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.
Join professional pastured poultry producers from around the country at this two day conference hosted by American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the Mount Sequoyah Retreat, 50 N Skyline Dr, Fayetteville AR, 72701.
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Virginia State University and Virginia Association for Biological Farming present Virginia's premier gathering of farmers, gardeners, and supporters as the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and Virginia State University (VSU) collaborate to bring you knowledgeable speakers, informative sessions, amazing local food, and wonderful networking opportunities! Pre-Conference Workshops are offered on Monday, January 22nd.
Conference information can be found at vabf.org. Visit the website often. Information on speakers, sessions, and opportunities to be involved is updated weekly.
Join Georgia Organics on the banks of the Savannah River in Augusta where hundreds of attendees will unite for the 21st Annual Georgia Organics Conference & Expo.
Over two days, you’ll be inspired, connected, refreshed, invigorated and challenged. Farmers will share techniques, hacks and acumen that lift farmer productivity and prosperity. Educators will inspire with stories of kids loving broccoli. Advocates will rally to fight for just and clean food. Augustans will give tours around their healthy food oasis. Exhibitors will show off the latest and greatest. And everyone will eat good and beautiful food grown by the ultimate stewards of land, flavor and joy. Come see why food is the answer!
2018 Business of Farming Conference
A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center
ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together beginning, established, and aspiring farmers from across the region to share tools and resources to build more successful farm businesses. The conference features over 15 business and marketing workshops led by innovative farmers and business professionals, a Grower-Buyer Meeting, individual consulting opportunities, exhibitor hall, and a locally sourced breakfast and lunch.
Early bird registration is $75 per person or $125 for two farm partners until January 31, and $95 per person or $165 for two farm partners beginning February 1. Farmers can also register to attend a Friday Half-Day Workshop Intensive on "Farm Succession Planning" or Labor Challenges and Strategies" on February 23. Register online for the conference and Friday workshops at http://asapconnections.org/events/business-of-farming-conference/ or contact ASAP at 828-236-1282 to register over the phone.
Lexington, KY. Local and national speakers spotlight a variety of topics, including livestock and row crops, dairy, growing produce, farm finances, and life on the farm. We expect more than 300 participants, including consumers, farmers, academics, government agencies, and businesses from Kentucky and beyond to continue the momentum in building a stronger and healthier food system.
Program features four short courses, 25 educational workshops, Liz Carlisle as the invited keynote speaker, an exhibitor fair, a Farm and Urban Food Systems Tour, a festive reception and silent auction, a special screening of King Corn and the always popular "Meet the Buyers" session. From beginning farmers to experienced growers, to the consumer who wants to learn more about the benefits of organic, these workshops have something for everyone.
Have you ever thought about holding an educational event on your farm but not know quite where to start? Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) to learn how to pull off a successful program. Kirsten Jurcek, Grazing Educator and owner of Brattset Family Farm in Wisconsin, will share tips and tools to help you plan, promote, and host a pasture walk or similar event. There will be time for Q&A so be sure to come with any burning questions you may have! https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED52DB8088493D
Community Food Strategies, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and partnership between several organizations, is hosting a Statewide Food Council Gathering on Nov 30 - Dec 1 for all of the 30+ food councils and their partners across North Carolina. Click on title for more details.
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.
100% grass-fed milk production is a successful, expanding new market for dairy farmers. Join FACT to learn how to use low-stress cattle handling, low-to-no-tillage seeding, and proper manure distribution to create a 100% grass-fed dairy. Presenter, Kevin Mahalko, is an Organic Valley farmer in Wisconsin. His family’s multi-generation dairy has 120 Holsteins with approximately 350 acres of permanent managed grasslands and hardwood forest. There will be time for Q&A so be sure to come with any questions you may have! https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED52DB8288483D
Join Larissa McKenna, Food Animal Concerns Trust's (FACT) Humane Farming Director, to learn more about applying for a Fund-a-Farmer Grant from FACT. This year they have two types of grants: Pasture Improvement Grants and Certification Grants. They will discuss our grant eligibility guidelines and share tips for applying online. Applications are due by December 4, 2017! https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED52DB84894A31
Join Southern SAWG and a couple hundred other farmers, researchers, and farm service providers in Knoxville, TN at the University of Tennessee's Organic Crops Field Tour. UT has put together an excellent program packed with practical information on profitable vegetable production, cut flower production, packing house design, beekeeping and much more! Click title of post to learn more.
During this summit the Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership (AMCP) will present the draft version of the Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan for public comment and review. This plan will also be made available online for those who cannot attend in person. The summit will be held at UA - Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock.
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.
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!
The annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference is coming up fast! This special event offers family farmers and local food enthusiasts opportunities to learn about the local and sustainable food movement, and how you can help transform our food system.
Join Heifer USA at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, to learn about small-scale Certified Organic and Certified Naturally Grown vegetable production, the rewards and challenges of starting a farm business, and what resources and knowledge you need to start farming sustainably.
This workshop is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Learn more and register here.
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.
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.
This event will be hosted by Southern Cultured Orchards & Nursery in Carrollton, MS. Major activities will include: “Fruit Tree Grafting Demonstration and Tour of the Farm’s Orchard”.
Southern Cultured Orchards & Nursery (SCON) is located in Carroll County, MS. What started out as a fruit-growing hobby has evolved into a full-time nursery business, specializing in locally-adapted, Deep South varieties of apples and pears, as well as some citrus, figs, and heirloom and exotic fruits. The focus of SCON is propagating and selling fruit trees – not on fruit production. They grow and sell numerous varieties of heirloom apple trees from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana – ones that are naturally selected to perform with minimum care and without conventional spraying programs. This is an ongoing trial, and new (old) varieties of homestead apples are introduced each year. SCON is active in the Southern Fruit Fellowship (SFF) and North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) organizations. https://www.facebook.com/southernculturedorchardsandnursery
There is NO COST to attend this event, but PRE-REGISTRATION is required!
TO REGISTER SEND EMAIL TO: email@example.com
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
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
- 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
For questions, email Beth Anne Dunagan: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Join a hands-on GAPs event at New Communities in Albany.
- Beth Oleson of Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association will focus on GAPs and food safety on the farm
- New Communities farm manager Sedrick Rowe and Billy Mitchell from Global Growers will focus on food safe infrastructure
- Katie Chatham of Common Market GA will lead a hands-on demonstration on how to pack food safely and effectively for wholesalers
Here is the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gaps-workshop-at-new-communities-tickets-35143760935.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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: email@example.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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Organic Agriculture and Certification Workshops for Mississippi Farmers and Ranchers
- Monday, May 8, 2017
- 10:00AM – 3:00PM
- Ole Brook Organics
- Brookhaven, MS
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
GET STARTED NOW: APPLICATION WILL BE EMAILED, AFTER YOU REGISTER!
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.
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
Thursday, April 6, 2017
11:00 am - 12 pm PST