Saturday and Sunday Workshops

All workshops held on Nov. 5-6, 2016

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 FarmerWhy Farms FailScott Marlow, RAFI
Farm BusinessAgritourism: Welcoming Visitors to the FarmAnnie Baggett, NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
SoilOrganic No-till Production & Soil Health Mark Dempsey (CFSA) and Pat Battle, Living Web Farms
Pollinators& SeedsBridging the Gap: Farmers, Beekeepers, and Activists Work Together to Keep the Hives AlivePreston Peck, Toxic Free NC; James Cook, Birds & Bees Honey; Charles McNair, Dillard Academy and Founder Freedom Farm
Horticulture 1Post Harvest Handling/GAPJames Cooper, CFSA; Patricia Tripp, Artisan Food Solutions
Horticulture 2Slow ToolsAdam Lemieux, Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Specialty CropSweet Potatoes from Start to FinishPam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community
Hands OnFence BuildingWyatt Saintsing, The Barn Loft Western Store
LivestockHealthy Soil, Year Round ForagesVail Dixon, Grazing Power
FoodieInspired Cooking: Using the Whole ChickenMeredith Leigh, Author, Farmer & Butcher
PolicyState of the Seed UpdateJared Zystro & Kiki Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance
Food SystemsFood Innovation DistrictsThomas Moore, CFSA


Workshop B – 10:30-12 PM

Beginning FarmerNew Farmers: Tools and Resources for Getting StartedNikki Seibert, Wit Meets Grit
Farm BusinessThe anti-farmers market farmer survival guideCory Mosser, Natural Born Tillers
Soil Cultivating the Soil Food WebMolly Haviland, Microherder’s Manifesto
Pollinators & SeedsInvasive Plants: Yesterday, Today and TomorrowJohnny Randall, NC Botanical Garden, UNC
Horticulture 1The Bio-Integrated FarmShawn Jadrnicek, Clemson
Horticulture 2Innovative Horticultural Strategies for a new Permaculture Century Chuck Marsh, Useful Plants
Specialty CropGrowing Organic Field and Forest Medicinal Herbs as a BusinessJeanine Davis, NCSU
Hands OnDrip Irrigation SystemsMelinda Fitzgerald, Country Farm and Home
LivestockPastured Poultry ManagementAmanda Carter, Spirit Level Farm
FoodieMedicinal Mushroom Gardens, Cultivation and PreparationTradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain
PolicyPlanning and Preservation: Influencing Food and Farmland in Your CommunityPanel: Aaron Newton (CFSA, Lomax Farm, Cabarrus Farm and Food Council), Helen Youngblood (Durham Planning Department), Tonya Taylor (Black Family Land Trust), and Erin White (Community Food Lab, Capital Area Food Network)
Food SystemsLocal Organic Y'All: Connecting the Food Movement and Mainstream Retailers and WholesalersFred Broadwell, Local Organic Y'A’ll


Workshop C – 2-3:30 PM

Beginning FarmerPanel: Lomax Incubator Farm FarmersLomax Panel
Farm BusinessAgricultural Economics for the Small FarmKaren McSwain, CFSA
Soil Dry FarmingShaheed Harris, SCF Organics; Fathiyyah Mustafa, SCF Organic Farms
Pollinators & SeedsFarming For Bees and Other beneficial InsectsNancy Adamson, Xerces Society
Horticulture 1Maximizing Productivity with Four Season FarmingClara Coleman, Four-Season Farm Consulting
Horticulture 2Money-Making Garden Projects for Carpenters and Non-CarpentersFrank Hyman
Specialty CropIn Defense of OkraChris Smith, Sow True Seeds
Hands OnTool Sharpening and MaintenanceLarry Cooper, Gulland Forge
LivestockRaising Ducks for Meat and EggsBryce Bjornson, Duck Daddy Ranch; Jan Campbell, Homestead Harvest
FoodieFrom Farming to FermentingAudrey Lin and Debbie Donnald, Two Chicks Farm
PolicyCultivating the Community Voice in Food Systems Change: An Update on Food Councils in the CarolinasAbbey Piner ,CEFS; Gini Knight, CEFS; Jared Cates CFSA, Carlye Gates, ASAP; Megan Bolejack, CSHA; and Tyler Jenkins, CCE
Food SystemsFork2Farmer: Building Synergistic Relationships between chefs, farmers, Extension, tourism marketingSusan Jakes, NCSU Duarte Morais, NCSU; Becky Bowen, NCSU; Joanna Massey Lelekacs, NCSU
Chef & Farmer Panel: Neha Shah, Chatham Co. Visitors Bureau, Angelina Kay, Angelina's Kitchen, Esta Cohen, Cohen Farm, Crystal Willett, Chatham Rabbits


Big Idea Presentations – 4-5 PM

More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community ChangeGarrett Broad, Fordham University
What I Stand On: The Bill Dow Memoir ProjectFred Broadwell, Local Organic Y'A’ll
Faith and FarmingRuss Vollmer, Vollmer Farm
The Edible SouthMarcie Cohen Ferris, UNC
Food AccessDara Bloom and Sarah Bowen, NCSU; Michelle Eley NCAT




SUNDAY Workshops

Workshop E – 9-10:30 AM

Beginning FarmerAvoiding mistakes- 25 things that I did starting out that that you shouldn'tCory Mosser, Natural Born Tillers
Farm BusinessFarm Financial Issues Part OneSavi Home , NCABL Land Loss Prevention Project ; Andrew Branan, The Branan Law Firm, PLLC; Scott Marlow, RAFI-USA; WIlliam Beers, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
Soil Dirt Diaries: The Haney Soil TestBuz Kloot, USC
Pollinators & SeedsIncreasing Your Farm's Diversity with Cut Flowers- monetarily and biologicallyCathy Jones, Perry-winkle Farm
Horticulture 1Advance Organic Pest ManagementKaren McSwain, CFSA
Horticulture 2Farm App UpdateNoah Rannels, Fickle Creek Farm
Specialty CropMushrooms for EveryoneTradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain
Hands OnOn Farm Wind TurbinesChris Carter and John Hannon Martin, Handy Village Institute
LivestockRaising adapted animals for quality grass-fed meatsMeredith Leigh, Author, Farmer & Butcher
FoodieEpic Tomatoes for the Southeast -History, Stories, and Tips for SuccessCraig LeHoullier, Gardener and Author
PolicyFSMA Update Roland McReynolds, CFSA
Food SystemsStrategies for Building Food Value ChainsRebecca Dunning, CEFS; Sarah Blacklin, NC Choices; Anne Karlen, Fair Food Philly


Workshop F – 10:45-12:15 PM

Beginning FarmerSustainable Farming Practices for New GrowersPam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community
Farm BusinessFarm Financial Issues Part TwoSavi Home , NCABL Land Loss Prevention Project ; Andrew Branan, The Branan Law Firm, PLLC; Scott Marlow, RAFI-USA; WIlliam Beers, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
SoilVermicultureRhonda Sherman, NCSU & NC Composting Council
Pollinators & SeedsCultivating PollinatorsDebbie Roos, Chatham County Extension
Horticulture 1Disease Resistant Tomatoes for the Eastern USJared Zystro, The Organic Seed Alliance
Horticulture 2Branding and Marketing Your FarmEric McClam, City Roots Farm
Specialty CropUnusual Vegetables from Mountains to SeaMarc Williams, Plants and Healers International
Hands On"Hooking It Up" A demonstration of equipment installation including well pumps, motors, cooling units and electric fences Kevin Meehan, Turtle Run Farm
LivestockRaising GoatsKathryn Spann, Prodigal Farm
FoodieAn Appalachian Milpa Lifeway- Community Scale Carbon Farming  Zev Friedman, School of Integrated Living
PolicyPlanning for Action: Creating Strategic Pathways Towards Local Food System ChangeAbbey Piner,CEFS, Gini Knight CEFS, Jared Cates,CFSA, Carlye Gates, ASAP, Megan Bolejack, CSHA and Tyler Jenkins, CCE
Food SystemsLinking Consumers to Local Sustainable Farms: A Multi-Pronged Approach Autumn Perkins, Sustainable Midlands; Katie Welborn, CFSA & Ariel Brooks, Midlands Food Alliance



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