Saturday and Sunday Workshops

All workshops held on Nov. 7-8, 2015

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NOTE: You do not need to register for individual workshops.  You may ATTEND ANY WORKSHOP YOU’d LIKE at the Conference.  


SATURDAY Workshops

Workshop A – 8:30-10 AM

Beginning FarmerMaking Farming AccessibleHolly Rippon-Butler, National Young Farmers Coalition; Suzanna Denison, WNC Farm Link & Matt Coffay, Second Spring Market Garden
Farm BusinessMaking Sense of Social Media – Smart Options for the Busy FarmerKaren Kanakanui, Stories Taste Good
Soil & SeedsThe Art of MicroherdingMolly Haviland, Microherder's Manifesto
PollinatorsCreate a Pollinator Paradise!Debbie Roos, North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Horticulture 1Cold-hardy Winter VegetablesPam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community
Horticulture 2We All Have Weeds. What's Your Strategy?Alex Hitt, Peregrine Farm
Specialty CropMushrooms: Humankind’s Biological AlliesTradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain
Hands OnMake Your Own Pack-N-Cool TruckDr. Penolope Perkins-Veazie, NCSU
LivestockFood Safety on Livestock and Produce Mixed Production FarmsDrs. Chris Gunter, Eduardo Gutierrez Rodriguez, & Siddhartha Thakur, NCSU
FoodieFerment the Harvest!April McGreger, Farmer's Daughter
PolicyGMOs and CoExistenceDavid Mortenson, Penn State
Urban Farming/Creative SolutionsGrow Food Where People Live: The Story of Groundswell InternationalChuck Marsh, Living Systems Design


Workshop B – 10:30-12 PM

Beginning FarmerPanel: Tales from Beginning Farmers: The Lomax ExperienceAaron Newton, CFSA & Lomax Farmers
Farm BusinessSmall Farm Risk ManagementJames Robinson, RAFI & Clifton Parker, formerly of the USDA’s RMA
Soil & SeedsA Roadmap for Organic Seed ActivistsKristina (Kiki) Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance
PollinatorsGetting Started with Organic BeekeepingRoss Conrad, Dancing Bee Gardens
Horticulture 1Gobo, Taro, Turmeric and More!: Techniques for Success with Root Vegetables​Jason and Haruka​​ Oatis & Claire ​Berger​, ​Edible Earthscapes
Horticulture 2High Tunnel Design, Construction and Management for BeginnersSteve Moore, Elon University
Specialty CropMicrogreen Production for Year-round HarvestJillian & Ross Mickens, Open Door Farm
Hands OnIrrigation Basics - Making Irrigation Installations as Easy as Playing with Legos!Melinda Fitzgerald, Country Farm and Home
LivestockThe Future of Meat & The Conscious OmnivoreMeredith Leigh, Author, The Ethical Meat Handbook
FoodieEpic Tomatoes - History, Flavors and UsesCraig LeHoullier, Author, Epic Tomatoes
PolicyClimate-Smart Decision Support Tools for Agriculture AdaptationSarah Wiener & Jennifer Moore-Myers, USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub
Urban Farming/Creative SolutionsGrowing Herbs for your CSASuki Roth, Herb Haven


Workshop C – 2-3:30 PM

Beginning FarmerWalk-Behind Tractor 101Joel Dufour, Earth Tools
Farm BusinessNew Opportunities for Funding Your Food & Agriculture Business: From Crowdfunding to Venture FundingMargaret Gifford, Watervine Impact & Rick Larson, Natural Capital Investment Fund
Soil & SeedsProduce Vermicompost that Sells for $400 - $1,300 per Cubic YardRhonda Sherman, NC State University
PollinatorsHow to Have Blooms Spring through FallIra Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Horticulture 1Herbaceous Grafting: A Scale and Production System Neutral Tool for the IPM ToolboxDavid Suchoff & Jonathan Kressin, NCSU
Horticulture 2Organic CertificationCFSA Staff
Specialty CropGrowing Hops in the CarolinasJeanine Davis, NC State University
Hands OnBuilding Mushroom LogsJohn Soehner, Eco Farm
LivestockSustainable PoultryJim Adkins, Sustainable Poultry Network
FoodieKosher Soul FoodMichael Twitty, keynote
PolicyWhat's Next With FSMA?Roland McReynolds, CFSA
Urban Farming/Creative SolutionsThe Biodynamic Farm Organism- Practical Application for Farmers and GardenersJim Fullmer & Erin Sojourner Agostinelli, Demeter USA


Big Idea Presentations – 4-5 PM

The Fertile Ground Food Cooperative – Bringing Fresh Food to a Food Desert in Southeast RaleighErin Dale Byrd, Fertile Ground Food Cooperative and Blueprint NC & Becky Bowen, Carolina Common Enterprise
Soil and Sacrament: Food, Faith, and Growing Heaven on EarthFred Bahnson, Wake Forest University
Of Jugglers, Snake Oil and StorytellersCynthia Raxter, Storyteller
Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing ClimateLaura Lengnick, Author, Resilient Agriculture
Veterans in AgricultureRobert Elliott, Cypress Hall Farm
Ecological Restoration as a Community Development Strategy in JamaicaNicola Shirley-Phillips, Jamaica Sustainable Farm Enterprise Program, Source Farm Foundation




SUNDAY Workshops

Workshop E – 9-10:30 AM

Beginning FarmerPanel: How to Sell to Chefs and StoresBrendan Cox, OakLeaf; Ben Filippo, Foster-Caviness; Leila Wolfrum, Durham Food Coop & Moderator Fred Broadwell, Local Organic Y'all
Farm BusinessPanel: An Agriprenuer’s Guide: Leading Best Practices for Growing Your Food Business Stephen Nix, Thomas Moore, and the CFSA Food Systems Projects
Soil & SeedsScaling Down Acreage without Scaling Down ProfitClifton Slade, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
PollinatorsHoney Bee Collapse and Organic SolutionsRoss Conrad, Dancing Bee Gardens
Horticulture 1Fast-Track to GAPJames Cooper, CFSA & Trish Tripp, Artisan Food Solutions, LLC
Horticulture 2Coaxing More Profit from Your Farm: Just Because It Sells Doesn’t Mean it’s Profitable!Ellen Polishuk, Potomac Vegetable Farms
Specialty CropGrowing RiceNazirahk Amen, ND, L.Ac., Purple Mountain Organics
Hands OnReduce Feed Costs with Black Soldier FliesKarl Warkomski, Prota Culture
LivestockPasture Finished BeefJamie and Amy Ager, Hickory Nut Gap
FoodieForaged FoodsFrank Hyman,
PolicyLet's Start A Food Council: Engaging in Community Food System CollaborationAbbey Piner, Center for Environmental Farming Systems; Jared Cates, CFSA & Tyler Jenkins, Carolina Common Enterprise
Urban Farming/Creative SolutionsAquaponics: A Dynamic Growth Unit Combining Animal and Plant Production Components for Sustainable AgricultureLance Beecher, Clemson


Workshop F – 10:45-12:15 PM

Beginning FarmerWhole Farm Planning for Beginning FarmersTony Kleese, Earthwise Organics
Farm BusinessGrowing Together: How Lowes Foods and UNC-W Dining Services are Bringing Small and Mid-Scale Producers into their Supply ChainsRebecca Dunning, NC Growing Together Project, Center for Environmental Farming Systems; Molly Rousey, Feast Down East; Matt Rogers, Aramark; Chris Woodring, FreshPoint; Krista Morgan, Lowes Foods
Soil & SeedsGetting to Superior Performance BiocharJohn Bonitz, Celebrity Dirt Soil Amendments
Wild CardReal Life Forest Gardening and FarmingZev Friedman, Living Systems Design
Horticulture 1Succession Planting for Continuous Vegetable HarvestsPam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community
Horticulture 2Tomato Breeding at Johnny's & Variety Selection on Your FarmKen Dawson, Maple Spring Gardens & Emily Haga, Johnny's Seeds
Specialty CropBreeding Cucurbits for Organics in the SE Region Micheal Mazourek, Cornell University, Jeanine Davis, NCSU, Edmund Frost, Common Wealth Seed Growers, Jared Zystro, Organic Seed Alliance
Hands OnCost Effective Deer Exclusion StrategiesPatryk Battle, Director of Living Web Farms;
Gred Gross, Southeastern Permaculture Gathering
LivestockPasture Weed ManagementDavid Mortensen, Penn State
FoodieFood as MedicineMarc Williams, Plants and Healers International
PolicyLocal Food Needs Leaders Like YouRochelle Sparko, CFSA
Urban Farming/Creative SolutionsThe State of Farmers' Markets in North CarolinaFrancesca Hyatt & Salem Norfleet, RAFI
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