MEEA 2024 Annual Conference

Growing a New Era of Education for Water, Soil and Human Health through Regenerative Practices

Nov 1-2 (Fri/Sat) in Springfield, MO

Friday

Pre-Conference Field Trips

Friday Evening

Social at Wonders of Wildlife

All-Day Saturday

Darr Agricultural Center 

Keynote Speakers

Cady Wolf and Alexa Poindexter will share how Ozarks Food Harvest supports regeneration….of the land, community, and people’s health! `

Cady Wolf, Full Circle Gardens Field Manager

Cady Wolf is a small-town Ozarks native, who from a young age has spent much of her time appreciating the wonders that nature offers us. She comes from a family of farmers, hunters, and conservationists. She believes being an outdoors enthusiast comes with living in the Ozarks, and that having an appreciation for nature makes it all the more important to support advocacy for the environment, human health, and conservation.

Cady moved to Springfield, Missouri from Northwest Arkansas 15 years ago and has remained there to pursue her education and career. While completing her Masters degree in Environmental Plant Science, she rediscovered a passion for growing and sharing food. Over the last decade she has worked various jobs in horticulture, from municipal parks, to community gardens, and running a production microgreens business from her home in the heart of Springfield.

Cady truly found her place when she joined the Full Circle Gardens department at Ozarks Food Harvest almost 5 years ago. The work of connecting fresh, local food to folks in need and supporting the local food system is the most fulfilling profession she could ask for. It also allows her the privilege of staying connected to the thriving community of farmers, charitable organizations, and environmental advocates who live and serve in this area. Some of her favorite days at work are those where community partners such as Springfield Environmental Services and Springfield Public School’s Farm 2 School program join the team to host large school field trips at the Food Bank Farm. When we can work outdoors in the community, hands in the soil or with our eyes open to nature, we get to be a part of helping folks realize their role in the natural world and the intersections that exist between serving people and serving our planet.

Alexa Poindexter, Director of Full Circle Gardens

Alexa Poindexter has spent the last 12 years working in a variety of roles related to gardening and agriculture. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Drury University (2010), Alexa accidentally discovered her passion for growing
food on a 4-acre vegetable farm in Nova Scotia, Canada. This experience led her to additional farming and gardening opportunities in New Zealand, Virginia, Vermont and
at Brooklyn Botanic Garden where she earned her Certificate in Horticulture (2013).

These experiences set the foundation for her transition into garden education. After returning to Springfield, Missouri she worked as a Garden Development Specialist for
Springfield Public Schools’ Farm to School program and as the Market Garden Manager for Springfield Community Gardens. For the last 7 years, Alexa has worked for Ozarks Food Harvest, the Food Bank for southwest Missouri, where she is now the Director of the Full Circle Gardens department. In this role she works with volunteers, farmers, backyard gardeners and area hunger-relief organizations to grow and rescue fresh produce for neighbors in need. Garden education is a core focus of her work with The Food Bank and it is an integral part of student field trips, volunteer sessions and community outreach.

Alexa finds deep meaning and connection in the outdoors, from cultivated garden spaces to the wild tangles of forests. She spends her free time adoring nature through vegetable gardening, native habitat restoration projects and various conservation efforts
at her family farm.

 

The Schedule

Friday, Nov. 1

Pre-Conference Field Day

Tentative Schedule
9:30 am Vital Farms Tour
11:15 am Fantastic Caverns Tour
12:45 pm Millsap Farms – Lunch and Mini-Tour
2:00 pm Springfield Waste Water Treatment Plant Tour

Evening Social at Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

Time: Social from 7-9 pm / Optional Tour with Ticket, arrive anytime after 3 pm (try to allow at least 2 hours to get through the museum before the social!)
Address: 500 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807
Check them out!

Sat. Nov. 2

All-Day Conference at the Darr Agricultural Center @ MSU

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Address: 2401 S Kansas Expy, Springfield, MO 65807

The Bond Learning Center is LEED Silver certified and features a system to filter storm water runoff before it reaches nearby streams; occupancy sensors for the lighting and temperature control system; and a ground-source heat-pump mechanical system to take advantage of the earth’s constant temperature 200 feet below the surface. The building also maximizes the use of natural light and has a light-colored roof that minimizes solar heat gain.

 

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Youth Registration Scholarships

We encourage youth to attend, but there is no need for scholarships! We welcome youth to utilize the Pay-What-You-Can option at registration. (Entering $0 at checkout works just fine.)

Lodging

The Hampton Inn South has reserved a block of 30 rooms for MEEA conference-goers at a discounted rate of $124/night + tax. This rate is valid until Oct. 24, 2024.

Address: 3232 S Glenstone Springfield MO

 

 

 

 

 

 

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