Alternative Crops ~ Herbs ~ Organics ~ Specialty Crops ~ Vegetables
Upcoming 2015 Event Schedule – Hope to see you there!
March 7-9, 2015
Organic Growers School,
University of North Carolina-Asheville, Asheville, NC
The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, and pre-conference on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, Mushrooms and Food Resilience. For more information visit the conference website at Organic Growers School.
March 12, 3-6 pm, 2015
ASAP’s 5th Annual CSA Fair,
Jubilee! Community, 46 Wall Street, downtown Asheville, NC
ASAP’s 5th Annual CSA Fair (Asheville) is an opportunity to meet farmers face-to-face and learn more about their CSA programs and products. We conduct two annual CSA fairs, one in Asheville featuring farms that offer Asheville and Buncombe County deliveries, and one held in the High Country in Boone, NC. You can sign up to learn more from farmers, or bring your checkbook to subscribe on the spot! Participating farms all have pickup locations in Asheville or Buncombe County. The fair will also feature family friendly activities, spring CSA recipes, and a special celebration at Early Girl Eatery following the fair. FREE and open to the public. Questions about the fair or about CSA programs in your area? Call Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project at 828-236-1282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13 and 14, 2015
1st Annual NC-VA Hops Conference and Beginning Hop Farmer Session
Forsyth County Center, 1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Join us for the first regional North Carolina and Virginia Hops Conference with a special pre-conference event for beginning growers. This event is co-chaired by Jeanine Davis, hops researcher and extension specialist at NC State University and Stan Driver, co-chairman of the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative and owner of Hoot’n Holler Hops.
FOR BEGINNING HOP GROWERS: This session will be held on Friday afternoon (March 13) from 2:00 to 6:00 pm with registration opening at 1:00 pm. Learn how to grow hops from experienced growers in the region. Instructors are Rita Pelczar and John Wright of Blue Ridge Hops in western North Carolina and David Goode of Piedmont Hops with hop yards in NC and VA.
THE MAIN EVENT: The conference on Saturday (March 14) is designed to bring together a large number of regional hop growers and brewers to help continue to grow the Southeastern hops industry. Working together we can avoid many frustrations and disappointments and build a strong, vibrant industry. Keynote speaker is Steve Miller, Cornell University hops specialist. Other speakers include experienced growers, local craft breweries, researchers from North Carolina and Virginia, and other industry representatives. Registration opens at 8:00 am with the conference running from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Lunch will be served. The Agenda is posted on the Eventbrite page.
Read more information here: 1st Annual NC-VA Hops Conference
March 17, 5-7 pm, 2015
ASAP’s High Country CSA Fair,
Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone, NC
ASAP’s High Country CSA Fair (Boone) is an opportunity to meet farmers face-to-face and learn more about their CSA programs and products. We conduct two annual CSA fairs, one in Asheville featuring farms that offer Asheville and Buncombe County deliveries, and one held in the High Country in Boone, NC. You can sign up to learn more from farmers, or bring your checkbook to subscribe on the spot! Participating farms all have pickup locations in Asheville or Buncombe County. The fair will also feature family friendly activities, spring CSA recipes, Questions: Special Activity: For the 21 and over crowd enjoy a beer tasting with Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Call us at 828-236-1282 or email email@example.com.
April 11 – 12, 2015
Mother Earth News Fair
Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Asheville, NC
Want to learn how to have a more sustainable lifestyle? Grow and prepare your own food, raise backyard chickens, and save money on your utilities. Or just find ways to live simply. More than 15,000 people from around the country are expected to attend. Dr. Jeanine Davis is speaking woodland botanicals and hops. Our program will offer demonstrations in our booth.
For more information, please visit Mother Earth News Fair
May 1 – 3, 2015
Asheville Herb Festival
WNC Farmer’s Market, Asheville, NC
Together with the Western North Carolina Farmers Market (operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture), the Asheville Herb Festival has increased the public’s knowledge and love of herbs and herbal products for two decades. Our 25th annual festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 2, 3 & 4, 2014 at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville, offering by far the best selection of herb plants in the southeast. Visit the directory page of our website to learn more about this year’s vendors.
Dr. Jeanine Davis
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759
Phone: 828.684.3562 ~ Fax: 828.684.8715
Maintained by: Bryan A. Konsler
Updated March, 2015 by Jeanine Davis