Annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture

Sponsored by the South Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

You’re invited to the annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss critical issues, challenges and needs related to Sustainable Agriculture development in South Carolina. The meeting is open to all South Carolina farmers, educators, policy makers, state and federal government and non-governmental agricultural agency personnel, and other South Carolina citizens with an interest in sustainable agriculture. Input from this public meeting will be used to prioritize critical issues and needs and to formulate plans for statewide sustainable agriculture training and education programs in 2017.
The Open Forum meeting will be held on the 2nd of December, 2016 at the Lake House at Sandhill Research and Education Center on Clemson Rd. in Columbia, SC.

An optional lunch featuring local foods will be served at 12:30PM.  $12 will be charged if you would like to participate in lunch, however there is no fee to attend the Open Forum meeting beginning at 9:30AM.  In order to facilitate space and meal arrangements, it’s important that you register in advance.  See registration instructions below. Lunch reservations will be provided on first come, first serve basis; registration deadline for lunch is Wednesday, November 23rd.


8:45 –  9:30

Check in (Coffee and refreshments served)

9:30 –  9:40

Introduction and Welcome (Dr. Geoff Zehnder)

9:40 –  10:15

Group introductions (Individuals representing other organizations will have an opportunity to briefly discuss new or ongoing initiatives)

10:15 –  10:35

Review of 2016 programs and accomplishments (Geoff Zehnder)

10:35 –  11:35

Open discussion on issues relating to sustainable agriculture development in South Carolina. Where should we put program resources in 2017? (Facilitated session)

11:35 –  11:45


11:45 –  12:30

Continue discussion to prioritize issues

12:30 –  1:30

Local Foods Lunch and adjourn Open Forum Meeting

1:30 –  4:30

SC SARE Advisory Committee Meeting (AC Members)


The Lake House at Sandhill REC is located at 900 Clemson Rd. Columbia, SC.  Directions can be found here.


There is no fee for attending the Open Forum however the favor or your RSVP is requested for planning purposes.  An optional local foods lunch will be available at the conclusion of the meeting for $12.  Please register for this event with optional lunch at:


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