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.

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
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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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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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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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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Apr
3
to Apr 5

Our Farms, Our Future Conference [MO]

Mark your calendars for an important national sustainable agriculture event one year from now, the Our Farms, Our Future conference, hosted by SARE and NCAT/ATTRA. This national event will bring together our diverse agricultural community: farmers and ranchers, agricultural professionals, agribusiness, students, researchers, scientists, agency representatives, and nonprofit leaders. Every decade, SARE hosts a conference to look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture, and to understand our trajectory for the future.

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

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
9:00am 9:00am

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
10:00am10:00am

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
9:00am 9:00am

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
10:00am10:00am

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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May
16
to May 18

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

Minority Landowner Magazine's Farmers and Landowners Conference being held May 16-18, 2017 in Grapevine, Texas in partnership with Texas NRCS.

Again, the registration information on the Texas conference is attached. Opportunities to exhibit and to become a partner at both events are still available. Contact Victor Harris directly with your inquiry.

Click to download agenda and registration form.

PS:  This is one of two regional conferences being held in North America. The conference in Greensboro, North Carolina has been rescheduled for September 21-23, 2017. Note that although the events are being held in different regions of the country, Western US and Eastern US, there is no restriction on which you may attend. Each event will have its own farmer and landowner focus.

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May
13
10:00am10:00am

Mountain Grape School [NC]

Mountain Grape School -- Planting, Propagation Tips, and Trellis Design/Installation -- will be held at the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Marshall NC. See Class/Workshop details here: www.jeweloftheblueridge.com/Images/2017GrapeClasses.jpeg

Learn how to prune your grapes - Head/Cane pruning & Spur pruning. Please bring your pruning shears and comfortable footwear for walking around the farm/vineyard.

The class/workshop will cost $35 and will include a catered lunch.

Please note: On-line registration will close 3 days before each class or earlier once we have 15 people registered.

Call Chuck at 828-606-3130 for more information. Or go to website www.JeweloftheBlueRidge.com to register and pay in advance.

You will receive directions after you register for the class/workshop.

Mountain Grape School reserves the right to change schedule dates/places depending upon the weather.

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May
8
to May 9

Organic Agriculture and Certification Workshops

Organic Agriculture and Certification Workshops for Mississippi Farmers and Ranchers

  • Monday, May 8, 2017
  • 10:00AM – 3:00PM
  • Ole Brook Organics
  • Brookhaven, MS

OR

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  • 10:00AM – 3:00PM
  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
  • Philadelphia, MS

There is NO COST to attend, but PRE-REGISTRATION is required.

TO REGISTER SEND EMAIL TO: keithmdp@yahoo.com

GET STARTED NOW: APPLICATION WILL BE EMAILED, AFTER YOU REGISTER!

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Apr
28
to Apr 29

Agricultural Field Day [TX]

  • Prairie View, Texas 77446 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS) at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) will host its annual Agricultural Field Day on April 28th and April 29th, 2017. The two-day event will take place at the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Building and the Demonstration Farm at Prairie View A&M University (Main Campus). Workshops will be offered to focus on livestock and forage, small ruminant and horticulture, with particular emphasis on home and commercial vegetable production.

Farmers, ranchers, agriculture enthusiasts and agriculture professionals will benefit from this event. Since its 1982 debut, Ag Field Day (as it is commonly known), addresses issues in agriculture. Known for being a hallmark of educating, innovating and cultivating, PVAMU’s College of Agriculture and Human Sciences Agricultural Field Day will showcase modern techniques and best practices in agriculture. Usually the audience for this event includes small-scale, new and beginning farmers, ranchers or those wishing to enter production. However, CAHS welcomes the entire public.

Agricultural Field Days is a production of Prairie View A&M University College of Agriculture and Human Sciences.

http://www.pvamu.edu/cahs/agriculture-field-day/

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Apr
6
11:00am11:00am

Taking Stock of Organic Research Investments Webinar

OFRF invites you to a discussion of the findings from their report, Taking Stock: Analyzing and Reporting Organic Research Investments, 2002 - 2014. This report provides information on the progress USDA funded organic research projects have made in addressing critical research needs. They will describe the types, locations, and impacts of USDA research, as well as research gaps and topics that require greater attention.

The webinar will conclude with a set of recommendations for strengthening organic research in the U.S. to best support the needs of organic farmers. All researchers, students, policy makers, and farmers interested in understanding research trends and opportunities are encouraged to attend.

The webinar will be lead by authors:
Diana Jerkins, PhD, Research Program Director, OFRF
Joanna Ory, PhD, Research Program Associate, OFRF
Mark Schonbeck, Research Contractor, OFRF

Register here

Thursday, April 6, 2017
11:00 am - 12 pm PST

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Apr
6
10:00am10:00am

Grapevine Pruning Workshop [NC]

Mountain Grape School - Grapevine Pruning Workshop will be held at the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Marshall NC.

See Class/Workshop details here: www.jeweloftheblueridge.com/Images/2017GrapeClasses.jpeg

Learn how to prune your grapes - Head/Cane pruning & Spur pruning. Please bring your pruning shears.

The class/workshop will cost $35 and will include a catered lunch.

Please note: On-line registration will close 3 days before each class or earlier once we have 15 people registered. Directions will be sent to you as soon as you register for the class/workshop.

Call Chuck at 828-606-3130 for more information. Or go to the websitewww.JeweloftheBlueRidge.com to register and pay in advance. You will receive directions after you register for the class/workshop.

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Mar
25
10:00am10:00am

Grapevine Pruning Workshop [NC]

Mountain Grape School - Grapevine Pruning Workshop

Class/workshop will be held at the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Marshall NC.

See Class/Workshop details here: www.jeweloftheblueridge.com/Images/2017GrapeClasses.jpeg

Learn how to prune your grapes - Head/Cane pruning & Spur pruning. Please bring your pruning shears.

The class/workshop will cost $35 and will include a catered lunch.

Please note: On-line registration will close 3 days before each class or earlier once we have 15 people registered. Directions will be sent to you as soon as you register for the class/workshop.

Call Chuck at 828-606-3130 for more information. Or go to our website www.JeweloftheBlueRidge.com to register and pay in advance. You will receive directions after you register for the class/workshop.

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Goat & Sheep: Raising Browsers & Grazers Webinar
Mar
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Goat & Sheep: Raising Browsers & Grazers Webinar

Join FACT for this free webinar: Goat & Sheep: Raising Browsers & Grazers

Do you have questions about raising sheep and goats on your operation? Join us on March 21 @ 6pm EST. Geoff McPherson of Good Life Ranch and Tony Koch of Koch Ranches will share their experience managing and protecting animals on pasture, from tips for effective fencing to practical advice for multi-species rotational grazing. >> Register

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Mar
17
10:00am10:00am

Alliance Field Day [MS]

The March 17th field day will be hosted by the Small Farm Training Center (SFTC) near Picayune, Mississippi in Hancock County.  As a hands-on working mini-farm and training center, SFTC has pioneered production and marketing strategies that have attracted more than 80 student apprentices in two years. Student farmers learn to grow, cook and market healthy organic produce on this six-acre mini-farm. The farm is part of the New Talavan Community and operated by Terry and Elicia Sheldon. 

Major topics will include: “Growing the Growers in Mississippi – Addressing the Disparity between Supply and Demand for Organic Produce”.  Terry Sheldon says, “The demand for organically grown vegetables in Southern Mississippi is booming.  Now the bad news. Actual organic growers – folks whose livelihood depends on growing what they sell and selling what they grow – are few and far between. Don’t believe it? Visit a Gulf Coast farmers market. The vendors are, by-in-large, retirees and pensioners who are selling produce to supplement their incomes. Sadly, many are re-boxing out of state, or out of country, non-organic produce.  Rarely seen is a prosperous farm family that successfully markets only what they grow locally. If public demand for organic produce is accelerating in a state plagued by chronic unemployment and other problems… what’s missing?”.

The SFTC’s March 17th field day will address this issue head-on and focus on their major production and marketing strategies.  TOUR AND LEARN FROM THIS SUSTAINBLE FARMING OPERATION AND SEE THEIR METHODS, MATERIALS AND MINDSET FOR YOURSELF!  SEE DIRECTIONS BELOW.

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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Rotating Your Animals & Vegetables Webinar
Mar
6
3:30pm 3:30pm

Rotating Your Animals & Vegetables Webinar

FACT's Fund-a-Farmer project has several free webinars for farmers coming up. Sign up today for: Rotating Your Animals & Vegetables: Tips for Managing Fertility, Disease, and Pest Control

Are you looking to better integrate your animal and crop production? Join FACT on March 6 @ 3:30pm EST. Tony Miller from Whitefeather Organics, a past Fund-a-Farmer grant recipient, will present on how he manages intensive animal rotations on his diversified operation. This webinar will provide insights on planning for animal and veggie rotations, tips for composting on farm eviscerations and animals, and design ideas for rotation ease. >> Register

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Operating a Meat CSA Webinar
Feb
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Operating a Meat CSA Webinar

FACT's Fund-a-Farmer project is offering several free webinars this year. Be sure to sign up!

On February 27: Operating a Meat CSA Webinar 

Are you considering a meat or egg CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program for your customers? Or perhaps you are looking for tips to improve your program. Join FACT on Monday, February 27 @ 7pm EST. James Bourne of The Lambs Quarter and Holly Browder of Browder's Birds Pastured Poultry Farm will be the featured presenters. They will offer practical advice about starting and operating a successful CSA program. >> Register

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Feb
19
9:00am 9:00am

Aglanta 2017 Conference

The Aglanta Conference is a gathering to showcase urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) innovation in the City of Atlanta, foster community engagement, and generate economic development. It will bring together restauranteurs, grocers, architects, entrepreneurs, technologists, business owners, and of course urban farmers for premium networking and knowledge sharing. Education, economic development, emerging technologies, sustainability, and financing topics will be covered throughout the event.

Learn more here and register: https://www.aglanta.org/events/

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Feb
17
10:00am10:00am

ALLIANCE FIELD DAY

COME TOUR AND LEARN FROM ANOTHER STRONG SUSTAINABLE FARMING OPERATION.  The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ Farm is impressive!  It is their first USDA Certified Organic farm. The farm has seven (7) industrial size high tunnels, a greenhouse, two (2) walk-in coolers, and field production. Topics will include: "A Seed Starting Demonstration; Preparing for Spring Planting; and Featuring the Farm’s High Tunnels, Greenhouse, and Field Production”.

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Georgia Organics Conference
Feb
17
to Feb 18

Georgia Organics Conference

  • Georgia International Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

More than 1,000+ Conference attendees connect with like-minded peers, tour farms, cultivate new skills, and discover more than 70 partners’ exhibit booths with innovative food-and agriculture-related information that will build stronger farms, school gardens, and communities.

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Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference
Jan
25
to Jan 28

Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference

  • Lexington Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference will be January 25-28, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky

Southern SAWG’s 26th annual conference is for serious organic and sustainable producers, farm to school participants, urban farmers or those interested in creating more vibrant community food systems. The event offers informative pre-conference courses and field trips, practical conference sessions, networking, trade show, and Taste of Kentucky dinner. Each year, participants go home with information to use immediately to improve their operations.

Schedule available October 15.

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