Upcoming Events in 2016

SC Organization for Organic Living: Cultivate 2016
Saturday, March 5th at Greenville Tech NW Campus in Greenville, SC

SCOOL provides quality educational experiences focused on sustainable and organic growing practices. In the spring, we partner to produce Cultivate, an event that helps strengthen our food system by teaching about sustainable growing practices and local food preparation and by providing networking opportunities. In the fall, we host a Homesteading Festival that showcases local farmers, vendors, and experts in modern homesteading skills. We also partner with other organizations to offer more specialized training throughout the year.

The Carolina Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference
Monday, March 7th, 2016 in Mount Olive, NC

Ready to earn more per acre, reduce your input costs, and tap into emerging markets in sustainable commodity farming? The Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference is the place to network with growers and buyers while learning to improve the productivity and profitability of your larger-scale farm.

Wholesale Success for Specialty Crop Farmers
Monday, March 9th at Coastal REC in Charleston, SC
Friday, March 11th at the Madren Center in Clemson, SC

Wholesale Success is a comprehensive program designed to help small and mid-acreage fruit and vegetable farmers with one of the biggest challenges they face: growing their businesses! This program gives farmers the resources and tools they need to ensure their produce is of the highest quality, to manage food safety and other risks, and to foster the relationships with customers needed to be successful. The full day training will include food safety best practices, information on working with wholesale buyers, post-harvest handling techniques and best approaches to maintaining the cold chain. There will also be discussion of crop specific tools with expert recommendations for harvesting, washing, cooling and storing fruits and vegetables with on-farm demonstrations at each location. Free for South Carolina residents.

Organic Growers School Annual Spring Conference
March 11-13th at UNCA in Asheville, NC

The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children's program, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, Mushrooms and Food Resilience.

Online Learning

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Check out the calendar of trainings, tours and other events in the Carolinas.

2016 NRCS Organic Agriculture Webinars

Explore over 30 webinars focused on organic agriculture topics developed by National Resource Conservation Services and partners.

National Organic Farming Handbook developed by NRCS

The NRCS Organic Farming Handbook was developed to support NRCS conservation planners and other agricultural professionals as they work with organic producers. The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.