Keynote Speaker

Tom Harding

Tom Harding, of the Brice Institute www.briceinstitute.org and an International Organic Consultant, will speak on “More Than Ever! Organic as the Hope during Hard Times.”

Soil Health in Organic Systems: Your Pathway to Better Farming

Joseph Heckman

Join Professor Heckman of Rutgers University, an international expert in soil health in organic systems, dig deep into the wonders of soil and how we can enhance soil quality on our farms. This session will be a tribute to Dr. Cindy Cambardella, longtime Organic Conference speaker and soil scientist, who recently passed away.

Surviving the Pandemic: Growing and Marketing Strategies

Jordan and Whitney Clasen

Jordan and Whitney Clasen of Grade A Gardens, a certified organic farm in Johnston, Iowa, have done a yeoman’s job of weathering the pandemic this year through innovative strategies, including a customer-safe Farmers’ Market in Des Moines, and a bountiful CSA program. Come learn from these innovators how they kept their farm and markets thriving in the pandemic!

Organic Cooking Demo

Join UI executive chef, Barry Greenberg, and assistant chef, Anne Watson, in creating a delicious meal made from local, organic ingredients!