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E-M:/ 2006 Organic Conference - March 3-4

Enviro-Mich message from "Link, Terry" <link@mail.lib.msu.edu>

March 3-4, 2006
Kellogg Center
Michigan State University 

Friday - March 3, 2006 (MSU Kellogg Center Auditorium)
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.     The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food 
                                Systems with Ecosystems
			Dr. Laura Jackson
			Professor of Biology
			University of Northern Iowa
Dr. Jackson is one of Iowa's leaders in ecology, land conservation, and agriculture.  She will discuss the need to connect farms with their environments at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2006 at the MSU Kellogg Center Auditorium.  Jackson is a biology professor at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.  She and her students currently are studying how to add wildflower species to grass-dominated prairie plantings.  These techniques could be applied to roadsides, CRP fields and rotationally grazed pastures.  In 2002, she co-edited a book of essays, the Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems to Ecosystems, with her mother Dana L. Jackson, senior program associate for the Land Stewardship Project in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.  Jackson's father Wes,  is President of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.

Laura Jackson has served on the Leopold Center Advisory board since 2003.  She has a Ph.D. in ecology from Cornell University and has been a member of the UNI faculty since 1993.  You are welcome to attend Dr. Jackson's keynote address on Friday evening, March 3, 2006.  It is part of the MSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Week.  There is no charge for this evening event.

8:30 - 9:45 p.m.     What will be in the Fields Tomorrow
                   The Voices Project: A Reader's Theatre Presentation
		Julie A. Avery and Cynthia Vagnetti
		Project Co-Coordinators,  MSU Museum

The Voices Project explores farmers, farming and food at the community level. The initiative is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  Beginning at 8;15 Friday evening, 13 readers will engage in a theatre presentation entitled, What will be in the Fields Tomorrow.  Imagine a widow, feeling her age as she turns 75, omitted to the farm she and her husband has cared for during good times and bad.  What should she do now?  What about her customers who value her naturally grown foods? Who should influence the future of this land?  In addition to the widow and her long-time friend, this research-based reading includes a new Agric. Ph.D., two college students and various choral voices. Kindly plan to attend this educational and thought provoking event.    

Saturday - March 4, 2006 (MSU Kellogg Center)
		10 Organic Agriculture Education Sessions.
		5 Hot Topic Discussion Sessions, 2 Keynote Lectures
		32 Exhibits and a Bonus Session Film Showing
		Plus an Organic Luncheon

Terry Link, Director
Office of Campus Sustainability
Michigan State University
106 Olds Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
1-517-355-1751 (Phone/fax)

One planet, one family, one future

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