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 28 years, the Spring Conference has brought together environmentally minded folks from 18 states and Canada.
Can I register the day of the event?
Yes! You can register anytime before March 22, 2021 to retain access for up to 3 months after the Conference.
Can you help me understand the class schedule?
We will be using the Whova Virtual Event Platform to host the conference.
March 13, 2021 – Kick-off Live Event
- Three live Keynote Talks
- Teaser videos for our 11 Themed Tracks
- Lunchtime Entertainment
- A live Q&A with our Keynote speakers
- A video social with other attendees
- Access to our Exhibit Hall
March 14-19, 2021 – Themed Track Workshops
View 3 pre-recorded hourlong workshops in each of 11 Themed Tracks. You can view these anytime after March 14, 2021. You do not have to view all the workshops in a single track.
TRACKS are educational categories of workshops (e.g., the Farming: Beginning track will feature workshops specifically for those who are new to farming).
WORKSHOPS are 1 hour blocks of education within tracks. There are 3 workshops per track.
March 20-21, 2021 – Live Track Closing Panel Discussion Sessions
The Live Track Closing Panel Discussions will feature all three speakers from the workshops in that track. Ex. The Permaculture Track Discussion will include Anna Timmerman, Nikita Mattingly, and Brandy Hall.
You will be able to interact directly with panelists during the live Q & A portion.
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.
Live Kick-off only – $20
Single day, no Track access
Single Track – $50
Live Kick-off event, the Track of your choice, and Live Track Closing Panel Discussion
2+ Tracks – $40 per track
Live Kick-off event, the Tracks of your choice, and Live Track Closing Panel Discussions
Full Event – $175
Live Kick-off event, all Tracks, and and Live Track Closing Panel Discussions
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.
Can I register for just a class or two, and not the whole day?
This is a new feature for 2021, made possible by the virtual format! You can purchase individual Tracks, or just the Live Kick-off Day. We do not offer individual workshops for purchase, you will need to buy the entire Track.
Something’s come up. Can I get a refund?
Registration fees for all Organic Growers School events are non-refundable.
If you are unable to attend the week of the event, you will be able to view event recordings for up to 3 months after the event.
I'm a member of the press. Where can I get a press release and press pass?
A press release for the 2021 Spring Conference is coming soon!
We make a limited number of Spring Conference press passes available. For more information, please contact our Communications Director, Carrie Moran, 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.