2022 Conference Program

AUGUST 7-9, 2022

San Marcos, Texas


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Check back soon to see all our sessions and workshops!

We continue to build our Conference schedule, but in the meantime, please take a look at the sessions we’ve confirmed so far. Pre-conference workshops are described at the bottom of this page.

We’ll run several concurrent tracks each day to make sure you find topics of interest to you at all times. Here are a few that we’ve confirmed so far.

Livestock Track to include:

  • Vertical integration; from breeding to plate
  • Raising small ruminants
  • Meat processing; from brick and mortar to mobile
  • Poultry production

Crops Track to include:

  • Varieties for the hot and humid South
  • No/low-till marketing gardening
  • Weed and pest pressure management
  • Cover cropping on small acreage
  • Soil health and testing

Policy/Social/Economic Issues Track to include:

  • The next Farm Bill and other federal policies
  • Steps to take for land ownership: past, present and future
  • How to influence policies affecting small farmers
  • The latest on water protection and policy

Finance/Business/Marketing Track to include:

  • What agritourism can do for your farm
  • Accessing resources from USDA and beyond
  • Using social media to market your farm
  • Pricing to ensure profitability
  • A primer on permits and regulatory compliance


  • Growing and selling flowers and herbs
  • Securing grants for your farm or organization 
  • Running a successful cottage foods business
  • Beginning beekeeping

As always, we’ll open the Conference with opportunities to dive more deeply into selected topics. While the workshop schedule continues to develop, these two are confirmed and taking registrations:


Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7

This two-day workshop takes place at Nixon City Hall Conference Center in Nixon, Texas. 

Profiting From Pastured Animals

The Council for Healthy Food Systems presents this workshop to help farmers develop business and marketing skills to sell meat, poultry, and eggs direct-to-consumers. Taught by FARFA/CHFS Executive Director Judith McGeary and owner of Mesquite Field Farm Doug Havemann. Learn more here.


Sunday, August 7

We plan to present a number of in-depth, half- and whole-day workshops. Currently, we’ve confirmed the following:

Wholesale Readiness (Half-Day)

Farm consultant, writer, and teacher Ellen Polishuk will give you the ins and outs of assessing whether new wholesale markets are a good fit for your business. Find out how to get your farm ready to scale up and make more money when you have to sell at lower prices.