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


Farmer, Author, Lecturer, Social Entrepreneur, and Accountant

Dodo FarmsUniversity of Maryland IAA



Farmer, Writer, Activist
Sylvanaqua Farms

2021 Farmer of the Foodshed Awards:

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.