Conference Highlights


Our 28th Annual Spring Conference took place from March 13-21, 2021. We met VIRTUALLY for the first time, and enjoyed hosting speakers and attendees from across the United States (as far away as Alaska!).

One of the things our staff enjoyed the most was the Live Q&A Panels with speakers from each Track. The cross pollination in those conversations was exciting and engaging. We hope to offer something like this again in the future!

Cherokee Foods Track Panel

Cherokee Foods

Cooking Track Panel


Farming Track Panel


Food Systems Panel

Food Systems

Gardening Track Panel


Herbs Track Panel


Keynote Panel


Livestock Track Panel


Mushrooms Track Panel


Permaculture Track Panel


Soils Track Panel


Sustainability Track Panel

Sustainable Living

We also loved the Live Kick-Off Day with our three Keynote Talks, Keynote Panel, Lunchtime Entertainment with poet Ross Gay, and our social gatherings.

OGS Staff at Spring Conference

OGS Staff at Spring Conference

Ross Gay Live

Ross Gay

You Loved it Too!

“Wow. What a panel. What passion. Thanks for all of your hard work now and always. Such fabulous work and inspiration. You are planting seeds!”

Laura Ladendorf

“Gratitude to you all for doing the work you do. I am so happy to be in this conference. It has been empowering and enlightening!”

Cleaster Cotton

So Much to Keep Learning


All of the 2021 Spring Conference content is STILL AVAILABLE, though September 15, 2021!

If you didn’t make it to the conference, you can still purchase access to the recordings. If you did attend, you can continue using the conference website and app.

Check out a few highlights from our Q&A sessions below, and view teasers for all 11 Tracks on YouTube.

Author: Carrie Moran

Carrie Moran is the Director of Systems & Communications. They hold a Masters of Library and Information Science from Drexel University, and their professional background is in the world of academic libraries. During their library career, they focused on using empathetic user experience design methods to create safe spaces for people to learn, both in person and online. In addition to their work at OGS, they are a co-owner of Harmonize Your Health, a holistic wellness company whose mission is to introduce their community and clients to a variety of healing modalities that are aligned with respect for our bodies and this beautiful planet we live on.