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.
Natural Resource Conservation Service 2019 Organic Agriculture Webinar Series
What: All webinars are scheduled for 3:00 pm ET (12 pm PT). Webinars are free, open to all, and brought to you by Oregon Tilth and the NRCS Science and Technology Training Library. Join webinars at www.ConservationWebinars.net. You can join live or use the search term "organic" to listen to archived recorded webinars.
- April 2, 2019: Benefits of Intercropping in Organic Systems
- June 4, 2019: Organic Specialty Fertilizers
- October 1, 2019: Water Conservation in Organic Production
- December 3, 2019: Organic Hop Production
Where: Online at: www.conservationwebinars.net
When: February 6, March 5, April 2, June 4, October 1, December 3. All dates are 2019, from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (ET).
Registration: Webinars are free and open to the public, no registration required. Simply login to www.conservationwebinars.net and either watch live or archived.
Composting for Urban Growers Workshop
What: Why is soil health so important? Because healthy soil is EVERYTHING for growing nutritious natural and organic produce. It is food for the plant and a key to increasing profits, while protecting our natural resources for urban growers. Join the conversation during Composting for Urban Growers. For growers interested in building compost on urban farms. Learn about soil health, composting best practices, working with municipalities, and regulations & safety standards. And enjoy a farm to table lunch!
Where: Truly Living Well College Town Farm: 324 Lawton Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
When: Thursday, April 11, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration: Rain or Shine, so come prepared! Registration is $25 and includes lunch and handouts. Space is limited. Register at: https://growerscomposting.eventbrite.com
Two Compost Workshops
What: Two Demo Workshops for small and large farmers and anyone interested in learning more about how cover crops build soils, suppress weeds, prevent erosion, and improve yields. Workshops take place on established demonstration plots. Two dates and locations (see information below). April 25 will focus on crop termination; April 9 will focus on planting into your cover crop. Demonstrations will include small farm equipment that is available for you to use, including delivery, for a nominal fee.
When: See both dates/times below:
- Thursday, April 25th, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
- Thursday, May 9th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: See both locations below:
- April 25th at Hardman Farm: 143 GA-17, Clarkesville, GA 30523
- May 9th at North GA Tech: 1500 GA-197, Clarkesville, GA 30523
Registration: RSVP requested, call (706)865-2832 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Soil Festival 2019
What: Food Well Alliance invites you to the 5th Annual Soil Festival -- and it’s bigger and better than ever before! Soil Festival is an annual tradition of celebrating soil as a key source for building gardens and healthier communities. This year, we’re unveiling a brand new Community Compost Learning Lab, the first of its kind in metro Atlanta. This FREE event is for all ages and raises awareness of the benefits of using local compost to improve and maintain high quality soil and to grow healthy food. This year, we encourage all attendees to bring kitchen scraps to the event to support the production of healthy soil in Atlanta. Soil Festival 2019 will be held at Truly Living Well’s Collegetown Farm in Southwest Atlanta, and includes a host of exciting opportunities for school gardeners, community gardeners, backyard gardeners, urban farmers, educators, beginning gardeners and children!
When: Saturday, May 4th 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: Truly Living Well - Collegetown Farm: 324 Lawton St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Registration: This event is free! Please register at: https://food-well-alliance.ticketleap.com/soil-festival-2019/?mc_cid=0bf202b186&mc_eid=14c598f38c
Southern Cover Crop Conference 2019
What: The 2019 Southern Cover Crop Conference will bring researchers, Extension personnel, farmers, and ag industry specialists together discover the latest information related to cover crops in the South.
When: July 16 - 17, 2019
Where: (July 16th) The first day will be at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center: 241 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36830. (July 17th) The second day will be at the E.V. Smith Research Center: 8660 Eagle Road, Shorter, AL
Registration: To learn more about the conference, and to register, visit: https://cses.auburn.edu/sccc/
Community Food Systems Conference
What: The 2019 Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes of food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture across urban and rural environments and foster community empowerment to create resilient and equitable local food systems. We will convene in Savannah, Georgia to highlight and learn about food systems in the U.S. South while also drawing parallels to food systems across the country. The conference is hosted by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmer's Market Association (GFMA). The partners will build on the momentum of the 2017 Community Food Systems Conference and GFMA’s Food for Thought Conference. We will provide space for conversations around promoting, facilitating, and supporting self-reliance; breaking down barriers to racial justice; connecting communities to their food sources; and impacting communities at local and regional levels through sustainable food production. We expect 500+ attendees from the fields of community food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture.
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Savannah, GA: 2 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401
When: December 9 - 11, 2019