M O F F A, the Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association, announces its 13th Annual Winter Meeting “Farmers and Consumers Building Communities” on Saturday, January 10th, from 8 am to 5 pm at the Maryland Department of Agriculture Building, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis, MD.
The public meeting features two keynote speakers, a home grown potluck lunch, information on how consumers can receive weekly delivery of organic products through community supported agriculture (CSA), informative workshops, and a fundraising auction.
Registration is $15 for non-members and $5 for members. Advance registration is encouraged. For more information contact Doug Britt (301) 432-2624 or Mike and Michelle Klein (301) 579-2105.
In the morning, Brian Snyder will offer his observations about “Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba.” In the span of a decade, Cuba has converted from intensive chemical and industrial scale agriculture to human scale sustainable farming while increasing food production. As Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Brian went to Cuba to see what lessons could be learned to advance his organization’s mission, which is to promote profitable farms that produce healthful food for all people while respecting the environment.
In the afternoon, Sally Fallon will speak on “Farming and Nutrition,” emphasizing the importance of returning to organic farming, pasture-fed livestock, and whole traditional foods. According to the scientific research compiled by Sally and her co-author, biochemist Dr. Mary Enig, if Americans are to regain their health and vitality, they must return to small-scale organic production and food processing that returns added value to the independent farmer. Sally is President of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Co-author of Nourishing Traditions, a beautiful cookbook with scientific research documenting the highest quality and most beneficial foods.
A potluck lunch features homegrown main dishes prepared by some of MOFFA’s farmers from their own livestock and produce. Beverages will be provided, and attendees are encouraged, but not required, to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert. At the workshops, conferees will be able to learn and ask questions about organic gardening, farm and university organic research, raising livestock, crop insurance, and the benefits of raw milk to the farmer and the consumer.