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Growing Organic on a Commercial Scale

In partnership with NC State University, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association hosts the annual Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference as a one-day conference each winter in North Carolina.

This event centers on certified organic commodities, commercial-scale specialty crops, and pasture-based livestock. The conference is a full day of educational sessions, research updates, panel discussions, and networking.

Quick Details:

date March 1, 2024
Attendance Free
Food & Refreshments $35
University of Mount Olive
Sandy Maddox Agriculture & Education Building
408 Garner Chapel Road Mount Olive, NC 28365

What Can You Expect?

  • Panel discussions, research updates, and educational sessions on:
    • Obtaining grant funding
    • Implementing conservation practices
    • Climate-smart research
    • Soil health and regenerative agriculture
    • Budgeting and cash flow projections
    • Organic transition and certification
    • Challenges and opportunities in organic commodities markets
  • Outdoor and in-field demonstrations
  • Networking opportunities with other local growers, Extension agents, service providers, and educators
  • Vendors representing businesses and services for commercial-scale sustainable growers


"Good content. One day, so no overnight stay is required. Cost-conscious. Good time of year. Friendly and helpful people."
"(I enjoyed) the connections between people of different backgrounds of agriculture and farming in the state."
"As a first time attendee and student of ag, I was impressed with the academic component."


Workshops & Schedule

Don’t miss our What to Expect page for more information on each session and speaker.

The Details

Conference FAQs


Chances are, if you have a question about the conference, so does someone else! Here’s our growing library of answers to common questions we receive.

Online registration closes Wednesday, Feb. 28. Onsite registration will be available at the University of Mount Olive’s Student Farm on Friday, Mar. 1.

Yes! We’ve reserved a room block at the Holiday Inn in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Rooms are $129/night.

Address: 1003 Sunburst Drive, Goldsboro, NC, US

Reserve your room here.

As per our terms and conditions, the cancellation policy for conference attendees is as follows:

Registrants must submit their notice of cancellation in writing to [email protected] no later than two weeks prior to the event for a 50% refund, less a 10% administration and processing fee. Requests made three or more weeks prior to the events are eligible for a full refund, less a 10% administration and processing fee.

In the event you cannot attend an event you have registered for due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control and the deadline for a full refund has passed, please contact CFSA. Examples may include but are not limited to natural disasters or family emergencies.


Thank You to Our Sponsors!


We’re so grateful for the businesses and organizations that help us make the conference possible. Here are this year’s sponsors.

Lead sponsors


Register Today

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required and will include a $35 fee for breakfast, a keynote lunch, and refreshments throughout the day.

NC SARE is offering registration and accommodation scholarships for extension agents. Apply today!

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Help us support more sustainable family farms, grow more local food businesses, and add more voices to advocate for fair farm and food policies in the Carolinas.