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Annual Conference

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August 7-9, 2022
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX


What to Expect:

  • Pre-conference Workshops on Sunday, August 7
  • General Sessions on Monday & Tuesday, August 8-9
    • Crops
    • Livestock
    • Business, Finance, and Marketing
    • "The Big Picture" (policy & social issues)
    • Research
    • Technology
    • Start up/Homesteader
    • Niche topics
  • Exhibit Hall & Networking
  • Monday evening Social Hour
  • Monday evening Banquet Dinner w/ Keynote Speaker Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
  • Silent auction

Scholarships are available. Farmers of color and veteran farmers are strongly encouraged to apply.


Keynote Speaker:

Photo of Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin began working on economic development projects with indigenous Guatemalan communities in 1988. He served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s Bureau for Latin America and as an advisor to the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. He was a founding member of the Fair-Trade Federation in 1994. He led the creation, strategic positioning, and launch of Peace Coffee, a Minnesota-based fair-trade coffee company. He went on to work with woodland owners in the Midwest and internationally supporting the organization of several Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified operations.

He is owner-founder of Regeneration Farms LLC, and Founder and President of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. Regi has pioneered innovations in a Regenerative Poultry System that is at the center of a multitude of national and international initiatives. The system is uniquely aligned with the conditions of small farms and marginalized communities and is designed for large-scale and global impact. At the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, Regi's current work covers communities in the US (Northfield, MN, Omaha, Mead and Winnebago NE, Pine Ridge SD), Hazelton British Columbia, Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. During the 2020 MOSES conference, Regi received one of the first "Changemaker" awards for innovation and lasting impact.

A native Guatemalan, Regi received his agronomy degree from the Escuela Nacional Central de Agricultura studied at the Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala then graduated from Augsburg University in Minneapolis with a major in international business administration and a minor in communications. Regi lives in Northfield MN with his wife Amy and their kids William, Ana Nicktae, and Lars Decarlo.


Lodging:

There are numerous lodging options in San Marcos, but since our event begins during the University’s graduation weekend, we’ve blocked rooms at the two hotels listed below to ensure availability. Please know that hotel prices have increased dramatically in the past few months. As things may change in the weeks leading up to the Conference, you may have luck finding lower prices by calling around or by checking listings on the Visit San Marcos website.

Reservations for these rates at these two hotels must be made before Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

HAMPTON INN & SUITES – 106 IH 35 N, San Marcos, TX 78666

Saturday, Sunday, Monday nights, Aug. 6-8. Choice of 2 queens or 1 king; $124/night plus room tax. Breakfast is included.

Make your reservation using one of these methods:

Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid paying 1st Night Room and Tax.

HILTON GARDEN INN – 2131 IH 35 N, San Marcos TX, 78666 

Saturday, Sunday, Monday nights, Aug. 6-8. Choice of 2 queens or 1 king; $134/night plus room tax. Breakfast is NOT included, but can be purchased: $8.95 for buffet; $10.95 for “cooked-to-order.” Breakfast prices subject to change.

Make your reservation using one of these methods:

Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid paying 1st Night Room and Tax.


The Southern Family Farmers & Food Systems Conference is jointly hosted by the Small Producers Initiative, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, and Council for Healthy Food Systems, with generous assistance from NCAT's Southwest Regional Office.

We also want to thank our 2022 planning committee members Tim Auld, Kay Bell, Kara Kroeger, Alex Racelis, and Pam Walker.