Workshops related to food systems and/or community development.

44th NOFA Summer Conference: Honoring our Roots, Tending our Future


During the weekend of August 10-12, 2018 we will gather again at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts for the 44th Annual NOFA SC. This immersive annual gathering is an opportunity to come together as the regional organic community from the seven NOFA states – NY, NJ, VT, MA, RI, NH, CT. The conference is a three day event packed with amazing education programming for adults and children, an array of fun spirited activities and the opportunity to be nourished by the collective wisdom and knowledge of decades of farming, gardening and activism that makes up the work of our NOFA chapters.


This year’s conference program is woven with workshops and activities that will pay homage to the agricultural wisdom that has been instructive to us through the ages. We will celebrate the wisdom of the rich indigenous agricultural past that has provided the basis of the organic movement and the ecologically based practices we have used to be successful.


Our keynote speakers, Rowen White and Eric Holt-Giménez, are two very passionate, ambitious educators, both working diligently to share their knowledge and experience with small agricultural communities.


Event Date 8/10/2018 6:30 am ET
Event End Date 8/12/2018 3:30 pm ET
Registration Start Date 6/12/2018
Individual Price Varies (early bird specials, scholarships, work exchange opportunities)
Healthy Eating in Practice Conference
Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC
Aug. 26-29, 2018

Healthy Eating in Practice ( is a hands-on conference for healthcare professionals and advocates to better support healthy eating. Grounded in experiential learning, this national conference will equip attendees with practical skills and approaches that work in the day-to-day reality of healthcare. In addition to presentations by leading practitioners, researchers, and policy experts, attendees will visit area farms and participate in cooking workshops.  

The conference is presented by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, in partnership with Duke University World Food Policy Center, University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Mountain Area Health Education Center.

Register at Early-bird discounts available through June 30. Special rates are available for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, CHES, and dietitian/nutritionists.

Speaker Highlights


-Keynote address by Daphne Miller, M.D., author of Farmacology

-William H. Dietz, M.D., Chair of the Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University

-Kelly D. Brownell, Director of the Duke World Food Policy Center

-Nimali Fernando, M.D., The Doctor Yum Project

Continuing Education


-CME – up to 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits

-CNE – up to 19.5 contact hours accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center

-Dietitian/Nutritionists – 19.5 CPEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

-CHES – up to 19.5 hours Category I hours, approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Contact Sarah Hart (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 828-236-1282) with any questions.


Event Date 8/26/2018
Event End Date 8/29/2018
Individual Price Varies (early registration, special rates)


Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is hosting a free agritourism workshop at Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield. This is our third workshop in our series on bringing visitors to farms. Please share with anyone you think would benefit!

Wednesday, September 26th - Bringing Visitors to the Farm - Warm Colors Apiary

Warm Colors Apiary is a 2018 Local Hero Awardee in part, because of their commitment to educating the community about the world of beekeeping through workshops and multi-day classes.

From the curious enthusiast to the serious beekeeper, Dan and Bonita Conlon have welcomed people to their farm for workshops and multi-day classes since the turn of the 21st century. Please join them to hear about how they coordinate and manage their educational programming and their annual Honey Festival (this will be its 16th year!).




Light refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Stevie Schafenacker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks!



More information can be found here


Event Date 9/26/2018
Individual Price Free

Community Food Systems Annual Event 

Our 2019 Community Food Systems Program annual event is scheduled for Friday, March 29, in Des Moines, Iowa — and registration is now open! Cost is $20 for the pre-conference workshop March 28, and $60 for the conference March 29. You may pay using a credit card or intramural account number ONLY. Please be sure to click Submit at the bottom of the registration form!

At the end of March we will be celebrating food systems work around the nation at the Des Moines at the Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center, 5000 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines. Please join us for the celebration and discussion with colleagues about food systems topics including certification and training, new skills and technical assistance around technology, innovation in food businesses, and more.

This will be our fourth annual annual event, and they just keep getting bigger and better!

Limited funds are available for those needing travel reimbursement. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request funds.



Event Date 3/28/2019 6:30 pm ET
Event End Date 3/29/2019 4:30 pm ET
Individual Price Free

June 21 & 22: Carpentry for Women
Sliding scale: $100 - $150, solidarity pricing available
@ Groundswell Incubator Farm, Ithaca NY

For more info and registration: Click Here

Ever wanted to building something and felt like you just didn’t have quite enough carpentry skills to do it? Join Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women and learn basic carpentry skills and build strength and self-sufficiency while connecting with others in the community! 
In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of carpentry and tool use including measuring and marking, cutting with a circular saw, and fastening with screws and nails. You will also learn about the process of building structures by working on framing and siding the end walls of a small wash station barn at the incubator farm. 

This workshop is only a couple weeks away, and space is limited!

Reserve your space for one or both days. For more information about this workshop, email alexasThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Event Date 6/21/2019
Event End Date 6/22/2019
Individual Price Free