All-day Intensive Workshops
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For our 20th Anniversary Conference, we’ve added some new experiences like these full-day offsite immersion workshops. Both workshops include a tour and hands-on learning, with real takeaways to begin your wild adventure. Oh, they also come with lunch.
Sound good? Sign up soon: the limit for each workshop is 25 people.
Join the experts at the Wylde Center for this hands-on introductory garden workshop. From sowing seeds to preparing your spring garden beds to tips on utilizing native pollinators, you will learn the basics of how to start and maintain a garden. Great for new and aspiring home, school, or community gardeners, and includes a tour of the Wylde Center’s Edgewood, Oakhurst, Hawk Hallow, and Sugar Creek gardens. Cost: $65*
Concrete Jungle, Fruit Forward, Crack in the Sidewalk, A Date With Figs
Atlanta is famous for being the city within a forest, but there’s also food forest within the city. Ranger Robby and Concrete Jungle will lead a walking fruit tree tour through East Atlanta Village to Brownwood Park. After lunch at the Brownwood Community Center, the group will rotate between three workshops: pruning trees, wild foraging in the park with Crack in the Sidewalk, and cooking foraged materials with Chef Carolynn Ladd. Cost: $65*
Is wholesale right for my farm business? Visit Bamboo Creek Farm (a project of Global Growers) for a tour of simply-designed, low-cost wash station, packing station, and cold storage facilities for efficient and food safe postharvest handling on a small, diversified vegetable farm.
Learn how Global Growers has added systems and efficiencies to effectively serve wholesale markets (packaging, record-keeping, food safety, storage, labels). Understand what a food safety audit looks like and review practical tools to prepare for an audit.
In the afternoon, we will return to the conference center for part two of this All-day Intensive Workshop. Susan Pavlin will lead an assessment of wholesale readiness and discussion of advantages and disadvantages, including requirements that are typical of local food distributors that can help farms access high-volume, wholesale markets.
Beth Oleson will lead an exercise to help participants understand how their individual farm operations will be affected by FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and ways you may need to prepare your farm operations for new regulations.
Participants will have the chance to sign up with the presenters for a one-on-one wholesale readiness and food safety consultations for their farm businesses.
Presenters: Todd Eittreim, Farm Manager, Global Growers; Decton Hylton, Education Manager, Global Growers; Susan Pavlin, local food systems consultant; Beth Oleson, Produce Food Safety Services, Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association; Facilitated by: Robin Chanin. Cost: $65*
*Members receive a 30% discount on All-day Intensive Workshops.