Make 2020 the Best: Taking Your Business to the Next Level of Success!

Make 2020 the Best: Taking Your Business to the Next Level of Success!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

6:00 – 9:00 Meet and Greet – Get to meet and learn more about those attending before the conference starts on Friday.  A great time to socialize, catch up with old friends, and meet new friends.  Pizza and beverages will be provided.

 

Friday, November 8, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 Registration

8:30 – 9:00 Increasing Production: Working Smarter, Not Harder

9:00 – 9:15 Specializing in Specific Species or Diversifying ? 

9:15 – 10:15 Getting Started with Farmers Markets 

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:15 Garden Center Partnerships & Consulting 

11:15 – 11:45 Marketing Strategies 

11:45 – 12:15 Lunch

12:15 – 3:00 The Art of the Exhibit: Fundamentals for Butterfly Houses & Travelling Exhibits 

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:30 Fun With Presentations & Educational Programs 

4:30 – 5:30 Agritourism:  Farm Tours and Educational Exhibits

5:30 – 6:45 Social Hour in Lobby

7:00 leave for Dinner and Cruise

7:30 – 9:30 Dinner and Cruise

 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

8:00 meet for field trip

8:15 Bus leaves

8:30 Field Trip– Tour Good Life Growing.  Improve your plant production through innovative growing techiniques! We will be touring two facilities featuring Hydroponics, Aeroponics and Aquaponics.  The first is a highly functional, low cost production Urban Farm that has organic soil grow beds, and a Demo Aquaponics Greenhouse onsite.  They will showcase an inexpensive way to get into sustainable micro-farming. Even in the winter they produce enough crops to sustain operations.    The second location is a large-scale commercial indoor farm. Hands on activities included.

12:30 – Depart for Hotel

12:30 – 1:15  Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 Growing Basics: How Much Plant Material 

  • Fertilizing 
  • Worm Composting 
  • Propagation Methods
  • Outsourcing Plant Material vs. Growing Your Own:  Pros & Cons

2:45 – 3:15 How to Deal With Those Nasty Pests:  Biological Pest Control 

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:15 Winter Growing & The Home Aeroponics System in Action 

4:15 — 5:15 Rearing Systems & Methods: 

  • Sleeving: How To, Pros & Cons 
  • Totes 
  • Habitats
  • Free Range 

5:30 – 7:00 Social Hour in the Lobby

7:00 – 9:00 Dinner and Silent Auction