Future Harvest is currently accepting workshop proposals for our 22nd annual winter conference, which will take place online January 14 – 16, 2021. The deadline to submit a proposal is September 15, 2020 and speakers will be notified by October 15, 2020.
Future Harvest is taking this turbulent year in stride, and turning surprises into opportunities. Future Harvest members and the sustainable agriculture community in the Chesapeake region now have access to the same high-quality educational programming as always but from the safety of home.
When submitting your workshop proposal(s) please keep in mind:
-The theme for the 2021 conference is Crisis and Resilience: Farmers Building a New Food Future.
-Workshops in a virtual format will be shorter and may be recorded ahead of time.
-Presentations and resource documents must be submitted well in advance.
-Presenters will be required to attend a training session to learn how to interact with the software platform.
-The online conference format may differ from previous conferences.
-Workshops will be recorded and available to attendees after the conference.
-Online sessions have the opportunity to reach a broader audience.
This format allows every attendee a front-row seat to your informative slides.
If you have several session proposals, please fill out the form separately for each. We encourage workshop submissions that will engage and enrich the Chesapeake region’s small- to mid-scale farm community, as well as welcome increased participation of farmers of Color, women, and gender non-binary folx. Future Harvest staff, in collaboration with the conference planning committee, have highlighted specific thematic areas that we feel are important in this time. We will read and consider all proposals but will prioritize the following:
Equity in the food system
Best COVID Pivots
Soil health and regenerative agriculture
Annual and perennial crop production
Markets and marketing, customer engagement, technology as a tool for marketing
Business, finance, capital
Employee management and labor
Food and farming policy
Getting started as a beginner farmer
Climate change and the environment