits associated with carbon sequestration, such as an increase in soil health, plant growth and yield, and overall human health; and the overall contribution to economic viability.
Keynote – Monday, November 1, 2021
Linking Soil Health to Plant Health: Connecting the Dots
A healthy soil provides many functions that support plant growth, nutrient cycling, biological control of plant pests and regulation of water and air supply. Management practices as well as environmental factors play a role in building or declining soil health and consequently these factors impact plant health and nutrient density in harvested vegetables. Dr. Gladis Zinati will elaborate on the factors that led to the less nutrient-dense crops that we currently produce and provide insights on how to produce nutrient-dense crops that enhance human health from the long-term Vegetable Systems Trial she is directing at Rodale Institute.
Bio for Dr. Gladis Zinati:
Dr. Gladis Zinati is the director of the Vegetable Systems Trial at Rodale Institute and a soil scientist and horticulturist. Her research focuses on linking soil health to crop and human health by evaluating the impact of cropping systems and management practices on nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration and vegetable nutrient density.
Dr. Zinati has 30 years of experience conducting research on no-till practices, fertilizers, cover crops, compost formulations and biological tools to improve soil and crop health.
Prior to joining Rodale Institute in 2012, Dr. Zinati served as an extension specialist for nursery crops at Rutgers University, and a postdoctoral research scientist and project manager at the University of Florida.
Dr. Zinati earned her Ph.D. in soil fertility-soil science from Michigan State University; a M.S. in horticulture from the American University of Beirut; and a B.S. in general agriculture and agriculture engineering from the American University of Beirut.
MORE CONFERENCE INFORMATION TO COME SOON!
(Including session and farm tour information.)
Exhibitors & Sponsors
Monday, November 2
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Keynote: Climate Change, Resilience and the Future of Food by Laura Lengnick
Session Block I
Ben Whalen, Bumbleroot Farm
Trent Emery, Emery Farm
Kristina Kalolo, Market Manager of Liberation Farms
Caitlin Frame, The Milkhouse
Josh Jennings, Meadow’s Mirth Farm (Three River Farmers Alliance)
Wednesday, November 4
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Session Block II
Polly Shyka, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Farm Coach Speaker
Charlotte Smith, 3 Cow Marketing
James Gagne, Dickey Hill Farm
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Session Block III
Anu Rangarajan, Cornell University
Jennifer Hashley, Tufts University
Heron Breen, Fedco Seeds
Peter Zuck, Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Dr. Alix Contosta, Earth Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire
Richard Roberts, Maine Grain Alliance
Ellen Mallory, University of Maine
Lisa Kissing Kucek, U.S. Dept. of Ag.
Friday, November 6
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Session Block IV
Becky Sideman, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
Daniel Yoder and Nathaniel Gorlin-Crenshaw, Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Rachel Schattman, University of Maine
Rhiannon Hampson, Grace Pond Farm