Largest U.S. Organic Farming Event Sets Attendance Record
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More than 3,600 people attended the 27th MOSES Organic Farming Conference on the last February week in La Crosse, WI, setting an attendance record and reflecting the country’s growing interest in organic food and sustainable farming practices. According to Growing Produce participants from every state and around the globe took part in the three-day event, which was organized by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).
During the event, keynote speakers Mary Jo Forbord and Eric Lee-Mäder both spoke about environmental concerns and called for farm policies that support organic practices to protect people’s health and the planet’s water resources, soil and wildlife.
The annual event began with an award ceremony for the 2016 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year: Steve Pincus and Beth Kazmar from Evansville, WI. These certified organic farmers, owners of Tipi Produce, are known for growing sweet carrots and other produce sold at food co-ops in Madison and Milwaukee. The couple also packs 500 boxes a week for members of their farm’s CSA. They are committed to nurturing both the land they farm and the farmhands who help them – three of their employees have been working with them for more than 10 years, and one has been employed with Tipi Produce for 20 years.
In addition to 65 workshops and 10 all-day courses, the conference featured a two-floor exhibit hall with more than 180 vendors offering products and services to support organic farming. The MOSES Organic Farming Conference will return to La Crosse from the 23rd to the 25th of February 2017.
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