Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia Extension and the Athens Land
Trust are taking registrations for its Sustainable Agriculture
Conference for New and Beginning Farmers, which will be held Oct. 3 in Watkinsville.
conference will focus on farm business basics like food safety, record
keeping, naturally and organically grown certifications and market
development for produce and meat.
“The conference is intended for
new or beginning farmers who are interested in learning more about
sustainable agriculture practices,” said Christina Hylton, manager and
education coordinator for the land trust’s West Broad Farmers Market in
“But it’s open to anybody who is interested in
sustainable agriculture—the farmer, the value-added-products producer,
home gardeners, FFA or 4-H members or anyone who is interested in where
their food comes from.”
UGA Extension and
the Athens Land Trust have teamed up to bring the conference to
northeast Georgia farmers as part of their shared commitment to provide
education on sustainable agricultural practices and serving farmers,
said Amanda Tedrow, a UGA Extension agent in Clarke County.
is such a strong movement toward sustainable agriculture across the
country,” she said. “Programs like this are becoming more of a necessity
to make sure new farmers understand what resources are available to
them. Many new farmers do not have a farming background and are often
starting from the beginning on their knowledge of farming.”
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development state director
Quinton Robinson will give a keynote address focused on the
opportunities provided to young and beginning farmers. Representatives
from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Program, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Organics and the Georgia
Department of Agriculture also will share opportunities available
through their organizations.
Breakout workshops will be held on
beekeeping, food safety certifications, meat goat production, effective
composting and Farm to School programs.
The cost of the daylong
conference is $15 the day of the program. All conference activities will
be held at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road,