AUSTIN — Farmers, ranchers, farm and food advocates, researchers, students, and gardening enthusiasts will gather in Corpus Christi in February for the annual Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) conference. Held February 14-16, 2019 at the Omni Hotel on the Corpus Christi Bay, the conference seeks to bolster the growing sustainable and organic industry in Texas, while allowing participants to share ideas, gain insight, and connect with others.
“The TOFGA Conference is an impactful event for growing more sustainable Texas farms in response to the immense consumer demand here in Texas. The program offers plentiful opportunities for learning, networking, and building community,” said Andrew Smiley, TOFGA Board President. “We are thrilled to take our annual event to South Texas this year!”
The conference includes two days of interactive learning sessions covering diverse topics such as fruit and vegetable production, livestock and grazing, soil health, business management, marketing, food policy, and more. The popular Farm & Food Trivia game will be back, and the exhibit hall will be packed with knowledgeable representatives of industry, non-profit, and government agencies including Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE), Capital Farm Credit, Texas Department of Agriculture, Integrated Acres, Texas SARE, Dallas Farmers Market, Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA), Osborne Quality Seeds, Ag Workers, Sustainable Food Center, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and more. Many add-on activities are offered during the event including pre-conference workshops and farm tours, as well as the annual Friday night banquet.
Banquet tickets are sold separately, and community members are encouraged to join for this annual celebration. The banquet dinner will feature local and organic food and beverages, as well as the 2019 keynote speaker, Ellen Polishuk, a longtime, down-to-earth farmer, business consultant, author, and dynamic speaker. A co-owner of Potomac Vegetable Farms in Northern Virginia, Ms. Polishuk has experience growing produce for seven farmers markets, a 550-member CSA, and two roadsides stands. She is co-author of the newly-released book Start Your Farm and writes the farmer-to-farmer profile column for Growing For Market magazine.
The Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association is a statewide non-profit 501(c)3 organization focused on education and advocacy for Texas farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who practice organic and sustainable methods. Established in 1993, TOFGA is a member-run and member-funded organization open to all individuals interested in the production and consumption of organic and sustainable products in Texas.
–Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association
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