WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Registration is now open for the 2023 Indiana Small Farm Conference, the premier annual event for the state’s farming community. The 11th Annual Conference and Fair will be held on March 2nd and 3rd at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville.
One of the keynote speakers is Hunter Smith, a former Indianapolis Colts player and co-owner of Wonder Tree Regenerative Farm in Zionsville, Indiana.
“At WonderTree, we hope to once again demonstrate the viability and sustainability of decentralized, local farms that serve communities as primary sources of food, experiences and culture,” said Smith.
Since 2013, the conference has offered a comprehensive, educational and fun program on diversified agriculture and local food systems, bringing together novice and experienced smallholders. Further information and registration can be found at purdue.ag/sfc.
“I grew up on a small family farm where nothing was wasted and the food was simple and delicious,” said Sara Frey, owner of Frey Farms and keynote speaker at the 2023 conference. “Each growing season has produced different harvests and we are proud of that to launch these products today. Some of my fondest memories are of trying to figure out what to do with the imperfect or “ugly fruit,” which led to my vision of using everything we grow and creating hope-fresh drinks for families.”
This year’s conference features 12 tracks, allowing attendees to select sessions that best fit their farm operations and goals. Among the topics are:
- Urban Farming
- vegetable production
- stress on the farm
- Technology on small farms
- equity in the food system
- Products with added value
- fruit production
“The Indiana Small Farm Conference is a great way to learn what’s next in manufacturing, marketing and other areas to make the most of your efforts in 2023 and for years to come,” said Amy Thompson, coordinator for beginning farmers at Purdue Extension and organizer of the conference.
Follow the conference on Twitter and Instagram at @SmallFarmPurdue or on Facebook at @PurdueExtensionSmallFarms with the hashtag #PurdueSmallFarms.
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