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.

10th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference
Sep
25
Sep 27

10th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference

  • Bastrop, Texas

This unique event focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our independent family farms and our local food system. It brings together a diverse group of people – including farmers and ranchers, activists, nonprofit leaders, sustainable businesses, and consumers – who care about where our food comes from.

Sep
29
2:00 pm14:00

AMS Specialty Crops Program Webinar

AMS Specialty Crops Program Presents “Market News: Local & Regional Reporting”

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 - 2:00 p.m. EST

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites you to a webinar on its Market News local and regional, and organic market price reporting and a new farmers market app function for customers to self-report prices. Julie Hartley and Russell Avalos with the AMS Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News Division will discuss new market reports available to help you discover local and organic commodity prices throughout the U.S. Ed Ragland, an economist with the AMSTransportation and Marketing Program will walk you through a new feature we are developing for our AMS Farmers Market app that will enable vendors to self-report prices as they work to communicate with their customers.

Women Working in the Meat Business [NC]
Oct
2
Oct 4

Women Working in the Meat Business [NC]

  • Orange County, NC USA

NC Choices’ Women Working in the Meat Business brings together women farmers, processors, and professionals from across the country who raise, butcher, prepare, and/or market pasture raised meat. In a focused, hands-on setting, women convene in North Carolina for over two days of training, from on-farm management to butchery, by the nation’s top professionals. Courses are designed to help women tackle real and perceived barriers in their career by offering educational, technical, and business planning assistance while also providing opportunities to build and expand professional networks.

NC Choices, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, promotes sustainable food systems through the advancement of the local, niche and pasture-based meat supply chain in North Carolina. NC Choices provides information, technical assistance, educational programming and networking opportunities for farmers, extension agents, meat processors, buyers, distributors and consumers. 

CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference [NC]
Nov
4
Nov 6

CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference [NC]

The Sustainable Agriculture Conference, brought to you by The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, brings together over 1,200 beginning and experienced farmers, agripreneurs and ag-tivists, health advocates and gardeners, consumers and homesteaders, and everyone in-between, for workshops, hands-on intensives, farm tours, demonstrations, good food, great conversations and community-building. It is a once-a-year opportunity to celebrate, champion and build a vibrant, sustainable food system that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farmworkers, and good for the land.

The 31st annual conference features 65 workshops, 10 skill-building intensives, 5 bus tours, the legendary Local Food Feast and a dynamite keynote by season-extension expert, Clara Coleman.

www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac

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.

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.


Sep
23
Sep 24

Southeast F2S Conference [SC]

  • Greenville, SC

ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program hosts a full-day conference. Over 175 teachers, parents, early childhood teachers, child nutrition staff, and other educators come together for hands-on workshops, inspiring speakers, networking, and delicious local food!

If you work with children of any age and are interested in learning how you can help them connect to local food and farms, please save the date for this 2016 conference in Greenville, SC.

Please visit the Growing Minds Farm to School site for more information about the conference. You’ll also find delicious seasonal recipes, lesson plans, and more information about Farm to School. Questions: Call 828-236-1282.

Sep
20
Sep 22

7th National Small Farm Conference [VA]

  • Virginia Beach Convention Center

"CREATING AND SUSTAINING SMALL FARMERS AND RANCHERS"

Hosted by Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with support from Virginia Tech.

Learn about the U.S.’s premier conference that addresses the needs, challenges and successes of small farmers from Alaska to Alabama, from Maine to Maui, and even from countries far beyond the US.

 At the conference, through short courses, oral and poster paper presentations, exhibits, success stories and educational tours in and around Virginia Beach you’ll:

  • Learn about innovative advances in research, extension and outreach
  • Network and strengthen existing partnerships with other small farm professionals
  • Take home new ideas that will help to ensure small farmers and ranchers in your region not only survive, but thrive in today’s economy. 

Registration is easy! Register yourself or a whole group online with a credit card, purchase order or check. Just click here to get started.

FARM AID 2016 [VA]
Sep
17
12:00 pm12:00

FARM AID 2016 [VA]

  • Bristow, VA

Farm Aid’s annual concert is an all-day music and food festival, featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres and family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions®. In Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

Information is available on the website: https://www.farmaid.org/concert/

Sep
16
Sep 18

Plant Immersion & Forest Gardening [VA]

Come spend 3 days in the Shenandoah interacting with plants from both the wild and cultivated realms! This amazing workshop will be great for anyone with a love for plants and/or interest in learning more about them and their uses as food, medicine and utility. Event will take place at the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary in Linden, VA (about a 15 minute drive from Front Royal, VA).

This workshop will be hosted by Wayne Weiseman of the Permaculture Project LLC, and Susan Leopold, Executive Director of United Plant Savers.

Camping onsite encouraged though not required. There are hotels and Air B&B's throughout within a 15-20 minute drive.

More information and registration: https://unitedplantsavers.givezooks.com/events/plant-immersion-forest-gardening Please contact Christine Harris with any questions, christine.nharris24@gmail.com.

2016 Florida Local Food Summit [FL]
Sep
8
Sep 10

2016 Florida Local Food Summit [FL]

This year’s Florida Local Food Summit (FLFS) will have events starting Thursday, September 8th through Saturday, September 10th at East End Market and various locations throughout the Audubon Park Garden District in Orlando, Florida.

The 3rd annual Florida Local Food Summit is an invigorating gathering of Florida's top food and farming entrepreneurs, policy makers, chefs, foodies and local food fans.  The summit is your one stop shop for all things local food and farming, with a mission to support an environmentally, ethically and economically viable local food and farm system in Florida. There will be farm tours, advanced education, farm-to-table meals, a Grower's Festival, home gardening classes and so much more. The focus of this year’s summit is Authenticity in the Food System, so they will be discussing transparent and positive ways to bring light to the great work small sustainable and organic farmers are doing!  More details and the class schedule on the website, click here to check it out.

Federation of Southern Cooperatives Annual Meeting [AL]
Aug
18
Aug 20

Federation of Southern Cooperatives Annual Meeting [AL]

The 49th Annual Meeting of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund will be held August, 19-20 in Epes, Alabama at its Rural Training and Research Center. The meeting will include exhibits, keynote speakers, USDA panel discussions, workshops, agri-tours and an update on the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers lawsuit settlement.

Click on title of post to learn more.

The Farm to Table Experience [LA]
Aug
18
Aug 20

The Farm to Table Experience [LA]

  • 900 Convention Center Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70130 United States

The Farm to Table Experience (F2Te) explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally through experiential learning. It is designed to celebrate where our food and beverages originate from through tastings, interactive gardening and cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops, educational sessions, social events, and more. 

Arkansas Local Food Meetup [AR]
Aug
9
9:30 am09:30

Arkansas Local Food Meetup [AR]

  • 383 North Larkin Street Monticello, AR, 71655 United States

Arkansas Farm to School staff will be attending the upcoming Arkansas Local Food Meetup hosted by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The purpose of the meetup is to connect those involved in producing, purchasing or assisting with the development of AR local food. Click on event title to learn more.

Aug
5
3:30 pm15:30

Scholarships to National Small Farm Conference [VA]

A limited number of scholarships for the National Small Farm Conference are available to employees of non-government organizations that directly assist limited-resource, socially-disadvantaged or military veteran producers and ranchers. The program provides financial assistance to up to five employees of one organization. Financial assistance includes a 50% discount on conference registration through August 5, for a total scholarship award of $175 per person.

Priority will be given to those:

  • Whose participation will enhance their work in their own communities, 
  • Who are able to transfer the skills and knowledge acquired at this conference to others who can directly assist limited-resource, socially-disadvantaged or military veteran producers and ranchers, and
  • Whose abstracts or presentation have been selected but who would otherwise be unable to attend

A scholarship review committee will review and score each application. Applicants will be directly notified of the status of their scholarship request usually within two weeks of submission. Please know though every attempt will be made to assist as many qualified scholarship applicants as possible, we regret there are only a limited number of scholarships available, and each qualified applicant will be awarded a scholarship on a first-come, first-served basis.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Need More Info?

Visit www.vsu.edu/nationalsmallfarmconference for more about the call for abstracts and the conference in general or email NSFC2016@vsu.edu, or call 804-524-5626.

Jul
15
10:00 am10:00

Alliance Field Day [MS]

  • Batesville, MS 38606 USA

Topics will include: “Risk Management; Insurance; Financial Management; Recordkeeping; and New Produce Safety Program to Help Small Farms”.  Top experts from Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station; Alcorn State University Extension Program, National Center for Appropriate Technology, USDA Risk Management Agency, and other partners will provide participant handouts, presentations, and lead Q&A sessions.   

The Cotton Warehouse Farmers Market and the Start 2 Finish Community Farms – “Happy Foods Project” will be hosting this event. TheCotton Warehouse Farmers Market is a new business in Batesville that sells produce from both local vendors as well as produce from other areas of Mississippi.  The market is located in a highly-visible, covered warehouse with stalls provided for local vendors, a Mississippi regionally produced counter, and available restrooms.  A great family experience, whether you want to simply buy local produce, browses the local farmer’s stands, or just come to enjoy the family atmosphere.  The Start 2 Finish Community Farms – “Happy Foods Project” is a healthy food project that provides a healthy food option for people in the rural areas of the Mississippi Delta.  They operate a mobile food truck and provide an outlet for small farmers to sell their produce.

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

TO REGISTER SEND EMAIL TO: keithmdp@yahoo.com  

DIRECTIONS TO THE COTTON WAREHOUSE FARMERS MARKET

The Cotton Warehouse Farmers Market is located at 550 Hwy 6 West, Batesville, MS 38606.  Take the Batesville Exit off I-55.  Head west on Hwy 6 and go over the head bridge.  The farmers market will be on the left side once you cross the overhead bridge.  Contact: Robbie Pollard, Start to Finish Farms, 662-645-6026

Jul
14
9:30 am09:30

Arkansas Local Food Meetup [AR]

  • 2231 West Markham Road Fayetteville, AR, 72701 United States

Arkansas Farm to School staff will be attending the upcoming Arkansas Local Food Meetup hosted by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The purpose of the meetup is to connect those involved in producing, purchasing or assisting with the development of AR local food. Click on event title to learn more.

Arkansas Local Food Meetup [AR]
Jul
12
9:30 am09:30

Arkansas Local Food Meetup [AR]

  • 524 S Church Street Jonesboro, AR

Arkansas Farm to School staff will be attending the upcoming Arkansas Local Food Meetup hosted by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The purpose of the meetup is to connect those involved in producing, purchasing or assisting with the development of AR local food. Click on event title to learn more.

Jul
7
9:30 am09:30

Arkansas Local Food Meetup [AR]

  • 2500 South Main Street Hope, AR

Arkansas Farm to School staff will be attending the upcoming Arkansas Local Food Meetups hosted by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The purpose of the meetups is to connect those involved in producing, purchasing or assisting with the development of AR local food. Click on event title to learn more.

Arkansas Local Food Meetups [AR]
Jul
6
9:30 am09:30

Arkansas Local Food Meetups [AR]

  • 201 East Broadway Street North Little Rock, AR, 72114 United States

Arkansas Farm to School staff will be attending the upcoming Arkansas Local Food Meetups hosted by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The purpose of the meetups is to connect those involved in producing, purchasing or assisting with the development of AR local food. Click on event title to learn more.

Jun
25
Jun 26

Fifth Annual Georgia Mountains Farm Tour [GA]

The 5th annual Georgia Mountains Farm Tour will take place Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26, 2016, in Northeast Georgia. With more than a dozen farms and multiple farm­-to-­table restaurants to choose from on the tour, guests can customize their experience by picking the locations they want to visit each day. From pastured animals and historical landmarks to hayrides and honey extracting, everyone will find something that interests them. Tour participants can learn about: 

● How to grow food year­-round with season­ extension techniques

● How to use the best tomato varieties and growing methods for Northeast Georgia

● How to start your first fruit orchard or berry patch AND MUCH MORE! 

Passes are only $35 per car ($30 if purchased by June 15!) This is a fun event for families, farmers, backyard gardeners, and local food lovers. 

Proceeds support the projects of Georgia Mountains Farmers Network. For all the details and to order passes, visit EatWellBuyLocal.org

Jun
17
10:30 am10:30

Alliance Field Day [MS]

  • 802 Grenada Blvd. Ext Greenwood, MS

This field day is being hosted by Levee Run Farms. Topics will include: “Integrated Pest and Disease Control; and Feature Farm’s Pastured Poultry, Flowers, and High Tunnel”. Top experts from Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and experienced farmers will show farmers and gardeners how to prevent, identify, monitor, and control insects, diseases, weeds, and other pests.

Jun
16
Jun 18

NWIAA Sixth Annual New Generation Symposium [MI]

National Women In Ag Association's 6th Annual New Generation Symposium:

"Minority Women Farmers Making a Change and Sustaining for FUTURE GENERATIONS"

NWIAA's vision for minority farmers, landowners and underprivileged youth is to attain a holistic approach to economic empowerment through growing character, health and income from the ground up. Therefore distinctiveness will sustain if the right leadership and partnerships are ready and willing to grow and create a win-win situation for all.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 4:00 PM (CDT) Detroit, MI.

Jun
9
2:00 pm14:00

Blackberry Workshop and Field Day [AR]

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will be hosting a Blackberry Workshop and Field Day at the Fruit Research Station at Clarksville on Thursday, June 9th from 2:00-7:30 pm. An array of speakers have been invited for this workshop to give updates on blackberry production and postharvest issues. In addition, there will be a display of blackberry cultivars and selections developed at the Clarksville facility and a tour that will emphasize the Division’s blackberry breeding program.  Whether you are thinking about expanding your existing planting, changing to newer cultivars, establishing a planting, or investigating marketing aspects, this is a great opportunity!  

The registration is $20.00 and includes dinner. Registration and payment deadline is June 1, 2016. For information or to register visit these websites: http://horticulture.uark.edu/news/upcomingevents.php or http://food-science.uark.edu/workshops-distance-education.php 

 

Armed to Farm Training [AR]
Jun
6
Jun 10

Armed to Farm Training [AR]

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend a week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) Training. ATF gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to seesustainable, profitablesmall-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career.

Jun
4
9:00 am09:00

Livestock Workshop [OK]

  • Poteau, OK 74953

Every rancher knows cattle can't last long without grass and water. The most successful ones coordinate their management of those two resources to maximize both profits and sustainability. A June 4 livestock workshop will explain how the Kerr Center puts that strategy into practice. For more information or to register, visit the events calendar at www.kerrcenter.com, call 918.647.9123, or send an email to mailbox@kerrcenter.com.

Jun
2
Jun 4

Farm to Cafeteria Conference [WI]

The 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, a biennial event hosted by the National Farm to School Network, will convene with more than 1,500 diverse stakeholders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America.

Cafeterias in schools and early care, colleges and universities, hospitals and other institutional settings serve tens of millions of Americans every day, placing the farm to cafeteria movement at the forefront of the fight to end obesity and strengthen local food systems. The 2016 conference theme Moving Forward Together lifts up new and innovative partnerships to continue to build momentum and ensure long-term sustainability in the movement.

May
27
May 29

Cultivating Kingdom Fungi Workshop [VA]

  • Keswick, Virginia 22947

The 2nd Annual "Cultivating Kingdom Fungi" workshop is at Sharondale Mushroom Farm, May 27-29th.

This in-depth exploration of our myceliated planet includes hands-on activities and discussions ranging from low-tech to modern cultivation methods, fungal food and medicine, mycological design and mycoremediation. 

Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain will introduce 'Mycotopia', and Robert Dale Rogers, author of The Fungal Pharmacy will discuss his new book ‘Mushroom Essences:  Vibrational Healing from Kingdom Fungi'. 

Learn about the cult, culture, and agriculture of mushrooms and spawn the myco-cultural revolution!

For more information or to register: http://www.sharondalefarm.com/shop/cultivating-kingdom-fungi-5-27-2016/

May
20
10:00 am10:00

Alliance Field Day [MS]

  • Prentiss, MS

Topics will include: “Expanding Market Opportunities; On-Line Presence; Featuring Farm’s Specialty Crops: Watermelons, Tomatoes, and Squash”.  Workshop will help farmers and organizations build their on-line presence with social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, websites, blogs, mobile apps, and more.

Click on title to learn more.

Apr
27
Apr 28

2016 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference [TX]

  • Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown

The 2016 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference will take place at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel.

This annual conference features three keynote presentations, over 30 concurrent session presentations, a networking reception which includes a poster session, and an optional pre-conference seminar to be held on the afternoon of April 26.

The Extension Risk Management Education National Conference brings together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals. Our annual conference allows this diverse group to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts which target agricultural producers and their families.

http://www.extensionrme.org/conferences/2016/

Apr
23
8:00 am08:00

Raising and Processing Pastured Poultry Workshop [OK]

Full-day course/workshop

Registration is Required
Payment In Advance Only

Schedule:

  • 8-noon: at Amistad Farm: processing demo, pasture walk, and viewing of setup
  • 1-5pm: at OBU Geiger Center Rm 214: Indoor talk about production with Q&A

Cancellation Policy:
The size of this event is limited to 25 participants to ensure good visibility of the demonstrations and full opportunity to engage and learn. Therefore, we will not allow cancellations unless we have a waiting list and someone else can fill the open seat. Thanks for your understanding and support of this training!

Registrants & Fees
Member: $ 50.00
Non-member: $ 55.00

Register Now

http://www.okfarmersandranchers.org/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=315689&item_id=506594

Apr
15
10:30 am10:30

Alliance Field Day [MS]

Topics will include: “Growing Warm Season Crops; Featuring Farm’s CSA; Free Legal Assistance to Farmers; and Vendor Opportunities”. Dr. David Nagel, Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University will help farmers and growers decide what crops to grow and how to grow them. He will focus on selecting the right varieties for our region, planting dates, disease resistance and tolerance, pest control, crop rotation, and more. 

Apr
12
Apr 29

Chefs Taste Challenge Call for Applications [LA]

  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Call for Chefs to Battle in 2016 Chefs Taste Challenge

Calling chefs from all 50 states: apply today for a chance to battle in the 2nd annual Farm to Table Chefs Taste Challenge (CTC). This annual event is currently accepting applications for participating chefs for this unique event taking place August 19, 2016 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The Chefs Taste Challenge will feature ten chefs who will compete to create the best dish that utilizes farm-fresh items from a pantry of pre-selected ingredients. Items stocked in the pantry will be representative of ingredients that are in-season in various regions at the time of the competition.

The deadline for applications to be submitted online via www.chefstastechallenge.com  is April 29, 2016.

Mar
18
10:00 am10:00

ALLIANCE FIELD DAY [MS]

ALLIANCE FIELD DAY: FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016

Topics will include: “Farm to School Field Day; Featuring the School’s Garden, High Tunnels, Greenhouse, and Pastured Poultry”. They are pleased that the March 18th field day will be hosted by the Claiborne County Career and Technical Center in Port Gibson, MS. They will highlight the school’s agricultural activities and their efforts to prepare and engage young people/future farmers. They will discuss the Farm to School Program, school food service needs; how farmers can serve the Farm to School market; and conduct a networking session with schools, farmers, and others.

“The best way to learn is to watch someone else doing it”.

• Come learn from a local school as it increases quality food production, engages with young people and the community;
• Come learn from experienced farmers and local schools on how YOU can increase sales and marketing opportunities; and
• Come for the “fellowship” and help do something special by working together.

“If we are destroying the environment, can’t make any money, or don’t care about the world around us – we can never be truly sustainable”.

REGISTRATION: 10:00AM. PROGRAM: 10:30AM TO 2:30PM.

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

TO REGISTER SEND EMAIL TO: keithmdp@yahoo.com