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Farming Systems conference registration materials
>>Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 17:29:36 -0700
>>From: firstname.lastname@example.org (stefan seiter)
>>Subject: Re: Farming Systems conference registration materials
>>Here is the electronic registatrion form:
>>The following message has 3 sections (1. Registration; 2. Focus session
>>details; 3. Agenda details)
>>Food & Natural Resource Systems:
>>Integrating Diversity, Inquiry, Action, and People
>>Third North American Conference of the
>> Farming Systems Research & Extension (AFSRE) Association
>>November 2-5, 1997
>>Resort at the Mountain
>>Welches (Mt. Hood), Oregon
>>Registration & Participation Form
>>CALL FOR INTEREST, PARTICIPATION, AND CONTRIBUTIONS
>>Conference Topics: Your pre-conference choice of topics includes 4 areas of
>>inquiry. For details within each area see information following the
>>registration materials or visit the listed websites. Learning may be
>>you select one topic and continuethroughout the conference.
>>Please indicate your choice here:
>> __ Crop/livestock production systems
>> __ Watershed inquiry and action
>> __ Community food systems
>> __ Farming the urban fringe
>>If you wish to contribute to the Learning Bazaar & Stories (Sunday, 2-9pm),
>>please check a preferred format and list a title. Send this information by
>>October 2, 1997. Organizers will assume that your contribution is intended
>>within the conference theme checked above.
>>Presentation Format (Please Indicate Your Choice)
>>___ Brief (5-min PAPER presentation followed by ample discussion)
>>___ Farmer Photo Display
>>___ Hands-on Demo
>>___ Other Creative Ways (please indicate presentation format):
>>(Please send an abstract or summary (2-pages maximum) with the registration
>>for the conference packet. Abstracts received after Oct. 2 may be
>>duplicated and distributed by presenters).
>>FIELD SITE TOURS (Please Indicate Your Choice)
>>For details on each tour see information following the registration
>>___ Community Food Systems - Portland metro
>>___ Watershed projects along Sandy River
>>___ Farming the Urban Fringe (SW Washington)
>>___ Crop/livestock production systems (Hood River & Range systems in
>>Registration fees include general conference expenses, delicious Pacific
>>Northwest cuisine, and bus tours.
>>Food events are designed as an integral part of learning during the
>>conference valued at $200:
>>*Reception (Sunday PM)
>>*Beverages and Get-started bagels/muffins
>>*Brunch Buffet (Monday 10:30am)
>>*Oregon Trail Dinner (Monday 6:30pm)
>>*PNW Berry Muffins, Coffee & Fruit Drinks (Board Buses)
>>*Box Lunch (Tuesday Tours)
>>*Hot Soup, Lasagna, Salad, & Warm Bread Buffet, Return On Tuesday Night
>>*Working Breakfast (Wednesday 7am)
>>*Working Sandwich Bar (Wednesday Noon)
>>*The Mountain Galla Buffet (Wednesday pm)
>> Before Oct. 2, 1997 Enter Choice
>> (includes meals)
>>* Students $210 ________
>>* Citizens $220 ________
>>* Representatives of societies $280 ________
>> universities, etc.
>>* One-day registration fee $ 80/day ________
>> (includes meals)
>> Please indicate date of attendance________
>> Airport Shuttle service @ $15/day-one way
>> $30 round-trip ________
>>Late Fee: Add $80.00 after Oct. 2, 1997 ________
>> TOTAL $ ________
>>METHOD OF PAYMENT:
>>Make checks payable to ARF (Agricultural Research Foundation). A $15 fee
>>will be levied for all returned checks. Cancellations will be honored 2
>>weeks before the conference begins (before Oct. 19, 1997).
>>Request a brochure and reservation sheet to make your own lodging
>>arrangements. Or call "The Resort at the Mountain" 503-622-3101
>>or 800-669-ROOM . If requested, the Resort and the organizers will work
>>together to match participants with room mates for a more economical lodging
>>arrangement. Please mention Farming Systems Conference.
>>___I need shuttle service from Portland Airport to resort and return
>>(deadline Oct 2, 1997)
>>My flight connects with the following shuttles to the resort:
>>Sat. Nov. 1: 6pm___ 9pm___
>>Sun.Nov 2: 11am__ 1pm___ 5pm___
>>My flight connects with the following shuttles to the airport:
>>Thurs.Nov.6: 6am___ 8am___ 11am___
>>___ I am driving ___ I will rent a car
>>Individual arrangements may be made with the following shuttle service.
>>Most charge $50 for the first individual plus $5 per extra person up to 7
>>people for a one-way trip.
>>Super Shuttle: 503-318-3642
>>SCHOLARSHIPS: For farmers, ranchers, urban residents, watershed
>>representatives, and citizens.
>>____ Please refer me to the person in my region who is arranging
>>scholarships for a limited number of participants. Requests must be
>>completed by October 2, 1997.
>>Please describe your needs or call Liz Harrison at 541-737-5442 to arrange
>>___ Vegetarian meal preferences.
>>___Other, please specify _____________ .
>>OSU STATEWIDE Continuing Education credit (2 quarter credit) is being
>>offered for participants who wish to register and complete course
>>requirements (readings and completion of a reflective learning project).
>>Cost is an additional $80. Contact OSU Statewide Office of Continuing
>>Higher Education, 541-737-2676, and ask to register in Hort 520, Food &
>>Natural Resource Systems.
>>Mail Registration & Fees Payable to ARF before Oct. 17, 1997 to:
>>Horticulture Dept., OSU
>>Corvallis, OR 97331
>>FOUR CONCURRENT FOCUS SESSIONS
>>Crop & Livestock Production Systems
>>Ranchers and farmers design, manage and continuously improve integrated
>>production and enterprise systems. Cattlemen’s WESt and integrated fruit
>>production (IFP) are examples of programs exploring holistic approaches to
>>management. This session will explore how farmers and ranchers improve their
>>system in collaboration with researchers and citizens. Some questions for
>>discussion in panels and break-out groups include:
>>· How can information and knowledge from various sources be integrated into
>>· What possible consequences result from these strategies?
>>· How do farmers and researchers conduct systems-oriented inquiry?
>>· What might be gleaned from production models such as agroforestry, natural
>>ag systems, and others?
>>A website provides additional information and detail about the agenda:
>>http://smallfarms.wsu.edu/ProdSyst.htm or request a copy.
>>Watershed Inquiry & Action
>>Numerous people involved with watersheds and councils wish to explore a
>>co-learning process and various techniques that respect diverse views and
>>values of participants while considering collective actions that benefit
>>whole systems. Our agenda will:
>>· Define and represent a timber, agricultural, and urban watershed.
>>· Consider inputs, outputs, and externalities or impacts and relationships
>>within the watershed including discussions of riparian zones, wetlands,
>>water harvesting / diversion, groundwater entry/re-entry, up-slope regions,
>>· What do land managers contribute to watersheds; what might be contributed
>>to benefit the aggregate whole; how might we measure and value these
>>· Moving toward action; what prevents people from contributing; building
>>trust; making a case for regulations, etc.
>>· Constructing an aggregate watershed from the urban, timber, and
>>Learn more about the Watershed agenda and call for photos that show
>>contributions to a watershed by visiting the website or requesting a copy:
>>Community Food Systems
>>Community food systems programs help community members look at the food
>>system systematically by understanding the interconnectedness of farm wages,
>>local food production and marketing, land and natural resource protection,
>>eating well, and encouraging public policies that foster economic viability,
>>ecological health, and social acceptability. Topics for discussion include:
>>· Greeting Circle/ introductions and expectations.
>>· What is a community food system? (invited speaker)
>>· Creating a visual interpretation of a community food system; group story-
>>· Community Food Security: An integral part of food systems (invited
>>· Working within a Community Context: Tahoma Food System and the Inland
>>Northwest Food System (Case studies, presentations, and workshop).
>>· What’s Next: Developing a Community Food Systems Action Plan.
>>For more information about this learning agenda, visit our website or
>>request a copy:
>>Farming the Urban Fringe
>>Agriculture in urban regions faces challenges and opportunities which are
>>unique to their environments. Farmers enjoy proximity to urban markets, but
>>are challenged by citizens who may be critical of farming practices.
>>Legislatures and city planners are challenged by the opportunity to shape
>>the development of urban regions in a comprehensive and sustainable
>>Topics will focus on barriers and opportunities for farming as follows:
>>· Economics and farm profitability.
>>· Land use planning and preservation.
>>· Community relations, communication, and learning.
>>· Resource stewardship.
>>For agenda details and call for papers, visit the following website or
>>request a copy: http://smallfarms.wsu.edu/UrbFarm.htm
>>Sunday-Nov. 2: Learning Bazaar, Stories, Food Fair, & Reception
>>2-9pm: Look, listen, and participate in a LEARNING BAZAAR. Poster
>>sessions, photo displays, agency exhibits, 5-minute briefs (paper
>>presentations) followed by ample discussion, and hands-on demonstrations of
>>learning activities will be featured along with delicious Pacific Northwest
>>cuisine. Participants will form small groups to explore common interests.
>>Arrive early, check-in to available lodging, and begin learning at 2pm (all
>>lodging is guaranteed by 4pm).
>>Beginning at 4 and 7pm, STORY-TELLING by farmers and ranchers has been a
>>popular feature of past conferences; stories describe the complexity and
>>connections within food and natural resource systems. Everyone is invited
>>to tell their story. Mind mapping and other recording techniques will be
>>If you would like to contribute a poster, story, display, 5-minute brief
>>(paper), or exhibit for Sunday’s learning bazaar, please mark your
>>interest on the Registration Form along with a title. Spontaneous stories
>>also will be encouraged during the event.
>>Monday- Nov. 3: Focus Sessions: Systems Inquiry
>>8-8:30am: Welcome, introductions and explanations about the Association of
>>Farming Systems Research & Extension will open the conference. Your
>>questions will be answered along with a brief explanation of learning
>>expectations during the conference.
>>8:30-4pm: Four concurrent topics are organized into focus sessions that
>>integrate knowledge and experience with facilitated discussion. Each focus
>>session will highlight integrated research or inquiry along with facts,
>>analysis, and feedback. Brunch will highlight learning and contribute to
>>4-4:30 pm: Integrating Food & Natural Resource Systems: an on-going process
>>of interACTIVE learning and aggregation. Each workgroup will summarize
>>discoveries, progress, or dilemmas for the benefit of all participants.
>>4:30-5 pm: Corner-stone comments and reflections by a farm family, Carolyn
>>Raffensperger and Fred Kirshenmann, “What we know, need to know, and how do
>>we know?” Windsor, ND.
>>6pm: Oregon Trail Dinner
>>Tuesday, Nov. 4: Field Site Tours
>>People in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere are inquiring, learning, or
>>doing “research” to improve livelihoods, practices, and systems. Some
>>research is on-farm or on-site (watersheds); other research is conducted
>>under controlled conditions, managed by citizens or researchers, and
>>designed to answer various questions using diverse approaches. Tours
>>complement the conference themes and are designed for you to assess:
>>· What are people doing?
>>· How are they doing inquiry, learning, or research?
>>· What relationships/connections are they making?
>>· Who will use the results; how will results improve the situation?
>>Report your findings and discoveries to the entire conference during The
>>Great Idea Fair on Wednesday morning while you enjoy a working breakfast.
>>Please form a group of 4-6 persons and agree to meet at 7am Wednesday.
>>Please mark your interest for a field tour on the Registration Form
>>· Resort At The Mountain Golf Course
>>· Cascade Stream Watch (educational project)
>>· Alder Creek and City of Sandy
>>· Bull-Run and Portland’s image of unfiltered water
>>· Water diversion and Portland Electric
>>Crop/livestock production systems
>>· Integrated Fruit Production: Growers’ initiative in Hood River.
>>· Integrating livestock, watershed ecology, student projects, and historical
>>perspectives into actions, Buck Hollow in Wasco County.
>>Community Food Systems
>>· Participants will meet, see the work of, and dialogue with people in the
>>greater Portland area that are working on Community Food Systems issues and
>>Farming the Urban Fringe
>>· Ornamental nursery stock production
>>· High-value horticultural crops (ginseng and raspberries)
>>· Animal waste management
>>· State-wide land use management and preservation
>>Wednesday-Nov. 5: The Great Idea Fair & Whole Systems Research
>>A working breakfast provides a setting for small groups to prepare lists,
>>posters, diagrams, a story, or some other summary of your discoveries about
>>researching complex urban and natural resource systems. Flip chart paper,
>>pens, and other supplies will be available along with breakfast. Form a
>>group and enjoy learning!
>>8:30-10am “Going to the Fair” provides an opportunity for numerous people to
>>present their discoveries/summaries as “exhibitors”, all at the same time.
>>Half of the conferees will listen and learn while the other half explain
>>their discoveries. Following 40 minutes, everyone switches roles. The
>>information and ideas contribute to discussions on whole systems research
>>10:30-2:00pm "Whole Systems Inquiry" involves disciplined inquiry by
>>diverse people, numerous agencies, grower groups, wildlife societies,
>>watershed councils, and many other organizations. Systems inquiry
>>recognizes ecosystems and social systems properties and constraints while
>>integrating human needs. This session will explore ways inquiry might
>>improve how humans manage enterprises including businesses, watershed
>>councils, organizations, and societies associated with complex natural
>>resource systems. Inquiry will consider probable consequences,
>>relationships, and associated feedback within whole systems. An integral
>>lunch will stimulate our appetite for continuous learning.
>>Conference discussion groups for each theme will convene to discuss:
>>1. What is whole systems research and education?
>>2. What is working; what ought to be improved?
>>3. How/what can citizens or agencies contribute?
>>4. How/when can causal research be integrated?
>>5. What might be changed in how we currently do inquiry and action?
>>Each group will be invited to present a half-dozen major insights, analysis,
>>discoveries, and critical reflection in the wrap-up session that follows.
>>Discoveries, Critical Analysis, & Reflections: Wrap-Up
>>2:30-3:30pm Discoveries or “ah-ha’s” will be reported by each working
>>group. Each group will comment about how inquiry and research might be
>>improved from a whole systems perspective. Comments about analysis and
>>critical reflection will be included along with key-stone reflections by
>>Fred Kirshenmann and Carolyn Raffensperger.
>> Integrating citizen, agency, and university perspectives
>>3:30-5pm A Town Meeting featuring citizens and agency directors along with
>>conferees will involve an interactive learning approach that tends to “level
>>the playing field” while moving toward action. This approach is designed
>>to improve complex situations involving multiple perspectives within a
>>5:15-6pm Business meeting of Association of Farming Systems Research &
>>Gala Dinner, Enjoyment, and Farewells
>>6pm A gala evening is planned with no-host beverages, Mt. Hood Buffet, and
>>entertainment with a natural resource theme. Shuttle services to the
>>airport are available Thursday morning.
>>Department of Horticulture
>>ALS 4007, Oregon State University