Programs and Events

Click here for information and locations for the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program

This program aims to support beginning farmers and ranchers to help protect the future of food and fiber in Georgia.

West Georgia Beginner Farmer Development Program (BFDP)

What: The West Georgia Beginner Farmer Development Program (BFDP) is a 9 month training program focusing on fruit, vegetable, and herb production. The program offers farm training, as well as, class room presentations.  The participants can select from a variety of trainings to meet their needs as a beginner farmer. Certificates of completion will be available for those meeting program requirements for the West Georgia Beginner Farmer Development Program and UGA Extension’s Journeyman Farmer Training. The program is sponsored from a grant issued by USDA National Institute of food and Agriculture.  Other program contributors are: In her Shoes Inc., Groundwork Atlanta, Rodgers Greens and Roots,  UGA Small Business Development Center,  and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Focus  area is: Douglas, Paulding, Carroll, and South Fulton. Focus demographics: minorities, women, and limited access. For more details, visit:

Where: Douglas County Extension and various other locations, see contact for more info.

When: January 25th, 2019 - October 2019

Registration: The Program/Application fee: $75.00 for the 9 months of training. Interested Individuals should sign up as soon as possible. Orientation is scheduled for December 8, 2018 and the program begins the January 25, 2019. Please visit for additional information and access to an online application, located on the home page header.

Please contact Kevin Livingston at: or the program coordinator, Marquitrice Mangham at: should you have any questions or concerns.

2019 Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group (SSAWG) Conference

What: An annual event, providing a forum to learn about sustainable farming techniques and marketing strategies, community food systems, and federal farm policies and programs that promote sustainable agriculture. This event also provides producers, researchers, information providers, concerned consumers and community organizers the opportunity to build networks, strengthen alliances, and celebrate the achievements of Southern sustainable farmers. This conference is loaded with practical information tailored for those in the South producing organic and sustainable food on a commercial scale and for those in our region working to improve local food systems. All conference sessions, pre-conference courses and field trips will be led by successful producers and well-respected educators and organizers from around the region with extensive knowledge and, more importantly, practical experience.

Where: Statehouse Convention Center, 101 East Markham Street, Little Rock, AR, 72201

When: January 23 - 26, 2019

Registration: For rates and to register online, visit:


Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program

What: UGA Extension in Carroll, Haralson and Paulding Counties are hosting the Journeyman Farmer program that provides comprehensive training for beginning farmers, with a focus on small ruminant production. This certificate program requires completion of three steps: Small Farm Business Planning, Small Ruminant Production, and an Internship/Mentorship.

Where: Small Business Planning: Carroll County Extension Office: 900 Newnan Rd., Carrollton, GA 30117. Small Ruminant Production: E-911 Communications Center, 896 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA 30117.  

When: Small Farm Business Planning: Monday, February 11, 2019 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm). Small Ruminant Production: Friday and Saturday, February 22 & 23, 2019 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm both days). 

Registration: Cost is $75. Contact the Carroll County Extension office at 770-836-8546. Registration deadline is February 4, 2019. See flyer.


2019 Georgia Organics Conference and Expo

What: At the 21st annual conference, attendees will connect with like-minded peers, tour farms, cultivate new skills, and discover 70 exhibit booths with innovative food-and agriculture-related information. The Georgia Organics Conference is about building stronger farms, school gardens, and communities. Through this experience, we will advance our shared vision: that one day all Georgians will be able to eat organic food from local farms, transforming our health, environment, and economy. This year, the slate of workshops, speakers, and memorable culinary experiences are not to be missed. This year there will be a discounted farmer rate (for farm members in good standing only). This deeply discounted rate is for an All Conference Pass that includes a Farmers Feast ticket. Be on the lookout for more info and a discount code via email. Miss the email? Call us at (678) 702-0400 and we’ll confirm your membership and provide the discount code. Also new this year, New Farmer Education and Community Education Tracks. We’ve increased the number of Farmer and Community Education tracks on Saturday from eight to 10, to include even more hands-on and in-depth education opportunities specifically for farmers and community members. And back by popular demand, the conference is digital! This year, we’ll be adding some updates to our new conference mobile app. It’ll have all the details about conference, including maps, schedules, and tracks, but will also allow you to submit session reviews. You will be able to download the app in January 2018! 1-on-1 Fencepost Sessions. Wondering what steps you need to take to become Certified Organic? Have a question about how to start a school garden? Confused about food safety guidelines through FSMA? We’ve got you covered! We’ve got an expert crew of farming and good food experts to lead one-on-one Fencepost Sessions all-day Saturday to answer questions like these and more. Space is limited. The list of expert consultants and sign-ups for Fencepost Sessions are coming soon!  

Where: UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center: 15 RDC Road, Tifton, GA 31794. Parking is available at no charge in the conference center parking lots.

When: February 8 - 9  

Registration: For additional information, conference program, and to register, visit: