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Annual Winter Conference

Every winter, more than 700 farmers, educators, agriculture service providers, and foodpreneurs gather for Future Harvest's annual conference -- an extra special three days of workshops, lectures, peer-to-peer experiences, delicious farm fresh meals, all-star lineup of speakers, and lots of learning and networking! View our Conference 2020 Photo Album here for a snapshot of the largest sustainable agriculture conference in the Mid-Atlantic.


Since 1999, Future Harvest has gathered Chesapeake region farmers, agricultural service providers, and foodies each winter for our annual conference. Farmers and supporters who attended our 2020 Conference, “Farming for our Soil, Livelihood, and Community," chose from five Pre-Conference intensives on Thursday and 36 lectures and workshops Friday and Saturday, organized into seven tracks:

  • Beginning Farming 
  • Crop Production
  • Regenerative Agriculture
  • Grassfed Meat & Dairy
  • Made Local
  • Business of Farming
  • Environment, Community, & Policy

Alongside these deep-dives, farmers learned from each other during the peer-led chats and full-day intensive pre-conference workshops, and networked during locally-sourced meals.

We also host several keynote speakers and experts from our broader region. In January of 2020, we were honored to have Leah Penniman of SoulFire Farm and Dr. Elaine Ingham of the SoilFood Web deliver keynote addresses, and Bryan O’Hara of Tobacco Road Farm presenting a two-part deep dive into No-Till Farming. 

Keynote and plenary speakers over the years:
  • Dr. Elaine Ingham, Soil Foodweb (2020)
  • Bryan O'Hara, Tobacco Road Farm and Author (2020)
  • Karen Washington, Rise & Root Farm (2019)
  • Forrest Pritchard, Smithfield Farm and NY Times Best Selling Author (2019)
  • Ellen Polishuk, Plant to Profit (2019)
  • Dr. Ray Weil, Soil Health Expert, University of Maryland (2019)
  • Gabe Brown, Brown's Raanch and Author (2018)
  • Ira Wallace, Souther Exposure Seed Exchange (2018)
  • Michal Twitty, Chef and Author (2018)

The conference takes place in January and tickets go on sale in the fall before, mid-October. Each year, we offer several scholarships and volunteer work-trade opportunities to ensure the weekend is accessible to all. To stay informed about these opportunities, be sure and subscribe to our emailing list.

We will begin accepting Sponsors, Exhibitors, and session proposals in July 2020.

Thank you!

Many thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors, the Future Harvest staff and board, volunteers, conference committee, farmers who contributed to our locally sourced meals throughout the weekend, our presenters, our photographers, and of course to everyone in attendance.

And congratulations to the 2020 photo contest winners and the Farmer of the Foodshed Awardees.

2020 Highlights

What People Are Saying


To learn more about the conference, submit a proposal, volunteer, exhibit, or become a sponsor, contact:

Gail Taylor
Conference Manager