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 29 years, the Spring Conference has brought together environmentally minded folks from 18 states and Canada. This year, we are proud to be partnering with Mother Earth News to expand the opportunities for our attendees and exhibitors!

 

The event will take place at Mars Hill University, 100 Athletic Street, Mars Hill, NC 28754. 

What is the COVID-19 Policy for the Spring Conference & Market?

We at OGS recognize that COVID-19 has been and continues to be a challenge for all people and organizations to navigate and prepare for. The health and safety of our participants, staff, teachers, and our community are our highest priority, and we sympathize with those who have lost loved ones or suffered due to the impacts of COVID 19. We have continued to follow all federal, local, and site guidelines when we are hosting an event.  

As of March 3rd, Mars Hill University, where the Spring Conference & Market will be held has updated their policy as follows: 

Mars Hill University has moved to a mask-optional status for all areas outside of instructional spaces. This means that masks will still be required in classrooms and labs, where we most frequently have high concentrations of individuals together for extended periods. 

In order to remain in compliance with our host site’s requirements for the Spring Conference & Market, we will be requiring masks in classroom settings, and strongly recommend that they be worn throughout other indoor spaces. We will have masks available at key locations throughout the conference. Class size limits will also be enforced. If a class is full when you arrive we ask you to find another class to attend for that period. 

While masks will not be required in all spaces, the requirement in classrooms will be particularly enforced for those classrooms where instructors have requested special precautions. If you are not prepared to wear a mask for short periods of time while in classes, please know that you will not be able to attend all classes.

COVID-19 Refund Policy

We are asking all attendees and speakers to exercise caution when attending our events. If you have had a known exposure to COVID-19, test positive, are feeling sick, or have symptoms associated with COVID-19, PLEASE STAY HOME. Please let us know as soon as possible that you were unable to attend due to feeling unwell. We can apply your payment to a future program or issue you a full refund if you submit a positive test within 3 days after the conference (on or by March 24th).

Can I register the day of the event?

Yes! There will be walk-in registrations available for the weekend conference, but NOT for the pre-conference workshops. The walk-in prices will be $160 for the full weekend, $90 for Saturday, and $85 for Sunday. 

Where can I view a full schedule?

Can you help me understand the class schedule?

We are hosting a full weekend of workshops on March 19 & 20 at Mars Hill University. There are 90-minute sessions, which are organized by track, and half-day workshops, which cost an additional $10 on top of your ticket purchase. Almost all workshops (except for 2) will be repeated on both weekend days, so that you have the opportunity to check ones out that you missed.

In the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Market, there will also be author talks and Q&As every hour on the hour!

There are also pre-conference workshops available for purchase. The pre-conference workshops will take place at various locations in Western North Carolina, OFF CAMPUS on Friday, March 18.

What do Workshops cost?

We have a variety of options to fit your budget. This is an incredible opportunity to access ALL conference classes at an affordable rate.

Early Bird Pricing (ends January 31)

Pre-Conference ONLY – $70

Pre-Conference with any conference registration – $60

Full Weekend – $120

Saturday –  $70

Sunday – $60

Regular Pricing

Pre-Conference ONLY – $80

Pre-Conference with any conference registration – $65

Full Weekend – $150

Saturday –  $85

Sunday – $75

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Market (includes access to Market, Bookstore, Healing Community Track sessions, and author talks): $10

Walk-in (Day Of) Pricing

Walk-in Full $160

Walk-in Saturday $90

Walk-in Sunday $85

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Market (includes access to Market, Bookstore, Healing Community Track sessions, and author talks): $10

Specials/Add-ons

Half-Day Workshops: $10

Recordings (with conference ticket): $5

Recordings (without conference ticket): $15 

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Market (includes access to Market, Bookstore, Healing Community Track sessions, and author talks): $10

 

Please know that our registration fees for programs do NOT cover our operating expenses. As a 501c3 nonprofit, we rely on donations and other funding to keep providing stellar services to the community. Consider giving over and above your registration fee to support sustainable agriculture education in the Southern Appalachians.

What accessibility accommodations are available for the Spring Conference?

We strive to create an inclusive, accessible space that enables all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage and learn fully at Spring Conference. Here are some accommodations we are able to offer this year:

  • Campus map with information about wheelchair accessible routes

  • Golf caddies to transport folks around campus

  • Lactation room

  • Calm room – space where you can go to be alone if you need

  • Emails or copies of class materials in advance (upon request)

  • Reserved seats near the speaker (upon request)

  • Free registration for personal interpreter (upon request)

  • Kid’s Program (available for purchase)

  • Recorded sessions (available for purchase)

Please contact Avi Li avi@organicgrowersschool.org to request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility.

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

We do not offer individual workshops for purchase, but you can purchase a singular Pre-Conference workshop. You can also purchase the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Market access (which includes access to Market, Bookstore, Healing Community Track workshops, and author talks) for $10.

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

Registration fees for all Organic Growers School events are non-refundable, unless OGS or MOTHER EARTH NEWS have to cancel the event.

I'm a member of the press. Where can I get a press release and press pass?

PRESS RELEASE

The press release for the 2022 Spring Conference & Market is available here

PRESS PASSES

We make a limited number of Spring Conference press passes available. For more information, please contact our Communications Director, René Foster, at rene@organicgrowersschool.org.

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