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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

Nov
17
12:00 pm12:00

AR Local Food Dish - Final 2016 Webinar

Are you a farmer, rancher or forester and need funding?
Join this webinar on Nov. 17 at Noon to learn about getting conservation funding.

Farm financing and conservation through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs such as the Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) with Alvin Peer, NRCS.

Alvin will talk about:

* The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP),

* How to get financing and technical assistance for conservation, and

* The importance of whole systems environmental planning. 

Learn about how you can get funding to support the development of sustainable agriculture and conservation practices on your farm. Information about resources to put in a number of practices like the high tunnel agriculture production system and so much more.  

Register here!

Mississippi Food Summit & Agricultural Revival
Nov
17
Nov 19

Mississippi Food Summit & Agricultural Revival

MS Farm to Cafeteria Conference & MS Organic Growers Conference
At MS Agriculture & Forestry Museum * Jackson, MS

Every other year, farmers, health practitioners, market managers, chefs, legislators, students, educators, food service directors, and local food activists from around the state come together for the Mississippi Food Summit & Agricultural Revival, a three-day event including the Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference and the Mississippi Organic Growers Conference. They share success stories, problem-solve barriers, provide opportunities, and discuss issues that connect their diverse specialties.  With the ultimate goal to educate, inspire, and empower one another, the Mississippi Food Summit is truly a one-of-a-kind gathering that has something for the whole family.

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

26th Annual NBFA Conference
Nov
4
Nov 5

26th Annual NBFA Conference

  • Pearl, MS

FREE TO ATTEND—Please Pre-Register in Advance.

Everyone is INVITED & Encouraged to ATTEND (Farmers/Ranchers/Growers/Producers/Landowners/Gardeners/Students/Businesses) Banquet Tickets are limited to first 100 Registered Attendees.

Location: Holiday Inn, Trustmark Park, 110 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl, MS 39208

Book Your Hotel Reservations: (601) 939-5238. (Attendees are responsible for Hotel Accommodations - Discounted Room Rate Code: BCK $89/night)

Oct
20
12:00 pm12:00

Webinar: Producing Food Products for Commercial Markets

The University of Arkansas (UA) Division of Agriculture is hosting the AR Food Dish Webinar series. The next webinar, Get Cooking in Commercial Markets,  is scheduled for October 20, 2016 from 12-1 pm. Dr. Renee Threlfall, Research Scientist at the UA, will discuss taking arecipe from concept to a commercial market and introduce the Arkansas Food Innovation Center. Click here to register for the webinar!  

The farm to table movement is growing in Arkansas. Many communities have created farmers' markets, established community gardens, started serving farm fresh food in school cafeterias and more. Arkansas is seeing an increased interests in sustainable agriculture and locally grown foods. A growing number of farms are producing a wide range of locally produced vegetables, fruits, grain, nuts, seeds and livestock. The UA Division of Agriculture offers programs and host events that can help support local food systems development in your community. Look around for upcoming events and resources to assist you with increasing local foods in your community. http://www.uaex.edu/business-communities/local-foods/default.aspx

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. 

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.

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
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.