25th Annual Food & Agriculture

Winter Conference

Saturday & Sunday, January 24 - 25, 2015 

Warner Student Life Center | Brookdale Community College

765 Newman Springs Rd  |  Lincroft, NJ 07738

Registration is now open!

Keynote Speaker

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mark "Coach" Smallwood, Executive Director of Rodale Institute

Mark Smallwood, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute will be speaking on the recently released white paper "Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change". We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as man-made changes to the climate threaten humanity's security on Earth. But, there is a technology for massive planetary geo-engineering that is tried and tested and available for widespread dissemination right now. It costs little and is adaptable to local contexts the world over. It can be rolled out tomorrow providing multiple benefits beyond climate stabilization. 

The solution is farming.

Simply put, we could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term "regenerative organic agriculture."

  Coach has been dedicated to promoting organic agriculture, environmental stewardship, efficiency, and conservation for more than thirty years. He is a long-time organic farmer and biodynamic gardener, raising chickens, goats, sheep and pigs, and driving his own team of oxen. As Executive Director of Rodale Institute, Coach has focused his efforts on training a new generation of organic farmers. In partnership with Delaware Valley College, the Institute hosts a one-year organic farming certification program designed for military veterans. In addition, Coach began the Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) program at Rodale Institute, which brings fresh, high-quality organic food to underserved communities and provides an intensive training program for new and established farmers. Coach has expanded research efforts at Rodale Institute to explore the connection between soil, food, and health. He brought heritage livestock back to Rodale Institute's 333-acre farm, created a Honeybee Conservancy to train and steward backyard beekeepers, and launched "Your 2 Cents," a national campaign to support and promote new organic farmers. Prior to joining Rodale Institute, Coach served as the Mid-Atlantic Green Mission Specialist and Local Forager at Whole Foods Market, and was the first Environmental Coordinator at MOM's Organic Market. As his name suggests, Coach was also a public school educator and basketball coach.

Sally Fallon Morell and Jerry Brunetti Announced 

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Stay tuned for more updates for our 25th Anniversary Winter Conference!

Check out the 24th Annual Winter Conference program below.