Can't make it for the entire conference? 
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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training - $25, 9am - 5pm

Do you want to ensure that your farm products are safe for consumers, and stay in compliance of new regulations? Small to mid-scale fruit and vegetable growers interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety will benefit from this comprehensive course. Upon completing, it will give you the requisite certification as regulated by the Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule ยง 112.22(c). Lead Trainer Billy Mitchell is trained by the Produce Safety Alliance and qualified to instruct the FDA-recognized training. Billy is the FSMA Training Coordinator for National Farmers Union and has experience in farming and food safety training with other organizations.

FSPCA Facilities Blended Training - $25, 9am - 5pm 

The new FSMA regulation requires every processing facility that meets certain requirements to have a trained resource person or Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) who will oversee the implementation of the facility's food safety plan and other key tasks. This short course is the specialized training course developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and approved by the FDA for PCQI persons. Dr. Ravi Jadeja is trained by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance and qualified to instruct the FDA-recognized training. Ravi is an Assistant Professor and Food Safety Specialist at Oklahoma State University with 11 years of food safety training and consulting.
The training offered here is a blended course with a portion of the required study being completed online and the other portion as a one-day, instructor-led workshop to finish the completion certificate. This involves a two-part registration.

Part 1: The online portion consists of roughly 10 hours of coursework and must be completed before attendance at this short course. Register for the online coursework here: When the online portion is complete, you will receive an email that will be your final entry pass into the Part 2.

Part 2: Registration with TOFGA for the one-day in-person class.

Corpus Christi Urban Agriculture Farm Tour - $25, 1 - 4 pm 

This Urban Agriculture tour will encompass two urban growing locations, Terra Madre Mini Farm and GROW Local South Texas' Learning Garden. Terra Madre is two acres in market garden production with veteran urban farmer, Jaime Bustos. Jaime is a Master Gardner who has been growing for market production for 13 years.
The Learning Garden is one of the main programs of GROW Local South Texas. Located on two acres of leased city park land, it is a community educational garden. In both locations you will learn about intense and low cost production techniques. Terra Madre is a for profit production while The Learning Garden is a not for profit educational production space. Both locations use organic and permaculture techniques.
$25 includes both locations.

Future Focus Farm Tour, Let Food Be Thy Medicine - Livestock Production - $15, 1pm - 4 pm

Encouraging his patients to utilize food as medicine, Dr. William Curtis identified a need for a locally grown, high quality food sources he could confidently recommend to his patients.   At Future Focus Farm animals enjoy pesticide, antibiotic, and hormone-free food. Future Focus has carefully designed the farm so that their animals can forage for most of their food, as nature intended. These efforts translate into more wholesome food for customers' personal use and for their valued restaurant partners.
Open house style tour hosted by Wes Burns and Dr. William Curtis in Robstown, TX.

Disaster Preparation, Response and Resilience Part 1: Farm Advocates and Allies - $15, 9am - 2pm

Building on recent disaster relief efforts of TOFGA and other groups, and utilizing the Farm Allies model, Scott Marlow of Rural Advancement Foundation International will facilitate this learning partners workshop to strengthen the capacity of organizations that support farmers dealing with disasters. The workshop content will be based on insights gathered through TOFGA's disaster relief work as well as a needs assessment conducted with area farmers prior to the conference, so that farm groups will be well equipped to address priority issues in advance of the next disaster. Representatives of your organization can learn about how to work with farmers in their network more effectively, understand the role that they can take on with confidence, and connect their work with state and national efforts.

Disaster Preparation, Response and Resilience Part 2: Partners Gathering - No Cost, 3pm - 5pm

This meeting is designed to capture lessons learned by organizations involved in recent disaster relief and recovery work by reviewing that work, identifying gaps in support, and exploring workable models. Scott Marlow of Rural Advancement Foundation International will facilitate the information exchange. Attendees will contribute to a common understanding of next-steps for future collaborations, collective funding, and specific initiatives to address future disasters.

Introduction to Technical Skills, Del Mar College - $15, 1:30- 4pm

Welding, pipefitting, carpentry, and engine mechanics can be necessary skills on the farm, but many farmers have not had the opportunity to develop them. Join Dr. Leonard Rivera, Dean of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs at Del Mar College, and other instructors for a hands-on tour of their technical skills training facility to gain a familiarity of the tools and techniques used for important on-the-farm trades.

*limit 15 people*

Aquaculture Research, Conservation, and Policy: Copano Bay - $15, 9am- 12pm

Farmers and fishers have a lot in common — the need for research, finding cost effective production methods, engaging with local food enthusiasts, and even overcoming policy barriers. Conservation activist Brad Lomax, also the owner of Water Street Restaurants, will host our visit to the aquaculture research facility on Copano Bay where scientists from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi are studying aquaculture methods for raising oysters. With a tour of the structures, facilities, and equipment used on this project, participants will learn about production methods, conservation programs, and related policy issues.

*limit 15 people*

Crop Planning with Spreadsheets - $15, Time: 1-5pm

Join Rebecca Hume to dig into how to work "smarter, not harder" with spreadsheets in this hands-on crop planning workshop. First, we’ll cover how to increase your farm’s bottom line through strategic crop planning. Then, we’ll break down how to use spreadsheets to help streamline calculations and record-keeping. Please bring a laptop if you can. Basic spreadsheet familiarity is recommended, but not necessary.

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