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Organic Farmers Share Tips at Conference

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By Aimee Burnett

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - Dozens of farmers from around the state gathered at the College of Southern Idaho today for the annual Grower's Own Conference.”

"We will be having farmers discussing a variety of topics, as well as, some of our agency people and the University of Idaho researchers who are all working on organic farming issues," said Jennifer Miller, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides.

Some of the topics up for discussion...

"Well, with organic farming one of the main concerns is how you control your weeds, so we'll be talking about different cultivation practices. Another thing is where do you get your nutrients from," said Miller.

For Jessica McAleese of Lady Bird Farms in Pocatello, it's an opportunity to brainstorm with other farmers.

"This Grower's Own Conference is a chance for us to meet other growers to talk about the sustainability of our food system and to sort of energize each other to cooperatively enhance our region's food system," said McAleese.

Organic and sustainable farming is something McAleese is passionate about.

"Agriculture is so important because it's something we exist on every day. It's the food we eat. And, the way we grow our food and distribute it to those around us is really important," said McAleese.
Janie Burns, who owns a sheep and poultry farm in Nampa, facilitated one of the sessions and gave a virtual tour of her farm.

"Showing people who probably don't have an opportunity to come and see me, what I do, how I do it and why I do it," said Burns, Meadowlark Farm.

One of many opportunities for these farmers to learn and grow.


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