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.
I'm having a hard time registering online. Can I register another way?
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 Asheville.
Where can I view a full schedule?
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?
Non-vegetarian (Sweet Monkey)
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.
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.
Salad Plate—Organic spring mix with carrots, tomato, onion, cucumber, avocado and smoky tofu. Choice of dressing.
Veggie Burger—House-made veggie burger served with organic carrot and celery sticks on home made bun, veganaise, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
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.
Is there a Kid's Program this year?
Due to a lack of enrollment over the past number of years, OGS is no longer offering a Kid’s Program.
In the past we have run a program for two age groups of children: 5–7 and 8–12 with a diverse nature and agriculturally-oriented agenda. Each year over the last three years we have lost enrollment and lost money on the program. Registration was was $40 per day, per child. At this time it seems that this program is not in high demand for our community.
Sorry for any inconvenience this causes. If you have any questions or comments, please contact our Conference Coordinator Kiera Bulan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Something’s come up. Can I get a refund?
Registration fees for all Organic Growers School events are non-refundable. The Spring Conference will be held rain, snow, or sun.
The only exception is if you 1) register for a half-day workshop or a cooking class, 2) are notified that the workshop or class is full, and 3) choose not to attend as a result.
If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to pass your registration on to the person of your choice. Please let us know so we can change it in our system. We can also send you documentation so that your registration fee can be recorded as a tax-deductible contribution to the on-going work of Organic Growers School.
I'm a member of the press. Where can I get a press release and press pass?
Press Release: Download the 2018 Spring Conference press release. For high-resolution images, visit the Organic Growers School Flickr page where each photo has a variety of sizes available for download. Or contact Communications Director, Samhita Kudva, at email@example.com.
Press Passes: We make a limited number of Spring Conference press passes available. For more information, please contact Conference Coordinator Kiera Bulan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are past programs from the Spring Conference available?
The Spring Conference has been a yearly tradition in Western North Carolina since 1993. Here are some past programs for viewing.