Events

Workshops, conferences, and events in sustainable and organic agriculture, community food systems, and policy, mostly throughout 13 states in the Southern Region of the United States.

ASAP Business of Farming Conference [NC]
Feb
24
8:00 AM08:00

ASAP Business of Farming Conference [NC]

2018 Business of Farming Conference
A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center
Asheville, NC

ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together beginning, established, and aspiring farmers from across the region to share tools and resources to build more successful farm businesses. The conference features over 15 business and marketing workshops led by innovative farmers and business professionals, a Grower-Buyer Meeting, individual consulting opportunities, exhibitor hall, and a locally sourced breakfast and lunch.

Early bird registration is $75 per person or $125 for two farm partners until January 31, and $95 per person or $165 for two farm partners beginning February 1. Farmers can also register to attend a Friday Half-Day Workshop Intensive on "Farm Succession Planning" or Labor Challenges and Strategies" on February 23. Register online for the conference and Friday workshops at http://asapconnections.org/events/business-of-farming-conference/ or contact ASAP at 828-236-1282 to register over the phone.

For more information: events@asapconnections.org or 828-236-1282.

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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Vineyard Workshop [NC]

Learn how to evaluate land in the mountains for a possible vineyard site and learn how to lay out the vineyard for best results at Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard & Greenhouse Nursery.

The fee for all classes/workshops is $45 including a catered lunch.

All classes are taught at the Mountain Grape School at Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Marshall NC.

Directions to the classroom will be forwarded upon receipt of payment for the class.

You can sign up for workshops at www.JeweloftheblueRidge.com Registration closes three days before the class.

Live long and ferment!

Phone: 828-606-3130

 

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Feb
28
to Mar 1

RME Community Outreach Conference [AL]

Risk Management Education (RME) Community Outreach Conference in Huntsville, Alabama

The Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) Small Farms Research Center in collaboration with Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be hosting its Community Outreach Conference, on February 28 - March 1, 2018. The conference will focus on the following issues, but not limited to; risk management strategies, business development, USDA programs and services (Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, Housing and business cooperatives, Natural Resource Conservation Services.) Access to capital, New and Emerging Agricultural Issues.  Registration will begin Friday, February 9, 2018. Please see attached flyer.

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2018 OAK Conference
Mar
2
to Mar 3

2018 OAK Conference

Lexington, KY. Local and national speakers spotlight a variety of topics, including livestock and row crops, dairy, growing produce, farm finances, and life on the farm. We expect more than 300 participants, including consumers, farmers, academics, government agencies, and businesses from Kentucky and beyond to continue the momentum in building a stronger and healthier food system.

Program features four short courses, 25 educational workshops, Liz Carlisle as the invited keynote speaker, an exhibitor fair, a Farm and Urban Food Systems Tour, a festive reception and silent auction, a special screening of King Corn and the always popular "Meet the Buyers" session. From beginning farmers to experienced growers, to the consumer who wants to learn more about the benefits of organic, these workshops have something for everyone.

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Mar
27
to Mar 30

National Good Food Network Conference [NM]

Join the Wallace Center as they explore how the collaborations, non-traditional partnerships, and innovative multi-stakeholder engagements that are emerging across local and regional food value chains are interacting to create true vitality within the food system. 

The central focus of the NGFN Conference is on the success of food hubs. They're gearing up for 400+ food hub managers, staff and supporters of all types to dig deep into the nuts and bolts of running hubs, financing, technology, and enhancing the triple bottom line. 

Albuquerque, NM
March 27-30, 2018

Register here.

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Feb
20
9:00 AM09:00

Water Testing and Employee Training Workshop [GA]

FREE Water Testing and Employee Training Workshop hosted by Healthy Living Farm, Extension, GFVGA, Global Growers, NRCS, Cooper Ag, and Georgia Organics. Each participant will receive templates and instructions on how to document for GAP/FSMA, an opportunity for a water test cost share, free lunch, and one-on-one and group consultation from Extension and GFVGA.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 20th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

A.M. - Water Testing and Water System Inspection 101

  • - How to fill in and use water testing/ag die off/system inspection records for FSMA/GAP
  • - Irrigation discussion and cost-share opportunities from NRCS
  • - How to take and read your water test and next steps

FREE LUNCH

P.M. - Employee Training 101

  • - Interactive session demonstrating employee training practices
  • - Distribution of employee training video resources, farm signs, and employee training templates
  • - The when, why, where and how of employee training and demonstration on how to document for FSMA/GAP
  • - Discussion on food storage best practices: temperatures, ethylene gas food sensitivities, etc.

Questions? billy@globalgrowers.org or 773-343-6053

* This workshop is limited to 15 participants *

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Georgia Organics Conference & Expo [GA]
Feb
16
to Feb 17

Georgia Organics Conference & Expo [GA]

Join Georgia Organics on the banks of the Savannah River in Augusta where hundreds of attendees will unite for the 21st Annual Georgia Organics Conference & Expo. 

Over two days, you’ll be inspired, connected, refreshed, invigorated and challenged. Farmers will share techniques, hacks and acumen that lift farmer productivity and prosperity. Educators will inspire with stories of kids loving broccoli. Advocates will rally to fight for just and clean food. Augustans will give tours around their healthy food oasis. Exhibitors will show off the latest and greatest. And everyone will eat good and beautiful food grown by the ultimate stewards of land, flavor and joy. Come see why food is the answer! 

http://conference.georgiaorganics.org/

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ROOTS IN AGRICULTURE: The Legacy of Henry Laine
Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

ROOTS IN AGRICULTURE: The Legacy of Henry Laine

Local historian, photographer and food justice activist, Jim Embry, will provide the opening presentation for the Madison County Historical Society’s 2018 Program on Thursday, February 15 6:30 pm at the Central Bank’s Community Meeting Room, 350 W. Main St., Richmond. This inaugural presentation titled "ROOTS IN AGRICULTURE—The Legacy of Henry Laine" will celebrate Black History Month and feature the renowned Madison County native and multi-talented Black leader, Henry Allen Laine (1870-1955). Laine was an educator, agriculturalist, and poet who had major impacts on many aspects of the Madison County community for over 50 years.

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Jan
23
to Jan 24

2018 Virginia Biological Farming Conference

Virginia State University and Virginia Association for Biological Farming present Virginia's premier gathering of farmers, gardeners, and supporters as the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and Virginia State University (VSU) collaborate to bring you knowledgeable speakers, informative sessions, amazing local food, and wonderful networking opportunities! Pre-Conference Workshops are offered on Monday, January 22nd.

Conference information can be found at vabf.org. Visit the website often. Information on speakers, sessions, and opportunities to be involved is updated weekly.  

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Professional Pastured Poultry Producers Conference [AR]
Jan
22
to Jan 23

Professional Pastured Poultry Producers Conference [AR]

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Join professional pastured poultry producers from around the country at this two day conference hosted by American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the Mount Sequoyah Retreat, 50 N Skyline Dr, Fayetteville AR, 72701.

Scroll down to purchase tickets through Eventbrite or go directly to Eventbrite.

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How to Plan, Promote & Host a Pasture Walk
Jan
10
1:00 PM13:00

How to Plan, Promote & Host a Pasture Walk

Have you ever thought about holding an educational event on your farm but not know quite where to start? Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) to learn how to pull off a successful program. Kirsten Jurcek, Grazing Educator and owner of Brattset Family Farm in Wisconsin, will share tips and tools to help you plan, promote, and host a pasture walk or similar event. There will be time for Q&A so be sure to come with any burning questions you may have! https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED52DB8088493D
 

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2017 Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference [GA]
Nov
10
to Nov 12

2017 Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference [GA]

Black Urban Growers (BUGs) announces 7th Annual Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners National Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 10–12, 2017.

Since 2010 they have been creating a space for black urban and rural farmers, food justice activists, chefs, educators, policy makers and everyday citizens to come together and share innovative ideas, projects, and best practices for reclaiming and reshaping our food system.

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FACT Grass-Fed Dairy Production
Nov
8
1:00 PM13:00

FACT Grass-Fed Dairy Production

100% grass-fed milk production is a successful, expanding new market for dairy farmers. Join FACT to learn how to use low-stress cattle handling, low-to-no-tillage seeding, and proper manure distribution to create a 100% grass-fed dairy. Presenter, Kevin Mahalko, is an Organic Valley farmer in Wisconsin. His family’s multi-generation dairy has 120 Holsteins with approximately 350 acres of permanent managed grasslands and hardwood forest. There will be time for Q&A so be sure to come with any questions you may have! https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED52DB8288483D
 

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Fund-a-Farmer Grant Info Session
Nov
1
1:00 PM13:00

Fund-a-Farmer Grant Info Session

Join Larissa McKenna, Food Animal Concerns Trust's (FACT) Humane Farming Director, to learn more about applying for a Fund-a-Farmer Grant from FACT. This year they have two types of grants: Pasture Improvement Grants and Certification Grants. They will discuss our grant eligibility guidelines and share tips for applying online. Applications are due by December 4, 2017! https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED52DB84894A31
 

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UT Organic Crops Field Tour [TN]
Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

UT Organic Crops Field Tour [TN]

  • 7315 Government Farm Road Knoxville, TN, 37920 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Southern SAWG and a couple hundred other farmers, researchers, and farm service providers in Knoxville, TN at the University of Tennessee's Organic Crops Field Tour. UT has put together an excellent program packed with practical information on profitable vegetable production, cut flower production, packing house design, beekeeping and much more! Click title of post to learn more.

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Monarch and Pollinator Summit 2017 [AR]
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Monarch and Pollinator Summit 2017 [AR]

During this summit the Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership (AMCP) will present the draft version of the Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan for public comment and review. This plan will also be made available online for those who cannot attend in person. The summit will be held at UA - Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock.

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Oct
5
to Oct 6

Georgia Farm to School Summit [GA]

Early bird registration now open! The 2017 Georgia Farm to School Summit will be held Oct.5-6, 2017 at Helms College in Augusta, GA. Hear from Keynote Betti Wiggins and Honorary Co-Chair Donna Martin, tour farm to school programs, and choose from 21 education sessions including focused content for school nutrition, educators, and early care providers. Only a limited number of early bird tickets are available. Visit the Summit website for more information.

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The Carolina Meat Conference
Sep
25
to Sep 26

The Carolina Meat Conference

Join the 5th Carolina Meat Conference, the largest gathering of pastured meat-makers in the country! Farmers, chefs, butchers, and industry leaders convene for two days of unparalleled networking, hands-on training, and technical and business assistance.

This conference supports a growing community committed to advancing market opportunities and increasing customer access to pasture-based meats. Plus for the first time, NC Choices is offering a one day Niche Meat Pre-Conference for Cooperative Extension Agents!

http://www.carolinameatconference.com/2017-registration

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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Intro to Small-Scale Sustainable Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production [AR]

  • 55 Heifer Road Perryville, AR, 72126 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Join Heifer USA at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, to learn about small-scale Certified Organic and Certified Naturally Grown vegetable production, the rewards and challenges of starting a farm business, and what resources and knowledge you need to start farming sustainably.


This workshop is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Learn more and register here.

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Sep
21
to Sep 23

Minority Landowner Magazine's Farmers and Landowners Conference [NC]

  • Greensboro, North Carolina (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Minority Landowner continues its national outreach to minority, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. Registration is open for Minority Landowner’s Farmers and Landowners Conference being held September 21-23, 2017 in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro High-Point Airport Marriott. 

The conference focus is “RESOURCES: The Agencies, Organizations, and Professionals Who Support Family Farms.” Conference registration details are linked here. Note that the deadline for resource professionals to receive the conference group rate is September 4, 2017. For exhibit and sponsorship information contact Victor Harris directly. 

Follow www.minoritylandowner.com and Twitter @minorityland for conference updates. Checkout this video link to review highlights from the most recent conference held in Grapevine, Texas: Sights and Sounds of the 2017 Minority Landowner Magazine Farmer Conference Video.

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Sep
17
to Sep 19

FOG Organic Food & Farming Summit [FL]

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers (FOG) will be hosting its inaugural Organic Food & Farming Summit in September! This exciting new event will serve as an opportunity for growers, educators, advocates, academics & researchers to interact and gain knowledge through farm tours, workshops, a trade show, and day-long training sessions.

Please visit organicfoodandfarmingsummit.org for registration details.

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Alliance Field Day: Fruit Tree Grafting and Orchard Tour

  • Southern Cultured Orchards & Nursery (map)
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This event will be hosted by Southern Cultured Orchards & Nursery in Carrollton, MS. Major activities will include: “Fruit Tree Grafting Demonstration and Tour of the Farm’s Orchard”.

Southern Cultured Orchards & Nursery (SCON) is located in Carroll County, MS.  What started out as a fruit-growing hobby has evolved into a full-time nursery business, specializing in locally-adapted, Deep South varieties of apples and pears, as well as some citrus, figs, and heirloom and exotic fruits. The focus of SCON is propagating and selling fruit trees – not on fruit production. They grow and sell numerous varieties of heirloom apple trees from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana – ones that are naturally selected to perform with minimum care and without conventional spraying programs. This is an ongoing trial, and new (old) varieties of homestead apples are introduced each year. SCON is active in the Southern Fruit Fellowship (SFF) and North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) organizations. https://www.facebook.com/southernculturedorchardsandnursery

There is NO COST to attend this event, but PRE-REGISTRATION is required! 

TO REGISTER SEND EMAIL TO: keithmdp@yahoo.com  

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Grow a School Garden Teacher Workshop [AL]
Aug
1
7:30 AM07:30

Grow a School Garden Teacher Workshop [AL]

E.A.T. South and Project Learning Tree are offering a FREE workshop to educators that includes a free Pre K-8 Garden Curriculum. They will cover the basics from planning your school garden, resources to find funding and support and a walk-through guide with the curriculum provided.

You will also have the opportunity to network with other teachers in your area!

Date: August 1, 7:30 am-12:00 pm
E.A.T. South Downtown Farm

Registration includes:

  • Resource packet including gardening basics,
    how to begin and where to find funding
  • CE Credit
  • Hands-on garden skills training
  • Prek-8 Garden Curriculum and walkthrough
  • Pre-workshop coffee and snacks
  • Lunch

For questions, email Beth Anne Dunagan: bethanne@eatsouth.org

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Seed Savers Conference & Campout
Jul
14
to Jul 16

Seed Savers Conference & Campout

  • 3094 North Winn Road Decorah, IA, 52101 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cultivate community, knowledge, and an appreciation of seeds during the 37th annual Seed Savers Exchange Conference & Campout. Gardeners, educators, and leaders in the seed world will be gathering at Heritage Farm for a weekend of workshops, tours, inspiring keynote speakers, community, and great local food.

Register Today

Learn more: 
Conference Preview + Keynote Speakers 
Workshop Lineup

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Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

GAPs workshop at New Communities

Join a hands-on GAPs event at New Communities in Albany.

Here is the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaps-workshop-at-new-communities-tickets-35143760935

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ASAP's Annual Farm Tour
Jun
24
to Jun 25

ASAP's Annual Farm Tour

  • Western North Carolina (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ASAP's annual Farm Tour will be held June 24-25. The tour is ASAP's one time event for connecting the public to their local food producers in Western North Carolina.

For new to experienced farmers, this is a great chance to visit and network with other producers and exchange ideas about agritourism and welcoming visitors to your farm.

Click here to learn more about the Farm Tour or visit asapconnections.org to learn aboutother local food and farm resources.

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Alliance Field Day

Activities at Alcorn’s demonstration will focus on “Turmeric, Blueberries, Muscadine, and No-till Vegetable Production”.  The workshop will cover organic turmeric production; how to raise blueberries on heavy soils and increasing Vitamin C in blueberry fruits; clonal muscadine propagation; and no-till vegetable production.

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Conference for Agricultural Worker Health [GA]
May
22
to May 24

Conference for Agricultural Worker Health [GA]

  • Savannah Marriott Waterfront (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Con­fer­ence for Agri­cul­tural Worker Health is the only con­fer­ence ded­i­cated solely to the health and well-being of America’s migra­tory and sea­sonal agri­cul­tural work­ers. Com­mu­nity and Migrant Heath Cen­ters cur­rently serve approx­i­mately 900,000 migra­tory and sea­sonal agri­cul­tural work­ers and their fam­i­lies. How­ever, this rep­re­sents less than 25% of the esti­mated num­ber who reside in the coun­try. We must do bet­ter, we can and we are!

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On-Farm GAP & Food Safety Workshops [GA]
May
20
9:00 AM09:00

On-Farm GAP & Food Safety Workshops [GA]

The morning workshop will focus on practical farm infrastructure for small and limited-resource farms. In the afternoon, they will discuss packhouse management and wholesaler requirements for packaging. Each workshop will feature a classroom section related to GAP practices and certification along with farm tour highlighting hands-on examples.

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May
19
10:00 AM10:00

ALLIANCE Field Day

Demonstrations on Composting and Trellising; Insect and Disease Control; and Featuring the Farm’s Pastured Poultry, Vegetables, Flowers, and High Tunnel

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO LEVEE RUN FARM:

LEVEE RUN FARM is located at 802 Grenada Blvd. Ext, Greenwood, MS 38930.  FROM NORTH: 28 miles south of Grenada via Hwy. 7, turn left on Grenada Blvd. Exit just as highway starts to turn from 2 lanes to 4 lanes.  FROM SOUTH, EAST, AND WEST: turn north from Hwy 82 onto Hwy 7 North (toward Grenada), travel approx. 1 1/2 miles to Grenada Blvd. Ext, turn right and we are the 7th house on the right.  Blue mailbox and grey/white barn.  Contact: Farm Owner, Leann Hines at 662-392-4189 for help with driving directions.  TO REGISTER EMAIL: keithmdp@yahoo.com.  (Pre-registration is required)

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS:

  • Mississippi State University Extension Service
  • Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
  • Alcorn State University Extension Program
  • University of Mississippi Transactional Law Clinic
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology
  • Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
  • Mississippi Department of Education
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