Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

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Sunday, March 12th, 11am-4pm

Join us for a tour of Laughing Frog Farm with Glen Miracle. Registration is $15 for TOFGA members and $25 for non-members. A "fresh from the farm" lunch will be available for purchase or you can bring your own food and drinks.

Tickets are available for purchase at the TOFGA website: http://tofga.org/event-2401113.

Laughing Frog Farm is a small, diversified farm just 60 miles from downtown Houston and 110 miles from Austin. Come learn about permaculture methods, organic principles, fruit trees, vegetables, Gulf Coast Native sheep, Freedom Ranger meat chickens, egg laying chickens, aquaponics fish, geese, and red wattle pigs. They have been growing organically since starting a small garden in Houston in 1978.


Thursday, March 9

Local Foods Awareness Day

at the Texas Capital

with Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance 

Judith McGeary and the FARFA team will give you the training, tools, and support you need to meet with legislators and their staff. Along the way, you will work alongside farmers and local food advocates, serving on the front lines to educate legislators about critical issues.


If you are a farmer, it is especially important to have your voice be heard!  We know it can be difficult for farmers to leave their work, even for a day. But your story can make the difference for a legislator who might not otherwise understand how a bill impacts your very future.


Thanks to a generous grant from Farm Aid, there are some funds available to help with travel and temporary labor expenses.  Email Judith@FarmAndRanchFreedom.org to apply for a farmers' stipend.


Please register ahead of time, so we can have a head count for lunch, handouts, etc.


Register: https://localfoodsawarenessday.eventbrite.com


More information: http://farmandranchfreedom.org/local-foods-awareness-day-2017/


Intermediate Markets Farmer Survey

This study seeks to examine the opportunities and risks of four main marketing opportunities for many farmers—direct-to-consumer, direct-to-institution, direct-to-retail, and selling to intermediaries (such as distributors or food hubs), who in turn sell the products as local food. A national outreach and technical assistance program, conducted by NCAT’s ATTRA Program (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service) will be developed based on the results of this research. Take the survey here.

Short Online Survey

Please help out our friends at ATTRA/NCAT by participating in this short online survey. They are seeking feedback on their resources and educational programming, and they'd appreciate feedback from TOFGA members and supporters.

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Welcome! The Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is the leading voice of education and advocacy for organic food production in Texas. As a member-run and member-funded organization, TOFGA includes farmers, ranchers, gardeners, dairies, cheese makers, soil amendment producers, nurseries, food markets, farmers markets, educators, students, and more.

Our mission is to educate producers and consumers on the many benefits of organic agriculture and to promote its use throughout Texas. We host numerous educational workshops and farm tours throughout the year. Our largest event is the annual TOFGA Conference held every winter. See our conference archives for archived conference materials and speakers.

TOFGA is managed by a volunteer board of directors and regional representatives throughout the state. We are a registered 501c3 organization and your donations to TOFGA may be tax-deductible.

We are accepting newsletter stories

If you have a short publication about organic or sustainable farming or gardening, let us know. Contact secretary@tofga.org



Webinars

Transitioning Small Grain Production to Organic

February 7th at 2:00 pm CDT

Location:https://tilth.org/event/transitioning-small-grain-production-organic/0

Providing Habitat for Wild Bees on Organic Farms

February 7th at 1:00 pm CDT

Location: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2124436063988236545

Pest ID Crash Course Part 2: common diseases of vegetable crops

February 16th at 11:00 am CDT

Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/606747962

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