Food & farming education

No matter your experience level or agricultural interests, you’ll be able to pack your schedule with valuable sessions that help hone your craft, grow your business, and advance your cause. Each year, we work hard to assemble educational programming that serves the evolving needs and interests of our diverse attendees.

  • Four days of learning
  • 100+ sessions—including lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, learning circles, and more

Who attends our conference?

Our annual conference draws 1,800+ farmers, food system professionals, educators, advocates, market managers, homesteaders, and others who are passionate about building a better food system.

  • Over 80 percent of attendees grow, raise, and produce a variety of agricultural goods—from vegetables and fruit, to cattle and poultry, to grain and industrial hemp, to cheese and cider—for commercial and personal use.
  • Sixty percent of attendees are current or aspiring farmers.
  • Farmer attendees operate at scales that run the gamut from urban farms and market gardens, to farms that span several thousand acres, and everywhere in between. 

Trade show

Our expansive trade show features vendors and businesses whose mission is to support sustainable agriculture professionals. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with and purchase products or services from seed companies, small equipment manufacturers, soil amendment producers, marketing consultants, organic certifiers, extension agents, feed producers, government agencies, researchers, and more!

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at our 2020 Conference? Learn more here.

Social & networking events

Educational sessions are interspersed with networking and social events that include evening receptions, live music, a seed swap, knitting circles, movie screenings—and of course delicious, regionally sourced meals.

Future Farmers (K–8th grade)

Our Future Farmers mini-conference educates and entertains your children while you attend the main event. Children from kindergarten to eighth grade will enjoy a wide range of activities developed to increase their understanding of farming, nutrition, and sustainability.

Explore Lancaster

Our 2020 Conference will be held at the Lancaster Convention Center in the heart of Lancaster, PA. You’ll have the opportunity to explore Lancaster’s vibrant downtown, its thriving food scene, and its rich history.

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