Details for Attendees

We’re thrilled that you’re joining us for the 27th Annual Spring Conference. Details will be added here as the event draws nearer. Once you are registered, you will receive all future confirmation information by email. If you have any further questions that are not answered here, check out our FAQs page or call us at (828) 214-7833.

You should be receiving your registration brochure in the mail sometime in the beginning of January 2020.

                 

 

Please NOTE the New Venue for 2020!

The 27th Annual OGS Spring Conference will be at this NEW venue (for the second year in a row) in 2020! We’re thrilled to be hosting this event at Mars Hill University which is just 20 minutes north of downtown Asheville, with easy access off of Exit 11 from 26. Benefits of this campus include:
  • FREE and easy parking
  • Larger classroom sizes
  • More centralized indoor location for exhibitors and registration
  • More food vendor options
  • And best of all, MORE AFFORDABLE (which as a non-profit really helps keep our expenses down and registration costs low.)

We look forward to see you all at Mars Hill University. Google map – directions to Mars Hill – OGS Spring Conference Map. For extended details and a campus map, including building locations and parking lots, click here.

Directions & Parking

Directions for Mars Hill University (where the WEEKEND events will be happening; please note, each pre-conference workshop is held in a different location) are detailed below. OGS volunteers will be on-site to direct you to appropriate parking. For extended details and a campus map, including building locations and parking lots, click here.

From Asheville:

  • Take Highway 19-23 (Future Interstate 26) north approximately 18 miles to Mars Hill.
  • Take Exit 11 and turn left off the on-ramp onto NC Hwy 213/Carl Eller Road.
  • Travel approximately 1 mile onto the campus of Mars Hill University.

From Johnson City:

  • Take Interstate 26 south approximately 42 miles to Mars Hill. (At the North Carolina line, Interstate 26 becomes Hwy 19-23/Future I-26).
  • Take Exit 11 and turn left off the on-ramp onto NC Hwy 213/Carl Eller Road.
  • Travel approximately 1 mile onto the campus of Mars Hill University.

ARRIVAL

Check-in starts at 7:30am at Chambers Gymnasium on Bailey St. We will have your name tag and the revised conference schedule waiting for you. There will be signs to help guide you to parking, classes, and more. Look for the OGS logo. Remember to check in – you must have your name tag with you to attend workshops.

PARKING

MHU has many parking areas which are spread out around the campus and include on-street options. Give yourself some extra time to navigate parking and walking to Chambers Gymnasium for check-in. Attendees may park anywhere in the immediate campus area except in lots otherwise marked as Reserved.

EXHIBIT HALL & TRADE SHOW

Our Exhibit Hall will be open all day Saturday and Sunday. Check out our 2019 EXHIBITOR LIST and plan your visit. Exhibits are located in the Chambers Gymnasium, which is also where the registration, check-in and dining hall will be. Visit the trade show to deepen learning, and purchase tools, seeds, snacks, equipment, and more!

SCHEDULE

Visit our Schedule page for the most up-to-date version. Class changes and cancellations during the weekend will be posted on the Exhibit Hall and Day Hall message boards. PLEASE NOTE: classes may fill up, so arrive early if you have your heart set on a class and/or move on to your next choice if your first choice is full. Most (but not all!) classes are repeated in the same track and time slot on Saturday and Sunday to help address this issue.

WHAT TO BRING

The weather can be unpredictable! Please come prepared with a winter coat and rain gear so you can stay comfortable walking around the campus! Help minimize waste by bringing your own mug for drinks, and utensils for lunch.

WIFI

Network: MHUwireless Wifi
Password: mhillwireless

TAG US & WIN!

Be sure to tag @organicgrowersschool and #ogsspringconf in your social media posts to get entered into a raffle for an OGS Shirt (size of your choice!) and tote bag to rock the weekend of! We’ll announce the winner by sharing your post on social media on Sunday afternoon — you can come pick up your shirt & tote bag at the OGS booth in the Exhibit Hall.

LODGING OPTIONS

Updated lodging options are available on the OGS lodging website HERE.

REFUND POLICY

Registration for the OGS Spring Conference is non-refundable. The conference will be held rain, snow or shine. 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. The only exception is if you register for a half-day workshop, are notified that it is full, and choose not to attend another workshop.

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.

MINOR POLICY

The OGS Spring Conference is geared towards adults. If you are registering your mature teenager (over the age of 12) please know that their behavior must mirror adult behavior in the classrooms and on site. All minors must be accompanied by an adult at this event.

Questions?

If you have any further questions check out our FAQs page or email our Spring Conference staff, at registration@organicgrowersschool.org