The 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference was a fantastic success!
Now concluded, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made it so! A sold-out affair, it was wonderful to share time and explore these vital questions of soil health, human health and planetary health with others so invested in these issues. We are already eagerly planning for 2017, and excited to build on this year's conference experience. Any thoughts and feedback are certainly welcome!
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Soil & Nutrition Conference
February 8-9, 2016
NURTURING NATURE FOR FOOD QUALITY
February 8-9, 2016 at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA
"Healthy Soil for Healthy Plants for Healthy People"
Many of us readily accept this oft-repeated statement, but if we unravel it, how much is actually known about the interrelationships and dependencies between soil health, crop health and human health?
The 5th Annual 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference will gather farmers, researchers, nutritionists and food system advocates for a multidisciplinary conversation exploring the potential to improve food quality through regenerative agriculture that builds soil, crop and ecosystem health. We will explore how soil health and crop quality are interrelated, and how a renewed focus on the food qualities that industrial agriculture forgot – flavor and nutrition – can help drive transformation with important societal benefits.
For Farmers, Gardeners, and Homesteaders
...the Soil & Nutrition Conference will deepen your understanding of pragmatic approaches to improve soil health and crop quality through biological management and other regenerative organic farming practices.
For Researchers and Nutritionists
...the Soil & Nutrition Conference will provide you an opportunity to meet peers and potential collaborators in related disciplines, and learn about producer challenges and successes attaining soil health and crop quality improvements through biological management, a regenerative organic approach to farming.
For Food System Advocates and Funders
...the Conference will present a compelling case for championing food quality and draw fascinating parallels between drivers of crop health and human health. You’ll also gain exposure to hot topics in regenerative agriculture, with leading edge practitioners of biological management, permaculture, organic and biodynamic farming.
The conference will feature great food from local producers and time for attendees to socialize and enjoy Kripalu’s beautiful facilities, including daily yoga class offerings!
Our two-day agenda will include plenary sessions, keynote addresses and two tracks of workshops that will engage producers, researchers, nutritionists, gardeners and food system advocates interested in food quality.
A sampling of topics include:
Opening Panel: Why Food Quality Demands Our Attention
How can we increase quality in the food supply? Perspectives from a farmer, a chef, a food systems specialist, an ag extension specialist and a produce supply chain expert will frame our conference dialog.
The Pre-Harvest Quality Equation
This 3-part session illuminates how crop genetics, agronomic practices and environmental factors all influence food quality, and will highlight approaches that hold promise to restore nutrition and flavor.
An Exploration of Phytochemicals and the Gut Microbiome
A Phytochemical Primer: The Role of Agriculture
Flavor as Nutritional Guide - What Your Body Knows That You Don't!
Building a Climate Resilience Plan for Your Farm
Assessing Quality Throughout the Season: Brix & Beyond!
How to Maximize Seed Quality and Vigor for Better Yields
Maximizing Small-Area Production With “Crowding”: Intensive Beds, Companions, and 3-D Spacing
Epigenetics and the Science of Nutrition and Lifestyle Change
Prompting Plant Quality Changes Through Soil Inoculation
Advanced Seed Saving: Biennialism and Pollination Control
Fostering Soil Microbial Communities for Soil Fertility & Plant Growth
Soil Health Metrics for the Biological Farmer
Mid-Season “Corrections”: A Guide to Foliar Spraying
Be Your Own Soil Balancing Consultant: Soil Tests & Mineral Math
Permaculture and Biological Farming Integration
Proven Practices for No-Till and Low-Till Vegetable Production
Regenerative Biological Farming on a Shoestring Budget
Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!
Interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting at SN2017?
BFA is seeking aligned sponsors and exhibitors to help underwrite our 2017 program and enable us to offer scholarships to attendees based on financial need. Please join us in making the Soil & Nutrition Conference a catalytic event to advance food quality! Click here for additional details, or contact Gary Neves for further sponsorship information at Gary@bionutrient.org.