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February 2016

February 26-27, 2016 Georgia Organics Conference
Columbus, Georgia

Farmers, health advocates, gardeners, parents, DIYers, and everyone in-between will descend on Columbus from Feb. 26-27, 2016 to network, feast, champion organic foods and celebrate farms. We gather to learn from and celebrate thefarmers who grow foods raised with community, health, and the environment at their heart, along with all the Grit and Vigor it takes to create good food.

Our two-day conference is one of the largest sustainable agriculture eventsin the South.This year we've got seven Farm Tours, eight In-depth Workshops, 28 Educational Sessions, a Grits and VigorExpo, the famous Farmer's Feast,and a keynote from the matriarch of the Good Food Movement, Joan Gussow.

**Early Bird registration discounts end Jan. 15th**

Regular registration closes Feb. 12th.

You can find more details at the conference website:

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March 2016

March 15, 2016 - Getting the Most from Cover Crops - Southeast Research and Education Center Field Day, Midville, GA

The field day includes demonstration on cover crop varieties and mixtures that can help you achieve your goals for erosion control, weed control, nitrogen, and more.  Learn how to maximize biomass to maximize cover crop benefits through presentations and field demonstrations. Lunch will be served after the field demonstration.  The program is free but pre-registration is encouraged.  Please contact:

Pam Sapp, Jefferson County Extension office. 478-625-3046.

8:30AM – Introductions and Welcome – Wade Parker and Anthony Black
8:45AM – Getting the Most Out of Cover Crops – Dr. Dewey Lee
9:00AM – What Cover Crops Can Do for You: Soil Health, Weed Control, Nitrogen and More – Julia Gaskin
9:30AM – Break
9:45AM - NRCS Programs for Cover Crops – Bryan Barrett
10:15AM – Move to Field
10:30AM – How Planting Date Affects Biomass and Nitrogen – Pam Sapp and Peyton Sapp
11:00AM – Cover Crop Nitrogen Calculator and Taking Biomass Samples – Julia Gaskin
11:30AM - Rainfall Simulator with Cover Crops - NRCS
12:00PM – Cover Crop Economics: Does it make “cents”?  -Jason Mallard
12:15PM- Lunch

Cover Crop Tiffton

March 30-April 1, 2016 - National Food Hub Conference
Atlanta, GA

3rd Biennial: The 2016 National Food Hub Conference, the most comprehensive national conference aimed specifically at food hubs, hub supporters, growers, and local food advocates across the country. The 2016 Conference will also feature a trade show. 

Conference Details and Registration: Click Here for Website


purchase datefood hub staff*others
Early Bird Tickets (end on December 31, 2015) $350 $450
January 1 – February 15, 2016 $400 $500
February 16, 2016 – Conference $450 $550

* a number of scholarships are available (Applications are due Feb. 15, 2016)
Scholarship Application Page

Final schedule is coming soon: General sessions include:

  • How the new FSMA rules affect your hubs.
  • Types of capital and ways to access capital.
  • Innovative hub model "inspiration session".
  • Examples of hub networking increasing business viability.
  • How hubs can mitigate risk.
  • Measuring hub impacts.
  • ......and several other nuts and bolts sessions....and a few that are a bit more abstract

National Food Hub Conference


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