Meals, Exhibits & Activities

The conference features great opportunities to network and make new friends at our Speed Networking event, expand your business at our Grower Buyer Meetup, swap seeds at our Seed Exchange, get your autographed copies from published authors at BookSignAGanza, convene your group using our free meeting space, and make new professional connections at our 70-table Exhibit Hall.  And, don’t miss the NC and SC Legislative Updates sessions and the CFSA Regional Meetings.




If you’ve attended the Conference before, you know that the food is always inventive and wonderfully delicious – that’s the magic that happens when you use only the best, pick-of-the-season, sustainably grown food supplied by local farmers!

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Exhibit Hall

See below for the list of outstanding businesses, organizations, and non-profits who will be represented at the event.

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Speed Networking

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new people at the beginning of the regular conference!  It’s a great way to expand your network and make new friends in the sustainable ag community.  It’s fun and easy – even if you are shy.

Happening Friday, Nov. 4
5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Come early for the Local Food Feast and meet some great new folks to sit and eat with!

Regional & Special Networking Meetings

A great chance to network with others in your region, announce your upcoming initiatives and programs, and connect with friends, allies and partners!  It’s also your opportunity to let CFSA know what issues matter most to you and how we can meet your needs and support your work.

Happening Saturday, Nov. 5
5:15 pm –  5:45 pm

Farm Bill Listening Session
5:00PM – 6:30PM

Continue the conversation after the Regional Meetings at the Meet & Eat Reception!

Seed Exchange

Bring your seeds to swap! Or collect some so that you can start growing and saving your  own. It’s all FREE!

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Grower Buyer Connections

Join us for an opportunity to connect farmers with buyers who are interested in sourcing local foods. The facilitated speed-meeting format will ensure instant connections!

Happening November 4, 2016
4:30 – 6:00 pm
You Must RSVP to attend – see link at bottom of this page.

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Get your books signed by our featured authors, including Tradd Cotter, Marcie Cohen Harris, Craig LeHoullier, Pam Dawling, Meredith Leigh, Garrett Broad, Jeanine Davis, Rhonda Sherman, Shawn Jadrnicek, Fred Broadwell, and Aaron Newton.

Members VIP Lounge

Have we mentioned we love our CFSA members?  Feel  the love at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference by spending some time in the VIP Members Lounge, sponsored by From Scratch Magazine and UNFI, enjoying extra snacks, bonus meeting space, and comfy couches!  Not a CFSA member yet?  We encourage you to sign up online at www.  to begin locking in your CFSA benefits as soon as possible, but you can also sign up on site at the conference.  If you are passionate about strengthening the food system in the Carolinas, then CFSA membership is for you!

CFSA Annual Membership Meeting

The CFSA annual membership meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Sheraton Imperial Hotel (4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703) after the Sustainable Agriculture Conference concludes.

Happening Sunday, November 6

at 12:45 PM

The agenda includes reports on the activities of the association, election of members of the board of directors, and other business of the association.


CFSA is pleased to offer 21.5 hours of Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Continuing Education Units (CEU) through the American Society of Agronomy at the 31st Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, NC, Nov. 4-6, 2016

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