Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, will host a student-focused conference on sustainable agriculture on March 31 and April 1, 2012. One of the keynote speakers is John Ikerd, a noted author and longtime advocate of sustainable farming. Here is the official announcement from the conference organizers:
The Student Initiatives in Sustainable Agriculture Conference (SISA) is a national event for current and recent college students dedicated to sustainable gardening and farming initiatives whether well established or not yet realized. SISA facilitates an exchange of knowledge between students involved in or interested in sustainable agriculture projects at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The goal of this exchange is to promote the growth of student-run projects and encourage continued involvement in sustainable agriculture after college.
The conference will consist of:
• Keynote address by agro-economist John Ikerd
• Presentations by students, farmers, and entrepreneurs from: Lawrence University, UM Twin Cities, UW Madison, Utah State University, Evergreen College, Macalester College, Riverview Gardens, Trust Local Foods, and Grow Local LLC
• Screenings of the documentaries American Meat and Queen of the Sun
• Workshops on beekeeping, composting, and hoop house construction
• Breakout discussion sessions
• Panel discussion with local farmers
• Social networking events
• Live music and dancing featuring Love Constellation and the Stars
To see the complete 2 day itinerary visit http://sisaconference.org
The registration fee of $30 covers access to all events, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. All meals include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Free on-campus lodging is available on a limited basis – register early!
Registration deadline: March 16, 2012
For more information or to register go to the conference website.