Pope County farmer Mary Jo Forbord will keynote a conference on organics in St. Cloud in January.

Minnesota Organic Conference organizers have announced the 2019 conference keynote speakers for January 10 and 11, 2019 at the River’s Edge Conference Center in St. Cloud. Chef Sean Sherman will present “The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America” on January 10. Farmer and registered dietician Mary Jo Forbord will present “Organic Food from Minnesota: Our Roots and Future” on January 11.

Sean Sherman, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, is an internationally renowned chef and indigenous foods scholar. In 2018, Sherman’s first book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, won the James Beard medal for Best American Cookbook. His entrepreneurial ventures include the Tatanka Truck, a food truck that features pre-contact foods of the Dakota and Minnesota territories.

Mary Jo Forbord is a fifth generation farmer, a registered dietician, and co-owner of Prairie Horizons Farm. Her farm encompasses 480 acres of original native prairie and diverse, perennial, certified organic pastures in southern Pope County, Minnesota. Prairie Horizons markets beef, fruit, and vegetables directly to customers.

Early Bird registration closes December 28. For information, visit Minnesota Organic Conference.


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