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SG-W:/ Michigan Conference on Organic Ag

 From the Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance:

Organic farmers, gardeners and supporters of local organic food systems
will be gathering at Michigan State University for
the Michigan Conference on Organic Agriculture, March 7 and 8.

The conference includes a wide array of programs for many interests.
Friday features in-depth workshops on organic
crop practices, community supported agriculture, organic certification,
compost and organic livestock farming.  Saturday
offers over 20 different ninety minute workshops on nutrition, home
gardening, food policies, organic poultry, animal health
and more.

The public is welcome to a special Friday evening program featuring
Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer.   "Biotechnology,
Organic Farming and the Environment:  Can We Survive the GMO
Generation?" offers Michigan residents a unique
opportunity to hear the moving tale of Percy Schmeiser's family farm
battle against Monsanto for contamination of his farm
fields by a genetically engineered crop.  Panelists also will include
Chris Treter from the Organic Consumers Association,
Claire O'Leary from the Sierra Club, and Tom Zennie, an organic farmer
in Michigan.

The March 7 evening program will take place at the United Methodist
Student Center at 1120 South Harrison in East
Lansing.  An organic dinner featuring Middle Eastern cuisine is
available on Friday at 6 pm; $10 cost for dinner.  The
program begins at 7 pm and is free to the public.

For details about conference registration, visit the Michigan Organic
Food & Farm Alliance website at www.moffa.org.
Reservations are requested for the March 7 dinner by February 21; checks
may be sent to:  MOFFA, PO Box 626, Gaylord,
MI  49734.  Call MOFFA at 269-674-8383 for information.


Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)

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