Note: Sessions, topics, and order are subject to change.
The 20th Anniversary Conference has great sessions in a variety of different categories. We’ve got 16 sessions for our farming community, in tracks sorted by Perspectives, Choices, Evolutions, and More Specifically.
On the other side, we’ve got tracks curated by our Farm to School (Learning) and Food Oasis (Building) teams, one curated by The Homestead Atlanta (Living), and a track about Food Justice (Healing), curated with help from our entire team and friends.
All Educational Sessions are listed below. You can also view the sessions on our mobile app and select your favorite sessions.
Vows & Vegetables
The families of Chelsea Losh and Bobby Jones, Babe & Sage Farm; Brennan and Gwendolyn Washington, Phoenix Gardens; and Lynn and Chuck Pugh, Cane Creek Farm
News flash: farming is hard. Farming as a couple is even harder! Hear how three couples maintain a bond that only farming can create in the face of injury, calamity, and random badness.
Farm Generated Innovation
Bryan Hager, Crager-Hager Farm; Julia Asherman, Rag & Frass Farm
Save time with innovations, tweaks, hacks, and just plain engineering brilliance that these two self-reliant farmers have devised for their own productive operations. Attendees are invited to bring a picture of what you have invented to post on our Wall of Hacks. Please include a short description and your contact info with the picture.
Holistic Crop Rotation
Julia Asherman, Rag & Frass Farm
Learn how Julia Asherman of Rag & Frass Farm uses multiple field and high tunnel rotations not only for benefiting crops and soil but in conjunction with mulching, trellising, irrigation, livestock, and cover cropping. Turn your rotation into the heartbeat of your farm.
Certified B.S. – Livestock Certifications and Consumer Confusion
Will Harris, White Oak Pastures; Brandon Chonko, Grassroots Farm; Wyatt Williams, award-winning journalist
This all-star panel will share which labels are important for ranchers (and consumers), and which ones aren’t worth the packaging their printed on.
Navigating the World of Organic Inputs
Jennifer Taylor & Ron Gilmore, Lola’s Organic Farm; Chris & Jenny Jackson, Jenny Jack Sun Farms
Get the lowdown on how inputs are selected for use in certified organic operations and hear the recommendations from a panel of input experts.
7 Successful Farm Profiles
Cory Mosser, Natural Born Tillers
As a consultant with Natural Born Tillers, former farmer Cory Mosser gets to travel to and work alongside Georgia’s best and brightest. Come learn the strengths of your neighbors!
Choosing a Livestock Processor
Josh Davis, Frolona Farm; Mike Cunningham, Country Gardens; Shaun Terry, Grateful Pastures
Choosing a livestock processor isn’t easy, so check out what these ranchers have learned about finding the right processing facility, all the while growing their herds and expanding their markets.
25 Mistakes I Made So You Don’t Have To
Cory Mosser, Natural Born Tillers
The title says it all: Cory Mosser, with ag consulting firm Natural Born Tillers, shares his top 25 lessons learned as a farmer turned farm consultant.
Multi-species Livestock in the City
Prentiss and Jasann Gilliam, Gilliam’s Community Gardens
Certified Organic Gilliam’s Community Garden (GCG) is home to an increasing number of livestock animals being raised the “new” old-fashioned way—outdoors, exercising naturally, and grazing on grass the way nature intended. Learn about added value products from GCG’s herd and flock such as eggs, handmade cheeses, goat’s milk, Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas ducks, and more—all fresh from the pasture and direct to consumer.
Georgia’s Urban Agricultural Future
Mario Cambardella, City of Atlanta; Terrance Rudolph, Natural Resource Conservation Service; Rodney Brooks, USDA
Agriculture in the city is about thinking outside the (raised) box. Learn about policy, planning, programs, and permits aimed at strengthening urban, local food systems with the ultimate goal of the eliminating food deserts.
Civic Agriculture and Community Food Systems Planning
Kwabena Nkromo, Atlanta Food & Farm PBC; John Skach, Perkins + Will; Daron Joffe, Farmer D Consulting
Neighborhoods and communities of all types can be enhanced or revitalized by Civic Agriculture’s focus on connecting all people through farming and leveraging Community Food System Planning which designs local economy development and resiliency into society.
Farmer Cooperation for Navigating a Crowded Marketplace
Eric Simpson, West Georgia Farmer’s Cooperative; Alex Rilko, Collective Harvest Co-op
Learn from farmers who leverage the financial strategy of “cooperative economics” to lessen the load of serving the market and learn the do’s and don’ts of setting up a farmer cooperative.
Pest Exclusion in High Tunnels
Dr. Ayanava Mujamdar, Auburn University
Perennial favorite Dr. Ayanava Majumdar returns with more research (and enthusiasm) on high tunnels and organic insecticides and their abilities to help manage pests on your vegetable operation.
Seed Varieties for Organic Growers
Suzanne Stone and Zach Matteen, University of Georgia; Ed Janosik, Sundance Farm
Get the latest from UGA researchers on organic seed options and squash, lettuce, broccoli, watermelon, and pumpkin varieties.
Cory Mosser, Natural Born Tillers; Alex Hitt, Peregrine Farms
Two local experts share their experience using trellising to maximize space, increase productivity, and protect a variety of vegetables from diseases, weeds, and insects.
Management of Disease and Pests in Squash Production
Elizabeth Little and Lindsay Davies, University of Georgia
Learn about the management of squash bugs, diseases, and other pests through variety selection, row covers, cover crops, attracting beneficial insects, and cover crops.
Building the Oasis, One Project at a Time
Kim Hines, Augusta Locally Grown; Robert Sims, South Augusta Yards-to-Garden; David Young, Sibley Soilworks
To address food access and community health, Augusta is building a Food Oasis one garden bed at a time. Come learn about the “100’s in Harrisburg” community raised bed program, South Augusta Yards-to-Garden initiative, and Sibley Soilworks.
The Power of Nudge: A Neighborhood Retailer’s Impact on Community Health
Jeff Delp, Carver Market; Cicely Garrett, Georgia Food Oasis; Yvonne Wagner, Atlanta Community Food Bank
Discover the magic of Nudge techniques for small- and medium-sized food retailers to have a big impact on shaping behavior and healthy food choices.
Connecting Nutrition Education to Local Agriculture
Kayla Anderson, MPH, RD, LDN, and Sara Thorpe, MPH, Open Hand Atlanta
Open Hand Atlanta is empowering communities with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to make more informed food choices. Attend this session to learn how to use evidence-based practices, leverage community assets, and cultivate creative partnerships with farmers, teachers, advocates, and community-based organizations.
Note: This session is approved for 1 hr of Continuing Education Credit for Registered Dietitians
Open Space Marketplace for Georgia Food Oasis
Facilitated by Suzanne Girdner, Georgia Organics and Georgia Food Oasis
Join your peers for this Open Space World session on good food and community based on the Marketplace bulletin board themes we collect during Expo.
Planning Your Homestead
Joey Zeigler, Zeigler Homesteading Services
Whether you have an eighth of an acre or 80, learn to plan a homestead that fits your needs and budget.
Canning Made Easy
Lyn Deardorff, Preserving Now
Discover how to preserve the flavors and freshness of the season safely and with confidence.
Corinne Coe, Terra Nova Compost Cooperative
Learn to literally and figuratively transform your garden or homestead through the art and science of making compost.
Dip into Herbal Medicine
Lorna Mauney-Brodek, Herbalista Health Network
Take charge of your wellbeing by learning how the plants in your garden and kitchen can transform your health.
Food History in the South
Terri Carter, UGA Extension
Look back at the history of our nation and the day-to-day lives of the people who planted, prepared and consumed the foods that were grown on plantations and in subsistence gardens, as well as the relationships between Native Americans, enslaved Africans, and Europeans.
Combating Systemic Oppression With(in) Agriculture
Wekesa Madzimoyo, Aya Institute
Learn about the Processed Communication Approach (PCA), a tool used to both highlight and dismantle the personal, interpersonal, and institutional-cultural aspects of systemic oppression as it relates to the food system.
Rooting Rural Prosperity
Tamara Jones, Evident Impact; Sarah Franzen, Emory University; Eric Simpson, West Georgia Farmers Cooperative
Learn how family farms, especially those of color, are retaining their landholdings and leveraging cooperatives to redefine wealth for their rural communities and how these same strategies can be applied to urban collectives.
Abiodun Henderson, Westview Community Garden; Nuri Icgoren, Urban Sprout Farms
Land has wrongfully been taken from those of African descent throughout U.S. history. Hear how two urban innovators are reclaiming it by farming. Learn about their motivators, techniques, and the tough moments, respectively as each landowner turned their dreams into a reality by taking back the land.
Kyla Van Deusen, Captain Planet Foundation; Katie Smith, Georgia SHAPE; Tristana Pirkl, Whole Kids Foundation
Has a brilliant idea for your farm to school program been haunting you due to a lack of funding? Look no further.
Cultivating Farm to School Community Connections
Ryan Morra, Vermont FEED
Learn from Vermont Farm to School experts on how to develop vital relationships necessary to make farm to school education a real and lasting part of the community through community-wide events, school gardening, and farm partnerships.
Creating a Taste Test Experience for Kids
Jenna Mobley, Georgia Organics and Community Farmers Markets
Taste tests are a valuable tool to increase children’s consumption of local fruits and vegetables. We’ll discuss classroom management while experiencing a hands-on cooking lesson. You’ll leave this session with the knowledge, skills, and access to the resources to implement taste tests at your site.
Garden to Cafeteria
Ashley Rouse, Sodexo/Atlanta Public Schools; Scott Richardson, Warren County Schools
Hear from both a rural district and an urban district about their success in bringing student-grown school garden produce into their school cafeterias.