**Register for these events within your regular conference registration** Can't make the whole conference? Choose the Pre-Conference Only registration option.
Saturday & Sunday 1/27-28 - Profiting from Pastured Animals @ Green Bexar Farm, 9-5 PM - $20 Are you interested in selling your meat, eggs, milk, or other pastured animal products but unsure where to start? Already selling and want to increase your profits? Confused about label requirements? Then, join the Council for Healthy Food Systems in a two-day workshop at Green Bexar Farm as we explore these topics and more. We will cover marketing skills, sales and distribution, business structures, taxes and insurance, rules and regulations around animal product sales, and many other subjects that will help you grow your business. You will get to tour the farm, meet other farmers from your region, and participate in follow-up support as you implement these new skills. Lunch is included in both days. Green Bexar farm is located just outside San Antonio at 14997 FM 1346, St Hedwig, TX 78152.
Sunday 1/28- Cover Your Farm (CYF) with a Food Safety Plan Workshop - FREE, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM This interactive workshop focuses on on-farm food safety for beginners and small farm operations who direct market their produce. Attendees will gain skills to develop their own food safety plan that meets the current needs for regulation and liability while also gaining an understanding of what is needed as the farm grows. This event is at La Estancia Hotel.
Sunday 1/28- Johnson-Su Bioreactor Compost Workshop Fun-Guy Compost Co - $20 12:30 - 1:30 PM Participants will learn how to build a John-Su Bioreactor which produces fungal dominant compost, a product developed by Dr. David Johnson from NM State University. Adding fungal dominant compost to soil creates an interaction between plants and soil using nature's own mechanisms to allow plants to make their own food, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals like fertilizers. Dr. Johnson's method centers around products developed using a static compost system (bioreactors) which are simple and cheap to build. By the end of this workshop you will know how to build a reactor with instructions for building the bioreactor and caring for the generation of fungal dominant compost. This event takes place at Eco Centro at 1802 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212
Sunday 1/28- Soil Food Web Microscopy Workshop w/Rhizos, Laurie Dixon, and Soil Again - $75, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM What's living beneath your feet? Come along with certified Soil Food Web lab-techs on a deep dive into soil biology. There will be presentations on important soil food web concepts in cultivation, how to read a biological report, and practical guidance on the "when" and "what" of biological soil sampling. We will have microscopes set-up to explore what's living in an assortment of soils, composts, teas, and extracts. This event takes place at Eco Centro. Join us!
Sunday 1/28- Gardopia Gardens- $20, 1:00 - 2:30 PM Gardopia Gardens was formed in 2015 to address health disparities in a high-crime corridor on the near-Eastside of San Antonio. They implement crime prevention through environmental design (CRTED) as a methodology to reduce crime around an abandoned lot. The mission is to grow healthy communities through garden-based learning.
Sunday 1/28 - Behind the Oaks Farm in Schertz- $20, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Behind the Oaks Farm sells pasture-to-table grass-fed meat and eggs and pasture-raised chickens. This is the third generation to operate the farm, taking it from conventional to regenerative practices. They focus on the people, the land, and animals creating a healthy, strong community.
Sunday 1/28– @ Green Bexar Farm- $20, 3:00 - 4:30 PM- Green Bexar Farm is a regenerative farm operated by Cody and Natalie Scott. They will be showing their winter growing methods including low tunnels, high tunnels, and greenhouses. They will also discuss pecan orchard maintenance and pastured poultry application in their agroforestry setup. They are also open to discussing topics on growing, succession planting for their CSA, and nerdy details of difference heating options, solar compost tea bubbler and fertigation setup, and whatever else you all would like to discuss.
When you’re planning your conference trip, come early and enjoy some of these free or low-cost things in the Alamo City.