Conference FAQ

Read on for Frequently Asked Questions regarding the 22nd Annual Spring Conference. If you still have questions after reading this, contact us.

What is the Conference and where will it be held?
The Organic Growers School Spring Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that brings people of all walks of life together for a weekend of learning and networking near Asheville, North Carolina. Since 1994, the OGS Spring Conference has been the best way to kick-off the season, with over 70 classes and hands on workshops on a variety of topics, from starting your first vegetable garden, baking bread, and saving on home energy costs, to raising your own goat herd. The mission of OGS is to provide down-to-earth, practical advice on growing and sustainable living, while remaining affordable and accessible to anyone wanting to participate.The Conference will be hosted in downtown Asheville, North Carolina at the University of North Carolina.
Where can I view a full schedule?
You can view the class schedule by clicking here or on the orange Conference Schedule button to your right.
Why do Saturday tickets cost $5 more this year?
In an attempt to balance our attendance, we are offering a slight incentive to folks who choose to attend on Sunday. Our hope is that the challenges associated with accommodating 2000 people are somewhat lessened by more even attendance throughout the weekend. Thanks for your understanding!
The class schedule is confusing. Can you please explain?
Before you get frustrated, please read the whole document, as class descriptions and class times occur on different pages. There simply isn’t room to list them all in the same place!

TRACKS are categories or suites of classes of the same type. (example: the All About Poultry track will feature classes about poultry.) Tracks are given letter codes A-O.

SESSIONS are classes within tracks. (example: backyard chickens would be a session within the All About Poultry track). Sessions, or classes, are given number codes 1-4.

TIMES: There are four time slots throughout each conference day.

  • All of the sessions with code #1 happen from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Session #2 is 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Session #3 is 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Session #4 is 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Therefore, all the sessions with number code 1 are happening at the same time, and so on and so forth with sessions labeled 2-4. Ultimately, you can pick up to four classes to attend in one day. You do not have to attend all your classes in a single track. You are free to switch around from track to track throughout the day.

Most classes are REPEATED on day two of the event, to give you a better chance of getting to all the awesome classes you want to see.

What do classes cost?
Adult General Registration is $45 for Saturday and $40 for Sunday ($85 for the full weekend) until the EARLY BIRD DEADLINE at 5:00 PM on January 30th. After January 30th, prices increase to $60 for Saturday and $55 for Sunday.

General Registration gets you access to all regular, 1.5 hr classes. There is no additional sign up for these classes, and they do not include entry or materials fees.

Classes in TRACK N: COOKING TRACK and all Half-Day Workshops require additional sign up and entry fees. Cooking classes have a flat $5 fee per class, and Half-Day Workshops have a flat $10 per workshop. These fees will be collected at time of registration.

What about lunch?
In the past, we have offered you the option to purchase a $10 catered lunch when you register. This is no longer an option. However, we are excited to be welcoming Asheville restaurants to the event this year, and they will be selling yummy food made with local and organic ingredients between 12:30 and 2:00 each day. We’ll be bringing in some of your favorite local restaurants for lunch–we’ll announce offerings soon! Be sure to bring some 5’s and 10’s to spend on lunch, as many vendors are unable to accept plastic.
What is a half day hands-on workshop and when does it happen?
Half day hands on workshops cover topics that warrant a more in-depth look. These classes are three hours as opposed to the usual 1.5 hour sessions, and occur at the same time as usual classes. They cost $10 extra because they are hands on in nature, and usually you learn by doing, and get to take your work home. These workshops are some of the most popular offerings at the event, so make sure to register early to get a spot!
Can I register for just a class or two, and not the whole day?
Because we try to keep things both affordable and simple, we regret that we cannot offer partial registrations.
The Kid's Program is open to what ages?
We are so excited to announce an expansion of our 11th Annual Kid’s Program. This year, the kid’s program is open to kids ages 4 to 12. Children will be divided into two groups: 4-6 & 7-12 for supervised, age-appropriate activities, crafts, and games.
I have a hard time registering online. Can I register by phone?
Yes! Registration will be available this year by phone. Contact Conference Assistant Vaidila Satvika at (828) 761-1776 during regular office hours to register!
Can I register at the event?
Yes, but it’s more expensive, and you may miss out on limited seating in cooking classes or half day hands on workshops. Registrations postmarked or submitted after January 30th will cost an additional $15. Save money by planning ahead! Register by January 30th!
Something’s come up. Can I get a refund?
Registration for the 2015 OGS Spring Conference is non-refundable. The event will be held rain, snow, or shine. Click here for the full refund policy.