29th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, the Sustainable Agriculture Conference takes place November 10-12 in Greenville, South Carolina. The discount, members-only Early Bird rate ends August 21.

There is no place like the Sustainable Agriculture Conference to learn from the experts about cutting-edge techniques and innovative programs.  Connect with others who are passionate about rebuilding a healthy, local foodshed from seed-to-plate.

Check out these unparalleled opportunities to network with sustainable ag farmers, non-profits, extension agents, higher ed. experts, exhibitors, activists and more:

  • 55 Workshops in 2 incredible days, including a First-Time Conference Attendee Program and workshops to take seasoned veterans to the next level
  • 3 Pre-conference Tours take you to some of the Upstate’s most innovative farms and restaurants
  • 9 Hands-on Intensives and 2 Get-Your-Hands-Dirty Off-site Learning opportunities
  • 56 Table Exhibitor Hall
  • CFSA’s Annual Meeting
  •  Regional and Topical Meetings
  • Meeting Space you can reserve for your meetings, plus nice, long breaks for connecting and networking
  • Speed Networking and Topic-based networking tables at lunches
  • Literature Table and Message Board
  • Seed Exchange

This year’s conference features exciting tracks devoted to growing organic produce, pastured livestock, urban farming, soils, beginning farmers, food and culture, policy and community, and a ‘You Make It – Outdoors and Hands-on’ track.  The Conference showcases renowned speakers, such as Greg Judy, leader in the mob-grazing movement; Jim Adkins, nationally recognized poultry expert and founder of the Sustainable Poultry Network; Southern culinary historian, David ShieldsRichard Wiswall, author of The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook- A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff- and Making a Profit, and Hugh Lovel, biodynamics expert.

The Monday, Nov. 10 Pre-conference features hands-on, intensive workshops on organic production, sustainable poultry, mob grazing, mushrooms, organic seed production, biodynamics, permaculture, and farm business strategies.  There will also be half-day bus tours to some of the most beautiful and successful sustainable farms in the Upstate and a Fabulous Foods Tour of the farm-to-fork restaurants in downtown Greenville.

One of the highlights of the event is the Local Food Feast and Keynote, to be held on Nov. 10 starting at 6:30 PM.  This magical meal is made with only the best in-season, sustainably grown ingredients supplied by local farms.  This year’s keynote is Mark Shepard, the author of Restoration Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers, and the owner and farmer at New Forest Farm in Viola, Wisconsin, which is considered one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the country.  Mark will speak about how to grow the food, fiber, medicine and fuels we need in a perennial agriculture ecosystem and share his vision for a truly sustainable and resilient food system — don’t miss this thought-provoking discussion!

Meals, Pre-conference intensives and Tours will sell out.
Nicely discounted Early bird prices fly away Aug. 21! 

For all the details and to register, visit carolinafarmstewards.org/sac or call 919-542-2402. 

Register today! 

Thrips pressure high but disease pressure low in Southern peanuts

From Southeast Farm Press

Many peanut growers in the Southeast saw early season conditions this year that mirrored those seen in 2013—a cool, wet spring and heavy thrips pressure.

It was reported at this year’s U.S.A. Peanut Congress that while the peanut crop finally got off to a good start in 2014 after early weather delays, thrips pressure was greater than normal and damage was reported in many locations.

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