Some 150 farmers, gardeners, biodynamic practioners, permaculturalists, students, chefs, seed geeks, foodies, homesteaders and others are expected to be in Cedar City this week the sixth annual Utah Farm and Food Conference. The event attracts participants from all over Utah and several surrounding states. The theme for this year's conference is Rooted in Resilience. The conference is set to begin Thursday, January 12trh with pre-conference events at various locations through out Iron County. Main conference workshops and presentations will begin on Friday the 13th at the Heritage Theater and Festival Hall. Keynote presentations on Friday will include a discussion on water use. Some of the workshop topics are “It's Alive, The Soil is an Ecosystem,” “How Biodynamics Work,” “Thinking Outside The Market,” and “Keeping Community Alive Through Green Spaces and Backyard Gardening.” Cedar City Mayor Garth Green will welcome the conference attendees in remarks on Friday at 10am. The conference is billed as “a unique opportunity for smaller acreage produces, small commercial farmers and homesteaders to gain insight.” You can get a full list of scheduled events here. Several local organizations and businesses are sponsoring the conference.

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