The Utah Farm Conference, which champions local food and organic farming, will be held in Cedar City Jan. 12-13 at The Barn at Cedar Meadows.

Keynote speaker Eliot Coleman will be the keynote speaker. He is author of The New Organic Grower and The Winter Harvest Handbook. He harvests vegetables year round and does agricultural research from Four Season Farm in Maine. He has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle, sheep and range poultry.Coleman is a commercial market gardener a teacher and lecturer on organic gardening and served two years as the executive director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and was an advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.These days, he consults and designs tools for Johnny's Selected Seeds.At 78, Coleman shows no sign of slowing down. He still enjoys what he does and looks forward to getting up in the morning. He is encouraged by the passion of the current slow food movement and believes it is here to stay.

The Farm Conference celebrates the newest wave of farmers, ranchers, gardeners, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, chefs, advocates, beekeepers, cheese-makers, butchers, grocers, foodies, and food lovers. The conference allows people to “participate and collectively grapple with big challenges and explore new opportunities right alongside fellow farmers and local food advocates – together as a community from all over the west.

For more information, click here. For the conference schedule, click here.

The conference is a project of The Red Acre Center for Food and Agriculture.