SAC-slider-2Tuesday and Wednesday Workshops

TUESDAY Workshops

Workshop A – 8:30-10 AM

Beginning FarmerSo, You Want To Be a Farm Manager?Rebecca Munro, The Seed Farm
Farm BusinessFarm Marketing, Branding and AgritourismEric McClam, City Roots
Soils, Fertility, SeedsComposting SystemsPatryk Battle, Living Web Farms
Beginning HorticulturePractical Botany for Growers: Knowing the Fundamentals of Growing and Producing Profitable PlantsBob Polomski, Clemson University
Advanced HorticultureSmall-Scale Intensive Farming: Lowering Risks & Increasing ProfitsAndy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology
LivestockMulti-species GrazingGreg Judy, Green Pasture Farm
Food and CultureReclaiming the Agricultural and Horticultural Treasures of the SouthDavid Shields, University of South Carolina
Urban Farming and Alternative CropsMushrooms: Humankind’s Biological AlliesTradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain
Policy and CommunityIt's Not What You Know, It's Who You Know: The Power of Networks in Strengthening Community Food SystemsJared Cates, CFSA & Christy Shi, CEFS
You Make ItFermentation of Weeds for Soil HealthShabari Bird, Quantum Agriculture


Workshop B – 10:30-12 PM

Beginning FarmerApprenticeships: Models, Best Practices, and Lessons LearnedNikki Seibert, Low Country Local First, Candy M. Kern-Fuller, Upstate Law Group, LLC, Marisa Benzle, CEFS, Jim Martin and Chris LInk, Compost in my Shoe, Sallie Hambright-Blue and Alan Eberspacher, Thicketty Mountain Farms
Farm BusinessFarm Mechanization for Increased EfficiencyRichard Wiswall, Cate Farm
Soils, Fertility, SeedsHow to Create a Regional Organic Seed SystemTony Kleese, Earthwise Organics
Beginning HorticultureRaising the Bars: Beginning Hoop-house ProductionNicolas Donck, Crystan Organic Farm and Cory Mosser, Burge Organic Farm
Advanced HorticultureIntroduction to BiodynamicsHugh Lovel, Quantum Agriculture
LivestockScale and Efficiencies in Pastured Poultry: Finding the Sweet Spot William Lyons, Bluebird Farm
Food and CultureThe Color of Food: Photography & Storytelling from Farmers of ColorNatasha Bowens, The Color of Food
Urban Farming and Alternative CropsInnovative Horticultural Strategies for a New Permaculture CenturyChuck Marsh, Living Systems Design
Policy and CommunityGMOs and CoexistenceDave Mortensen & Mark Dempsey, Penn State
You Make ItCuring & Drying of Alliums and Storage CropsPatryk Battle, Living Web Farms and Gred Gross


Workshop C – 2-3:30 PM

Beginning FarmerCreative Ways for Accessing LandHolly Rippon-Butler, National Young Farmers Coalition & Cameron Farlow, WNC Farmlink
Farm BusinessAre you Making Money?Karen McSwain, CFSA & Marie Williamson, Bluebird Farm
Soils, Fertility, SeedsOrganic Soil Fertility: Practical Planning and ManagementDaniel Parson, Oxford University
Beginning HorticultureOrganic is the Solution: Biodiversity for Better Food, Healthier LandscapesJo Ann Baumgartner, Wild Farm Alliance and John Quinn, Furman University
Advanced HorticultureCucurbit Crops - Identifying and Developing Varieties for the SE RegionEdmund Frost, Twin Oaks Seed Farm and Common Wealth Seed Growers & Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance
LivestockBeyond the Farmers Market for Local and Niche Meat Producers Casey McKissick, NC Choices
Food and CultureStrategies to Address Food Access in Local Food Systems
Dara Bloom, NCSU; Ken Robinson, Clemson; Marissa Sheldon, NC Voices into Action; Beth Hopping, NC Growing Together and Kelly Owensby,
Transplanting Traditions Community Farm
Urban Farming and Alternative CropsHigh-Dollar Crops That Grow Themselves: Foraged Foods That the Chefs All WantFrank Hyman
Policy and CommunityWhat's Next with the Food Safety Modernization Act?Roland McReynolds, CFSA
You Make ItCooking Local - How to Make the Best of Upcountry FoodKatherine Kransteuber, Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery


Big Idea Presentations – 4-5 PM

Farmer-Veteran Work in the CarolinasKavita Koppa, RAFI
Food, Faith, and FarmsFrancesca Hyatt, RAFI and Rev. Richard Joyner
How Small Farms Can Support PollinatorsNancy Lee Adamson, NRCS and Xerxes Society
Notes from a FarmerLeland Gibson, Gibson Farms
Images and Stories from the LandJerry Dewitt, CFSA Board President





Workshop E – 9-10:30 AM

Beginning FarmerWhole Farm Planning for Beginning FarmersTony Kleese, Earthwise Organics
Farm BusinessIncubator Farms: Launching Farm Businesses and Creating CommunityNikki Seibert, Low Country Local First, Rebecca Munro, The Seed Farm, Sun Butler, Interfaith Food Shuttle, Aaron Newton, CFSA/Lomax Incubator Farm, and Meg Moore, DirtHugger Farms
Soils, Fertility, SeedsSaving Seeds, Saving Our Seed HeritageLee Barnes, Land Stewardship Consulting
Beginning HorticultureOrganic Weed ManagementDave Mortensen & Mark Dempsey, Penn State
Advanced HorticulturePost-Harvest Handling for Enhanced Quality and Longer Shelf LifeTrish Tripp, CFSA
LivestockMob GrazingGreg Judy, Green Pasture Farm
Food and CultureCommunity-Driven Food Systems DevelopmentBenjamin Filippo, CFSA
Urban Farming and Alternative CropsThe Bio-Integrated Farm and Home: Advanced PermacultureShawn Jadrnicek, Clemson University
Policy and CommunityCreating Political Community: Going Beyond Growing and Eating SustainablyRochelle Sparko, CFSA
You Make ItFarmers Market BouquetsEd Phillips, Field and Flower


Workshop F – 10:45-12:15 PM

Beginning Farmer2014 Farm Bill Changes to Crop Insurance for Organic and Diversified FarmsJames Robinson, RAFI
Farm BusinessRetail Ready For Local FoodsGary Bullen, NCSU
Soils, Fertility, SeedsTravelling the Transplant Path to Crop SuccessJim Martin, Compost In My Shoe
Beginning HorticultureEcological Pest Management: Encouraging Beneficial Insects to Control Your PestsDaniel Parson, Oxford College
Advanced HorticultureTransitioning to OrganicEric Soderholm, CFSA
LivestockIntegrated Gastro-Intestinal Parasite ManagementDr. Patty Scharko, Clemson University
Food and CultureMaximizing Local Food Systems in SCSara Clow, GrowFood Carolina
Urban Farming and Alternative CropsAquaponics: a Dynamic Growth Unit for Sustainable Animal and Plant ProductionLance Beecher, Clemson University
Policy and CommunityConservation Agreements: The Voluntary Protection of LandErin Jordan Knight, Upstate Forever
You Make ItDrink the HarvestNan Chase, Freelance writer and speaker



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