8th Annual Summer Solstice Conference

June 24, 2019 at Mountain View Farm at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in Purcellville, VA


Join us for a full day of farming workshops and learn directly from some a diverse group of successful sustainable farmers in the Chesapeake region. We ask a $15 suggested donation (at the door) and that includes the cost of lunch! Please register at the links below so we can make sure we have lunch for you, provided by The Sweet Farm of Frederick, MD

Register for OMNIVORE lunch here

Register for VEGAN lunch here

2019 Schedule:

9:30-10:00 Registration and Welcome

10-11 am Session 1

Yoga for Farmers (Kenny Meyers, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture)

Pastured Poultry Profits (Andrew Barnet, Open Book Farm)

Infrastructure Investments (Blaine Snipstal, Earthbound Building)

11:15-12:15 Session 2

Mushroom Cultivation (Alex Serini & Samantha Rose, Open Book Farm)

Agricultural Activism (Wes King, NSAC; Shelby Kalm, Fair Farms Now; Michelle Hughes, NYFC)

CSA panel discussion (MK Barnet, Open Book Farm; David Giusti, Second Spring Farm; Sarah Rider or Tom Paduano, Flying Plow Farm)

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Session 3

Soap making (Molly Kroiz, Georges Mill Cheese)

Cover Crops (Casey Gustowarow, The Farm at Sunnyside)

How we found land (Emma Jagoz, Moon Valley Farm; Megan & Erik, Dicot Farm; Liz Whitehurst, Owl's Nest Farm)

2:45-3:45 Session 4

Fermentation (Tyler Zander, The Farm at Sunnyside)

I forgot more than you'll ever know- Stories of our Farming Community (Charles & Sue Moutoux, Hiu & Hana Newcomb, Chip & Susan Planck)

Planning for Climate Change: An Open Discussion

4:00-5:00 Farm Tour of Mountain View Farm