Details for Attendees

We’re thrilled that you’re joining us for the 26th Annual Spring Conference. Here are some details to get you prepared. If you have any further questions that are not answered here, check out our FAQs page or email our Conference Associate at


Friday Pre-Conference Workshops

March 8, 2019

Find all the descriptions for the pre-conference workshops here and the bios for our 2019 guest speakers here.

Cost: $55 with regular conference registration; $70 without. Pre-registration is required.
Please note: There is NO walk-in, on-site, or day-of registration for Friday Pre-conference Workshops.

  • Finding, Buying, & Loving the Land— Site Assessment & Land Design for Farmers, Homesteaders, & Land Seekers with Peter Bane in Mills River, NC.
  • Year Round Growing on Farm & Garden with Pam Dawling & Ira Wallace in Arden, NC.

  • Integrated Animal Agriculture—Incorporating Livestock into your Farm & Homestead with Meredith Leigh in Alexander, NC.

  • Water & Agriculture—Critical Consciousness for Healing the Planet with John & Jonathan Todd in Mills River, NC.

Saturday & Sunday Classes

March 9-10, 2019
Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC

Cost: $99 before January 31st, 2019. $129 after January 31st, 2019.
Please note: Online registration closes on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Walk-in, on-site, day-of registration is available all day Saturday and Sunday at Mars Hill University. No pre-registrations are required for these classes, and classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please arrive early.

Our Weekend Classes are organized into 17 themed tracks; classes are repeated on Saturday & Sunday. See the full schedule here; read class descriptions here; and speaker bios here.


Half Day Workshops

March 9-10, 2019
Two Sessions; MORNING: 9:00AM–12:30PM AFTERNOON: 2:00-5:30PM
Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC

Cost: +$10 materials fee to regular registration fee.
Please note: You must register for the regular conference weekend in order to attend these classes; there is an additional $10 materials fee, as these are ‘maker’ workshops where the participants get to take something home at the end of the day. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; on-site, day-of registration MAY BE available depending on the topic.


When to Arrive

Check-in and on-site registration will be located next to each other in a TBD location at Mars Hill University. If you registered online, we will have your name tag and the revised conference schedule waiting for you. If you need to register the day of the conference, we will have paper registration forms and card readers to take your payment. We also take checks and cash. Check-in and on-site registration starts at 7:30AM on Saturday and Sunday morning. There will be signs all over campus to help guide you to parking, classes, and more. Look for the OGS logo. You must have your name tag with you to attend classes. 



Parking is FREE & ABUNDANT at our new venue! Stay tuned for details.


Exhibitors & Meals

Our Exhibit Tent featuring local businesses be open all day Saturday and Sunday. Click here to register to exhibit. Food vendors serving healthy, local, and nutritious food will be available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and for breakfast and lunch on Sunday.  If you pre-ordered a lunch box, it will be available for pick up at 12:30 at the designated tent on the Mars Hill University Campus, location TBD.


What to Bring

You will be walking outdoors between classroom buildings to get to your sessions, so have a winter coat and rain gear if the weather requires it. Please help minimize waste by bringing your own mug for drinks and utensils for lunch.

Your Registration Details

Please see your original confirmation email for the specific details of your weekend registration or wait to receive your name tag with the details printed on it. 



As we get closer to the event, the schedule tends to shift. Visit our schedule page for the most up-to-date version. PLEASE NOTE: classroom sizes are limited. Please move on to your next choice if your first choice is full. Many classes are repeated between Saturday and Sunday to help address this issue.


Lodging Options


Refund Policy

Registration for the OGS Spring Conference is non-refundable. The conference will be held rain, snow or shine. The only exception is if you register for a half-day workshop or the Children’s program, are notified that it is full, and choose not to attend as a result. If you are unable to attend, we will be happy to send you documentation so that your registration fee can be recorded as a tax-deductible contribution to the ongoing work of the Organic Growers School.


Photo Policy

Registration at an OGS event means that you grant us the right to use your photograph, video and voice recordings or likeness, with or without your name, for publicity and educational purposes for Organic Growers School.



If you have any further questions that aren’t answered here, check out our FAQs page or email our Conference Associate  at