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.

PlowShare 1st Annual Oglethorpe County Seed Swap

What: It is of vital importance to preserve the diversity of varieties of plants handed down through generations. PlowShare’s goals in sponsoring this seed swap is to proliferate those varieties at the local level and, at the same time, to bring our Oglethorpe County agrarian community closer together. We encourage you to bring heirloom seeds and tell the stories behind them. If you know a unique story
about a particular heirloom seed, you may wish to write it down and hand out copies at the seed swap. Open pollinated seeds may be swapped, too. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and, if you need one, a table. Festivities will begin in the pavilion at 10 a.m. There will be a pot luck at noon. Oglethorpe County Bee Club members will be available to answer your honey bees questions. Please invite anyone who may be interested; this event is open to the community.

Where: 307 Hutchins Wolfskin Road, Stephens, GA (6.3 miles from Crawford, take GA-77 South, Hutchins Wolfskin Road on the right, look for the seed swap signs)

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 10 am - 2 pm.  

Registration: Free and open to the public! If you have questions, please contact us at Visit


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 You can join live or use the search term "organic" to listen to archived recorded webinars.
- February 6, 2019: Transforming Manure from "Waste" to "Worth"
- March 5, 2019: Equipment for Mechanical Cultivation
- 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:

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 and either watch live or archived.


On-Farm Food Safety Workshop

What: For farmers interested in selling to school systems, understand food safety requirements, the bid process, and record keeping.

Where: Gainesville City Schools: 508 Oak Street, Gainesville, GA 30501

When: Friday, March 15, 2019 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Registration: Free to attend and lunch included! Space is limited, so please register by e-mailing or calling 404-481-5004


Wasted! The Story of Food Waste - Film Screening and Reception  

What: Presented as part of the SCIENCE ON SCREEN FILM SERIES, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in coordination with the UGA Office of Sustainability, and the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, we are showing the film Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. This will be the kickoff event for introducing the campus and the Athens community to the new Foodshed UGA initiative. View the film trailer here!  

Where: Athens Ciné: 234 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601

When: Thursday, March 28th, from 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Registration: PLEASE NOTE: Event admission is FREE, with advance reservations required. Please select one of the two available event timeframe options below. All reservations must be claimed at the Cine Box Office on the day of the event, at least 30 minutes prior to start time, and exchanged for a ticketing pass for entrance to the event. Any unclaimed reservations will be released for general admission. Register at:


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:


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:


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

Registration: For more information, please contact: Lindsay Davies at or 978-654-6745, Sagdrina Jalal at or (404) 271-0071