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Feb 102011

(Springfield, MO) — A lot of us are longing for spring, and here's some good news: It is time to start thinking about the growing season.

It's one reason the Missouri Organic Association is hosting its annual conference this weekend in Springfield. Hundreds of farmers are coming in from across the state, and they're offering 36 hands-on workshops for the public.

The workshops focus on everything from growing organic vegetables to making your own cheese to raising organic meat. Organizers say there's something for everyone, even if you don't have a lot of land.

If nothing else, says Organic Association President, Sue Baird, you can meet your local growers. She says, "Make that network with the farmers, see their faces, know the person who's supplying the food for you."

The conference runs through Saturday at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center on north Glenstone. Each workshop costs $30 to attend..

To see a list of times and topics, click here.