Sustainable Agriculture Conference

The Athens Land Trust presents the Sustainable Agriculture Conference! 

Topics covered include:

  • Farm Business Development
  • Land Equity
  • Urban Farming
  • Value-added Production Strategies
  • Farming and Technology
  • Next Generation Farmers
  • USDA Programs (FSA, NRCS)
  • Farming as a Career
  • Farm Business Opportunities for
    Socially Disadvantaged Groups
Athens Land Trust’s second annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference will be held February 9-10, 2018 at the Oconee County Civic Center in partnership with UGA Cooperative Extension and USDA agencies. This two-day conference will feature farm tours, inspiring stories, hands-on demonstrative workshops and networking with national agencies, local extension offices, and community partners. The Sustainable Agriculture Conference will offer the opportunity for new and beginning farmers, ranchers, foresters, agricultural producers, and landowners to learn more about farming skills and techniques, developing business plans, and land conservation and land equity issues.

Contact Information:
Briane Davis
ALT Office: 706-613-0122

Conference Location
Oconee County Civic Center
2661 Hog Mountain Road | Watkinsville, GA 30677
Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Register now! 


Savi Horne of the Land Loss Prevention Project Sophie Ackoff of the National Young Farmers Coalition Terrance Rudolph, State Conservationist of Ga-NRCS  Amanda Tedrow of UGA Cooperative Extension And more...
Sophie Ackoff of the National Young Farmers Coalition


 Schedule (*subject to change)

Friday, February 9th, Farm Tours Available

Friday will be a day for farm tours and field trips, with transportation provided.

10:00AM Meet at West Broad Market Garden for Tour (1573 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606)

10:15AM-11:00AM Visit and Tour Williams Farm

11:15AM-11:30AM Return to West Broad

11:30AM-12:30PM Lunch on your own, meet back at West Broad for shuttle to next site

12:45PM-1:45PM Field Trip 1: UGArden

2:00PM-3:00PM Field Trip 2: Farmland Protection Project

3:15PM-4:15PM Field Trip 3: UGA Durham Horticultural Farm (Oconee County) and UGA Bee Lab

4:30PM Return to West Broad


Saturday, February 10th, Conference

8:00AM-9:00AM Registration and Coffee/Light Breakfast

9:00AM-9:15AM Welcome Address

9:15AM-10:15AM Panel Discussion: The State of Georgia Small Farm Economy (Tas Smith, FSA Statewide Director; Terrance Rudolph, NRCS State Conservationist)

10:30AM-11:30AM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

11:30PM-12:45PM Lunch and Keynote Presentation (Sophie Ackoff, National Field Director of National Young Farmers Coalition)

12:45PM-1:45PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2:00PM-3:00PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:10PM-4:10PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

4:10PM-5:00PM Closing Remarks, Raffle Prizes, Last chance to see exhibitors

5:00PM Conference Ends

Breakout Tracks include Conservation and Land Ownership, UGA Extension Track (Farm Safety, Composting and Farm Equipment), Farm Business Development, Sustainable Agriculture, and Mobile Information Technology Center.