Large-scale farmers are invited to attend an all-day workshop next week to learn about the organic farming industry.
The event, sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, is scheduled for Feb. 12 in the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College. It will feature nine workshops, exhibits, a lunch and key note address.
The trade show hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include a vendor reception from 3 to 4 p.m.
“If you are interested in the Carolinas’ rapidly growing organic agriculture sector, there is no better place to connect with commercial-scale organic producers and organic commodity and livestock experts,” a press release from the nonprofit organization states.
The keynote speaker will be Oren Holle, who is the president of Ofarm, an organic marketing coalition based in the Midwest. He will talk about plans to expand Ofarm to the southeast. The workshops will cover the benefits of organic growing, developing organic soils, organic grain varieties, holistic animal management meats and vegetable sales and marketing, and fertilizers and biological pests.
“Don’t miss this chance to find new customers in this cutting edge market,” the press release states.
Fred Brodwell, education director for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, said the event is targeting growers with a few hundred acres or more who are currently growing organically or would like to do so. He said many of the large-scale organic growers are in Eastern North Carolina.
Exhibit space for the event cost $195.00. The fee to attend is $45.00. To register online go to carolinafarmstewards.org.
For more information, call 919-542-2402. “The demand for organic commodities, including grains and vegetables and livestock, just keep going up and up,” he said.