Past Conferences

Past Farm to Table Pittsburgh Conferences

Read about our speakers and demonstrations that we’ve had in the past to get a good idea of what to expect at this year’s conference.

2013 Conference

2013 Exhibitors
2013 Tasting Exhibitors
2013 Speakers

2012 Conference

Conference Exhibitors

2011 Conference

See the full list of exhibitors, food tasting vendors and the schedule for speakers, demonstrations and kid’s activities for the 2011 events. Download the program: 2011 Farm to Table Conference Program

2010 Conference Schedule of Events

Friday, March 26, 2010

10am: Exhibit Hall opens

10am: Demonstrations Begin

10:30am: Speakers Begin

5pm: Exhibit Hall Closes

5-8pm: Friday Night Food Tasting

Saturday, March 27, 2010

8am: Saturday Breakfast Begins

10am: Exhibit Hall Opens

10am: Speakers Begin

10am: Demonstrations Begin

5pm: Exhibit Hall Closes

2010 Speaker Schedule

Friday, March 26, 2010

10:30am | Art King, Harvest Valley Farms

“PA Simply Sweet Onions”

11:30am | Kevin Brown, President, Visionary Trainers, Inc.

“Liberation Diet, Healthy Long Term Weight Loss with Real Food”

1pm | Darrell Misak, ND, Pittsburgh Alternative Health

“Your Health, Your Environment and Whole Foods”

2:30pm | Robert Steffes & Christina Joy Neumann, Burgh Bees

“Beekeeping and Farming Synergies”

4pm | Patricia DeMarco, PhD, Rachel Carson Homestead

“A Sustainable Food Supply in Harmony with Nature – Rethinking Agriculture”

5pm -8pm | Friday Night Food Tasting

Saturday Morning Breakfast Speakers

Time: 8am-10am

Neilly Buckalew, Integrative Health Interest Group UPMC


Michael L. Boninger, M.D., Director UPMC Institute for Rehabilitation and Research

“Importance of Fitness and nutrition in disability.”

Susan E. George, PT, MS, DPT, OCS, WCS, Director of WomensRehab at Centers for Rehab Services

Jude Vachon, Be Well! Pittsburgh, Healthcare Options for the Uninsured

“Be Well! Pittsburgh- an attempt to help low-income Pittsburghers be healthy with or without health insurance”

Saturday, March 27, 2010

10am | Goutham Rao, MD, Clinical Director, Weight Management and Wellness Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

“Practical strategies for promoting healthy weights among adults and children.”

11:30am | Heather Mikulas, Penn State Extension Allegheny County

“Where does your food come from? A consumer’s guide to demystifying food shopping.”

1pm |Donald L. Gibbon, Crystal Images Photography, Curator, PASA Exhibits

“A Virtual Tour of Sustainable Pennsylvania Farms”

2:30pm | Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, Author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food

“Myths and Truths about Vegetarian Diets”

3:30pm | Dorit Brauer, Reflexologist & Meditation Teacher

“Food Blessing Meditation”

2010 Demonstration Schedule

Friday, March 26, 2010

10am | Lisa Ferguson, Fabled Table:

Use Seasonal Produce for Quick, Delicious, Nutritious Meals

11:30am | Chef Martin Ellenberger, Six Penn Kitchen:

Cooking Demonstration

1pm | Kathy King, Harvest Valley Farms:

Cooking Demonstration: PA Simply Sweet Onions

2:30pm | Chris Fennimore & Joshua Burnett, WQED & Grow Pittsburgh:

Cooking Demonstration

4pm | John Jamison, Jamison Farm:

Farm to Dinner Plate

Saturday, March 27, 2010

10am | Scott Grzybek, Zukay Live Foods:

The practice and health benefits of natural food fermentation

11am | Jodi Verbanic, Cherry Valley Organics:

Farm to Skin: Handmade Herbal Body Care Products

12pm | Mandi S. Babkes MNH, HHC, Holistic And Raw With Mandi:

Organic, Plant-based, Raw and Living Foods Diet and Lifestyle

1pm | Yvonne Post & Denise Sheehan, Cooking For Real:

Using Fresh, Local and Seasonal Ingredients

2:30pm |Susan Parker, Gardens Gorgeous, SHP Solutions, LLC:

Healthy Foods and How to Grow Them and Use Them

Download Speaking Materials:

Vegetable Gardening

Know When to Sow Your Seeds

Nutrients of Fruits and Vegetables

4pm |Chef Tim Hering, Chef Carole Ortenzo, Western PA Chapter of the United States Personal Chef Association:

Personal Chef: In season, Locally-grown, Organic Meals

2009 Conference

Friday, April 3, 2009

10:00 am | Christopher Fullerton, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) ::Visit Website

“The Good Food Neighborhood: It takes a Village to build a Sustainable Local Food System”

11:15 am | Peter Burns & Greg Burns, Heritage Farm: Sustainable Production of Natural, Healthy, and Clean Foods in North Central PA ::Download Biographies :: Visit Website

“Growing A Heritage: Our Own Small Farm Story (book written about sustainable farming practices and farm lifestyle by Gregory Burns)”

11:45 am | Dorit Brauer, Food Blessing Meditation ::Download Presentation ::Visit Website

12:30pm | Thomas J. Reynolds, Director, The Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research at Slippery Rock University of PA ::View Website

1:00 pm | Joshua Burnett, Grow Pittsburgh ::Visit Website

Demonstration: “No Schoolyard Left Unplanted: Growing (an Appetite for) Fresh Fruits and Vegetables”

1:45 pm | Maureen Tighe, ND, Trillium Natural Medicine ::Visit Website

“Naturopathic Nutrition: A New Perspective on Achieving Ideal Health for All Ages”

2:15 pm | Jeff Bost, PA-C, Clinical Instructor, Department of Neurosurgery UPMC ::Visit Website

“Human Longevity: Can Resveratrol, Green Tea and Omega-3 Offer New Hope?”

3:00 pm | Rick Day & Bob Neiderer, Penn State Geospatial Lab :: View Website

“Use of AgMap, a direct marketing website for agricultural business”

3:45 pm | Robert McCafferty, North Country Brewing Company, Silvermist Farm ::Visit Website

“Farm to Fork”

Saturday, April 4, 2009

10:00 am | Kathleen M. Kelley, Ph.D., Department of Horticulture, The Pennsylvania State University ::Read Online Biography

“Consumer behaviors and preferences for locally grown and certified organic produce and value-added products”

10:00 am | Jeff Berta, Slippery Rock Greenhouse

Demonstration: “Live Herb Plants: What’s new and how to keep them going”

11:15 am | Will Clower, Mediterranean Wellness ::Visit Website

“Faux Food Physiology and The Hunger For Satiety ”

11:30 am | Sara Kudasick, Right By Nature ::Visit Website

Demonstration: “Grilled Buffalo with Sweet Onions”

12:30 pm | Patricia DeMarco, PhD, The Rachel Carson Homestead ::Visit Website

“Living in Harmony with Nature: Why Organic Matters!”

1:00 pm | Rachel Lori, Personal Chef ::Visit Website

Demonstration: “Cooking Local”

1:15 am | Dorit Brauer, Food Blessing Meditation ::Download Presentation ::Visit Website

2:30 pm | Colleen Prokopik, Plum Senior High

Demonstration: “How to start a Victory Garden”

3:30 pm | Maryann Frazier, Senior Extension Associate ::View Website

“Honey Bee Decline: Why it Matters”