Celebrating 25 Years of Education

The Spring Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that offers regionally specific workshops on organic growing and sustainable living. Our mission is to provide down-to-earth, practical advice while remaining affordable and accessible to anyone who wants to participate. For 25 years, the Spring Conference has brought together environmentally minded folks from 17 states and Canada. Join our celebration for a weekend of learning, networking, and growing.



Friday, March 9, 2018

Pre-conference workshops (location varies by workshop)


Saturday–Sunday, March 10–11, 2018

150+ classes in 17 learning tracks

Trade show

Seed exchange

Silent auction

Saturday evening social



UNC Asheville


17 Learning Tracks

  1. Community Food
  2. Cooking
  3. Earth Skills
  4. Farmers: Beginning
  5. Farmers: Experienced
  6. Gardening
  7. Herbs
  8. Homesteading
  9. Livestock
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Permaculture
  12. Pollinators
  13. Poultry
  14. Soils
  15. Sustainable Forestry
  16. Sustainable Living
  17. Thinking Big





Friday Pre-Conference Workshops

$55 — with conference registration

$70 — without conference registration


Saturday and Sunday Early Registration (on or before January 31)

$99 — Saturday and Sunday

$59 — Saturday ONLY

$49 — Sunday ONLY


Saturday and Sunday Registration (on or after February 1)

$129 — Saturday and Sunday

$74 — Saturday ONLY

$64 — Sunday ONLY


Scholarships Available from The NC Rural Center

You might be eligible for a full scholarship to attend the Spring Conference if you’re engaged in a food- or farming-related small business in a rural area. Visit our Scholarship Application page or download our informational flyer to learn more.





$10 Half-Day Workshops

Saturday and Sunday each feature eight hands-on, half-day workshops—four in the morning and four in the afternoon. You must be registered for one or both days of the conference to attend these half-day workshops. Additionally, they require an extra $10 per class for material fees. Most sessions have a limited class size. If a workshop isn’t listed, it has sold out.

Please note: Sunday Half-Day Workshops are a repeat of Saturday’s. Many (but not all) of the regular 90-minute classes are also repeated on Sunday so that you may attend these workshops without missing any of your favorite classes. Be sure to check out the full schedule for details. For questions, email Sprout Morgan at registration@organicgrowersschool.org.


$13 Lunch Boxes

Skip the lines and enjoy a locally sourced and prepared lunch box from Rosetta’s Kitchen or Sweet Monkey Cafe & BakerySame great menu both days! Lunch is $13 per day and includes a side, dessert, and drink of your choice.


Non-vegetarian options from Sweet Monkey

Cluck Madame—Parmesan roasted chicken breast on homemade garlic rosemary cheese bread with bacon pesto aioli, baby kale and tomatoes. Roasted potato salad in a lemon Creole mustard dressing and a snickerdoodle cookie. (Sweet Monkey)

BKT—Applewood smoked bacon, baby kale and tomatoes on homemade wheat and mayo. With roasted potato salad in a lemon Creole mustard dressing and a snickerdoodle cookie. (Sweet Monkey)


Vegetarian options from Rosetta’s

Salad Plate—Organic spring mix with carrots, tomato, onion, cucumber, avocado and smoky tofu. Choice of dressing.

Veggie Burger—House-made veggie burger served with organic carrot and celery sticks on home made bun, veganaise, lettuce, tomato, and onion.