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Practical Partnerships

A New England Sustainable Agriculture Conference

November 17-18, 1997   
Holiday Inn by the Bay
Portland, Maine

Everyone has something to bring to the table in the effort to sustain
agriculture. We need to expand the
tools we use to transfer information from university to farm and farm to
community.  Practical Partnerships
will do just that. By bringing together farmers, agency personnel and folks
from other agricultural
organizations, the conference will be an opporunity to share information on
existing and emerging
sustainable farming practices and strategies for building community support
for regional agriculture. Each
interactive workshop will pair farmers and agency/organizational people to
present practical tools and
approaches surrounding issues important in sustaining agriculture in the region.


Dr. E. Ann Clark
Associate Professor of Crop Science, University of Guelph, Ontario
"Re-orienting Agricultural Research Back to the Farm"
Senator Sue Sosnowski
Rhode Island State Senator and Farmer
"A Future for Farming in New England"


The conference will focus on the following workshop theme areas:
Whole Farm Systems
Sustainable Commodity Production
Beyond the Farm Gate--Community Connections
Economic Vitality


As a conference co-sponsor, the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working
Group (NESAWG) 
will hold its Annual Resource Harvest in collaboration with Practical
Partnerships. On Sunday evening,
November 16, NESAWG will sponsor a reception featuring a "Taste of
Portland." NESAWG is a network of
groups and individuals committed to building a food and agriculture system
that is regional and sustainable.


To receive more information about the conference, please contact Kate
Duesterberg or Debra Heleba at the
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 590 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont
05405-0059; Phone: (802)
656-0037 or (802) 656-0233, Fax: (802) 656-8874, 
Email: kduester@zoo.uvm.edu or dheleba@zoo.uvm.edu

Practical Partnerships is made possible in part by a grant from the USDA 
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program.

Debra Heleba
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture / Women's Agricultural Network
590 Main Street, Room 200
Burlington, Vermont 05405

tel: (802) 656-0233  /  fax: (802) 656-8874  /  email: dheleba@zoo.uvm.edu