Note: Workshops are subject to change
FRIDAY, FEB 16
“Get Fit” Farm to Early Care and Education Training Esther N. Mune, Georgia Department of Public Health
Representatives of the Georgia Department of Public Health will guide participants in the development or improvements of nutrition and physical activity policies with a focus on local food and gardening activities. The training will help participants achieve Quality Rated standards by helping them meet Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)’s Quality Rated Portfolio Standard 2.1. The workshop will include a local food demonstration as well as interactive, hands on activities that are easily replicated in ECE settings.
Building Gut Health with Fermentation
Tasha Alison and Dr. Steve Fountain, Icebox Ministries
Offiste: In this hands-on, two-part workhop at Icebox Urban Farm, you’ll learn the ins and outs of how to safely produce fermentated foods and beverages. Part 1: Veggie Fermentation (1.5 hours) followed by Part 2: Lacto-Fermentation (1.5 hours).
Marketing Clinic for Food Businesses and Organizations
Jessi Ford and Christina Edwards, Birds of a Feather; Brook Hatfield, MailChimp
Advanced registration required: Curious how to leverage all those social media platforms, conquer automated communications, or want advice on physical marketing techniques? We got you! This small intensive workshop requires homework and preparation of attendees to maximize our time together. Attendees will get a chance to discuss issues and glean guidance from experts at communication firms like Birds of a Feather Creative and Mailchimp. (25 people max registration)
Pesticides in our Environment: Current Research
Warren Porter, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stay up to date on current research surrounding pesticides. Dr. Porter’s research illustrates how low levels of pesticides and herbicides in our environment affect human immune, nervous, and endocrine systems.
Cracking the Code: Dismantling Racism and Emotional Intelligence Training
Wekesa Madzimoyo, AYA Educational Institute
Cracking The Code: Racism and oppression are coded in our learned emotional responses – falsified emotional responses. This workshop teaches us to “crack the code” to unlock the door to our becoming emotionally authentic. The expanded 3-hour workshop also reveals the connection between falsified emotional scripting and the “Superior/Inferior” relationship construct, the intersection of between class, gender, and other forms of oppression to the persistence of racial oppression. It will also feature a discussion on how to facilitate change on various levels personal institutional and cultural.
Laura Katz, Small Business Development Council
If a small business has a problem with growth, it’s usually one of two issues: Either the business isn’t growing fast enough, or the growth is uncontrolled. The Small Business Development Council has experienced consultants who can help small businesses create a strategy and action plan for growth that includes attention to each of the major areas of a small business: operations, finance, marketing, and human resources. As part of the SBDC’s assistance, consultants will help a small business owner and key team members assess the business’s current situation and needs, create goals for the future direction of the business, and formulate plans for each area of the business to reach those goals. The plans will include strategies for acquiring the needed resources (human, physical, intellectual, and financial) to achieve success. This workshop can be attended as a stand alone, or as the first part in a full day of financial instruction, continuing with “Accounting with Quickbooks.”
Accounting with Quick Books
Debbie Dangerfield, Dangerfield Consulting; Susan and Garry Shaw, Hickory Hill Farms
Back by popular demand, Debbie Dangerfield returns for a deep dive into the popular accounting software used by many farms, farmers markets and non-profits, Quickbooks. Debbie will be joined by Susan and Garry Shaw, of Certified Organic Hickory Hill Farms, who will talk about how Quickbooks, and Debbie’s coaching, have streamlined their accounting time and efforts so they can focus on the production side of their busy farm.
Georgia’s Large Scale Organic Operations
Logan Ulmer, Generation Farms; Bill Brim, Lewis Taylor Farms
Large organic farms have been a part of Georgia’s landscape for decades, and the trend is growing fast. What can small and mid-size growers learn from our Certified Organic big brothers and sisters?
Farm Hacks 2.0
Julia Asherman, Rag and Frass Farm; Bryan Hager, Crager-Hager Farm; Scott Bentley, Bentleys Almost Organic Farm
Small but clever tweaks add up to massive savings of time and money over the course of a day, of a season, and for the year for a farmer. Go deeper on last year’s surprise breakout hit session, and see how Georgia’s growers are elevating their game, one hack at a time.
Transitioning to Organic and Cap 138s
Mark Dempsey, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Farmer Services Coordinator at Carolina Farm Stewardship, Mark Dempsey, offers his expertise in what it takes to achieve Organic Certification and effective tools to develop and write an Organic Systems Plan. Learn about how NRCS Technical Service Providers can help as you transition.
Soil Remineralization and Remediation
Justin Duncan, National Centers for Appropriate Technologies
The soil food web is the root of plant health and farm resilience. Geek out on the mineral nutrients in foods, what they do for the body, why they aren’t in foods anymore, and how to restore them to the soil. Furthermore, it is important to know what contaminants exist in your soil, and determine how to minimize risk. This class not only discusses how to remove contaminants from the soil but also the body.