2022 Conference Schedule

This year, we are pleased to be collaborating with MOTHER EARTH NEWS to put on our Spring Conference Programming. Check out our learning opportunities below!

Friday Pre-conference Workshops

Our pre-conferences are day-long workshops that will take a deep dive into a particular topic or skill. These all take place on Friday, March 18 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at different locations around Western North Carolina. You can register for a pre-conference only, or get a discounted price by adding it to your weekend registration. We are so excited to be offering the following pre-conferences at this year’s event:

  • Carbon Farming and Agroforestry with Mari Stuart, Meredith Leigh, and Sharon Dubuc
  • Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae: A Fungal Immersion Experience with Tradd Cotter
  • Build it, Plumb it, Hack it: The Basics of Fix, Mend, and Make for the Farm and Garden with Keenan Phillips
  • Water Resilience and Mitigation: Practical Adaptations for Farm and Home with John Henry Nelson

Learn more about our pre-conference workshops here.

Weekend Workshops

Track Workshops

We are offering 90-minute workshops, organized into 15 Themed Tracks, throughout the weekend. Each track includes classes suited for beginners as well as more advanced or niche growers. Pick and choose between tracks to round out your knowledge, or stick with a couple to hone in your expertise! Our Themed Tracks this year are:

Forest Farming 
Holistic Forestry
Living on the Land 
Livestock & Poultry
Sacred Ecologies
Sustainable Living
Assorted Mix
Healing Community*

You can access any or all of these workshops by purchasing your ticket to the Spring Conference & Market for the full weekend, or just Saturday or Sunday. Most workshops are repeated on both days, unless otherwise indicated on the grid schedule. Keep an eye out for the symbol on the grid schedule indicating that a workshop is being recorded – access to recordings can be added onto your registration for $5.

*Access to Healing Community workshops is also included in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Market registration.

Half-Day Workshops

Our Half-day workshops provide another opportunity for you to get your hands dirty and dive deeper into practical topics during the conference weekend. We are offering the following 9 Half-day workshops, each repeated on Saturday and Sunday:

  • Herbal Alchemy: Brewing spring tonics, teas, and meads with Almeta Tulloss (Morning)
  • Beekeeping 101: Honeybees and Their Byproducts with Oxx Simeina (Morning)
  • Cherokee Heritage, Food Ways, and Ecological Flavors with Tyson Sampson (Morning)
  • Mycelial Magic: Fine tuning your expertise with Tradd Cotter (Morning)
  • Seed Saving: Preserving genetic diversity and community culture with Ira Wallace (Morning)
  • Invasive Vine Basketry with Nancy Basket (Afternoon)
  • Fermenting Garden Abundance: Vegetable fermentation techniques from around the world with Sandor Katz (Afternoon)
  • Restoring the Soil Food Web: Compost and compost teas with Troy Hinke (Afternoon)
  • Buggin’ Out: Integrated pest management in organic systems with Lisa Gonzales (Afternoon)

Author Talks and Q&As

Head over to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Market every hour on the hour to connect with your instructors and other authors at the conference for more intimate talks and the opportunity to ask them your burning questions!

For more information on this program, please contact Avi Li, our Conference Coordinator, at avi@organicgrowersschool.org.

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