Spring Conference 2022 MEN OGS

Pre-Conference Event Registration

Online registration for the Pre-conference workshops and the weekend Spring Conference will close on Wednesday, March 15th at 11:59 pm. Please note that walk-ins are welcome for the weekend conference. Directions here. Please note that pre-conference workshop registration will close if they reach capacity.

If you have already registered, check here for details. 

 

Carbon Farming and Agroforestry

Mari Stuart, Meredith Leigh, and Sharon Dubuc

Optimize your land’s carbon storage potential while growing trees for fruit and nuts, timber, beautification, and biodiversity! In this one-day intensive workshop, our instructors will guide participants by applying “carbon farming” principles to their farms and projects. Our focus will be on agroforestry or the intentional integration of trees and shrubs in farm systems.

Where: Sandy Mush Community Center, Leicester, NC

When: Friday, March 18, 2022 from 9:30AM – 4:30PM

Early Bird Cost: $60 with Saturday and/or Sunday conference registration, $70 without.

Regular Cost: $65 with Saturday and/or Sunday conference registration, $80 without.

More about the Carbon Farming and Agroforestry workshop

Optimize your land’s carbon storage potential while growing trees for fruit and nuts, timber, beautification, and biodiversity!

Mari Stuart and Meredith Leigh of Carbon Harvest and Sharon Dubuc of Black Thorn Farm and Kitchen guide participants by applying “carbon farming” principles to their farms and projects in this all-day intensive workshop. The workshop will span big picture lessons and practical offerings, including interactive exercises and case studies. Our focus will be on agroforestry or the intentional integration of trees and shrubs in farm systems.

1. The Bigger Picture: why carbon capture should be a consideration in our land planning

    • Carbon farming, regenerative agriculture, restoration agriculture, resilient agriculture
    • The benefits of regional carbon capture and carbon management network for our region and its farmers

2. Basics of Agroforestry

    • Agroforestry’s origins lie with multi-strata, perennial agroecological methods developed by Indigenous peasant communities.
    • Types of temperate agroforestry systems
    • Benefits: effective carbon capture, ecosystem biodiversity, social health around the globe, erosion control, buffering of water extremes, and diversified income streams for farmers 
    • Suitability for the Southern Appalachian region
    • Barriers for adoption at a larger scale & resources for overcoming those barriers

3. Agroforestry Design and Implementation

    • The decision-making process to determine which type of agroforestry works for your situation.
    • The basics of designing and installing tree systems
    • Integrating livestock with tree systems
    • Finding markets

4. Site Visit and Tour of Black Thorn Farm & Kitchen: Sharon Dubuc’s silvopasture system in Sandy Mush, NC, integrating sheep and edible tree crops (pawpaw, persimmon, and nuts) on the same pastures for 10+ years. 

    • Practical tips for managing such systems
    • What agroforestry requires and what we gain

 

You will leave with plentiful resources to take your first steps towards setting up tree-based systems on your land or in your project.

Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae: A Fungal Immersion Experience

Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae: A Fungal Immersion Experience

Tradd Cotter

Join Tradd Cotter, author, and co-founder of Mushroom Mountain, for an exclusive all-day immersion in Kingdom Fungi! This workshop is perfect for beginners and experienced alike to ignite, fan the flame, and expand your understanding of mushrooms and the roles of other fungi in agriculture, medicine, and beyond. Topics and hands-on activities will include mushroom hunting basics, outdoor mushroom cultivation, medicinal mushrooms, recycling and composting with fungi, myceliated building materials, and discussions about current psilocybin therapy. Don’t miss this chance to bring out that curiosity or passion you share for mushrooms and join us on this journey.

Where: Creekside Farm, 339 Avery Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704

When: Friday, March 18, 2022, 9:30 to 4:30

Early Bird Cost: $60 with Saturday and/or Sunday conference registration, $70 without.

Regular Cost: $65 with Saturday and/or Sunday conference registration, $80 without.

More about the Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae Pre-conference

Join Tradd Cotter, author, and co-founder of Mushroom Mountain, for an exclusive all-day immersion in Kingdom Fungi! This workshop is perfect for beginners and experienced alike to ignite, fan the flame, and expand your understanding of mushrooms and the roles of other fungi in agriculture, medicine, and beyond. 

  1. Mushroom hunting basics
    • Mushroom morphology and seasonality
    • Ethical foraging principles
    • Legality and safety when foraging 
  2. Outdoor cultivation
    • Which species, varieties are suited for outdoor cultivation
    • Techniques including propagation, plug spawn, cardboard layering 
    • Cultivating mushrooms on logs, mulch, and compost
  3. Medicinal mushrooms
    • Approaches to extracting medicinal compounds from mushrooms
    • Prevalent medicinal species of the Appalachians
    • Psilocybin therapy 
  4. Recycling & composting with fungi
    • Techniques to decompose common household materials like cardboard, fabrics, and agricultural waste using fungi 
  5. Myceliated building materials
    • Discussion of ongoing research and products that utilize myceliated materials
    • How-tos

Don’t miss this chance to bring out that curiosity and passion you share for mushrooms and join us on this journey.

Build it, Plumb it, Hack it: The Basics of Fix, Mend, and Make for Farm and Home

Build it, Plumb it, Hack it: The Basics of Fix, Mend, and Make for Farm and Home

Keenan Phillips with Christian Nolan, Dan Hettinger, and Richard Freudenberger

The basic knowledge and skills of maintaining, fixing, and building things on the farm and homestead are essential in moving towards self-sufficiency and community resilience. Join GC Keenan Phillips of the Asheville Tool Library for a hands-on day of learning about tools and skills commonly used on the farm and homestead! The workshop will include basic information on tools and safety and focus on everyday water carrying, electricity, and construction. Come ready to work with your hands! 

Where: Smith Mill Works, 80 Cowan Cove Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

When: Friday, March 18, 2022, 9:30 to 4:30

Early Bird Cost: $60 with Saturday and/or Sunday conference registration, $70 without.

Regular Cost: $65 with Saturday and/or Sunday conference registration, $80 without.

More about the Build it, Plumb it, Hack it Pre-conference

The basic knowledge and skills of maintaining, fixing, and building things on the farm and homestead are essential in moving towards self-sufficiency and community resilience. In this day-long workshop, Keenan Phillips, Dan Hettinger, Richard Freudenberger of Living Web Farms, and Christian Nolan will lead us through a day of hands-on learning about common building projects on the farm and homestead. The workshop will cover the following:

  1. Safety: Safety is of the utmost importance when working with new tools and projects. 
    • Essential safety equipment
    • How to safely use and approach tools
  2. Tools: You know the saying… A worker is only as good as their tools! We will cover basic needs for tools, plus some others that are nice to have in your repertoire. We’ll have those tools on hand for you to try out! 
    • Sockets and wrenches
    • Saws: hand, powered, and others
    • Drills and impact drivers
  3. Water: Managing water systems is one of the most common needs and basics fixed in growing operations.
    • How to connect and fix broken garden hoses (including different connectors and clamps)
    • How to repair and connect drip tape to lead lines (hard or lay flat) or reuse old drip tape
    • Plumbing with drip tape, black pipe, white PVC, and other standard connectors, and converting from one to another
  4. Building: Common and basic building projects that you can easily do on your own
    • Using PVC and black pipe for small tunnels or low tunnels
    • Using drills and hammers to put together doors and shelves
    • Cutting and screwing boards together
  5. Bonus vehicle maintenance: Learn to jack up your vehicle to remove a wheel or tire.

Come ready to get your hands dirty and gain confidence in your building abilities! 

Water Resilience and Mitigation: Practical Adaptations for Farm and Home

Water Resilience and Mitigation: Practical Adaptations for Farm and Home

John Henry Nelson

In an age of climate change with water scarcity or flooding, it is crucial to design and build water resiliency on your land. Learn how to work with water on your homestead or farm. Whether you need to mitigate an overabundance of water or collect and store it for ecosystems and food production, this workshop will help you get creative with your approach!

Where: Living Web Farms, 200 Grandview Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28791

When: Friday, March 18, 2022, 9:30 to 4:30

Early Bird Cost: $60 with Saturday and/or Sunday conference registration, $70 without.

Regular Cost: $65 with Saturday and/or Sunday conference registration, $80 without.

More about the Water Resilience and Mitigation Pre-conference

This class will teach fundamental farm and garden planning for water mitigation and use in food production. We will learn about locating critical points on the land and discuss ponds, swales, irrigation, and erosion control. This class will occur at Living Web Farms and demonstrate various water systems, including permaculture earthworks, water harvesting, irrigation, and crop production systems at LWF.

  1. Planning for your water needs
    • Accessing water needs on a farm
    • Location key points on the land
    • Calculating catchment
    • Pond design
  2. Understanding water management concepts and terminology, and features on the land as they relate to water storage 
    • Sockets and wrenches
    • Saws: hand, powered, and others
    • Drills and impact drivers
  3. Approaches to water management, including techniques for water conservation, erosion control, irrigation, with a permaculture lens
    • Roof rainwater harvesting
    • Cisterns 
    • Swales and berms
    • Fertigation
  4. Site tour showcasing different techniques and approaches in action at various sites around Living Web Farms properties.