ELA Conference

Conference Session Fleisher22nd ELA Conference A Success!

Sustaining the Living Landscape, the 22nd Annual ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace took place on March 9 & 10, 2016 at the UMass Campus Center, Amherst, MA. Attendees were immersed in a two-day exploration of ecological concepts that support living landscapes!

Rave Reviews from Conference Attendees:

Claudia West and Attendees at ELA Conference Bookstore

Thank you to all speakers, exhibitors, and attendees. This was another great opportunity to learn from one another and get inspired for the upcoming season. One conference attendee wrote:

“Thank you and all the staff and volunteers for a great conference.  Over the years I have gone to quite a few different conferences.  The ELA conferences are consistently the best educational sessions that I attend. Really liked the [UMass] setting this year also. Best Regards, Paul

Another attendee pointed out the months of preparation that go into the ELA Conference:

“This conference goes off so smoothly, there must be a lot of folks working hard behind the scenes.”

Many thanks to the ELA Conference Committee including:

Kristin Andres, Tom Benjamin, Dan Jaffe, Penny Lewis, Tara Mitchell, Kerry O’Kelly, Mark Richardson, Trevor Smith, Theresa Sprague, Maureen Sundberg, and Kathy Sargent-O’Neill

Tradd Cotter Keynote - InspirationHighlighting the conference, microbiologist, professional mycologist, and author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, Tradd Cotter, gave an inspiring keynote address. The audience was encouraged by the research that is taking place resulting in great excitement about the soil-healing potential of mycoremediation.

A wide variety of conference sessions, demonstrations, and panel discussions provided valuable ecological education and networking opportunities further enhanced the experience for all. Stay tuned for 2017 Conference Dates!