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Permalink Virginia Biological Farming Conference

January 22-24, 2018
Hot Springs, Virginia

The 19th annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference, Virginia’s premier gathering of organic farmers, gardeners and supporters, is a collaboration by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia State University, and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. Whether you're an experienced grower or just starting out, you'll find plenty to interest you. The event offers practical learning and insights from more than 30 speakers, an exhibit hall packed with useful tools and services, delicious locally sourced meals, and the very best in networking.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Local Food Producers Conference: Growing Roots for a Healthier Tomorrow

January 25, 2018
Corpus Christi, Texas

GROW Local South Texas presents a day-long Local Food Producers Conference, "GROWing GROWers in South Texas." The event is designed to help existing local food growers expand their business and vision while assisting start-up food producers finding their way into a new business.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmers Market Boot Camp

January 30 or 31, 2018
Clarksville or Martin, Tennessee

Specialists from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will present six Farmers Market Boot Camps across Tennessee in January and February. The same training will be conducted in each location. The full-day workshop is designed for farmers who want to direct market food at farmers markets, roadside stands, CSAs, and you-pick operations. The workshop will help producers understand the elements of a commercial kitchen, as well as the costs and regulations associated with food manufacturing. Other topics to be addressed include the unique production challenges and marketing opportunities for selected fruit and nut crops, trends in online food marketing, and the basics of revenue insurance.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Virginia Winter Forage Conferences

January 29, 30, 31, or February 1, 2018
Wytheville, Chatham, Madison, or Weyers Cave, Virginia

The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council (VFGC) and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) winter forage conference is a daylong event that will be repeated at four locations. This year's conference highlights the realities of grassland farming and what it takes to adapt to the changing circumstances. The keynote speaker is Dr. Dennis Hancock from the University of Georgia. Participants will also hear from Keith Tuck, who currently farms in the Moneta community in southern Bedford County. Local livestock producers will speak to the afternoon theme of "Solutions for your farm and future."

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Cut-Flower Growers Conference

January 31 - February 1, 2018
Virginia

This special conference will serve growers who are interested in beginning or improving cut-flower businesses. Speakers will provide valuable education, demonstrations, and helpful advice for industry practices. The event will feature Keynote Addresses from Lisa Ziegler and Mimo Davis Dschack, and will cover organic growing, growing in high tunnels, and marketing, as well as production for bulbs, lavender, orchids, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink TOFGA Annual Conference

February 1-3, 2018
Georgetown, Texas

Hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and gardening enthusiasts are expected to attend the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's annual conference. The conference includes two days of learning sessions, plus multiple add-on pre-conference workshops and farm tours. The keynote speaker is Michael Abelman, a pioneer of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Dreams

February 3, 2018
Asheville, North Carolina

Organic Growers School presents Farm Dreams, an entry-level, day-long workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward. This is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of starting a farm.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Workshop

February 7, 2018
Roxboro, North Carolina

Person and Granville County Cooperative Extensions will host a full day of education for anyone with little or no experience in agriculture, who is interested in starting a farming operation. Topics will include basic needs for crops and livestock, terminology of farming, economics of farming, equipment, risks and more. This will be a fast paced program that hits the highlights of several areas related to farming and agriculture.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmers Market Boot Camp

February 1, 6, 7, or 8, 2018
Memphis, Blountville, Alcoa, or Shelbyville, Tennessee

Specialists from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are presenting six Farmers Market Boot Camps across Tennessee. The same training will be conducted in each location. The full-day workshop is designed for farmers who want to direct market food at farmers markets, roadside stands, CSAs, and you-pick operations. The workshop will help producers understand the elements of a commercial kitchen, as well as the costs and regulations associated with food manufacturing. Other topics to be addressed include the unique production challenges and marketing opportunities for selected fruit and nut crops, trends in online food marketing, and the basics of revenue insurance.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Scale Mushroom Production

February 9, 2018
Live Oak, Florida

University of Florida IFAS Extension presents a full-day course covering shiitake and oyster mushroom production, handling, processing, marketing, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Athens Land Trust Sustainable Agriculture Conference

February 10, 2018
Watkinsville, Georgia

The Athens Land Trust presents the Sustainable Agriculture Conference in collaboration with UGA Extension, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Services. The goal of this conference is to help new, beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged and otherwise underserved producers network and develop key resources to ensure economic stability and viability. Farm tours and field trips are also offered on February 9, 2018.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference

February 10, 2018
Madisonville, Kentucky

This event presented by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension and others offers on animal health, pasture management, and marketing, in addition to an optional FAMACHA training in the afternoon.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink North Carolina Agritourism Conference

February 12-13, 2018
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The 12th annual farm tour is a chartered bus tour visiting five diverse farms incorporating Agritourism throughout central North Carolina. The second day of the conference is fun-filled day of networking with other agritourism farmers and select vendors, along with informational and educational sessions with topics for beginner, intermediate, and experienced agritourism farmers, operators, and employees.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Tuskegee Farmers Conference

February 13-16, 2018
Montgomery, Alabama

The 126th annual Farmers Conference is a two-day educational forum that features tours, panel discussions, interactive demonstrations, and concurrent workshops. The theme for this years conference is "Solving Common Problems in Uncommon Ways: Sustainable Innovation for the People." These sessions address emerging issues surrounding small farmers, farm families, and rural communities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Fruit and Vegetable Training

February 15 - March 22, 2018
Cumming, Georgia

This course of six evening sessions plus a Saturday farm tour is the second step in University of Georgia Extension's Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program. Topics include soil health and fertility, soil amendments and fertilizers, cover crops, crop rotations, pest management, crop selection, crop propagation, equipment, post-harvest handling, food safety, and marketing.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pick TN Conference

February 15-17, 2018
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Enjoy more than 90 educational classes, networking opportunities, and a vibrant trade show. This event is presented by the Tennessee Agritourism Association, Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance, Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets, Tennesee Flower Growers Association, Tennessee Fruit and Vegetable Association, Tennessee Organic Growers Association, and the Tennessee Christmas Tree Growers Association. Tours, discussions, and a wide variety of workshops are offered.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Georgia Organics Conference & Expo

February 16-17, 2018
Augusta, Georgia

Conference attendees will connect with like-minded peers, tour farms, cultivate new skills, and discover 70 exhibit booths with innovative food-and agriculture-related information. The slate of workshops, speakers, and memorable culinary experiences are not to be missed. The Georgia Organics Conference is about building stronger farms, school gardens, and communities. There are 10 Farmer and Community Education tracks on Saturday, offering hands-on and in-depth education opportunities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Homestead Dreams

February 17, 2018
Mills River, North Carolina

Organic Growers School's Homestead Dreams is an entry level, exploratory workshop designed to help you incorporate small-scale, self-sufficiency and sustainability into your life. This event is appropriate for those who are incorporating agriculture, renewable energy, green building, land planning, hand-made products, and land-based living of all kinds.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference

February 19-20, 2018
Pensacola, Florida

This event includes a pre-conference farm, research, and marketing tour, a trade show, and educational tracks on marketing, fruit and nut production, vegetable production, food safety, and protected agriculture.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Oklahoma Farmers Market & Agritourism Conference

February 22, 2018
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The conference will have topics directed to growers, farmers market vendors, farmers market managers, community support organizations, and agritourism. The agenda includes an adjunct grant writing workshop on February 21 and an agritourism rolling workshop on February 23.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Business of Farming Conference

February 24, 2018
Asheville, North Carolina

ASAP's annual Business of Farming Conference brings together professional and aspiring farmers from across the Southeast to share resources, tools, and information to build more viable farm businesses. At the conference, farmers learn about marketing, business planning, storytelling, and management from regional experts and innovative farmers. The conference offers workshops for beginning and established farmers, grower-buyer meetings, one-on-one business consulting, and an exhibit hall.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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