Permaculture Workshop & Farm Tour - $15, 9am - 12pm

Join one of Texas’ most sought-after permaculture teachers, Kirby Fry, for a workshop and farm tour! For over 25 years Kirby has been teaching permaculture design, leading a wide variety of permaculture installations, and managing sustainable building projects. Join TOFGA for this special opportunity to learn from a true leader in the permaculture realm! (Location will be announced in the coming weeks, but it will be within a reasonable distance from the conference location in Georgetown. 

Preparing for and Accessing Credit for your Farm - $25, 9am - 12pm 

Credit is an important, but often dangerous tool for farmers to manage. Many farmers never have the opportunity to talk with a banker without a loan application on the table. This interactive workshop will feature role plays and discussion, covering how to communicate with your banker, including:

  • Getting off on the right foot - how to develop a relationship with your banker.
  • How to think like a banker - how the banker will evaluate your application, and the critical numbers they are looking for.
  • The important ratios to understand and be able to communicate
  • Avoiding cross-communication; how to give your banker the information they are asking for.
  • The elements of a successful pitch - making the case for your loan, with the opportunity to practice your pitch with feedback from bankers.
  • What goes wrong - the mistakes that bankers see farmers make that can cost them their farms.

For beginning and experienced farmers alike, this is a rare opportunity to talk with experts in farm lending outside the pressure of an application, and a rare view into the other side of the table. Come ready to participate.

Presenters: Scott Marlow, RAFI-USA and Gary Matteson, Farm Credit Council

Belle Vie Farm Tour - $15, 1 - 3 pm 

Join Aubrey and Perrine for a tour of their pastured pork and duck operation. Walk the pastures to see the benefits of rotation of poultry and pigs first hand, and learn about how they’re supplementing their animal feed by sourcing organic grain directly from growers and milling on-site to more economically feed 100% organic. There’s also a small commercial kitchen for value-added products for farmers market sales. Join TOFGA as we visit this beautiful and economical family farm operation in Thrall, TX, just 50 minutes east of Georgetown.

Workshop with Keynote Speaker Michael Abelman - $30, 1pm - 4pm

Join TOFGA’s 2018 Conference Keynote Speaker for an engaging workshop and discussion! This will be a half-day workshop and the specific topic will be announced within the coming weeks.

Upping Your Record Keeping Game - $25, 1:30p - 4:30p 

We all know record keeping is not very exciting. But, records can be critical to improving the bottom line of the farm, making decisions, and building a viable farming operation. Come learn how one set of good records can provide you with the information to make good decisions for your farm. Participants will leave with tools and resources to evaluate for use in their own operations. Records needed for Whole Farm Revenue Protection, FSMA food safety “qualified exempt" compliance, and organic certification also will be part of the discussion. Presenter: Susie Marshall, TOFGA and GROW North Texas.

Produce Safety Workshop - $15, 8:30am - 5pm

New regulations are making it imperative that good food safety practices become a part of farmers daily lives. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) brings additional responsibilities to most fruit and vegetable growers. This course will provide the information needed to help growers navigate the new FSMA Produce Rule regulations. Participants completing the entire 7 module course and documentation will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials. Take-home material will include a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training resource manual. Instructors Coleen Thornton and Ravi Jadeja are trained by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance and qualified to instruct the FDA-recognized training. Coleen is a farmer and food safety consultant of Heaven Sent Food and Fiber with over 300 hours of farm audits. Ravi is an Assistant Professor and Food Safety Specialist at Oklahoma State University with 11 years of food safety training and consulting. This workshop is based upon work that is supported and made possible by a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2016-70020-25787.


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