25th Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference

Mar 9, 2018
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25th Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference

Date: March 9-11, 2018

Location: UNCA in Asheville, 1 University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804

Cost: $59 for Saturday, $49 for Sunday: Early Bird Registration by January 31st. Registration is an additional $15 after January 31st and at the door.

Registration: http://organicgrowersschool.org/annual-spring-conference/

The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, special guests, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, Mushrooms and Food Resilience.  

Preconference Workshops:

The Independent Farmstead–Smart, Savvy, Scalable Land Stewardship with special guests Beth & Shawn Dougherty

Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Living Web Farms, 176 Kimzey Road, Mills River, NC 28759

Cost: $55 with OGS Spring Conference Weekend Registration, $70 without

More Info: https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/pre-conference-workshops/

Registration: https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/register/

In our lifetimes, we’ve seen a significant decline in the home-grown American food community. How did farm families in the past provide nearly all their food needs directly from the farm? And how can we get there again? This full-day workshop, with Independent Farmstead authors Beth & Shawn Dougherty, is designed for the forage-based, family-scale, food producer hoping to create a secure, productive food system on small acreage.

Food for All – Growing our Community as we Grow our Food with Special Guest, Karen Washington

Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: UNCA Reuter Center. 1 Campus View Rd, Asheville, NC 28804

Cost: $55 with OGS Spring Conference Weekend Registration, $70 without

More Info: https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/pre-conference-workshops/

Registration: https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/register/

The current food system seems to have been designed for disconnection, marginalization, and fragmentation. Not only are we separated from the land, but also from each other, from our food traditions, and from making decisions that affect our communities.

Join Karen for this lively and interactive conversation about food, social and food justice, inclusion, diversity, activism, land reform, waste management, ending hunger and poverty, and community building. Plan to become connected across social boundaries and expect to leave with passion, inspiration, and action. Bring your stories and Karen will bring hers. Sharing is where it starts.

Human Health=Soil Health with Dan Kittredge

Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Cost: $55 with OGS Spring Conference Weekend Registration, $70 without

More Info: https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/pre-conference-workshops/

Registration: https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/register/

Thriving and diverse gut flora as the key to health is becoming widely known. Science is discovering the vast similarities between the gut and root microbial communities. Their capacity for symbiosis and harmony or depletion and disease is all based how we approach them. When the soil is full of life-supporting probiotics, the food grown there is your ally in gut health, nutrient absorption, and immune resilience. When the soil is not healthy it leads to chronic disease and degeneration. In order to invest in our collective health, we need to invest in rebuilding the soil.
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