OACC includes both pre-scheduled and spontaneous presentations. Pre-scheduled topics are listed here. Previously unscheduled events are added to the roster on Friday evening, during the Open Space Process after the Opening Circle. Join us for Open Space to add your presentation to the OACC mix.
Green Building. Get your hands muddy diving into the world of plastering as Ini and Wren teach a modern approach to ancient building practices that are in line with nature.
Ecological Land Tenure. Representatives from Sweetwater Community, Farm Resettlement Congress, Ozark Land Trust, and others will discuss how to pass on land with ecological protection and how to help young people who want to live on the land.
Expand Your Garden. A wealth of experience is packed into this panel, which will discuss using high tunnels to extend the growing season, cultivating forest crops such as medicinals and mushrooms and composting with worms. Panelist hail from Elixir Farm, The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry and Worm Woman Inc.
Bryant Creek State Park. Ken McCarty with Missouri State Parks will describe this new park’s notable features, ongoing scientific research there, and plans for its development.
Superb Sauerkraut. Join Mary Cutter of Baker’s Creek Heirloom Seed Company, in the OACC kitchen to learn her sauerkraut-making secrets. Make some yourself. Bring a jar and take some home.
Lessons from a Tree. Drawing from deep ecology musings, Stan Slaguhter will share insights about how trees can motivate and inform our life.
OACC Roots & Fruits. This slideshow celebrates 40 years, from early memories to our current work.
State of the Ozarks. This popular annual session offers the opportunity to hear what others are doing and to share news from your neck of the woods! Be prepared to give a short talk about your event, project, organization, business, or ideas. Whether you’re new or a long-timer, this session can help you find connections.
Climate Models and Climate Policy. University of Missouri Professor Emeritus Johann Bruhn will describe scientific predictions of future climate impacts on the Ozarks, and Missouri Citizens’ Climate Lobby co-ordinator George Laur will discuss policy options that could mitigate impacts.
Food Systems Sustainability. Angela Jenkins, former head of Ozark Regional Food Policy Council, will discuss practical steps for building local food systems.
Ozark Advocacy. From protecting parks to limiting CAFO waste, Marisa Frazier with the Sierra Club’s White River group will tell about ecological issues affecting the Ozarks.
Coffeehouse Talent Show. From year one of OACC (1980) on, Coffeehouse has made one thing clear…OACC folks are talented! Experience what our entertaining folks have to offer this year!
Children’s Programs. Calling all creative folks! No one has stepped forward to organize for kids, so please consider leading a fun activity that you can schedule during the Open Space session.
Program Subject to Change. For more information contact OACC at OACCleaf@gmail.com
We highly encourage you to come to OACC on Friday afternoon, register and be a part of the Opening Circle at 6 PM. The Opening Circle is our first chance to be together as a whole group, and one of the most important aspects of OACC. It gives everyone a chance to introduce themselves to each other, find out what others are doing and what they are passionate about, where they are from, and start participating actively in OACC right away. It is at the opening circle that you get to see those who you most might want to get to know more and meet with during the rest of OACC.
Noon. Set up begins.
3 p.m. Registration opens.
3—5 p.m. Vendors set up exhibits, to display throughout OACC their Ozark-based, environmentally-friendly, cottage-industry products.
5 p.m. Dinner (simple snack-type foods) Please bring potluck items.
6 p.m. Opening Circle. Introduce yourself, make connections, learn about other participants. Very important for the full OACC experience.
After Opening Circle. Open Space Process. This is your time to sign up if you want to give a presentation or host a discussion. We set the final schedule then. OACC is all about sharing and participating!
7:30 p.m. or so. Entertainment
Later. Fire circle and/or drum circle (conditions permitting)
7:30 a.m. Breakfast.
9 a.m.—noon. Workshops, presentations.
10:30 a.m. State of the Ozarks.
Noon—1:30 p.m. Lunch.
1:00—6 p.m. Workshops, presentations, sessions.
6—7:30 p.m. Dinner.
After dinner. Coffeehouse Talent Show—Major fun! Everyone, from the smallest child, is encouraged to perform, be it with music, poems, theatrics, dance, or jokes.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast.
9 a.m. Workshops, presentations.
10:30 a.m. OACC 41 Congress Planning Session.
All are encouraged to attend this session of the Congress, which determines the future of OACC!
12:30 p.m. Lunch.
After lunch: Silent auction for leftover food. Cleanup.
After auction and cleanup: Closing Circle.