Friday, February 7, 2014

2014 Healthy Farms Conference Breakout Sessions V

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Breakout Sessions
Saturday, February 15th. 11:0am. 

Hugelkultur. Ross Brockley

Is Hugelkultur just burying wood and stuff in the ground and planting something on top of it? Yes! Join Lincoln area vegetable grower and stand-up comedian Ross Brockley while he shares his experience with this growing technique.

About Ross: Ross Brockley and his wife operate Farmacueticals, a CSA and have been growing vegetables for 12 years. 

Whole Food Systems as a Tool for Rural Economic Development. Harold Stone

Over the past 3 years, Stones Thoreau – Farm to Market, Inc. has worked to develop diverse food based opportunities in the communities surrounding Davenport, NE. These enterprises optimize rural market niches while remaining nimble to capitalize on new prospects for business development.

About Harold: Dr. Harold L. Stone, owner of Stones Thoreau – Farm to Market, Inc. and South Maple Street Farmers Market and Commercial Kitchen is implementing food-based strategies to restore vitality to rural communities.  His primary focus is to create a replicable whole food system that will serve as an economic engine for development in rural food deserts. For over 30 years Dr. Stone, has been a professor of Regional Planning, a Cooperative Extension Associate in Soil and Crop Science at Texas A&M University, and supervised the preservation of historic structures in Washington, DC for the National Park Service.

Telling Our Farm and Ranch Stories. Twyla Hansen

Everyone has a story to tell about their life on the land. In this session we will explore ways to start writing your own stories of what really happens out there, using a process of guided exercises. Beginner-friendly and interactive; bring your own writing tools.

About Twyla: Twyla Hansen is co-author of four organic farming NebGuides, and has published articles on sustainable agriculture and six books of poetry, winning the Nebraska Book Award in 2012 and 2004. She is a creative writer presenter in schools and libraries through Humanities Nebraska. Her BS (Horticulture) and MAg (Agroecology) are from UNL. Twyla grew up in Burt County on land her grandparents farmed as immigrants from Denmark in the late 1800s. She works and lives in Lincoln, where her wild acre earned the Mayor’s Landscape Conservation Award in 1994.

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