Details for Attendees

We’re thrilled that you’re joining us for the 25th 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 Coordinator, Sprout Morgan, at


Friday Pre-conference Workshops

March 9, 2018
Locations vary

Please note: There is NO walk-in, on-site, or day-of registration for Friday Pre-conference Workshops.



Title: Food for All: Growing Our Community as We Grow Our Food

Date and Time: March 9, 2018 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM

LocationUNC Asheville Sherrill Center,  1 University Heights, Asheville, NC. Room 417 (Mountain Room). As you enter the Sherrill Center, keep an eye out for OGS signage, continue down the main hallway in Sherrill Center to room 417.

Parking: Please budget additional time for parking on campus and walking to the Sherrill Center. With construction on campus, visitor parking spaces are limited and you may need to walk a short distance. Attendees can park in any visitor space on campus. Please refer to the campus map online for where visitor parking spaces are located. Some limited visitor parking is available in the Sherrill Center/Kimmel arena garage. Pre-conference parking is in lots P9 and P17.

UNC Asheville requires that every vehicle displays a parking pass on the dashboard. The fee for the pass—which goes to UNC Asheville—is $5.00 per vehicle, so we highly recommend that you carpool. To purchase a pre-conference parking pass:


Lunch: Lunch will be on your own, Rosettas cafe is nearby on campus and a variety of options exist a short distance away on Merrimon Avenue. You’re welcome to bring your own brown bag lunch.

Weather considerations: The workshop will be indoors.

What to bring: Please plan to bring a notebook to take notes, and a water bottle. Bring coffee if you need a boost.



Title: Human Health = Soil Health

Date and TimeMarch 9, 2018 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM

LocationMountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759. Park in the main parking lot and follow signs to the auditorium. If you get lost, call (828) 684-3562

Lunch: Plan to bring your own lunch. There are limited nearby options. We will have some snacks and coffee/tea available, but be sure to bring whatever nourishment you need for a full day of learning.

Weather considerations: The workshop will be indoors.

What to bring: Please plan to bring a notebook to take notes, and a water bottle. Bring coffee if you need a boost.



Title: The Independent Farmstead: Smart, Savvy, Scalable Land Stewardship

Date and TimeMarch 9, 2018 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM

LocationLiving Web Farms BioChar Facility.  220 Grandview Lane Hendersonville NC 28791If you get lost, call Living Web Farms at (828) 891-4497.

Lunch: Living Web will be offering both vegetarian/vegan and meat-eaters lunches. Any wheat or dairy included in the meal is optional a la carte (and can be avoided if necessary!). If you have special dietary restrictions, please bring your own lunch as nearby options are extremely limited.

Weather considerations: The workshop will be outdoors. We are hoping for a great day, but plan to bring clothing that is appropriate for the day.

What to bring: Please plan to bring a notebook to take notes, and a water bottle. Bring coffee if you need a boost.


Saturday and Sunday Classes

March 10–11, 2018
UNC Asheville, 1 University Heights, Asheville, NC
Google map and directions to UNC Asheville

Please note: Online registration closes on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Walk-in, on-site, day-of registration is available all day Saturday and Sunday at UNC Asheville.


Check-in and on-site registration will be located next to each other in the lobby of Lipinsky Hall. 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. 


General attendee conference parking is allowed in lots P24–P28 and P9–P13. Lots to the south and west of the University Quad will not be available to attendees.

UNC Asheville requires that you purchase a $5.00 parking pass—the fee will go directly to UNC Asheville. Every vehicle must display the parking permit on the dashboard which will be valid all weekend. Only one pass is required per car, so we highly recommend that you carpool with other attendees. WARNING: Tickets will be issued by campus police to vehicles not in compliance.

To purchase a parking pass:


Our Exhibit Tent featuring local businesses be open all day Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to visit the trade show in between classes. 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 University Quad in front of Lipinsky Auditorium.


Want to network with other growers? Bring your lunch to a casual meetup between 12:30 and 2:00 with folks who grow like you do…

  • Farmers—Main Lobby in Rhodes-Robinson
  • Gardeners—Dining Tent on the University Quad
  • Homesteaders—TD Atrium in Rhodes-Robinson


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.


Join us for the Saturday Evening Social


Network: UNCA_Wifi
Password: OrganicGrowers2018

If you’re posting about the Spring Conference this weekend, be sure to tag us!—@organicgrowersschool—and use our hashtags…


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 Classes 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 Coordinator, Sprout Morgan, at