WORKSHOPS

Saturday and Sunday Workshops

All workshops held on Nov. 4-5, 2017

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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 – 8:20-9:20 AM

Track

Title

Speaker(s)

Beginning Farmer

High Tunnel Basics: Design, Performance and Management

Steve Moore, Elon University

Farm Planning

FarmLink Programs: Creating Farmland Access Opportunities in the Southeast

Suzanna Denison, WNC FarmLink and South Carolina Department of Agriculture representative

Scaling Up and Out

Food and Farm Co-ops and Collaborations

Moderator: Rebecca Dunning, NC Growing Together; Jan Leitschuh, Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative; Davon Goodwin, OTL Farm/Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative; Jeremiah Jones, North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association; Thomas Beckett, Carolina Common Enterprise; Becky Bowen, NC Cooperative Extension; Lindsay Jacobs, Esq.

Scaling Up and Out

Planning for Agritourism

Leah Joyner, University of Utah

Specialty Crop

Get Multiple Yields from a Single Crop with Annuals

Chris Smith, Sow True Seed

Soils

Organic No-till Production and Soil Health

Mark Dempsey, CFSA

Livestock

Whole Animal Marketing

Meredith Leigh, Author/Butcher

Horticulture

Growing Greens in the Heat

Patryk Battle, Living Web Farms

Orchard/Small Fruit

Agroforestry Applied: Lessons Learned from Ten Years of Broad-Acre Permaculture Experience in Piedmont North Carolina

Bobby Tucker, BODHI/Okfuskee Farm and Nick Harper, BODHI/Braeburn Farms

Foodie

Our Favorite Farm Dinner Creations Straight from the Fields

Lee Newlin, Peaceful

River Farm

Policy

Fixing the Food & Farm System: Can the Farm Bill Help?

Wes King & Sarah Hackney, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

 

Workshop B – 9:45-12:15 PM

Track

Title

Speaker(s)

Beginning Farmer

Forest Farming
for Beginners

Jeanine Davis & Margaret Bloomquist, North Carolina State University

Farm Planning

How to Create a
Realistic 3-Year
Business Plan to T
ake Your Farm to
The Next Level

Carrie Harvey, Harvey Hills Farm & Vance Granville Community College; Emily Edmonds and Laura Lauffer, Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Farm Planning

Farm Design

Shawn Jadrnicek, Wild Hope Farm and Aaron Newton, CFSA

Scaling Up and Out

Digging Into the Wholesale Market: Keeping the Quality

Trish Tripp and Tay Fatke, CFSA

Scaling Up and Out

Farm Identified Marketing: Tell Your Farm’s Story

Atina Diffley, Organic Farmer/Activist/Public Speaker/Author

Soils

Biological Alchemy:
Unlocking the Key to
Plant Health through
Soil Biology

Michael Phillips, Author/Lost Nation Orchard

Soils

The Art of Microherding- Below Ground Diversity for Above Ground Productivity and Resiliency

Molly Haviland, Haviland Earth Regeneration

Livestock

Developing Grazing Plans that Work

Lee Rinehart, NCAT-ATTRA

Horticulture

Organic Pest Management

Karen McSwain & Mark Dempsey, CFSA and Richard Boylan, NC Cooperative Extension

Foodie

Collards: Exploring a Rich Southern Culinary and Garden Tradition

Michael Twitty, Author/Historian/Chef and Ira Wallace, Author/Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Policy

The Power of Relationships: Using Networking to Inspire Action

Abbey Piner, Shorlette Ammons and  Gini Knight, Center for Environmental Farming Systems; Jared Cates, CFSA; Megan Bolejack, Care Share Health Alliance

 

Workshop C – 2:45-3:45 PM

Track

Title

Speaker(s)

Beginning Farmer

Practical Tools for the Farm and Garden

Nazirahk Amen, Purple Mountain Organics

Farm Planning

How to Afford Retirement: A Guide For Farmers

Evan Quirk-Garvan, Money With A Mission/Natural Investments

Farm Planning

Collaborating For Wholesale: The Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group Creates Economic Opportunity for Disadvantaged Farmers

Ben Paynter & Tahz Walker, RAFI, and The Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group

Specialty Crop

Planning and Planting for a Continuous Harvest of Flowers

Cathy Jones, Perry-winkle Farm and Leah Cook, Wild Hare Farms

Livestock

Forage Management for the Small Poultry Flock Owner

Dan Campeau, NC State Extension

Horticulture

Selling at Farmers Markets

Ken Dawson, Maple Spring Gardens

Horticulture

Grafted Heirloom Tomatoes in High Tunnels

Gena Moore, CFSA

Orchards/Small Fruits

Blueberry Field Production and Practices

Russ Vollmer, Vollmer Farm

Foodie

Preserve The Flavors to Eat Local Year- Round

Kris Reid, Piedmont Culinary Guild

Foodie

Cultivate High-Dollar Alternative Crops for the Chefs Who Covet Wild Foods

Frank Hyman, Writer/Forager/ Instructor/Gardener

Policy

Rural as Regional: A Panel Discussion on Food Systems Collaboration

Moderated by the Community Food Strategies Team

 

Big Idea Presentations – 4-5 PM

Title

Speaker(s)

Implementing a Global Warming Adaptation and Mitigation Plan for Your Piedmont Farm

Walker Miller, The Happy Berry

Commodity or Gift? Communicating the Meaning of Food

Dr. Norman Wirzba, Duke University, Divinity School

Hash, Bog and Stew: How Carolina Food Defines and Divides Us

Patrick Wagner, Greenville Tech

Eliminating Barriers to Scaling Up Family Farms

Patrick Mateer and Claire McLendon, Seal the Seasons

The Paradise Garden: Creating Your Own Botanical Garden

Joe Hollis, Mountain Gardens

 

SUNDAY Workshops

Workshop E – 8:30-9:30 AM

 

Track

Title

Speaker(s)

Beginning Farmer

Finding and Navigating Farm Mentorship and Apprenticeship Experiences

Brian Wheat, Lowcountry Local First

Farm Planning

Whole Farm Revenue Planning

Scott Marlow, RAFI

Scaling Up and Out

Building On-Farm Infrastructure

Thomas Moore, CFSA and Stephen Nix, Clemson University

Specialty Crop

Exotic Roots: Cultivation, Propagation, and Handling

John Warren, Spade and Clover Gardens

Soils

Curbing Climate Change and Promoting Community through Soil Regeneration

Preston Peck & Chuck McNair, Toxic Free NC

Livestock

Small Ruminant Herd Health

Allen Cannedy, DVM, NCSU Vet School, Small Ruminant and Camelid Mobile Veterinary Services

Livestock

Lessons Learned During 15 Years as a Heritage Hog Farmer

Eliza MacLean, Cane Creek Farms

Horticulture

Organic Strawberry Production with Low and High Tunnels

Sanjun Gu, NCA&T

Grain

Small-Scale Grain Processing Equipment

Nazirahk Amen, Purple Mountain Organics

Grain

Tapping into the Craft Beer Market: Growing Malting Barley

Aaron MacLeod, Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage and Sebastian Wolfrum, Epiphany Craft Malt

Foodie

Cooking Up Local Mushrooms

Laura Stewart, Haw River Mushrooms and Angelina Koulizakis-Battiste, Angelina’s Kitchen

 

Workshop F – 10 AM -12:30 PM

 

Track

Title

Speaker(s)

Beginning Farmer

Incubator Farm Programs Panel

Moderator: Aaron Newton, CFSA. Panelists: Mary Beth Miller, CFSA; TBD, Lomax Farmer In Training; Mike Lanier, PLANT@Breeze Incubator Farm; Joe Tedrow, Split Acre Farm; Chris Link & TDB Farmer, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Farm Incubator Program

Farm Planning

Farm Financing Panel

Panel TBA

Scaling Up and Out

Growing Great Farm Team Members

Nikki Seibert Kelley, Wit Meets Grit and Noah Ranells, Fickle Creek Farms/Farm Better Now

Specialty Crop

Why Does Organic Seed Matter and What Regulatory Changes Are Upon Us?

Kiki Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance, Adrienne Shelton, Vitalis Organic Seed and Beth Rota, Quality Certification Services

Specialty Crop

Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae

Tradd Cotter, Microbiologist/Author/Owner, Mushroom Mountain

Soils

Composting: On- Farm Residuals Management

Brian Rosa, BE New Organic World

Livestock

Letting Your Cows Do The Work: Managing Intensive Rotational Grazing for Dairy and Beef Farmers

Gerry Cohn, CROPP Cooperative / Organic Valley; Charlie Payne, Organic Dairy Farmer; Johnny Rogers, Amazing Grazing; Matt Poore, CEFS

Horticulture

Year Round Hoop-House Production

Pam Dawling, Author/Twin Oaks Community

Grain

Making Good Bread: Growing, Milling, and Baking for Artisanal Breads

Jennifer Lapidus, Carolina Ground;Brian Chatham, High Mountain Farms; Jon McDonald, Weaver Street Market

Policy

What To Do If The FSMA Police Show Up

Roland McReynolds, CFSA and Trish Tripp, CFSA

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