Pre - Conference
Farm Tour and Lunch
8:30 am - 3:30 pm Leavitt Wings Hangar,
2275 W. Kitty Hawk, Cedar City, UT
This all-day field trip will make 3 stops.
Mixing it up a bit this year, we will be visiting a nursery, a full-time farm, and a Homestead.
We will be heading north for our first stop, Beaver Nursery. We will get a behind the scenes look into this multi-generational family operation. Everyone from the grandparents to the toddlers has input and an assignment.
Next stop, Sweet Pea Farm and Orchard, established in 2014, produces vegetables, fruit, and cut flowers on 3 acres in Parowan Utah. They extend their growing season with three greenhouses. They also have a farmstand and commercial kitchen onsite used to host a variety of events including farm to table, field to vase, and a variety of workshops. In addition to their 30 week, CSA and wholesale clients the farmstand is also open to the public with a small selection of value-added items and baked goods. With passion and commitment to sustainability and organic standards, they strive to create products and a place that everyone can enjoy. Sweet Pea Farm and Orchard, established in 2014, produces vegetables, fruit, and cut flowers on 3 acres in Parowan Utah. They extend their growing season with three greenhouses and also have a farmstand and commercial kitchen onsite. They host a variety of events including farm to table, field to vase, and a variety of workshops. In addition to their 30 week, CSA and wholesale clients the farmstand is open to the public.
Dayla farmer and owner can do it all as she will be making and preparing our lunch as well!
Our 3rd location will be Roots and Fruits Homestead
They left downtown to create a place of learning and growth for their family. Their goal was to be debt-free, grow nutrient dense food, and well... "grow us." They lived in a camper for five months while they built their home with their own hands.
During their journey, they have reached their goals of being debt-free, raising all their meat, started an orchard, a big garden, and started rotational grazing to improve the soil, built a root cellar out of wood they milled. They truly love living off the land and working together as a family.
Morning coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided, along with fruit and water during the day.
Don’t wait – This event sells out early.
The bus will depart from Cedar City at 8 A.M., promptly.
“Best part of the conference”
“I plan to never miss the farm tour”
“I learned so much about our local farmers”
Cheese Making class for beginning to intermediate cheesemakers, by Chase Campbell
Friday 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Learn to make cheese the traditional way without deceptive additives, weird rennets, and un-natural pasteurized milk.
You will learn how to make yogurt cheese, mozzarella, and basic rennet curd, at home! We will be using traditional methods from David Asher's book, "The Art of Natural Cheesemaking."
We as a people need to learn how to be more sustainable on our own with our food. Cheese is a staple in most homes and a great skill to learn.
High Tunnel/Greenhouse Workshop, by TK Kern & Crew
Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Red Acre Farm
2322 W 4375 N, Cedar City, UT
This 4-hour workshop will go in-depth and hands-on into designing and building hoop-houses for the challenging climate of the high deserts of Utah. Learn how Red Acre Farm grows year-round at nearly 7,000 feet with a 60-day growing season despite the high fluctuations in weather conditions and persistent high winds. Attendees will receive comprehensive details on the parts, vendors, and prices of greenhouse components with a preference for materials easily sourced from a local hardware store - not a premade greenhouse kit.