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The Future of Soil Kickoff

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

SERIES LAUNCH: Tuesday, February 4th from 6-8 pm
History of seed, food and farming practices in Southern Oregon, Our State and Nation

We’ll explore the foundation of our agricultural heritage and where we are heading in the future.
Agriculture Industry and Community together
Location: Talent Community Center
Please RSVP for this Free Event! Donations will be accepted at the door.


“An Indigenous People’s perspective”, Red Earth Descendants
“The Bounty of the Earth: Jackson County Agriculture 1850-1920.”, Larry Mullaly, S.O. Historical Society
“Sourcing Seeds – Where do seeds come from, past and present.”, Don Tipping, Siskiyou Seeds
“Food terminologies of the present time.  What does it all mean?”, Our Family Farms


Session two: February 20th
Soil is Alive to Nurture the Next Crop Without Added Toxic Chemicals
Agricultural Industry Track 1-4:30 pm; Community Track 6-8 pm
Location: Medford Library
Speaker: Dr. Elaine Ingham – Soil Foodweb Inc

Session three: March 20th
Pest Management beyond Neonicotinoids: Predatory Insects and Regenerative Agriculture
Agriculture Industry Track 1-5 pm; Community Track 6-8pm
Location: Medford Library
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Lundgren – Blue Dasher Farm

Session four: April 17th
Pesticide Impacts on Farm Workers, Consumers, and the Environment
Agriculture Industry Track 3-5 pm; Community Track 6-8pm
Location: Medford Library

“Legislative update”, Lisa ArkinBeyond Toxics
“Pesticide Exposures”, Dr. Ray Seidler, retired EPA scientist
“Why We Must Better Manage Exposure and Risks From Pesticides”, Dr. Richard Fenske, Acting Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School Public  Health, University of Washington
“Pesticide Drift is Real”, local resident and farm worker

Session five: May 15th
Oregon Businesses and Regenerative Organic Agriculture
Agriculture Industry Track 1-5 pm; Community Track 6-8 pm
Location: Medford Library
Local farmers, vintners, orchardists, restaurateurs, and consumers will discuss why they have chosen an organic-based business model.
Celebrate Our Local Bounty!
June TBA
At this final event, the Agricultural Industry and Community will come together to celebrate the bounty of our local food system at a local farm. Tantalize your taste buds with the foods and libations of Southern Oregon. Certificates of completion will be given out to those who attended the entire series.



February 4
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Our Family Farms


Talent Community Center