Conferences related to food systems and/or community development.



August 11-13, 2017 
Hampshire College - Amherst, MA
Workshops * Exhibitors * Children's Conference * Music * Dance * Country Fair
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The NOFA Summer Conference is a three-day, solutions-oriented celebration of the grassroots organic movement: more than 130 workshops on everything from soil health and food preservation to mushrooms, bees and food activism and more. 
Event Date 7/11/2017
Event End Date 7/13/2017
Individual Price Member discounts available. Prices increase by 20% after July 25th
Location: Tifton, Ga
Nut and fruit growers will gather in Tifton, Georgia, this summer. 
The Northern Nut Growers Association and the North American Fruit Explorers will hold a joint conference at the University of Georgia, Tifton from August 13 – 16.  We will have presentations on the latest cultivation methods of traditional fruits and nuts of the Southeast.  Tour sites include visits to the experimental plantings and the Farmstead of the Future at the University of Georgia in Tifton, Fort Valley State University, the USDA ARS Station in Byron, and a 40 acre pecan orchard.  We will introduce non-traditional crops, including pawpaw, persimmon, jujube, Chinese chestnut, chinquapin, olives, citrus, hazelnut, and mulberries.  There will also be information on marketing techniques that will optimize the sales of fruits and nuts.
For details about the conference and registration information, go to 
Now Zone 8a!! Atlanta, GA 

Atlanta Fruits Club 
North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) 
Southern Fruit Fellowship (SFF)
California Rare Fruit Growers 
Event Date 7/13/2017
Event End Date 7/16/2017
Individual Price Free
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Where:  Capital Community College, downtown Hartford, Connecticut

What: Longer workshops on Thursday afternoon

Network Reception at the elegant Society Room Thursday evening

Mark Winne, national Food Policy Council consultant, founder Hartford and Connecticut Food Policy Councils

Workshops covering cutting edge horticulture practices to community gardening start-up and sustainability to school/youth gardening curricula to innovative health and workplace programs, and MORE

Friday evening films at City Steam

Choice of all-day Tour excursions to major community gardening and urban agriculture programs in Connecticut and Massachusetts, including a bicycle tour option in Hartford

Saturday evening Gala with silent auction and music

Sunday morning intensives

Networking, networking, and networking.

How Much:  $320 (members) to $360 (non-member) conference registration.

Registration is now open!

Click here to view “a la carte” options for the conference if you can’t make
it to the whole thing!

Hotel options at Hartford Hilton, Hartford Holiday Inn, Residence Inn, and Hartford Radisson.

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Easy access via train or plane (Bradley airport)

Event Date 7/27/2017
Event End Date 7/30/2017
Individual Price Free

This annual meeting is held by the Rural Sociological Society, a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge. The Society seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment.


Learn more about the meeting here.

Event Date 7/27/2017 8:00 am ET
Event End Date 7/30/2017
Individual Price Free



In Her Boots: Field to Plate Perennial Fruit
August 9 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Blue Fruit Farm | Winona, Minn.

Experience organic berry growing at peak harvest time. Farmer Joyce Ford and her husband, Jim Riddle, raise a variety of “blue” berries and plums for wholesale and direct-from-the-farm markets. Learn what it takes to nurture these fruits from field to plate

Event Date 8/9/2017 10:00 am ET
Event End Date 8/9/2017 3:00 pm ET
Individual Price $50.00