Thursday, November 1, 2012
Cayuga Community College Auburn Campus Time Room
The world needs a second Green Revolution to feed its ever growing population, as stated by the UN Food Agency. A cumulative international effort is required to feed the world as its population soars from the current six billion to nine billion. An additional challenge is that we need to preserve the natural resources and environment while increasing food production. The earlier Green Revolution relied on lavish us of inputs such as water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The present environment is increasingly deteriorating the land by global warming and climatic changes, and the indiscriminate use of fertilizers and pesticides adds to this deterioration. Biotechnology can address these problems by: developing new plant varieties which give higher yields; increasing the nutrient content of plants; increasing the shelf life of foods; developing more effective biofertilizer and biopesticides; and spreading awareness among farmers of the new objectives and ways to achieve them.
9:00 – 10:30
Bisgrove Theatre
The use of cover crops for reducing erosion and sedimentation, increasing organic matter, improving soil health, nitrogen fixation, and nutrient cycling will play an important role in the sustainability of agriculture going into the next century. The species used for cover cropping have diverse morphological, physiological and compositional make up. Cover crop species differ in their vegetation type, life cycles, nutrient cycling capability and environmental tolerances. With all of these variables to choose from it is thought that the combination of cover crops can be used to exploit niches and allow for synergistic behavior improving the overall performance of cover crop systems. This presentation will discuss the use of cover crops and what to consider when selecting species for cover crop mixes.
10:30-11:15 Bisgrove Theatre
In this talk Bill Vitek outlines a philosophy of renewal focused on roots, regions and relationships. Inspired by the work of Wes Jackson and The Land Institute, Vitek explores the connections between perennial agriculture and its cultural and philosophical analogues – calling it Perennialism – and suggesting that we are at a transformative moment in human history that will require radical ("at root") changes not just in how we grow food, but in all of our cultural systems.
11:15 – 12:00 Bisgrove Theatre
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 Student Lounge
In this talk David Eckhardt will examine the occurrence of pesticide residues in waters of New York State, largely based on samples that were collected from 1997 through 2001 from 82 wells and 110 surface-water sites that were deemed vulnerable to contamination. The samples were analyzed for 180 pesticides and metabolites, and while 40 pesticides and pesticide degradates were detected, none of the compounds that were detected in drinking-water supplies exceed any Federal or State water quality standard. Herbicides were typically detected at the highest concentrations in streams that drained watersheds dominated by agriculture. Insecticide residues were rarely detected in samples from agricultural areas, but insecticides were frequently found in storm runoff in streams and in groundwater in urban developed areas. The analysis of hydrologic pathways between pesticide source areas and water-supply supply wells will be examined.
1:00 – 1:45 Bisgrove Theatre
Rachna Vas & Sabrina Hesford
Sustainable Agriculture in Cold Climates
Who says crop production stops during autumn in New York? At Quench & Nourish, we have successfully demonstrated year-round food production using low and high tunnels, even during our cold and snowy winters. Through our partnership with the Cayuga County Health Department, our sustainable community gardening initiatives are helping to increase the accessibility of fresh food for school students, seniors and low-income communities, even during the long winter season. Let us show you how we do it.
2:00 – 3:00 BIC
Greenland International Consulting Ltd., with research partners at the University of Guelph and Penn State University, has developed a GIS-based tool for continuous watershed simulation that allows users to quantify hydrologic processes, water balance, contaminant loading and benefits of beneficial management practices (BMPs) for urban and agricultural land uses. The most recent additions to the software include an approach for evaluating watershed impacts due to climate change and a tool to examine food security through scenario analysis. The purpose of the session will be to provide an overview of the software features and past applications and to examine potential future applications under the theme of sustainable agriculture.
2:00 – 3:00 M335
This 90-minute workshop will seek to link the key elements of sustainable and Bio-dynamic Agriculture to the increasingly sophisticated demands of the discerning restaurant consumer in London.
It will explore the key elements of Bio-dynamic farming methods used in the UK: the emphasis on holistic development; interrelationships between the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system; the “feelgood” factor – producing safe & healthy food; and independent certification.
The workshop will consider what makes a modern sustainable, ecological farming system in the UK and discuss methods unique to the biodynamic approach: Emphasis on the integration of farm animals, cultivation of crops, care of the land, use of fermented herbal and mineral preparations, using local breeds and varieties and use of a cosmological sowing and planting calendar.
Using the London Restaurant scene as an example environment to outline various food supply drivers and motivators which are influencing menu design and development – it will highlight what contemporary Chefs and Restaurant Managers are looking for when procuring food products from Farm producers.
2:00 – 3:00 T312
Agriculture projects developed using John Todd's Living Machine ecological design principles illustrate solutions to the problems of ecological degradation – problems such as loss of biodiversity, and the effects of pesticide on soil, water, fisheries, oceans and climate change.

This program will demonstrate use of ecological principles such as water collection, conservation, and on site ecological water treatment, crop rotation, use of compost, no application of pesticides or herbicides, restoration of wildlife habitat to support natural systems and pollinators, and the use of renewable energy to grow healthy food.
3:00 – 4:00 BIC
In the past 10 years there has been a seismic shift in the way Americans think about their food choices. Organic food now accounts for $29 Billion annually in sales. Every grocery store in the country is now carving out space on their shelf for these products. As the economy continues to struggle, the food industry continues to grow.
While the conventional grocery industry has fit sustainable food into their old model, an alternative food system has flourished. Farmers market, CSA programs, online buying clubs, smartphone apps, and diverse array of other services are making it easier and easier for sustainable food producers to get their food into consumers hands.
The economic benefit of plugging into these markets is just the beginning. A vibrant local food system also adds to the culture and health of a community. Building strategic, long term relationships with key stakeholders in our your food system, will not only allow you sell more stuff, but also can position you as a leader in your community.
3:00 – 4:00 T312
Symposium Dinner
Symposium Dinner, Hilton Garden Inn: $35 per person
5:00 – 6:00
6:00 – 8:00
Cocktails
Dinner

 

Friday, November 2, 2012
Farm Visits and Wells College Time Notes
Bus travel and box breakfast 8:30 – 9:00  
Bob and Sharon Hosford Vegetable Farm
8294 Jericho Road, Weedsport NY
9:00 – 10:00  
Bus travel 10:00 – 10:30  
Spruce Haven Farms Dairy Farm
5004 White Road Union Springs NY
10:30- 12:00 www.sprucehavenfarmllc.com
Bus travel and box lunch 12:00 – 12:30  
Dr. Jyotsna Meshram
Green Chemistry
12:40 – 1:30 Wells College
Science Colloquium