If you're a small-acreage farmer or livestock producer, or if you're interested in becoming one, you won't want to miss the inaugural Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum (WCFFF). This new conference, which will be Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Montrose County Fairgrounds in Friendship Hall, will focus on sustainably improving the production, marketing and consumption of locally grown food products.
The forum will include more than 30 educational workshops on a wide variety of farm and food-related topics. In addition, more than a dozen exhibitors will be on site providing additional resources and answering questions regarding their products and services.
The forum is organized into three primary tracks — crops, livestock and business management. Participants will choose workshops from the three tracks for each of six breakout sessions.
Bruce Talbott, a well-established Palisade fruit producer, will deliver the keynote address following lunch. Talbott Farms is best recognized for its peaches, apples and apple juice. Bruce will discuss the evolution of his family's agriculture business, including meeting the needs of changing technology consumer preferences.
The Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum is a collaborative effort between the Valley Food Partnership, CSU Tri-River Area Extension Service, the Small Business Development Center and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative and Economic Development Center. Sponsors include these organizations along with Community Banks of Colorado.
Learn more about the event by visiting the Valley Food Partnership website at www.valleyfoodpartners.org.
Registration is $45 in advance or $60 at the door, and includes lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshments. Those interested in attending need to register via the CSU Extension website at www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/TRA/farmforum.shtml.