FALLON — In the midst of a challenging economy, the 2012 Nevada Small Farm Conference looks to agriculture to help communities rebuild local economies.
Western Nevada College will host this year’s Nevada Small Farm Conference, March 8 through 10, at the Fallon Convention Center and Western Nevada College Fallon campus. The event includes four pre-conference workshops, two days of farming seminars and a Friday evening reception. A variety of topics will be covered, including marketing local beef, small-scale cheese operations, organic farming, hops and barley production, food distribution, business planning and more.
Developing local food systems is a priority of the conference. Speakers from the 2011 conference will return to continue talks aimed at developing a system for small farms to compete in today’s industrial food system. U.S. Foods produce specialist Mike Catalano attended the 2011 conference and later visited local farms, resulting in US Foods working to ensure that Reno customers have access to local produce.
The Great Basin Community Food Co-op will talk about its new online ordering and distribution system for small farms. The program debuts with the opening of the newly expanded co-op this spring.
For more information, visit www.wnc.edu/sci, or contact Ann Louhela at 351-2551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.