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!

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

We understand that COVID is ever-evolving and that a static policy regarding the virus is inappropriate. Our COVID-19 policy for the event will comply with federal, state, and local guidelines, and protocols required by Mars Hill University at the time of the conference. As of December 15, 2021, these protocols include an indoor mask requirement. OGS and MENF will also be monitoring factors such as local hospitalization rates and resource availability and may consider additional policies as needed to ensure your safety. 

We strongly encourage vaccination for your safety and that of the group. However, we are not requiring COVID vaccination for participation in the event at this time. We do expect all instructors and attendees to practice caution and safety in advance of and during the event, and to ensure that they are not infectious when they attend the Conference & Market. 

If OGS & MEN have to cancel the event for any reason, full refunds will be issued. Otherwise, the purchase of your ticket is non-refundable but is transferable with advance notice to someone else.



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


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?


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


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.