Annual Conference

Every winter, more than 500 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 2024 Conference Photo Album and Conference Program for a snapshot of the largest sustainable agriculture conference in the Mid-Atlantic.

OUR 26th ANNUAL CONFERENCE WILL TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY 2025

Registration for the 2025 Conference will open in October

The theme for our 26th annual conference is “Farming Into The Future.”

Conference Speakers:

We are accepting proposals for 2025 conference sessions and panels until August 15, 2024. Submit here.

In 2024 we welcomed Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Kevin Atticks to discuss Agriculture As The Solution, and Erika Allen o tell the story of Urban Growers Collective in Health & Healing in Chicago. We look forward to announcing our 2025 keynote speakers soon!

Overview of Annual Conference

Since 1999, Future Harvest has gathered Chesapeake region farmers, agricultural service providers, and foodies each winter for our annual conference. Farmers and supporters who attend our conferences choose at least 30 sessions, farmer-to-farmer roundtables, and clinics, organized into seven tracks:

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

We regularly host 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. In January of 2021, keynote speakers Tope Fajingbesi of Dodo Farms and Chris Newman of Sylvanaqua Farms inspired more than 500 farmers coming off the heels of a challenging 2020 season. In 2023, we hosted Dr, Gail Myers of Farms to Grow, Inc. and screened her film Rhythms of the Land.

KEYNOTE AND PLENARY SPEAKERS OVER THE YEARS:
  • Kevin Atticks, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture (2024)
  • Erika Allen, Urban Growers Collective (2024)
  • Dr. Gail Myers, Farms to Grow (2023)
  • Daniel Firth Griffith, Timshel Wildland (2023)
  • Dr. Rattan Lal, Soil Scientist (2023)
  • Farmer Chippy, Plantation Park Heights Urban Farm (PPHUF) (2023)
  • Farmer Gale (Ann Sutton), Deep Roots Farm (2023)
  • David Montgomery and Anne Biklé, authors , Dig2Grow (2022)
  • Renard Turner, Vanguard Ranch (2022)
  • Tope Fajingbesi, Dodo Farms (2021)
  • Chris Newman, Sylvanaqua Farms (2021)
  • Josh Volk, Slow Hand Farm (2021)
  • Dr. Elaine Ingham, Soil Foodweb (2020)
  • Leah Penniman, SoulFire Farm (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)
  • Micheal 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.

Sponsor or Exhibit

Our sponsors and exhibitors make this event possible. Learn more about the levels of sponsorship available and purchase here.

Highlights

Contact

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

conference@futureharvest.org