FAQs

25th Annual Spring Conference // March 9–11, 2018

Can I register at the event?

Yes! Walk-in, on-site, day-of registration is available all day Saturday and Sunday at UNC Asheville. However, there is NO walk-in registration for Friday Pre-conference Workshops. You may also register online for both pre-conference and weekend events. Online registration closes as of 11:59PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

What is the Spring Conference and where is it held?

The Spring Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that offers regionally specific workshops on organic growing and sustainable living. Our mission is to provide down-to-earth, practical advice while remaining affordable and accessible to anyone who wants to participate. For 25 years, the Spring Conference has brought together environmentally minded folks from 17 states and Canada.

The Spring Conference is held at the University of North Carolina in Asheville.

Where can I view a full schedule?

Check out our schedule for Saturday and Sunday, and our classes descriptions. Don’t forget about our exciting line-up of all-day, on-farm pre-conference workshops.

Can you help me understand the class schedule?

TRACKS are educational categories of classes (e.g., the Farmers: Beginning track will feature classes specifically for those who are new to farming).

SESSIONS are classes within tracks. There are 4 sessions per track on both Saturday and Sunday.

TIMES: There are four time slots throughout each conference day.

  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

You can attend up to four classes in one day. You do not have to attend all your classes in a single track. You are free to switch around from track to track throughout the day.

Many Saturday classes are repeated on Sunday to give you a better chance of getting to all the awesome classes you want to see.

Optional Half-Day Workshops have two time slots per day with a 30-minute break in the middle of each class.

  • AM classes run from 9:00AM to 12:30PM
  • PM classes run from 2:00PM to 5:30PM

What do classes cost?

Early Registration Prices (available through January 31, 2018)

  • $59 for Saturday
  • $49 for Sunday
  • $99 for both Saturday and Sunday

 

Registration Prices (starting February 1, 2018)

  • $74 for Saturday
  • $64 for Sunday
  • $129 for Saturday and Sunday

 

Saturday and Sunday Classes

Registration for Saturday and/or Sunday gets you access to all 90-minute classes. Seating  is first come, first served. If a class is full, go to your second choice. There is no additional sign up for these classes, and they do not require entry or materials fees.

 

Optional Half-Day Workshops

Half-Day Workshops require additional registration and fees of $10 per workshop. These fees will be collected at time of registration.

 

Friday Pre-conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops require additional registration and fees. If you register for Saturday and/or Sunday, a Pre-conference Workshop registration will cost $55 per workshop. You may purchase a Pre-conference Workshop without also purchasing a conference registration. In this case, the cost per workshop is $70.

What about lunch?

Sweet Monkey Cafe & Bakery and Rosetta’s Kitchen are offering pre-order lunch boxes that can purchased with your conference registration.

 

Meat options from Sweet Monkey

Box A: Cluck Madame—Parmesan roasted chicken breast on homemade garlic rosemary cheese bread with bacon pesto aioli, baby kale and tomatoes. Roasted potato salad in a lemon Creole mustard dressing and a snickerdoodle cookie.

Box B: BKT—Applewood smoked bacon, baby kale and tomatoes on homemade wheat and mayo. With roasted potato salad in a lemon Creole mustard dressing and a snickerdoodle cookie.

 

Vegetarian options from Rosetta’s

Box C: TBD

Box D: TBD

What are Half-Day Workshops and when do they happen?

Half-Day Workshops cover topics that warrant a more in-depth look. These classes are 3 hours with a 30-minute break (in contrast to our 90-minute classes) and occur at the same time as the classes. They cost an extra $10 on top of your conference registration because they are hands-on in nature and require a materials fee. These workshops are some of the most popular offerings at the event, so make sure to register early to reserve your spot!

Can I register for just a class or two, and not the whole day?

Because we try to keep things both affordable and simple, we regret that we cannot offer partial registrations.

You may register for our Pre-conference Workshops without purchasing a weekend ticket.

The Kid's Program is open to what ages?

The age groups for 2017 were ages 5–7 and ages 8–12. We are putting together our Kid’s Program for 2018 and will have more information soon. Stay tuned!

I have a hard time registering online. Can I register by phone?

If you experience difficulty or must register by phone, please contact our office at 828-214-7833 or our Conference Coordinator, Sprout Morgan, at registration@organicgrowersschool.org.

Something’s come up. Can I get a refund?

Registration for the Spring Conference is non-refundable. The event will be held rain, snow, or sun. Read our refund policy.