Additional Offerings and Special Events at Spring Conference
Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
OGS is excited to be partnering with Mountain Breeze Preschool to offer childcare at the 2023 Spring Conference. Mountain Breeze Preschool has been providing high quality childcare in Madison County for seven years. They are a five-star licensed preschool. The teachers have CPR and first aid training, as well as all needed background checks. They work to develop all aspects of a child’s personality, including physical health, practical skills, moral integrity, emotional balance, socio-ecological awareness and responsibility, intellectual knowledge, creative expression, empathy, emotional intelligence, intuition, and spiritual understanding. They will provide excellent and fun care for your children while you attend the conference, including art projects, games, and physical activities.
Register for the Kid’s Program via our standard registration form.
More about the Kid's Program
The Kid’s Program will run on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. It is very important that guardians are punctual and arrive on time to pick up their children. Guardians must remain on campus and be able to be contacted. All waivers and information must be filled out prior to drop off. Please do not bring your child if they are not feeling well. We are able to navigate conflict and some behavioral challenges; however, if your child is being violent or disrespectful to teachers or other children in the program, you may be asked to pick your child up.
- February 25 & 26, 2023, 8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. with a lunch break from 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Children must be picked up for lunch by guardians. Please allow 15 minutes after arrival for Mountain Breeze Preschool Staff to orient you to the space and review the program and guidelines with you.
- Cost: $40/day for single day registration, $60 for full weekend registration. Register for the Kid’s Program through our standard registration form. If you have already registered and would like to add the Kid’s Program to your already purchased weekend or day pass, please select “I have already registered and would like to add something” as the answer to the first question on the registration form.
Lunchtime Roundtable Discussion: Building a Cooperative Herb Industry in the Southeast
Saturday, February 25 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Broyhill Chapel
Are you interested in strengthening sovereignty over access and production of medicinal herbs? Please join us for an open and informal conversation about what that could look like, with the goal of expanding networks and connecting communities throughout the Southeast. This conversation is open to growers, herbalists, medical providers, manufacturers, community organizers, and anyone curious about herbs and cooperative networks. Bring your lunch and join Noelle Joy and Anne Alexis Bennett Alexander for this free-flowing, networking-oriented discussion in Broyhill Chapel from 1 – 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 25. Pre-registration is not required.
More about the facilitators
Anne Alexis Bennett Alexander brings a unique perspective to the discussion of food and medicine. She has lead a global career of advancement across over 60 countries and 5 continents after earning a culinary degree studying at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and London. Over the years, she amassed extensive knowledge in food and community integration, holistic healing methods, and sustainable living practices. Earning a Masters in Mental Health Counseling, and certification in both Orthomolecular Nutrition (food as medicine) and as a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner she now incorporates Holistic Nutrition/Orthomolecular Nutrition, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to design individualized therapeutic protocols for clients seeking healthier holistic lifestyles. She believes that our connection to food is the most intimate thing we all have in common, and her goal in life is to advocate healthy food access for all.
Noelle Joy is in the final year of a PhD in horticulture studying hemp and is very involved with Skywoman, a platform for communities developing food sovereignty and cooperative economies. She has studied herbal medicine and horticulture in various degrees, and served as the program manager of UGarden Herbs for 5 years. She has no idea what she wants to do when she graduates but cares a lot about community and believes in the healing power of plants.
Drawing at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 26 at the OGS Booth in the Atrium Exhibit Hall
Take your chances to win one of three BUNDLES of prizes while supporting OGS through our Raffle! Prizes will be on display and tickets for sale all day Saturday and Sunday morning at the OGS raffle booth in the Exhibit Hall. The raffle drawing will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. and posted at the raffle booth location. Winners need not be present to win, but we encourage you to check-in and take your prizes home! Cost: $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. Participants who register during our EARLY BIRD PERIOD (month of December) will automatically receive 10 tickets! Tickets can be purchased at the OGS Booth in the Atrium.
Top prizes from: Earth Tools, Fedco Seeds, Reems Creek Nursery, Danny’s Dumpster, Reedy Fork Farm, Dr. Bronner’s, Dirtcraft Organics, Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Firefly Gathering, Premier 1 Supplies, and Mountain Rose Herbs.
More about the prizes
After purchasing your ticket, you can submit it to win one of the following three bundles.
- Dutch made Dewit Forged-steel handheld weeding hoe from Earth Tools
- $50 Gift Certificate to Fedco Seeds
- 50 lb bag of Organic Layer Feed from Reedy Fork Farm
- 4 Cubic Yards of Compost from Danny’s Dumpster (within 30 minutes of Asheville ONLY)
- 2 Gallon Highbush Blueberry from Reems Creek Nursery
- Dircraft Living Soils 4-pack (40qts each Gravity Growers Mix, G-Force HIgh Porosity, Levitation Seedling Mix, Critical Mass Supersoil) made in Marshall, NC
- PoultryNet® Plus 12/48/3 Starter Kit (including: 100 ft roll of 48″ PoultryNet® Plus electric netting, (4) 48″ FiberTuff™ support posts, Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer, Fence & Battery Digital Tester) from Premier 1 Supplies
- Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine’s Medicine Making Course ($599 value)
- Coconut Oil Gift Basket from Dr. Bronner’s ($60 value)
- One Full Pass to the Firefly Gathering
- Healing Bundle from Mountain Rose Herbs ($150 value, including Healing Garden Book, Support Organic Agriculture Tote Bag, Tea Tumbler, Hibiscus, Berry Bramble, Peace, and Pollinator Teas, and Calendula Herbal Oil)
Saturday, February 25 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery, 70 Main Street, Mars Hill
Join us at the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery, just a short walk across the street from Campus, for some social time and the chance to network with the OGS community. Kick back and relax with your fellow farmers and gardeners with local brews (alcoholic & non-alcoholic options available) and snacks! Keep the conversation flowing and farm inspiration growing.
Southeastern Seed & Plant Exchange
Have extra seeds or starts? Bring them with you! Need or want some seeds? Come get them! You’ll find plenty of interesting heirlooms along with staple varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Lee Barnes will be partnering with OGS to offer the Southeastern Seed & Plant Exchange on the 3rd Floor of the Exhibit Hall at the 2023 Spring Conference.
If you’re bringing seeds to share, please include the following information:
- Variety name
- Scientific name
- Date harvested or Seed Company “packaged for” year
- Stories and notes about your experience with this variety