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2021 Conference

We took a chance on a virtual conference and it turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences of our strange year. Straddling the end of a tumultuous season while on the precipice of a new one - filled with hope - we came together in one virtual world and remembered what it means to be a community.

The two keynoters inspired and schooled us, soberly reminding us of our role to feed and heal. To our surprise, connecting inside the virtual event platform felt warm - reminiscent of meeting in the hallways for a coffee break. 

We welcome your feedback on the event and encourage you to continue using the virtual space as a resource for education and networking.

View the full conference program here.

Program Highlights:

  • Keynote addresses from Tope Fajingbesi and Chris Newman
  • Interactive Farmer Awards and cocktail/mocktail toast
  • Expert-led, in-depth farming and food pre-conference intensives
  • Live cooking demos and music
  • Farmer-to-Farmer Roundtables and Clinics
  • Customizable attendee profiles in virtual platform for networking 
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall
  • Recorded sessions for later viewing
  • Annual membership meeting

2021 Keynote Speakers: 


Farmer, Author, Lecturer, Social Entrepreneur, and Accountant

Dodo FarmsUniversity of Maryland IAA


Farmer, Writer, Activist Sylvanaqua Farms

2021 Farmer of the Foodshed Awards:

  • Edwin Fry and the Fry Family of Fair Hill Farms, MD (Colchester Legacy Award)
  • Eric and Lori Rice of Country Pleasures Farm and Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine, MD
  • Renard and Chinette Turner of Vanguard Ranch, VA
  • Heintz Thomet of Next Step Produce, MD
  • Read more about our Farmer of the Foodshed Award Recipients HERE

2021 Photo Contest Winners:

Top row left to right: Grand Prize Winner: Holding on to Each Other by Erik Darm; Second Place: #BlackExcellence by Farmer Chippy (Richie Francis); Bottom row left to right: Third Place (Tie): My Flower Twin by Angela French and I Got it From My Momma by Maryn Jordan.