Program

A Note from Programming

After much prayer and planning, the 2020 AdAgrA Conference Programming Committee is excited to share the following information regarding the upcoming conference:

The 2020 conference is organized into three main sections. Tuesday and Wednesday are designated as “Pre-conference Seminars.” These are more in-depth and will be either 3 or 6 hours long. Because of the effort and amount of material involved in preparing these classes, there will be a modest fee charged for enrolling in these pre-conference sessions.

On Tuesday there will be a six hour seminar targeting farmers and market gardeners (or very experienced home gardeners). 

On Wednesday, we will offer 14 different three-hour classes (7 in the morning and another 7 in the afternoon). Some of these will be focused on home gardeners while others are focused more on advanced growers. There will also be tracks for those moving to the country and others interested in true education. Everyone should find something to interest them on Wednesday — including two all-new Spanish language options!

The main conference starts Wednesday evening with a keynote address. Thursday and Friday will have a wide assortment of one-hour classes and plenaries to encourage and support all seeking to understand and follow God’s plan for agriculture. These sessions are free — with the hope of making them accessible to as many as possible.

Finally, as the Sabbath hours come, we will set aside our emphasis on the work and business of agriculture to fellowship together as we focus on the spiritual aspects of agriculture. There will be inspiring mission and ministry presentations, encouraging testimonies of God’s leading through agriculture and country-living, and challenging messages to draw us up higher.

In addition to all the inspiring seminars, there will be exhibits for you to explore and quality time for fellowship — including “Birds of a Feather” time where people with special interests can come together for networking and encouragement.

We are confident you will gain a blessing from this conference because we have asked the Lord for it! We look forward to seeing you and your friends and family there!


Conference Check-In Hours (when to arrive):

  • Advance Track: Monday 4pm-7pm, Tuesday 7am-9am
  • Pre Conference: Tuesday 4pm-7pm, Wednesday 7am-8am
  • Main Conference: Wednesday 4pm-7pm, Thursday 7am-8am, more hours announce on site

Advance Track

On Tuesday there will be a six hour seminar targeting farmers and market gardeners (or very experienced home gardeners). This class has a fee.

Alan Seiler:

Ever had a mental meltdown when trying to decipher a soil test? Ever had trouble sourcing amendments? Have you ever wondered how to feed your soil for each crop you grow? Have you every wished the whole soil fertility thing could be made more simple? How can we bring soil science down to earth? During this class we are going to make this complex subject more simple, and you will leave with a plan of action in hand.

 

Pre Conference- (Wednesday)

These are more in-depth and will be either 3 or 6 hours long. Because of the effort and amount of material involved in preparing these classes, there will be a modest fee charged for enrolling in these pre-conference sessions.

 

Pre Conference AM Intensives (each track is 3 hours)

  • Track 1- Home Gardening
    • Greater Efficiencies for Home Gardens: Bob Gregory
    • This class will look at strategies and methods to get maximum efficiencies of space, yield and labor for home gardens. It will include plans to help you know what your annual results, costs and rewards will be before you even start.
  • Track 2- Market Gardening
    • Practical: Matt and Deidre Dealy
    • There’s more to growing than meets the eye! During this class the Dealys will share knowledge that they have gained over their last nine years of gardening for market. They will cover topics such as planting, seeding, weed management, irrigation, etc.
  • Track 3- Education
    • God’s Plan for Educating our Children: Scott and Linda Learned
    • In this seminar we will be looking at what the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy say about educating our children. We will share some practical ideas from our own experience, problems and challenges we faced, and how we dealt with them. There will be time for you to ask questions and together discuss the solutions.
  • Track 4- Track 4- Specialty Crops
    • Growing Flowers: Michelle Lesher
    • The objective of this 3 hour class series is to equip you with details into how you can successfully grow flowers in early spring, summer and fall. Michelle will be sharing her favorite flowers varieties and other tips she has learned throughout her farming experience like how to cut, store and wrap flowers for market and florist sales. Whether you are just starting out with your interest in growing flowers or you have grown them for years you will enjoy this class full of so much love for flowers.
       
  • Track 5- Country Living
    • How and Why to Move to the Country:  Our Unconventional Journey to our Living Parable: Keith and Renee Hankins
    • Through our not-so-normal testimony, we aim to encourage you with the reality that there is no one-way to experience country living. Come and hear how God led us to our ‘Living Parable’.
  • Track 6- Agriculture, Schools and Institutions
    • Tommy Mayers
    • Many schools are awakening to the fact that agriculture is supose to be the A, B and C of our education, but the quesiton is how do we do that? Are there models that can be looked to and emulated. AdAgrA is committed to helping schools with this problem and has formed a working group that has developed curriculum, and a quick start manual to meet this need. Join us to be inspired with ways to make agriculture a viable option at your school or institution.
  • Track 7- Spanish Class
    •  Verdadera Educación  en la Escuela y el Hogar- Eleida Feliciano (True Education at School & Home)

 

Pre Conference PM Intensives (each track is 3 hours)

  • Track 1- Home Gardening
    •  Bagging the Bounty - Food Storage Solutions: Linda Gregory 
    • This class will look at how we process and handle crops for long-term storage. We will cover principles for canning, pickling, freezing, dehydrating, root-cellaring and simple cold-storage solutions
  • Track 2- Market Gardening
    •  The Business of Farming:  Matt and Deidre Dealy
    • There is more to running a successful market garden than just working outside. Join us as we talk about the nuts and bolts behind the growing. We will discuss planning, record keeping, running a successful CSA, office management and more.
  • Track 3- Education
    •  True Education In the School: Eleida Feliciano
  • Track 4- Track 4- Specialty Crops
    •  Getting Started with Bees: Kevin Johnson
    • These presentations will help you become familiar with a valuable natural farming
      resource known as the Honey Bee. Learn how to get started, what to expect, and how to help our friends, the bees!
  • Track 5- Country Living
    •  Garden Herbs to Salves and Lotions: TBA
  • Track 6- Agriculture and the Restaurant Work
    •  Bridging the Gap - Combining Agriculture, Restaurant, & Medical Missionary Work: Gabriel MGlover
    • We will discuss how we have been able to combine agriculture, a restaurant, & medical missionary work to impact the community of Summerville GA. Come learn how you can create a center of influence in your area.
  • Track 7- Spanish Class
    •  Como comenzar un Jardín en el Hogar: Javier Gonzales
    • Si alguna vez a considerado empezar un jardín, que necesita para comenzar, y como crecer durante las cuatro estaciones o simplemente come crecer micro verdes en casa, esta clase es para usted.


Main Conference

The main conference starts Wednesday evening with a keynote address. Thursday and Friday will have a wide assortment of one-hour classes and plenaries to encourage and support all seeking to understand and follow God’s plan for agriculture. These sessions are free — with the hope of making them accessible to as many as possible.


Schedule 

AdAgrA Conference Schedule Overview PDF