The 2nd Annual Local Food Producers Conference was an incredible of education and advocacy.

    Look for details to emerge about 2018 around October. Until then, here is the information about 2017’s full day of local food.

    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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