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Learn more about our keynote speakers and explore the twelve tracks that are offered during the 2022 Indiana Small Farm Conference below.

This page will be updated regularly with up-to-date information about the 2022 Indiana Small Farm Conference.

Thursday, March 3 Keynote Speaker: Malik Yakini

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Malik Kenyatta Yakini is co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN).  DBCFSN operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of the Detroit Food Commons, the new building that will house the Detroit People's Food Co-op, a cooperatively grocery store in Detroit’s North End.  Yakini views the work of DBCFSN as part of the larger movement for building power, self-determination, and justice. He is adamantly opposed to the system of white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy.  He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Blacks communities in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.   He is a founding member of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance.

Keynote Speaker: Genesis McKiernan-Allen and Liz Brownlee

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Genesis McKiernan-Allen, Full Hand Farm

Genesis McKiernan-Allen and Liz Brownlee are the founders of the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition, an organization that is building connection and collaboration among farmers across Indiana. They are themselves farmers who, along with their husbands Eli and Nate, have operated 2 successful farms (Full Hand Farm and Nightfall Farm) since 2012 and 2013. Liz and Genesis will share insights about how creating community among diverse farmers is critical to supporting more successful farms in our state, and will outline the ways in which farmers, food councils and farming organizations are coming together to help Indiana’s food system mature and thrive.  They will share what’s planned (so far!)  for the next few years and seek input from conference attendees to help further shape the future of food and farming in Indiana.

Twelve Tracks

Learn more about the twelve tracks that are being offered during the conference:

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Value Added

The Value Added tracks will provide an insight on how your operation can utilize different methods to enhance or extend value to your farm products. Both workshops will allow you to learn from individuals who have worked with or have been successful in this area.

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Livestock

Livestock sessions at the 2022 Indiana Small Farm Conference focus on processing and marketing of livestock and livestock products.

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Pollination

Pollinators can increase your fruit and vegetable production as well as create additional products to diversity your farm offerings. Come and hear about how you can support wild pollinators on your farm. If you are interested in managed bees, Bastin Honey Bee Farm will tell you how to get the most out of honey bee products.

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Soil Health

Farmer Jesse, author of the Living Soil Handbook and voice behind the no-till market garden podcast will spend the session talking about how to manage soil health in the context of your farm and providing examples where he applies compost, tillage and cover crops to manage soil health and production on his farm.

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Vegetable Production

On Thursday we will hear from Jesse Frost on interplanting strategies and Integrated Pest Management for vegetable production. Friday we will be hearing about soil health practices and then hear from a panel of experienced, multi-generational vegetable farmers, how they have kept the business going and adapted to changes in management, markets, and consumer preferences.

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Integrating Technology Workshop

This workshop will consist of a series of presentations focused on the application of technology on small farms, including irrigation, smart phone sensors, drone utility and everyday computer platforms to improve farm managment/operations and book keeping. Settle in for a whole day of technology and come and go between other conference sessions.

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Marketing

This year's Marketing tracks offer content for small farmers to learn about realistic ways to sell thier product(s). We will cover branding, food safety, telling your story, retail and direct-to-consumer.

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Innovations in Response to Climate Change

Farming resiliency is based on knowing how to innovate in the face of climate change. Learn how farmers are modifying how they farm to survive climate anomalies.

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Regenerative Ag

Regenerative agriculture describes farming practices that look to improve soil health and reverse climate change by expanding biodiversity, improving the water cycle, increasing soil organic matter, and seqestering carbon in our soil.

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Urban Ag

The Urban Agriculture track explores various facets of agricultural activities in urban, suburban and peri-urban communities. We have a line up of urban growers from across Indiana. These sessions are intended for both market and community-based growers. Our line up includes The Gowing Compost Market, Urban Renewal Through Community Agriculture, Working with Youth in Ag, and Freight Farming.

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Perennial Crop Production

Nut and fruit crops are a great addition to small scale farming operations. Hear from numerous farmers about how they were added into their farms.

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Grant Writing Workshop

This workshop will help break down the hurdles to grant writing and get you started on some of the standard documents that play an important role in many grant applications. Come with your latest idea and we will help you begin to develop a grant!

This year's conference is made possible by the following sponsors:

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