Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

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    • 02/14/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 02/16/2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Corpus Christi, Texas
    Register

    2019 Sponsor Registration
    TOFGA Annual Conference

            February 14-16, 2019
            Corpus Christi, TX 
            Omni Hotel on the Corpus Christi Bay

    Start planning for the 2019 TOFGA Annual Conference! 

    Every year hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and gardening enthusiasts attend from all over Texas to share ideas, network, build community, and and connect with industry professionals such as our exhibitors and sponsors.  The conference includes two days of learning sessions, plus multiple add-on pre-conference workshops and farm tours. Be sure to join us for the Friday night banquet featuring keynote speaker, Ellen Polishuk, and a delicious locally-sourced dinner.

    Become a sponsor today!  Introduce your business to the growing sustainable ag movement and reach over 300 conference participants as well as countless others with an online presence leading up to the event on the TOFGA website and social media. 

    The Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association is a statewide non-profit 501(c)3 organization focused on education and advocacy for Texas farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who practice organic and sustainable methods. Established in 1993, TOFGA is a member-run and member-funded organization open to all individuals interested in the production and consumption of organic and sustainable products in Texas.

    Please know that your sponsorship fees are what allow TOFGA to put on this conference every year. 

    Thank you for helping to make this event possible!

    Conference Sponsor Levels 

    Regenerating Sponsor - $5,000

    • Listing in conference program
    • Listing and link on website
    • 8 Banquet tickets and 8 Registrations
    • Full-page ad in Conference Program (premium placement)
    • Exhibitor Booth*
    • Business Membership
    • Recognition at the Banquet
    • Banner at Conference
    • Special Recognition at Registration Table

    Pollinating Sponsor - $3,000

    • Listing in conference program
    • Listing and link on website
    • 4 Banquet tickets and 4 Registrations
    • Full-page ad in Conference Program
    • Exhibitor Booth*
    • Business Membership
    • Recognition at the Banquet
    • Banner at Conference

    Cultivating Sponsor - $1,500

    • Listing in conference program
    • Listing and link on website
    • 2 Banquet tickets and 2 Registrations
    • Half-page ad in Conference Program
    • Exhibitor Booth*

    Planting Sponsor - $500

    • Listing in conference program
    • Listing and link on website
    • 2 Registrations
    • 1/8 page ad in Conference Program
    • Exhibitor Booth*

    * Booth participation is not required but is a perk of sponsorship. Booth space is limited and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

    Beyond what is included in your sponsorship package, up to two additional sponsor registrations are available for $150 each.

    Friday Banquet Dinner 

    Join TOFGA for a delicious farm-to-table dinner and an inspiring program!  Beyond what is included in your sponsorship package, up to two additional banquet tickets are available for $35 each. 

    Stay tuned for more details later this fall!

    Location & Lodging Information

    Omni Corpus Christi Hotel900 North Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX, (361) 887-1600

    TOFGA Special Rate: $119 per room plus taxes, good through Friday, January 25, 2019 or until all TOFGA rooms have been reserved.  Reserve by phone or at this link.

    Exhibit Hall Information

    Each booth includes one draped 8’ table, two chairs, and a wastebasket.  

    New this year!  A special opportunity for exhibitors to sign up for a time slot to give a short presentation or demonstration at their booth about their product or services.  These will take place during the conference breaks and will be posted on-site for participants to take note of.  

    *** Booth space and exhibitor presentation/demo time slots are limited so these will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. ***

       

       Exhibit Hall Set-up

           Thursday, Feb. 14, noon-5:30 pm

       Exhibit Hall Open Hours

           Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30-7:30 pm

            Friday, Feb. 2, 7:30 am - 6:30 pm

            Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm 

       Exhibit Hall Breakdown

           Saturday, Feb. 3, 4:00 pm


    • 02/14/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 02/16/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Corpus Christi, Texas
    Register

    2019 TOFGA Annual Conference

    February 14-16, 2019

    Corpus Christi, TX
    Omni Hotel on the Corpus Christi Bay

    Register now for the 2019 TOFGA Annual Conference! Hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and gardening enthusiasts are expected to attend from all over Texas to share ideas, network, build community, and have fun!

    Preconference WorkshopsThe conference includes two days of interactive learning sessions, plus multiple add-on pre-conference workshops and farm tours. Be sure to join us for the Friday Night Banquet featuring a delicious locally-sourced dinner and keynote speaker, Ellen Polishuk, a longtime down-to-earth vegetable farmer, farming consultant, author, and dynamic speaker. The banquet is not included in registration but can be added during the registration process. We are thrilled to offer full conference registrants up to two banquet tickets for just $35 each! Pre-conference events will be announced and available for registration later this fall.

    TOFGA is a statewide non-profit organization focused on education and advocacy for Texas farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who practice organic and sustainable methods. TOFGA is run exclusively on membership dues and donations from the community. Please know that your registration fees are what allow TOFGA to put on this conference every year. Thank you for helping to make this event possible!

    Friday Banquet Dinner & Keynote: 

    Honoring Resilient Agriculture


    Join TOFGA for a delicious farm-to-table dinner and informative and inspiring keynote by Ellen Polishuk, a longtime down-to-earth farmer, farming business consultant, author, and dynamic speaker with a focus on sustainability, marketing, and profitability. Ms. Polishuk will share insight on resilient agriculture, especially as experienced in the Corpus Christi area during 2017's Hurricane Harvey.


    Ellen leverages her 35 years of vegetable farming experience to help growers around the country to reach their farm dreams. She leads workshops and consults with farmers to improve their soils, labor management practices, and businesses to increase farm profits and achieve a joyful balanced life.

    Ellen was one of three owners of Potomac Vegetable Farms in Northern Virginia where she grew produce for 7 farmers markets, a 550 member CSA, and two roadsides stands. Ellen is a co-author of the newly released book Start Your Farm. She also writes the farmer-to-farmer profile column for Growing For Market magazine. She and her husband live in suburban Maryland, where Ellen gardens as much as possible. We look forward to welcoming her to Texas in February!


    Conference Schedule

    The full conference schedule will be posted in the coming months. Be sure to plan for the following events:

    • Thursday Pre-Conference Workshops & Farm Tours (Registration for pre-conference events is separate and not included in the full conference registration.) 
    • Conference Kick-Off  - Thursday 5:30-7:30 pm - Join the TOFGA Board and exhibitors for mixing & mingling, appetizers, and a cash bar. Additionally, research students will be on-hand to display and discuss their academic posters!
    • TOFGA Regional Meetings 
    • TOFGA Members Meeting 
    • Annual Banquet Dinner & Keynote - Friday evening, dinner included, plus cash bar!
    • Exhibitors Hall - Open Thursday 5:30-7:30, all-day Friday, and Saturday until close.

    Conference Location & Lodging

    The conference will be held at the Omni Hotel Corpus Christi, 900 North Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, TX. The TOFGA group discount rate is $119, available until January 25, 2019 or when all rooms are filled. Book your room now at this link or by phone at (361) 887-1600!

    Interested in Volunteering? 

    Volunteers complete 6-8 volunteer hours at the conference and receive a discounted Full Conference Registration and discounted banquet ticket. Submit a Volunteer Application today!


    Registration Rates - Lower this Year!


    Basic Member Level does not include discounts; Full Individual Level and above includes discounts.  Join here!


    If you are registering a guest, you will be invoiced for that person's registration costs.



    Pre-Conference Workshops 

        $15- 50 depending on the workshop.  More details in the coming months!


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