Common Ground: Growing Agriculture, Restoring the Bay

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“A thriving and sustainable agricultural sector is essential to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.”—USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan

Presented by the Accokeek Foundation’s Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship with support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, this conference facilitates a discussion about environmental protection and conservation, preservation of working landscapes, and farm viability. The conference will help to establish common ground between disciplines and interests and shape the direction of farming in the region.

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Conference Summary

Conference Details

When: December 9, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, Patuxent Research Refuge
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708

Who Should Attend: Farmers, policy makers, and members of the funding and academic communities who want to explore strategies for creating opportunities and addressing challenges to sustainable agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Cost and Registration: Registration fee is $45 per person, and includes continental breakfast, a boxed lunch, and afternoon refreshments. Space is limited, first come, first served. Register by November 29, 2010.

A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, call 301.283.2113 or email the Accokeek Foundation prior to registering.

Conference Agenda

9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:30 Opening and Keynote Address
Jill Shore Auburn, Senior Advisor for Sustainability, U.S. Department of Agriculture

10:30 Break

10:45 Panel Discussion
“Policies that Support Agriculture: A Chesapeake Regional Perspective”
Moderated by Allen Hance, Chesapeake Bay Trust
Pablo Elliott, The Local Food Project at Airlie Foundation
Jim Baird, American Farmland Trust
Lorette Picciano, Rural Coalition

11:45 Plenary Session
“What’s a Farmer to Do?”: A Conversation
Christine Bergmark, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, and
Brett Grohsgal, Even’ Star Farm

12:30 Lunch and Conversation

1:30 A Facilitated Town Hall Meeting
“What Works?”
Questions and Comments from the Floor
Moderated by Brett Grohsgal, Even’ Star Farm
Dan Colhoun, Sportsman’s Hall
Emily Cook, The Farm at Sunnyside
Mike Klein, Good Fortune Farm
Joan Norman, One Straw Farm
Mike Snow, The Ecosystem Farm

3:00 Closing Remarks
Nick Place, University of Maryland Extension

Networking Session with Dessert

About the CAES

The Accokeek Foundation’s Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship (CAES) was created to teach and inspire people to use principles and practices of sustainability in agriculture and everyday life. Building on our Beginning Farmer Training program, the CAES offers workshops, field days, presentations, community forums, and guided tours covering topics ranging from sustainable agriculture to green living, environmental science, and local food.

The “Common Ground: Growing Agriculture, Restoring the Bay” conference was made possible with funding from:

Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

With a special Thank You to our partners and in-kind donors:
Even’ Star Farm, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, University of Maryland Extension, American Farmland Trust, Airlie Foundation, and the Rural Coalition.

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