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.

Jun
29
9:00 am09:00

GAPs workshop at New Communities

  • 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

Nut and Fruit Growers Conference [GA]
Aug
13
Aug 16

Nut and Fruit Growers Conference [GA]

  • 15 R D C Road Tifton, GA, 31794 United States

The 108th Annual Conference of the Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA) will be held jointly with the North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX).

Sep
21
Sep 23

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

  • Greensboro, North Carolina

Minority Landowner Magazine's Farmers and Landowners Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina is rescheduled for September 21-23, 2017. Registration information for that event will be released at a later date.

PS: This is one of two regional conferences being held in North America. The first will be held May 16-18, 2017 in Grapevine, Texas in partnership with Texas NRCS.

The Carolina Meat Conference
Sep
25
Sep 26

The Carolina Meat Conference

  • The Millennium Center

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

Oct
5
Oct 6

Georgia Farm to School Summit [GA]

  • Helms College

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.

Apr
3
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.


ASAP's Annual Farm Tour
Jun
24
Jun 25

ASAP's Annual Farm Tour

  • Western North Carolina

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.

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.

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

Conference for Agricultural Worker Health [GA]

  • Savannah Marriott Waterfront

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!

On-Farm GAP & Food Safety Workshops [GA]
May
20
9:00 am09:00

On-Farm GAP & Food Safety Workshops [GA]

  • Stone Mountain, 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.

May
19
10:00 am10:00

ALLIANCE Field Day

  • LEVEE RUN FARM

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
May
16
May 18

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

  • Grapevine, 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.

May
13
10:00 am10:00

Mountain Grape School [NC]

  • Marshall, 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.

May
8
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!

Apr
28
Apr 29

Agricultural Field Day [TX]

  • Prairie View, Texas 77446

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/

Apr
6
11:00 am11:00

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

Apr
6
10:00 am10:00

Grapevine Pruning Workshop [NC]

  • Marshall 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.

Mar
25
10:00 am10:00

Grapevine Pruning Workshop [NC]

  • Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard

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.

Goat & Sheep: Raising Browsers & Grazers Webinar
Mar
21
6:00 pm18:00

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

Mar
17
10:00 am10:00

Alliance Field Day [MS]

  • Picayune, Mississippi

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  

Rotating Your Animals & Vegetables Webinar
Mar
6
3:30 pm15:30

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

Sixth Annual OAK Conference
Mar
3
Mar 4

Sixth Annual OAK Conference

  • Shepherdsville, KY

“Healthy People, Healthy Planet:  Reshaping Kentucky with Organics” Paroquet Springs Conference Center, Shepherdsville, KY

Feb
28
Mar 1

NWIAA Florida Outreach Meeting

  • Tallahassee, FL

NWIAA is officially opening a chapter in the Sunshine State; Florida! FREE Community Outreach Workshop with sustainable agriculture resources to assist many and save lives. We want to educate the community on why agriculture and locally grown food are so important.

Learn more here and to register: http://www.nwiaa.org/florida

Operating a Meat CSA Webinar
Feb
27
7:00 pm19:00

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

Feb
19
9:00 am09:00

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/

Feb
17
10:00 am10:00

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”.

Georgia Organics Conference
Feb
17
Feb 18

Georgia Organics Conference

  • Georgia International Convention Center

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.

2017 Arkansas Blackberry School
Feb
9
8:00 am08:00

2017 Arkansas Blackberry School

  • Clarksville, Arkansas

Dr. Jackie Lee and Amanda McWhirt will be holding 4 seasonal classes in 2017 on blackberry production in Clarksville, Arkansas at the Fruit Research Station. Each class will be different and will focus on what is going on in commercial blackberries during that season. 

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

Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference

  • Lexington Convention Center

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.

Jan
13
Jan 14

Horticulture Industry Show [AR]

Horticulture Industry Show will be in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the Chancellor Hotel on January 13 & 14, 2017. Full program details and registration information will be released soon.

Jan
12
Jan 14

TOFGA Conference

It's Almost Time for the TOFGA Annual Conference!

Check out the amazing speakers (bios online!) and incredible line-up of learning sessions (session descriptions online!).

Sign up and join this once-a-year opportunity to gather with old friends and new!

Happy New Year! Come kick it off in style with your farm and food friends!!!

Dec
9
10:30 am10:30

Alliance Field Day [MS]

  • 493 Bluff Springs Road Winona, MS 38967

Our December 9th field day will be hosted by Roberts Farm in Winona, Mississippi.  Topics will include: “Crop Selection/Seed Acquisition; Winter Fruit Crop Activities; and Feature the Farm’s Eco-Agroforestry and Fruit Trees”.  Experts/presenters will include: Dr. David Nagel, Horticulture Specialist and Dr. Jeff Wilson, Regional Extension Specialist from Mississippi State University; and Vickie Roberts, farm owner.

Dec
7
Dec 8

Virginia Farm to Table Conference

  • Blue Ridge Community College

The 2016 Farm-to-Table Conference, December 7-8 (with farm tours Dec 6) invites you to join other producers, buyers, chefs, food historians, scientists, community development specialists -- an ecology of food systems thinkers and groundbreakers -- in this year's conversation around local food and emerging innovation.

The conference's goal is to inspire, train, and make connections among producers and markets and to recognize and encourage emerging communities. In addition to food systems speakers, scholars, and panels, specific conversations will address (and build) military veteran, and beginning farmers and ranchers communities. Technical themes include training in whole farm budgets, soil health management, and finding leverage in your market niche.

For producers, there is a Producer-Buyer networking event the evening of the 7th. Bring samples and tell your story.

If that doesn't whet your appetite, here are six good reasons to take your place at the Virginia Farm to Table Conference.

Registration is through Blue Ridge Community College, the site of the conference, and can be tricky. Give Liz a call for guidance and more information. Liz Kirchner, 540 -432-6029 x 107 

Nov
29
9:30 am09:30

Growing Organic from the Ground Up Workshop [FL]

  • 12690 SW 280th St Homestead, FL

Florida Organic Growers and Verde Community Farm & Market will be hosting Growing Organic From the Ground Up: Techniques and Tips for South Florida Success, a farmer workshop. Speakers are Chuck Lyons, Verde Community Farm & Market manager, Joe Pierce, Permaculture enthusiast and Jeff Wasielewski, M.S., Commercial Tropical Fruit Crops Extension Agent with the University of Florida/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension.