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Tickets are available at the door during the conference. You do not have to attend the entire conference in order to attend the panels or presentations that you are most interested in. You may attend the film only and, for those that can’t make the conference due to work schedules, that is highly encouraged.

Join GROW Local South Texas at our 2nd Annual Local Food Producers Conference: GROWing GROWers in South Texas.

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We will screen The Greenhorns, a 50-minute documentary film about young farmers, at the end of this great day. You may only attend the film if you choose.

This day long conference is designed to help existing local food growers expand their business and vision while assisting start up food producers finding their way into a new business.

This year’s conference is expanded to a full day filled with presentations and panel discussions, many the first of their kind convened in South Texas. The end of the program features a short film presentation you won’t want to miss. GROWing GROWers in South Texas is $5 for GROW Local South Texas Members and $10 for non members. Purchase tickets at the conference entry table.

Lunch by D’Lish Foods will be provided for the first 30 ticket buyers. They will have lunch available for purchase for everyone else.

2017 Local Food Producers Conference: “GROWing GROWers in South Texas”
February 2, 2017; 9am-7pm
Del Mar Center for Economic Development (map) Room 106
3209 S. Staples, Corpus Christi Texas, 78411
Purchase tickets at the conference entry table.


9:00am-9:30am: Registration
Coffee and Pastries (Sponsored by SCORE)

9:30am-9:40am: Introduction
Aislynn Campbell, Executive Director, GROW Local South Texas

9:40am-10:10am: Store Front/Booth Brick and Mortar Marketing
Jeff Rodgers, Parivaar Design & Development and Del Mar Small Business Development Center

10:10am-10:20am: Break

10:20-10:40: Social Media Marketing and Online Networking
Rebecca Esparza, SCORE

10:40am-11:45am: Growing Farm Profits – Intro to Veggie Compass
Carlos Lago, UTRGV Center for Rural Advancement

11:45-12:00pm: Texas Farm Credit

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch and Networking
Lunch by D’Lish Foods will be provided for the first 30 ticket buyers. They will have lunch available for purchase for everyone else.

1:00pm-2:00PM: Farm/Food Safety/Cottage Law Panel/Q&A
Presenters: Rebecca Dittmar M. Ed., RS Extension Program Specialist, Food Protection Management Program; Amber Dollison, Manager, Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers MarketChristine Castellano, Cottage Food Vendor

2:00pm -2:10pm: Break

2:10pm-3:10pm: Funding and Local State and Government Support Panel
Presenters: Nelda Barrera, Texas Department of Agriculture; Jessica Benavides-Paredes, Soil Conservationist & Bertha Venegas, State Outreach Coordinator, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service; Roel Garza, USDA-Farm Service Agency

3:10pm-4:25pm: Beyond the Booths – Sales to Schools, Restaurants and Grocery Stores Panel
Presenters: Kelsey Mulder, Natural Grocers; Executive Chef Dean Sprague, Coastal Bend Chefs Association & Omni Restaurants; Armando Flores, HEB; Chef Paula Szczepanek, Corpus Christi Independent School District, Office of Food Services

4:25pm-4:35pm: Break

4:35pm-4:50pm: Practical Application Presentation
Kathie Murphy, Raindrop Harvest Solutions

4:50pm-5:30pm: Practical Application Presentation, Sustainable Livestock Production (direct-to-consumer focused)
Dr. Megan K. Clayton, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Range Specialist, Texas Agrilife Extension Service, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

5:30pm- 6:00pm: House of Rock Pizza Dinner
Sponsored by SCORE

6:00-7:00pm: Film Screening
The Greenhorns: A Documentary By, For and About Young Farmers in America
Sponsored by La Palmera
Running time 50 min.

*Agenda subject to change

2017 Local Food Producers Conference Presented By:

Del Mar College Small Business Development Center La Palmera
SCORE Corpus Christi Texas Farm Credit

Coastal Bend Chefs Association

Corpus Christi Independent School District, Office of Food Services

Go Texan: Texas Department of Agriculture


Healthy South Texas

Natural Grocers

Omni Restaurants

Parivaar Design & Development

Rain Water Harvest Solutions

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Nueces County

USDA-Farm Service Agency

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service

UTRGV Center for Rural Development

Tickets: $5 members, $10 non members. Purchase tickets at the conference entry table.


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