Pick TN Conference

Pick This Conference To Grow Your Business
February 11 – 13, 2016 • Knoxville Tennessee

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in educational sessions, tradeshow and networking with producers from across the state.  
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Tennessee Organic Growers Association Sessions

Friday & Saturday

Friday, February 12, 8:00am-9:00am
TOGA: How to Get Certified Organic- Annette Wszelaki
What does it mean to have a certified organic operation? What are the do’s and don’ts? Learn how to apply for certification and organize your data to make the process easy and seamless.  Learn about the TN Organic Cost Share Program.

TOGA: Goat and Sheep Production- An Peischel
Learn the trials and tribulations of a successful goat and sheep operation from one of TN’s top producers.
Friday, February 12, 10:30am-11:15am
TOGA: Integrated Pest Management- Tom Stebbins
Growers or gardeners attending this seminar will be encouraged to develop a game plan to manage pests in their crops.  Participants will learn to scout for pest problems and learn that sound cultural methods are first and use certain chemical controls only when needed.

TOGA: Composting- Forbes Walker
Composting a simple way to add nutrient rich humus to fuel plant growth and restore vitality to depleted soil. Participants will learn the best practices for amending their soli through compost.

PICK TN LUNCH & GENERAL SESSION  11:30am-12:45pm 
Friday, February 12, 1:00pm-2:00pm
TOGA: Tomato Grafting- Dr. Carl Sams, UT 
Grafting has been utilized worldwide for greenhouse and high tunnel production. Root stock are selected for their ability to resist infection and increase fruit production. Learn to increase the profitability of your tomatoes by grafting.

TOGA: Multi Species Grazing- Greg Brann, NRCS
Sheep, cows, pigs, chickens and goats can co exist. Learn how to make the most of your animal production without sacrificing nutrients or land fertility.

Friday, February 12, 2:15pm-3:15pm
TOGA: Organic Fruit Production in TN- Dr. Dave Lockwood
A brief look at some of the challenges and opportunities facing growers electing to produce fruit crops organically.

TOGA: Alternative Washing Solutions for Organic Production- Annette Wszelaki
Safe handling and washing of produce for market is important. Now there are new ways to wash your produce organically that is equally safe for the consumer.

Friday, February 12, 3:30pm-4:30pm
TOGA: Poultry in Motion: Backyard Chickens and Beyond- John Patrick
Chickens are the most widely eaten meat in the country and the trend is moving upward.  But, relatively inexpensive chicken meat and eggs have their cost to our land, water, and to the health of the birds.  This workshop will describe the current status of poultry and possibly new ways to provide this nutritional protein using more sustainable – yet still profitable – farming methods on small- to medium-size farms and backyards.  Cost and revenue spreadsheets will be discussed along with current Tennessee poultry regulations.

TOGA: Hemp Production- Colleen Keahey
Participants will learn about the growing hemp industry, legislation and opportunities for growers.

Friday, February 12, 4:30pm-5:00pm
TN Organic Growers Association General Membership Meeting