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The Georgia Organics’ Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program pairs beginning farmers, ranchers (10 years or less experience), or producers transitioning to organic production systems with experienced farmer mentors.  The Farmer Mentors offer support with planning – whole farm, business, marketing, crop, equipment, etc. – as well as technical assistance on production issues or organic certification. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See the website announcement for more information. This program has been made possible through cooperative agreements with the USDA's Risk Management Agency.

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Events

January 2015

January 14-17, 2015 - Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference

Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference.

This popular event draws over 1,000 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation. With our outstanding “field-tested” presenters and full slate of hot-topic conference sessions, pre-conference courses and field trips. Practical information about - Sustainable and organic crop production, in fields and in high tunnels - Grazing and holistic livestock management - Direct and cooperative marketing - Farm and food policy - Farm enterprise and business management - Farm to School - Food Hubs - Beginning Farming - Local food system


Location:
Mobile Convention Center
1 South Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Southern SAWG Conference website. Registration info and prices here.

 

January 29th, 2015 - Sound and Sensible Organic Certification in the Gulf States

The workshop will be held January 29, 2015, in conjunction with Fort Valley University located at the Agricultural Technology Conference Center, 46 Camp John Hope Road, Fort Valley, Georgia from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lunch is provided.
For information and to register for upcoming workshops, go to the NCAT website.

Two Workshop Series:
The first workshop series will cover the basics of organic production and how to get certified organic. The second workshop series will be in the spring of 2015 and act as a follow-up for farmers who took part in the first series as well as any others interested in switching to certified organic production.

Location:
Fort Valley University
Agricultural Technology Conference Center
46 Camp John Hope Road
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030

Objectives:
« To enlist new farmers and ranchers interested in the National Organic Program and help them learn how to become NOP certified in the Gulf States Region, which includes Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia
« To provide information and expertise to farmers interested in the National Organic Program and answer questions regarding organic farm practices and NOP certification
« To provide outreach to new, beginning, minority, and historically underserved farmers interested in organic and sustainable farming
« To aid farmers in transitioning from conventional farm systems to certified organic and sustainable farming practices

February 2015

 

February 5, 2015 - Sound and Sensible Organic Certification in the Gulf States

The workshop will be held February 5, 2015, in conjunction with Athens Clarke County Cooperative Extension Office located at 2152 West Broad Street, Athens, Georgia from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lunch is provided.
For information and to register for upcoming workshops, go to the NCAT website.

Two Workshop Series:
The first workshop series will cover the basics of organic production and how to get certified organic. The second workshop series will be in the spring of 2015 and act as a follow-up for farmers who took part in the first series as well as any others interested in switching to certified organic production.

Location:
Athens Clarke County Cooperative Extension Office
2152 West Broad Street
Athens, Georgia 30606

Objectives:
« To enlist new farmers and ranchers interested in the National Organic Program and help them learn how to become NOP certified in the Gulf States Region, which includes Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia
« To provide information and expertise to farmers interested in the National Organic Program and answer questions regarding organic farm practices and NOP certification
« To provide outreach to new, beginning, minority, and historically underserved farmers interested in organic and sustainable farming
« To aid farmers in transitioning from conventional farm systems to certified organic and sustainable farming practices

 

February 20-21, 2015 - Georgia Organics Conference

Recipe for Change - Better Farms, Better Flavors

Georgia Organics will be uniting more than 1,000 attendees to learn, network, feast, and champion organic foods and farms. The two-day conference is one of the largest sustainable agriculture expos in the South and attracts famers, health advocates, gardeners, parents, DIYers, and everyone in-between who cares about healthy foods, farms and families.

Location:
The Classic Center
300 N Thomas St.
Athens, GA 30601

GA Organics Conference website. Registration opens November 24th and info can be found here.

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