The Missouri Organic Association(aka MOA) held its annual conference and trade show this past weekend at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield. The conference drew a large crowd of people who were interested in all things organic and sustainable agriculture.
The whole event consisted of hands on workshops and an organic expo area with vendors and educational booths. The fifty educational sessions took place between Thursday-Saturday and were hosted by some of the most prominent individuals in their particular fields. Many shared their excitement online via social media prior and during the event.
Just found out I get to spend the next couple of days at the 2014 Missouri Organic Association Conference…YAY!! =)
— Smiling Sun Gardens (@smilingsun) February 6, 2014
Who knew Missouri had so many crunchy granolas? At the Missouri Organic Association Annual Conference.
— Becca Meeks (@GranolaMeeks) February 8, 2014
We'll be at the Missouri Organic Association Conference this coming week! Make plans to attend! http://t.co/G4M5wwWRcJ
— Real Farm Foods (@RealFarmFoods) February 3, 2014
— Root Cellar (@RootCellarMO) February 5, 2014
The special events kicked off on Thursday with a full day workshop with Dr. Don M. Huber, a professor from Purdue University. Dr. Huber spoke about the correlation of GMOs and glysophates and how that affects our food. The day also held a performance by Keith Cross, an “ask the experts” panel, and a “meet the farmers” tasting event.
Flying to MO in the am. Performing "Home Grown" at the Missouri Organic Association 2014 Conference, & meeting fellow Earth Stewards. Yay!!
— Keith Cross (@KeithCrossMusic) February 4, 2014
The rest of the event was also filled with hands on workshops about sustainability, soil fertility, and a livestock symposium. Friday evening ended with a wine tasting, dinner, and benefit auction. Saturday’s big event was the keynote speaker, Mark Winne, who presented a workshop about the work being done in the Springfield area to establish a ready supply of sustainable and organic foods.
Overall, the weekend seemed to be a great success by all those involved.
Learning a lot at Missouri Organic Association conference! http://t.co/VyIGc9wCq5
— Millsap Farms (@MillsapFarmSGF) February 7, 2014
We're at the Missouri Organic Association Conference and loving it! Great ideas and great people.
— Schenker Farms (@SchenkerFarms) February 7, 2014