[Market-farming] Tenn Organic Conference March 23-24

Lisa Shively lisa at pressnetwork.com
Fri Feb 24 11:31:49 EST 2012

*Nashville, TN - *Tennessee's Organic Growers Association (TOGA) hosts 
their 8^th 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 byThe 
Turnip Truck Natural Marketfor 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 is sponsored 
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. 


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