Details for Attendees

About Coronavirus Prevention

The World Health Organization recommends these steps for preventing exposure to any illness.

  • Wash your hands frequently (we will have hand sanitizer at many locations at the conference)
  • Maintain social distancing (three feet away from folks who are coughing)
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene (cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing)
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Also, please stay home if you feel unwell.

For Attendees

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

Cultivating Mushrooms Pre-Conference Workshop Details

Soil Health Pre-Conference Workshop Details

Chickens & You Pre-Conference Workshop Details

Leah Penniman Farming While Black Workshop Details 

27th Annual Spring Conference Weekend Details 

Last Minute Spring Conference Registration Information

Online registration for the WEEKEND of the 27th Annual OGS Spring Conference is now closed. Walkins are welcome.  Details here.  Directions here. Walk-in registration prices: $85 for Saturday, $75 for Sunday, $150 full weekend.

Online registration for the Leah Penniman, Farming While Black, Lecture is also closed. Walk-ins are welcome. Details here.

If you have already registered, check here for details. 

Please NOTE the 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.


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.


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.


Our Exhibit Hall will be open all day Saturday and Sunday. Check out our 2020 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!


You will receive a program when you get on site at Mars Hill University. This program will contain the most up-to-date schedule. Please do NOT use your mailer from December/January as it will not have classroom locations and many of the workshops will have changed. You can also visit our Schedule page for a recent 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.


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.


Network: MHUwireless Wifi
Password: mhillwireless


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


If you have any further questions check out our FAQs page or email our Spring Conference staff, at


You might have received this mailer in December or January. The schedule is in this mailer is long past accurate because so many things change from December to March. You will be given an up-to-date program when you arrive on campus. The program will be as close to accurate as possible.