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October 26, 2009   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
October 26, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The seventh annual Organic Vegetable Production Conference will be part of the 2009 Alabama Food Summit at Birmingham's East Lake United Methodist on Nov. 12-14.

"Food Matters," as the summit is billed, is actually a joint event sponsored by Greater Birmingham Community Food Partners, the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN), Auburn University and Heifer International.

The organic production sessions will include presentations by Ron Morse, retired horticulture professor from Virginia Tech University, Jeff Poppen, the "barefoot farmer" from Tennessee and Susana Lein of Salamander Springs Farm in Kentucky.

Morse is associate professor emeritus in the department of horticulture at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. A pioneer in the development of no-till vegetable production systems, he has conducted extensive research to develop organic no-till methods for vegetable production using cover crops and has written many papers on organic no-till of broccoli, peppers, potatoes, and other crops.

Morse will talk about his research in his presentation titled "Innovative Uses of Cover Crops."

Poppen, whose Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., is one of the oldest and largest organic farms in the Volunteer State. The produce is marketed through a community supported agriculture group in Nashville. Poppen will talk about his "biodynamic" farming methods at the Organic Conference.

Ms. Lein will talk about the application of permaculture principles to gardening and farming and how to build a successful organic farm, market business and homestead with very limited financial resources and no existing infrastructure.

The 2009 Food Summit will feature local and regional speakers and interactive sessions on topics including health and nutrition, food policy, organic farming and gardening, and cultural and traditional foods. The dinner on Thursday evening will feature local foods prepared by guest chefs. Tom Stearns, president of High Mowing Organic Seeds and The Center for an Agricultural Economy, will speak on "The Town That Food Save" after Thursday's dinner program.

Registration is $25 and includes sessions on Thursday and Friday and lunch on those two days. To download the registration form and the latest program, visit ASAN's Web site at www.asanonline.org.

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