The March 10 New York Certified Organic meeting at the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY, will include presentations by the Wegmans Bakery Team, Champlain Valley Mills owner Sam Sherman, Dr. Heather Darby of the University of Vermont, and New York Organic Dairy Initiative Project Manager A. Fay Benson. The program and discussions will focus on the production, protection and marketing of organic grain crops.

The free meeting starts at 10 am in the Jordan Hall auditorium.

The Wegmans Bakery Team will describe their goal to use locally-produced organic grain in a new line of breads for the supermarket chain that has 85 stores, located in six states; Sam Sherman, owner of Champlain Valley Mills in Westport, NY, will share marketing opportunities for organic grain; Dr. Heather Darby, an agronomic and soils specialist for the University of Vermont Extension, will review results from her grain trials in Vermont; A. Fay Benson with the Cornell Cooperative Extension South Central New York Dairy and Field Crops Team is project manager of the New York Organic Dairy Initiative. He will cover the details of the new organic crop insurance program for organic grain production.

The meeting will also offer information on approaches to transitioning land into organic production. The meeting includes a potluck lunch and a discussion circle for questions and answers and brainstorming. NYCO has received funding support from the New York Farm Viability Institute and the NY Ag and Markets Crop Insurance Team.

Organic grain and dairy farmers have met at NYCO meetings since 1994 to increase their practical knowledge and expertise. Registration is not required; participants bring a dish to pass for the potluck lunch.