Hundreds of farmers, farm advocates and gardening enthusiasts will converge in Corpus Christi soon for the annual Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) conference.
For three days (Feb. 14-16), those who attend will gather to participate in a variety of events, presentations and workshops designed to bolster the growing sustainable and organic industry in the Lone Star State.
Participants will share ideas, gain insight and have the opportunity to connect with others who share their passion.
“The TOFGA Annual Conference is a wonderful opportunity for learning, networking, and building community, as TOFGA seeks to support and grow more sustainable farms in Texas,” according to TOFGA board member and Grow Local South Texas Executive Director Aislynn Campbell.
The conference includes hands-on, interactive learning sessions that will cover diverse topics within five tracks: crops, livestock, business and marketing, garden and homesteading and food systems and policy.
Additionally, the popular seed swap will take place, along with farm tours and the annual Friday night banquet featuring local and organic food and beverages.
The event will be held at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi.
Author and farmer Ellen Polishuk will offer a keynote speech on the topic of resilient agriculture. In addition to other featured speakers from across Texas, there will also be several from here in the Coastal Bend.
Danny and Michelle Weaver of From the Garden and Nursery are speaking on effective harvesting and storing of homestead produce. Aislynn Campbell will offer a presentation on Direct-to-Consumer Marketing. Christy Illfrey of NativeDave.com will be covering native and edible plants for landscaping. Gabriel Vega from BotaniCo will be giving a talk on soilless growing.
Those who want to attend will have the choice of either registering for the conference in its entirety or choosing only the individual pre-conference events.
To learn more, visit www.growlocalstx.com.
Want to register for the conference? Visit www.tofga.org.