Thursday, January 29, 2015

Healthy Farms Conference Breakout Sessions I

Managing Organics: Food Waste as Opportunities & Challenges. Kay Stevens & Adam Siegert

Kay Stevens will make the case will make a case for development of a model food waste supply analysis that challenges historic assumptions about ‘efficient’  waste management & proposes an innovative method for measuring & managing wastes based on collaboration, responsible management & accurate data. Adam Sagert will make the case for composting organics based on the economic & environmental benefits describe the methodology & outcomes of the 2014 Pilot Project, the HDR headquarters’ Zero Waste efforts & outline future goals and objectives.

About: Kay Stevens, Project Coordinator with No More Empty Pots in Omaha.

About: Adam Sagert, founder of WeCompost, a start-up in Omaha that collects food waste from residential and commercial customers.,

Urban Community Gardening Inititiative. Big Garden & City Sprouts.

About:  Cait Caughey is the Education & Programming Coordinator at The Big Garden, a network of over 100 urban and rural gardens in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas. She has written a 10-week children & youth curriculum focused on sustainable urban agriculture, and teaches at Big Garden sites in the Omaha-metro May through October. Her main focus is equipping gardeners with the skills they need to have healthy, bio-diverse gardens that use organic growing practices. She is also a farmer and runs Botna Burrow in Hancock, Iowa with her partner Tyler Magnuson & their kids.

Cultivation Story: The Role of Art in Agriculture. Amanda Breitbach

Agriculture is more than an industry – it reflects a culture's value system and way of life. Session participants will explore how art can tell a meaningful story about agriculture using personal and communal narratives. Together, they will view visual and audio art and discuss how art can be used to communicate ideas about people and land.

About:  Amanda is a graduate student in photography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She grew up on a family farm in eastern Montana, and her research examines the relationships between people and land.

Farms in the Media: How to get the Word out. Summer Miller

Summer Miller will share her own experiences as a food and agriculture journalist and author. She will also provide information on how to define your own farm story and bring it to the media.

About:  Summer is a freelance food writer and author based just outside the urban fringes of Omaha, Nebraska. Her writing has appeared in SAVEUR, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Edible Omaha, Edible Feast, Nebraska Life, Omaha Magazine, and The Reader. Her first book, New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers and Artisans of the Great Plains, was heralded by Oprah Winfrey's private chef as "more than a cookbook -- it's a love letter to the heartland." It is currently available for pre-order on and slated for nationwide release in May.

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