Pre-Conference Events

Thursday, February 6th

Various Locations

Farm Tour 2020 Kicks Off the Utah Farm & Food Conference

8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

This all-day field trip will visit 3 farms

We will be heading a bit south to Washington County Ali’s Organics in Hurricane, Ali’s Organics is unique and a perfect example of diversity, a small organic plant nursery, garden supply, specialty grocery shop and CSA. This small acreage has farm animals, an orchard and many gardens in which fresh produce is harvested daily. This abundantly producing small piece of land supplies a CSA, walk-in customers and offers monthly classes.

Hansen’s Family Orchard and garden in Leeds. This family has deep roots in Utah agriculture. This is truly a family-run small orchard successfully selling at farmer’s markets in southern Utah for 24 years. 200 trees, apple, pear, plum, peach, cherry, pecan, almond, pomegranate, and blackberries in just 3 acres.

Our 3rd location is yet to be revealed!

Morning coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided, along with fruit and water during the day.

Don’t wait – This event sells out early.

The bus will depart from Cedar City at 8 A.M., promptly.

Attendee comments:
“Best part of the conference”
“I plan to never miss the farm tour”
“I learned so much about our local farmers”

Produce Safety Alliance Training

8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

This training has no affiliation with Red Acre Center or the Utah Farm Conference and is provided at the request and as an accommodation to the Utah Department of Agriculture. Any information provided on their webpage is maintained by the Utah Department of Agriculture for information purposes.

The Utah Department of Agriculture is offering the Produce Safety Alliance training program that has been developed and is required for produce growers who are now regulated under the Food Modernization and Safety Act standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption. This training is offered as part of the pre-registration program on Thursday. For many who attend the Utah Farm & Food conference, this training is NOT required. Many small produce growers are exempt or qualified exempt and are not subject to the full Produce Safety Rule.

The trainers believe there is valuable information in these modules regarding the safe production of products and that anyone and everyone may benefit from the information provided. This training contains 7 modules listed below and participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Produce Safety Alliance Curriculum Modules

Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety
Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
Module 3: Soil Amendments
Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
Module 5: Part 1: Production Water; Part 2: Postharvest Water
Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

The Department of Agriculture has developed a page that produce growers may use to determine if they are exempt or qualified exempt from the requirements of FSMA. On this webpage, they also ask that you register as an exempt facility.

A link to this page for more information and to register is provided below, or you may contact Red Acre Center if you have questions.

http://producesafety.utah.gov/training

This link starts at the very beginning and talks about finding out whether you’re exempt or qualified exempt or subject to all of FSMA.

https://producesafety.utah.gov/

Nourish Self - Nourish Earth
A Holistic Health Journey

9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
In this daylong experiential workshop, Constance Lynn will facilitate the interweaving of:
  • Yoga flow
  • Ayurveda nutritional basics (including lunch)
  • Plants as our Relatives and Allies in Healing and Well-being
  • Nature Awareness and the Language of Silence
  • Reflective Journal Practice
This integrated pathway deepens a connection to our intrinsic wholeness, inter-related with Earth and all Beings.

Schedule:
9:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Introduction
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. Yoga Flow
10:45 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Ayurvedic Basics
12:15 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. Ayurvedic Lunch
1:15 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Plants as our relatives and allies in healing and well-being
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Journal Time
4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Closing/wrap-up

The class will be mostly indoors in the morning and outside in the afternoon, so please bring layers and something to sit on outside (poncho, pillow, camp chair).

Expanding Our Agrarian Toolbox

12:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

In this hands-on half-day workshop we will review and demonstrate practical and affordable stewardship “tools” and methods that revitalize our relationships with all the life we collaborate with on our farms and ranches. Working in this way we can better turn on our soils, activating multiple layers of fertility. Learn how to grow food and medicines with higher nutrient density and healing efficacy, while stimulating systemic harmony and balance throughout our whole farm organisms. Though this is more geared to experienced farmers and ranchers we welcome all levels of stewardship.

Own Your Kitchen

12:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Start making your food the right way today!

Yes that is what I said, make it the right way, the Nourishing Traditions way by Sally Fallon.

Sally Fallon studied and learned how our ancestors made and prepared food traditionally. Your ancestors never made food like you do today. They instead fermented, marinated, cultured and sprouted almost everything they made to make it easy to digest and contain as much nutrients as can be packed into a food.

Do you want to have more energy?
Do you want to be nourished by your food?
Do you want to feel good eating food again?
I have studied and learned the techniques that Sally Fallon discovered for optimal health. You will learn these traditional techniques that will transform your health into an unstoppable force in this intensive, hands-on 3-hour class.

You’ll leave knowing how to prepare everything from grains and beans to dairy and organ meats.

This is the beginning of the new you.
Own Your Kitchen.

Bites and Beverages

5:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.

An evening event – Bites and Beverages! A farm-inspired appetizer cook-off with several Utah chefs.
Open to Non-Conference Attendees.

Featuring Live Music from 3hattrio

Guests will vote for the one they liked the best!

Art Exhibit - Art for the HeART

5:30 P.M. – 9:15 P.M.

Featured by Art Works Gallery

Artists and farmers feed the soul. It’s with this in mind that we present “Art for the HeART”, an art exhibit featuring all things reminiscent of farms and farm life.

UFC Bookstore

5:30 P.M. – 9:15 P.M.

We are making a list and checking it twice to be sure we have a great selection including books from the authors that are presenting. See the schedule for book signings.

The conference will be running the book store this year and all proceeds will go towards the mission of Red Acre Center.

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