Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

TOFGA Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • 08/23/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Del Mar Center for Economic Developent

    2018 Local Food Producer Summer Day Workshop Series

    This set of three sessions is geared toward supporting our small, local food entrepreneurs.

    Who should attend: Makers, Bakers and ALL types of GROWers. Market Gardeners, Small Farmers or any grower interested in direct-to-consumer sales will benefit.

    Thursday, August 23, 2018; 9:30am-5:30pm
    Del Mar Center for Economic Development
    3209 S. Staples, Corpus Christi Texas, 78411

    Hosted by GROW Local South Texas, The Learning Garden-Tom Graham Park, Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers' Market, and TOFGA.

    9:30am: Registration-Coffee

    10am-11:45am: Session 1 – Susie Marshall
    Food Safety Modernization Act basics - grower exemptions and on-farm food safety plans

    11:45-1:30: Lunch Break-Lunch will not be provided
    Please let us know if you would like to be included in a lunch reservation we will be making reservations for a nice networking lunch at a local restaurant – Dutch pay – Location TBD

    1:45-3:45: Session 2 – Growing Food in South Texas – NCAT Southwest
    Soil health and resilience in a changing climate (drought, flood, wind)

    4:00-5:30:  Session 3 – Direct To Consumer Marketing – GROW Local South Texas
    Point of Sales Booth, Direct to Restaurant and Grocer Product Quality, Digital Media Marketing

    Registration: https://growlocalstx.com/product/2018-local-food-producers-conference/

    • 09/24/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Sustainable Food Center


    September 24, 2018
    Sustainable Food Center
    2921 E 17th St., Bldg. C
    Austin, TX 78702

    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, including available exemptions.

    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.

    Current TOFGA Members: $20 (to access the member code for registration, please sign in to the members-only section of the website and select "Member Benefits" from the Members-Only dropdown menu. Forgot your password? Reset it.

    Non-TOFGA Members: $25.  Want to become a member? Sign up.

    Billy Mitchell - PSA Lead Trainer, National Farmers Union

    As FSMA Training Coordinator for NFU, Billy plans, organizes, and instructs Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings, food safety field days, and shorter FSMA or food safety workshops around the country. These trainings target small- to mid-sized local producers and processors, including organic, sustainable, value-added, diversified, and socially disadvantaged growers who serve local markets.

    Prior to this position, Mitchell worked on different diversified vegetable farms in Georgia, and spent the past year and a half with Global Growers coordinating on farm food safety workshops with different Georgia agricultural service groups.

    Mitchell, originally from Chicago, received his Bachelors from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and now lives on the coast of Georgia. He is an active cyclist, cook, and drummer and will be assisting a farm to grow vegetables and flowers for a farm to table restaurant on the coast.

    Susie Marshall - PSA Trainer, TOFGA grant project director

    As part of TOFGA's Food Safety Outreach program grant to educate small producers on the new FSMA regulations, Susie coordinates all workshops within Texas as well as workshops with the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) conferences and with other organizations in surrounding states. Susie is a PSA trainer.

    Outside of her work with TOFGA, Susie runs GROW North Texas, a local food system nonprofit in Dallas that works to increase food production and food access in the North Texas area. Susie is a Dallas native and has a Bachelors from Texas Wesleyan and Masters degrees from Texas A&M Commerce and Southern Methodist University.

    This workshop is presented as part of a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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