Local Food Producers Conference

     

    We look forward to seeing you at the biggest Local Food Producers Conference ever presented in The Coastal Bend! 

    2018 Local Food Producers Conference
    Thursday, January 25, 2018; 8:30AM-5:00PM
    Del Mar Center For Economic Development; Room 106 (map)
    3209 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411
    Online Ticket Sales CLOSED. Purchase your tickets at Registration at the event.

    ‘Raise Your Voice’ Farm to Table Advocacy Dinner
    Thursday, January 25, 2018; 6:30PM
    Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance will underwrite part of the dinner, so your cost, excluding alcohol, will be $15. Please pre-purchase your tickets online. Or you may register for the event without dinner. Beer and wine available.
    Online Ticket Sales CLOSED. Event is close to capacity. More information will be available at The Local Food Producers Conference.

    Our 2018 Conference will focus on ‘GROWing Roots for a Healther Tomorrow.’

    GROW Local South Texas‘ diligent work to become a notable, connected leader in local food has paid off with a collection of speakers, presenters and activities to create a VERY exciting day of local food education and networking.

    Your all-day conference begins with a Breakfast Plenary featuring Howard Vlieger, Iowa farmer and ‘Student of the Soil.’

    Enjoy five tracks of morning and afternoon break-out sessions featuring round-table discussions, panel discussion and speakers from across Texas and beyond.

    During your locally-catered lunch, settle in for a film, Growing Cities. Watch the trailer.

    Whether your focus is vegetable production, livestock production, business funding and development, advocacy or farm legal issues, there is something at this year’s conference for everyone.

    An exceptional educational and advocacy event right at your doorstep, all for the cost of lunch!

    “I attended this conference last year, and it changed my life. That’s not an exaggeration.

    Hurricane Harvey wrecked our farm, but thanks to our GROW Local South Texas, we were connected to an entirely new network of friends and resources. I’m now on a first-name basis with [many of this year’s presenters] and they have all provided us with information to help us recover our farm and resume production.

    I’m looking forward to ramping up the farm and investing further in our producer network.”

    -Christy Ilfrey
    www.nativedave.com

    Online Ticket Sales CLOSED. Purchase your tickets at Registration at the event.

    GROW Local South Texas Members: $10
    Non-Members: $15 
    Students: $10 (Student ticket price includes a one year Student Membership to GROW Local South Texas; show proof of current student status at door).
    Children under 5: Free
    Become a GROW Local South Texas Member Today!

    We have scoured Texas to bring the most valuable educational opportunities to The Coastal Bend. See the Tentative Agenda.

    New at The 2018 Local Food Producers’ Conference: We’ve expanded the day into five tracks of educational opportunity including vegetable production, livestock production, business funding and development, advocacy and farm legal issues. There are no rules: wander throughout the day choosing the round-table, panel or presentation that fits your needs. See the Tentative Agenda.


    Continental breakfast and coffee catered by Meshel’s Treats.
    Lunch catered by GM Baking and Meshel’s Treats.

    During lunch we will screen Growing Citiesa documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.


    After the conference, join us at Bellino Ristorante Italiano for a multi-course, Italian, farm-to-table dinner!

    Online Ticket Sales CLOSED. Event is close to capacity. More information will be available at The Local Food Producers Conference.

    Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Executive Director Judith McGeary will lead a town hall style dinner creating a valuable dialog between state-level local food advocates and our local community.

    FARFA is traveling the state of Texas, listening to what local farmers, ranchers, and food producers have to say about issues most impacting them. They want to know what’s on our minds!

    The Raise Your Voice Town Hall and Farm to Table Dinner is not included in the Conference ticket price. You do not have to attend the Conference to attend the dinner; everyone is invited.
    FARFA will underwrite part of the dinner, so your cost, excluding alcohol, will be $15. Please pre-purchase your tickets online. Or you may register for the event without dinner. Bellino’s full wine and beer menu will be available.

    2018 Local Food Producers’ Conference Tentative Agenda

    8:30-9:00 AM Registration
    Continental breakfast and coffee catered by Meshel’s Treats.
    8:50-9:00 AM Welcome 

    Aislynn Campbell
    Executive Director, GROW Local South Texas
    Room 106

    9:00-9:45 AM
    Room 106
    Morning Plenary – Glyphosate: Safer than Table Salt?
    Howard Vlieger
    Student of Soil
    Room 106
    9:45-10:00 AM Break
    Vegetable
    Room 107
    Livestock
    Room 119
    Business
    Room 108
    Advocacy
    Room 118
    Round-Tables/ Networking
    Room 106
    10:00-10:30 AM Seasonal Planting
    Kevin Gibbs
    Nueces County Agrilife Extension, Nueces County Master Gardeners
    Holistic Planned Grazing
    Tracy Litle
    Holistic Management International
    Funding Resources
    Nelda Barrera, Texas Department of Agriculture & Roel Garza, USDA, Farm Services Agency
    Local Food Policy Leadership
    Leslie Provence, San Antonio Food Policy Council & Aislynn Campbell
    GROW Local South Texas
    Cooperatives: Product Distribution and Other Road Blocks
    Doug Havemann
    Mesquite Field Farm
    10:45-11:15 AM FSMA and Produce Safety
    Arturo De La Garza
    Texas Department of Agriculture
    Matching Resources to Enterprises
    Jason Ott
    Nueces County Agrilife Extension
    NRCS-Federal Opportunities for Assitance
    Bertha Venegas, Jessica Paredes
    USDA – National Resources Conservation Service
    Soil 101
    Howard Vlieger
    Student of Soil

    FSA-Support
    Roel Garza
    USDA-Farm Services Agency
    11:20-11:50 AM Aquaponics/ Aquaculture
    Joann Rampersad-Ammons
    UTRGV, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement
    Employer Law
    Tonya Webber

    PRDG Law
    Direct to Consumer Marketing/ Marketing Diversification
    Brad Stufflebeam
    Home Sweet Farm
    Soil 101 Part 2
    Howard Vlieger
    Student of Soil
    State Support
    Nelda Barrera
    Texas Department of Agriculture
    12:00-12:30 PM Benefits and Challenges of Soil Health Management in Row-Cropping
    David Ruppert
    Texas A&M University-Kingsville
    Small Grass Fed Beef Start Up Costs and Other Conversations
    Doug Havemann
    Mesquite Field Farm
    Whole Farm Planning – Intro to Veggie Compass
    Carlos Lago
    UTRGV, Center for Rural Advancement
    Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Relief
    Andrew Smiley
    Independent Program Planning and Management
    Farm Law Issues
    Stephen Carpenter, Farmers Legal Action Group & Judith McGeary,
    FARFA
    12:30-2:00 PM Lunch and a Movie
    Room 106
    Lunch catered by GM Baking and Meshel’s Treats

    During lunch we will screen Growing Citiesa documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

    Vegetable
    Room 107
    Livestock
    Room 119
    Business
    Room 108
    Advocacy
    Room 118
    Round-Table/Networking
    Room 106
    2:00-2:30 PM Innovative Growing Techniques, Season Extension, Hydroponics
    Gabe Vega
    BotaniCo Indoor Gardening
    Raising Pastured Poultry in Texas
    Kevin Ellis
    NCAT
    Power in Numbers: Local Food Collaborations
    Sue Beckwith
    Texas Center for Local Food
    Employees, Interns and Volunteers
    Judith McGeary
    FARFA
    Farm Profits
    Carlos Lago
    UTRGV, Center for Rural Advancement
    2:45-3:15 PM Grain Production and Processing
    James Brown
    Barton Creek Mill
    Pasture Monitoring Practices to Build Soil Health
    Thomas Schroeder
    NCAT
    Legal Risks and Crop Insurance
    Stephen Carpenter
    Farmers Legal Action Group
    Selling Homemade Foods Cottage Foods and Beyond
    Judith McGeary
    FARFA
    NRCS-Services
    Bertha Venegas, NRCS & Jessica Benavides-Paredes, USDA
    3:20-3:50 PM Pollination, Honey Bees and Native Pollinators
    Justin Hodge
    Local Beekeeper
    Land Management Tools to Maintain Productivity
    Dr. Megan Clayton
    Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Services
     ATTRA as a Business Planning Tool
    Robert Maggiani
    NCAT
    How to Be an Effective Advocate for Yourself: Part 1
    Judith McGeary
    FARFA
    Disaster Recovery
    Andrew Smiley
    Independent Program Planning and Management
    4:00-4:30 PM Farmscaping/Organic Pest Control Part 1
    Justin Duncan
    NCAT
    Soil Health and Pasture Grazing
    David Ruppert
    Texas A&M University-Kingsville
    Food Access: Getting Healthy Food to More People
    Susie Marshall
    GROW North Texas
    How to be an Effective Advocate for Yourself: Part 2
    Judith McGeary
    FARFA
    Business Planning
    Darcy Shaw
    Del Mar Small Business Development Center
    4:30-5:00 PM Farmscaping/Organic Pest Control Part 2
    (with Cover Cropping)
    Justin Duncan
    NCAT
    Intro: Battle Ground to Breaking Ground (Veterans and Beginning Farms)
    Doug Haveman
    Mesquite Field Farm
    Business Marketing 101
    Rebecca Esparza
    SCORE Corpus Christi
    Texas Legislative Updates
    Judith McGeary
    FARFA
    Grain Production and Processing
    James Brown
    Barton Creek Mill
    5:00 PM Conclusion of Conference
    5:00-5:30 PM Networking/Wrap Up
    Room 106
    6:30 – 9:00 PM ‘Raise Your Voice’ Town Hall Farm to Table Dinner
    Hosted by Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

    After the conference, join us at Bellino Ristorante Italiano for a multi-course, Italian, farm-to-table dinner! Purchase tickets to the dinner.

    FARFA Executive Director Judith McGeary will lead a town hall-style dinner creating a valuable dialog between state-level local food advocates and our local community.

    Dinner is $15 per person and includes multi-course, Italian farm to table dinner, tea and water. Wine and beer available for purchase. Dinner is not included with your conference ticket. You may also attend without dining; Please let us know you’re coming.

    *Agenda subject to change

    Online Ticket Sales CLOSED. Purchase your tickets at The Conference.

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    Event funded by: Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Farm Credit, Frost Bank, SCORE Corpus Christi, USDA-Farm Service Agency

    Hosted by: Del Mar Small Business Development Center, GROW Local South Texas, UTRGV Center for Rural Advancement

    Catered at an affordable price by: GM Baking and Meshel’s Treats

    Presented by: USDA-National Resource Conservancy, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, GROW North Texas, Texas Center for Local Food, Andrew Smiley, Howard Vlieger, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Mesquite Field Farms, Food Policy Council of San Antonio, Barton Creek Mill, UTRGV Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement, Holistic Management InternationalNational Center Appropriate Technology, Texas A&M-Kingsville