11th Annual Agriculture & Food Conference
Register today for $5 off with an Early Bird price of $40 until 1/31
9:00 AM – Registration
9:30 AM – Opening Remarks
10:00 AM – Keynote
10:45 AM – Workshop #1
12:15 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Workshop #2
3:15 PM – Workshop #3
Some of our confirmed workshops include:
Reducing Livestock Stress Through Environmental Management
Alternative Poultry Feeds
Focus on Food Security Regulations
Kombucha & Fruit Flavoring for the Home Fermenter
Growing Cultural Crops for Immigrant Communities
Growing Edible Mushrooms
Children’s track includes:
Tour of Bristol Aggie
More details about our 2018 conference coming soon, check back for updates!
Whether you’re a professional farmer, a backyard gardener, or just curious about locally grown food, this is the event for you! Each year, the lineup includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels.
Registration includes a locally-sourced lunch and at the Resource Fair you’ll learn about local organizations and businesses that provide services and products to help you grow, whether you’ve got a hundred acres or a couple of window boxes.
SNAP Resource Workshop & Retailer Sign-up – Day long Drop-in, 9:00 am – 4: 00 pm
Concerned that accepting HIP benefits will be a long and complicated process? We will be offering a drop-in information session where you can get your farm, farm stand or farmers market authorized for the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), SNAP (formerly food stamps), and receive your USDA FNS number the very same day! USDA staff will be on site to walk you through the process and assist with your application. Find out about wireless equipment options to process HIP/SNAP payments (as well as credit/debit) and learn about other resources available.
For Farmers seeking to get signed up to accept HIP and SNAP benefits:
Bring copies of the following documents which will be attached to your application: 1. Picture ID (driver’s license or passport) 2. Social Security Card (or another official document with your name and SSN, eg. tax returns) 3. Copy of voided check for the bank account you will use to deposit funds.
For non-profit 501(c)(3) seeking to get signed up to accept HIP and SNAP benefits:
Farmers markets operated/sponsored by a non-profit are the ONLY applicants that are not required to submit verification of Social Security number for corporate officers/board members. Documentation Required: 1. Copy of the IRS Determination Letter stating the organization is a 501(c)(3). A (c)(4) and (c)(6) will not be accepted. 2. Letter from the sponsoring agency stating that they are sponsoring the farmers market and who they have appointed as their legal representative to operate the farmers market. 3. The application must be signed by a corporate officer or a board member.
For Government Owned/Operated Farmers Markets seeking to get signed up to accept HIP and SNAP benefits:
Documentation Required: 1. Copy of the City/Town IRS EIN/TIN Tax Exempt Letter. 2. City/Town Official must sign the Application Certification Page. 3. No personal information is required or needed.