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TOFGA Region 5

TOFGA Region 5 TOFGA Region 5 supports organic and sustainable farmers and gardeners in SE Texas/Houston region. Region 5 covers the following counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Tyler, Waller, Wharton

The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in-person conference registration is now open! Click this link for a...
11/29/2021
TOFGA2022Conference | Linktree

The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in-person conference registration is now open! Click this link for all the important links to our conference: https://linktr.ee/TOFGA2022Conference
Volunteer and sponsor/exhibitors head to the link as well! Please stay tuned for scholarship opportunities and remember, members save BIG on the conference registration! Please like and share with your friends! Thank you!

Click a link & be a part of our conference in Georgetown, TX-Jan. 27-29, 2022!

Today's region 5 get together was energizing. it was great to meet new farmers and old friends. Ideas, problems and food...
10/24/2021

Today's region 5 get together was energizing. it was great to meet new farmers and old friends. Ideas, problems and food were shared. we need to plan another one soon.

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance and Small Producers Initiative have teamed up to present an in-person conference in ...
06/20/2021
Annual Conference

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance and Small Producers Initiative have teamed up to present an in-person conference in San Marcos on AUGUST 8-10. We all need to get together again and this is a great time and place for it. Registration is now open
https://www.smallproducersinitiative.txstate.edu/conference.html

Our annual conference (previously the Farm & Food Leadership Conference and the Small Producers Conference) is changing its name to reflect the ongoing partnership between SPI, FARFA, and CHFS, and to foster inclusivity for farmers, ranchers, and food system workers in neighboring southern states....

03/23/2020
TOFGA - COVID-19

COVID-19 Meeting for Texas Farmers and Ranchers
WEDNESDAY 3/25 6:00PM CT
Call for Texas farmers and ranchers to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our businesses, how we are adapting, share needs and resources, and discuss how we can work together to support each other during these times. Please share with other farmers and ranchers in your area. If you are not a Texas farmer or rancher please limit your participation.

http://tofga.org/COVID-19?fbclid=IwAR0CN8DHvKeQryL92tFbXm3FEKTQ8e-SUjjlmPINZTooNnOkZHfPuL9Ovj4

WEDNESDAY 3/25 6:00PM CTCall for Texas farmers and ranchers to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our businesses, how we are adapting, share needs and resources, and discuss how we can work together to support each other during these times. Please share with other farmers and ranchers ...

This Thursday, join OBHA at the United Way in Houston! Enjoy light bites, lively conversation, and Dr. Miller’s presenta...
03/02/2020

This Thursday, join OBHA at the United Way in Houston! Enjoy light bites, lively conversation, and Dr. Miller’s presentation on how farms are at the heart of our wellness.
5 PM to 7 PM
https://www.ohbaonline.org/events

This is a fantastic guide the NYFC created about produce safety!
02/11/2020

This is a fantastic guide the NYFC created about produce safety!

Want to make sure your farm is using good #foodsafety practices? Curious about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, but don’t know where to start?

We're thrilled to announce a brand new #YoungFarmers resource to help you answer all of your produce safety questions: A Small Farmer’s Practical Guide to Food Safety!
We may be biased, but we think it's the most exciting food safety guidebook ever published. Download it for free at youngfarmers.org and take a look through dozens of #foodsafety resources at https://www.youngfarmers.org/fsma-resources/

Thank you to our partners: National Farmers Union, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Local Food Safety Collaborative!

Hey Region 5! We're working on ways to bolster the Gulf Coast ag community and WE NEED YOUR VOICE! Please fill out this ...
02/05/2020
Gulf Coast Agriculture Survey

Hey Region 5! We're working on ways to bolster the Gulf Coast ag community and WE NEED YOUR VOICE! Please fill out this quick survey about your work in Gulf Coast agriculture. We'll use it to develop more cohesive resources and relevant events to support local ag and our community. The more voices we hear from, the better we can serve y'all! Thanks so much for your time!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCjnj0Fw_WJn7xMZID91mkY682_BZUO3Gfvhi62Hr-wHWj2Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

This survey will help inform and curate programs for the Gulf Coast Region of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA). Your feedback is very important to ensure we are providing meaningful support and resources for our community. This survey is open to all persons involved in Gul...

If you are thinking about growing hemp there is a lot to know.  This conference in Brenham, Oct 20-22, can answer some o...
10/08/2019
txhia

If you are thinking about growing hemp there is a lot to know. This conference in Brenham, Oct 20-22, can answer some of your questions. Growing, processing and the legal hurdles will be addressed.

The feedback has been overwhelming positive though we are aware of various items that need improvement, mainly a smoother registration process and printed materials, etc.  Given the event came together in such a short time frame with such tremendous attendance, we now have the first one under our b...

Join us at the conference for this great crop planning session with Rebecca Hume!
02/03/2019

Join us at the conference for this great crop planning session with Rebecca Hume!

TOFGA conference workshop - mark your calendars to join in Corpus Christi, Texas to learn about crop planning from the expert, Rebecca Hume. She currently manages crop planning for Johnson’s Backyard Garden and consults for vegetable farms in Central Texas. GROW Local South Texas members will be around to join in the fun!

Full conference schedule is posted!Join us Feb 14-16 in Corpus Christi!
01/07/2019

Full conference schedule is posted!
Join us Feb 14-16 in Corpus Christi!

Full Conference Schedule now posted!
Check out our website for more details.
http://tofga.org/page-1863580

Hope you’ll join us at the 2019 TOFGA Conference in Corpus Christi February 14-16th!
01/04/2019

Hope you’ll join us at the 2019 TOFGA Conference in Corpus Christi February 14-16th!

06/19/2018

Hey folks!

Would you be interested and able to attend a food safety workshop and/or planning session on August 11th/12th (Sat/Sun)?

If interested but those dates don’t work, what dates are better for you?

Thanks, Leslie

06/19/2018

This Wednesday 6/20 in Houston!

Texas Department of Agriculture to hold produce safety meetings statewide
04/10/2018
Texas Department of Agriculture to hold produce safety meetings statewide

Texas Department of Agriculture to hold produce safety meetings statewide

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) today announced it will hold a series of community meetings across the state to collect input on implementing the new federal law to promote the safety of fruits and vegetables grown across the country. The meetings will serve as a forum to gather public inp...

This is coming to Hempstead on Thursday April 5.  Laughing Frog Farm will open our farm at 2:00 if anyone wants a tour, ...
04/01/2018

This is coming to Hempstead on Thursday April 5. Laughing Frog Farm will open our farm at 2:00 if anyone wants a tour, and then head the 4 miles over to Blackwoods at 4:00. Be sure and register for the session. No registration needed for the tour.

Our journey across Texas continues! Southeast Texas is next on our agenda, so if you raise food anywhere near Beaumont, Wharton, or Hempstead, please join us in one of those cities, April 3-5. Details and the remainder of our schedule at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/raise-your-voice/

Join FARFA this week at listening sessions for small farmers and local food producers:Tuesday, April 3rd - BeaumontWedne...
03/31/2018

Join FARFA this week at listening sessions for small farmers and local food producers:
Tuesday, April 3rd - Beaumont
Wednesday, April 4th - Wharton
Thursday, April 5th - Hempstead

Join FARFA for Raise Your Voice events in:Beaumont - April 3rdWharton - April 4hHempstead - April 5th
03/20/2018

Join FARFA for Raise Your Voice events in:
Beaumont - April 3rd
Wharton - April 4h
Hempstead - April 5th

Our journey across Texas continues! Southeast Texas is next on our agenda, so if you raise food anywhere near Beaumont, Wharton, or Hempstead, please join us in one of those cities, April 3-5. Details and the remainder of our schedule at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/raise-your-voice/

02/11/2018

Wondering about your Sago Palms after the freezing weather in January? Watch this 1 minute video from Randy Lemmon...

02/07/2018

Small Farm Equipment Field Day
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 9 am to 3 pm at Sand Creek Farm in Cameron, TX
sign up at www. sustainablefarmsupply.net

Early bird registration ends on Monday, 1/9.We hope you’ll join us at TOFGA’s 25th Annual Conference February 1st -3rd i...
01/05/2018

Early bird registration ends on Monday, 1/9.
We hope you’ll join us at TOFGA’s 25th Annual Conference February 1st -3rd in Georgetown!

Register TODAY for TOFGA’s 25th Annual Conference February 1st -3rd in Georgetown. Early bird registration rates are available through Monday, January 15th (EXTENDED!). Hotel group rates are available through Thursday, January 11th at the Sheraton Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center.
http://tofga.org/2018-Conference

The TOFGA Annual Conference, Banquet with keynote speaker Michael Ableman and pre-conference hands-on, on-Farm workshops...
12/26/2017

The TOFGA Annual Conference, Banquet with keynote speaker Michael Ableman and pre-conference hands-on, on-Farm workshops are coming up February 1-3, 2018 in Georgetown. We hope you’ll join us!
Register soon to redeem your membership discount and early bird registration price at http://tofga.org/2018-Conference

Ever been to a TOFGA party? 😉
Join us in Georgetown, along with keynote speaker Michael Ableman, at our TOFGA Banquet on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 to celebrate 25 years of supporting organic and sustainable agriculture in Texas.

For more information and to register for the banquet, visit: http://tofga.org/page-1863569

It's time to submit your 2018 Edible Houston Local Food Hero nominations! 2017's Local Hero FARMERS MARKET VENDOR was Ca...
12/17/2017
Nominate Your 2018 Local Hero!

It's time to submit your 2018 Edible Houston Local Food Hero nominations! 2017's Local Hero FARMERS MARKET VENDOR was Caroline's Kitchen - Home of #TamaleMagic--who will be this year's winner? Submit your noms in this and 12 more categories https://buff.ly/2nPA8vT #houston #LocalHeroAwards

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE YOUR LOCAL HEROES NOW We're celebrating the region’s best loved food leaders.

10/24/2017

Join us on Thursday 10/26 in Brenham!

Join us in Brenham for this free event on Thursday 10/26...
10/19/2017
Farm Community Gathering

Join us in Brenham for this free event on Thursday 10/26...

Farm Community Gathering Disaster Recovery Conversation for Farmers and Farm Families Come in from the farm. Share your story. Support each other. Have dinner and drink a beer. Join this gathering of farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Harvey for a discussion about how recovery is going, what...

10/11/2017

Class on fruit trees - this Saturday 10/14

During the Basic Fruit Tree Care and Planting this Saturday, Angela Chandler (an expert in fruit trees) will provide you with the knowledge you need to get a single fruit tree or an orchard started. Sign up for the class here: http://bit.ly/2vJ3qMG

In the meantime, enjoy Dr. Bob Randall as he talks kumquats (a great tree to add to your list!).

Timeline photos
09/15/2017

Timeline photos

Headed to market tomorrow? Remind your farmers at the market that Disaster Assistance available through TOFGA and Farm Aid!

Encourage market managers to help get the word out. Complete info is here http://www.tofga.org/farm-aid-fund

The Woodlands Farmer's Market is always looking for farms to add to their lineup. If interested, click on the link then ...
09/14/2017
Farmer's Market

The Woodlands Farmer's Market is always looking for farms to add to their lineup. If interested, click on the link then "become a vendor" send them a PM if you have questions.
https://www.grogansmill.org/fmabout

The Woodlands Farmer's Market is a year round market consisting of local produce, hand crafted artisan goods, food trucks, music and a variety of other items. Each weekend is a little different so visit often!

Storm recovery workshops...
09/08/2017

Storm recovery workshops...

09/08/2017
TOFGA - Disaster Relief Resources

TOFGA - Disaster Relief Resources

TDA: State of Texas Agriculture Relief Program (STAR): Many of our fellow Texans are in need of a helping hand. Texas Agriculture Farmers, Rancher, producers and agribusiness owners are rebuilding and working towards picking up the pieces after all of these natural disasters. As natural disasters co...

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Texas NRCS is still taking grants till May 29th for up to $4,000 for a vegetable garden, $3,000 for a pollinator garden, $5,000 for a rainwater harvesting system and $6,500 for a seasonal high tunnel. See eligibility requirements and details: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/tx/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1565843 USDA Announces Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production WASHINGTON, May 7, 2020 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of $3 million for grants through its new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories, Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. USDA will accept applications on Grants.gov until midnight July 6, 2020.https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/tx/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1582815
What is new with TOFGA Region 5? Anything we need to know about?
Any details about the meeting Thursday night?
Updated resources for livestock assistance!