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31 Jan 2010


2010 Michigan Organic Conference Schedule
The Michigan Food and Farm Alliance (MOFFA) will sponsor the Michigan Organic Conference on March 5 and 6 at the Kellogg Convention and Hotel Center located on the Michigan State University Campus in East Lansing MI. This Year's conference is titled Michigan Organic: Seeds, Soil, and Health and features keynote addresses fromJeffrey Smith from the Insititute of Responsible Technology and C.R. Lawn of Fedco Seeds and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). The conference will also include educational sessions, and organic luncheon, exhibits and the popular "Taste of Michigan" event.The conference is dedicated in memory of long time MOFFA board members and Michigan organic activists Doug Murray and Nancy Jones-Keiser. Download  a conference flyer, conference schedule or conference registration form. Please visit our online registration page and confernece sponsor page for more information.




Friday March 5, 2010


An Evening with Jeffrey M. Smith

7:00PM “Don’t Put That in Your Mouth: The Health Dangers of the Genetically Modified Foods You’re Eating” (Kellogg Center Auditorium)

8:30PMCatered Reception and Book-signing



Saturday March 6, 2010


Michigan Organic: Seeds, Soil and Health

8:00AM-11:00AM            Registration (Big Ten B)

8:00AM-5:00PM            Exhibits (Big Ten C)

8:30AM            Welcome Address (Auditorium)

8:45AM            Keynote Address (Auditorium)

Jeffrey M. Smith, “Arming the Choir: How We Can Kick Out GMOs (REALLY!)”

9:45AM            Break (Big 10 C)

10:15AM-11:00AM                  Concurrent Sessions

Inside the Seed Company
C.R. Lawn

The Challenges and Rewards of Organic Soil

Farmer Panel
The Importance of Soil Testing
Joe Scrimger

"Politically Correct" Nutrition on Trial, The Evidence Part I

Birgit McQuiston R.N., C.N.
Beyond the Soil

Susan Cocciarelli and Colleen Matts

Film Festival: Grown in Detroit

Chris Bedford

11:15AM-12:00PM                  Concurrent Sessions

Global Seed Companies: Who owns what?

Dr. Phil Howard

Planning and Selection of Organic Vegetables for Four Season Vegetable Gardening

Dr. John Biernbaum
Soil Biology Basics
Dr. Stuart Grandy

Part II:  The "Politically IN-Correct" Option. 

Birgit McQuiston R.N., C.N.

Intergenerational Farming Panel Discussion

Beginning and Veteran Organic Farmer Panel

Film Festival: Organic Food and the Transition to an Petroleum Free Society - Chris Bedford

12:15PM            Organic Luncheon (Big Ten A)

1:45PM            Keynote Address (Auditorium)

C.R. Lawn, “Growing Habitat: Embracing Biodiversity”

2:45PM            Break (Big 10 C)

3:15PM-4:00PM                  Concurrent Sessions

The Challenge of Finding Organic Seeds

Farmer Panel

Making Soil Biology Work For YOU!

Researcher/Consultant Panel
The Healing Garden
Nancy Duman R.N.

The Benefits of the Farmers Market: Experience in Healthcare

Eileen Miskiewicz R.N.

Creative Solutions for Farmland Acquisition Part I

Beginning and Veteran Organic Farmer Panel

Film Festival: Farmers Markets and the Organic Food Revolution - Chris Bedford

4:15PM-5:00PM                  Concurrent Sessions

Seed Production and Ethics
C.R. Lawn

Compost Utilization and Availability

Brad Morgan

The Writing's on the Wall:  Let's Get A Round TO IT!

Nancy Lee Bently

Status and Availbility of Fresh Non-Processed Organic Whole Milk

Ted and Peggy Beals

Creative Solutions for Farmland Acquisition Part II

Beginning and Veteran Organic Farmer Panel

Film Festival: Organic Food and the Local Food Revolution

Chris Bedford

5:00PM-6:30PM                  Taste of Michigan Local Organic Foods (Big 10 B&C)


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