Nashville, TN – Tennessee’s Organic Growers Association (TOGA) hosts their 8th Annual Conference on Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th. Returning to The Lakeshore Christian Church, 5434 Bell Forge Lane East, Antioch, this yearly event features two days of educational workshops, speakers and farm tours.
The conference begins on Friday with an afternoon touring local farms all practicing organic and sustainable methods. The tours offer fellow farmers and growing enthusiasts a personal look inside farm operations and an opportunity to talk directly to farmers about their successes, hurdles and opportunities. Bus transportation and lunch provided by The Turnip Truck Natural Market for tour attendees.
New this year is the addition of a film screening. “What’s Organic about Organic?” will be shown Friday evening at 6:30 PM at the Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa Park Blvd. N. and will be open to both conference attendees and the general public for an additional fee. Wine and horsd’oeuvres of local food will be available.
A full day of workshops starts on Saturday at 9AM. Professional farmers, hobby farmers, backyard gardeners and local food enthusiasts alike will find sessions that fit their skill level and areas of interest. Topics range from urban farming, herbs, organic fruit and vegetable production, beekeeping, backyard chickens, goats, composting, local food systems and more. A light breakfast will be provided by Nashville Farmers’ Market Grow Local Kitchen along with coffee from Roast Inc. Lunch will be provided by Whole Foods Cool Springs and prepared by Chef Michael Martin.
This year’s Keynote Speaker is renowned urban farmer, author and photographer Michael Ableman (On Good Land, Fields of Plenty, and From the Good Earth). Sign up for our e-letter at www.tnorganics.org to get the latest news and information on speakers, session topics, & more.
For more information on the conference or to register for the event online, visit the TOGA web site at www.tnorganics.org.