Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9am–4:30pm
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Growing to Green program hosts this one-day summit focusing on urban agriculture and community gardening topics.
What’s happening in the field of urban agriculture and community gardening? Become versed in relevant topics that will expand your gardening expertise. Attend sessions and workshops in a variety of subjects. Network, share and celebrate with individuals involved in projects across Ohio and beyond.
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2017 Keynote Speaker: Clara Coleman
Clara Coleman is a second-generation organic farmer, consultant, writer, and TEDx
and keynote speaker on sustainable four-season farming. She is the daughter of renowned farming pioneer Eliot Coleman.
In 2008, Coleman created Divide Creek Farm – an organic, two-acre, four-season vegetable farm located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Like her father, she is a proponent of the ‘small is better’ model of farming, advocating business growth through improved efficiency, innovative production methods, farmer collaboration and direct customer marketing, rather than physical expansion. She has provided consulting for groups including Wegmans Food Markets, Rimol Greenhouses, Maine Farmland Trust, and many others. She is an active collaborator with many farming innovators who share her mission to farm smarter, not harder, including Slow Tools
Clara and her two sons now live back at Four Season Farm in Maine, the family farm where she was born and raised. Today she co-manages the farm with her father and step-mother. With four season farming experience in the harsh climates of Maine and the Rocky Mountains, Clara has much to offer farmers and gardeners seeking to provide abundant four season harvests. Clara is passionate about inspiring and supporting the next generation of farmers to create sustainable and lasting farming legacies for generations to come.
2017 Presenters & Topics
Clara Coleman (Keynote) – Creating Sustainable Farming Legacies for Generations to Come
Sarah Lenkay – Extending the Growing Season
Elizabeth Harris – Steps Involved in Place Making in a Community
Cheryl Rice & Jessica Wilbarger – Best Practices for Safer Urban Soils in Your Community Garden
Clara Coleman (Keynote) – Successful Four Season Gardening
Julialynne Walker – Food Deserts
Pam Bennett – Don’t Just Plant Peppers and Tomatoes – Plant These Too!
Ken Stern – Beginning Farmer Winter Income and Apprenticeship Training
Hannah Halfhill – Garden Gurus
Elizabeth Roche – Plant Pathology
Dave Smith – Fish in Urban Aquaponics
Paula Penn Nabrit – Spiritual and Cultural Connections to Gardens
Joshua Jones – Wildlife Fencing