Pre-registration Open Through Jan. 11
Or Register in Little Rock
the Weekend of the Event

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"Our Story" Track Provides a Snapshot in the Life of Farming Families

Our most popular conference sessions are the "Our Story" sessions, in which family farmers from diverse backgrounds share their farm story. Hearing producers share their challenges and successes in sustainable farming is both informative and inspiring. Topics this year will include; transitioning to a sustainable farm, direct marketing of livestock, urban farming, undoing racism in the food system, and more. And each session provides plenty of time for a question and answer period. After the session, you can meet the presenters and also network with other attendees. Click here to see the full program and download a pdf showing everything offered at a glance.

Field Trips Are Filling Up!

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For those who learn best by seeing other farms, ranches and gardens, we offer afternoon field trips. Field trip participants will travel on comfortable motor coaches equipped with restrooms (no private vehicles permitted). All field trip motor coaches will depart from outside the front entrance of the Peabody Hotel at 12:30 p.m. sharp! No refunds will be provided to those who miss their ride. The field trip registration fee includes a light snack. Space is limited, so pre-registration is strongly recommended. Field trip one has already sold out! Please note that these Field Trips are being offered at the same time as the Mini Courses.

• Field Trip #1 SOLD OUT! Arkansas Natural Produce with hosts Jay and Deanna Fulbright.

• Field Trip #2 Laughing Stock Farm and Little Rock Urban Farming with hosts Josh & Anna Hardin and Chris Hiryak.

• Field Trip #3 Heifer Ranch with host Ryan Neal.

• Field Trip #4 Freckle Face Farm with host Mitchell & Jamie Latture with NCAT-ATTRA specialists.

• Field Trip #5 School Gardens with hosts Damian Thompson and Ryan Norman.

Click here to learn more about these field trips.

Dig These Mini Courses

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you want to boost your knowledge in a specific topic of interest, our mini courses are for you. These ½ day courses give participants an opportunity to spend an afternoon learning what the experts know and how they do it. You'll leave ready to go home and make improvements on your farm right away. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as space is limited. Please note that these Mini Courses are being offered at the same time as the Field Trips.

• Mini Course #1 Lambs to Market: Raising Sheep for Meat and Profit with instructors An Peischel, Tennessee State University (TN) and Mac Stone, Kentucky State Univ. and Elmwood Stock Farm (KY).

• Mini Course #2 A Cut Above: Fresh Ideas for Growing and Marketing Cut Flowers with instructors Mark Cain, Dripping Springs Garden (AR) and Karen "Mimo" Davis, Urban Buds and Lincoln University (MO).

• Mini Course #3 Bug-Tusslin' with Dr. McBug: Sustainable Pest Management for Your Vegetable Crops with instructors Richard McDonald, Symbiont Biological Pest Management (NC) and Patryk Battle, Living Web Farms (NC).

• Mini Course #4 Regional Food Hubs: Moving From Ideas to Action with instructors Jeff Farbman, Wallace Center (VA); Alan Moore, Local Food Hub (VA); and Sean Siple, Good Food For Good People (TN).

Click here to read more about the mini courses.

Note to organizational and institutional leaders: We can provide letters of support to your potential funders if you are seeking funds for producers in your area to participate in the pre-conference and conference activities. Just contact us with the details.
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