Mark your calendars for February 23-25, 2018, when the Asheville Truffle Experience will fill multiple venues around town with pungent decadence. Learn about the mystery of this ultra-prized ingredient, attend tastings and wine-paired dinners, learn about the rise of truffle cultivation in the U.S. and how to train your truffle dog, and participate in a hands-on culinary lesson. For more information and to register, go to: www.ashevilletruffle.com/
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The conference is open to NC Extension Master Gardener volunteers as well as the gardening public.
Registration is now open - Click here to learn more!
This 3-day open enrollment course has been developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) incollaboration with the FDA. The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-basedPreventive Controls for Human Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation)is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption inthe United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controlsqualified individual” (PCQI). This course is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Successfullycompleting this course is one way to meet the requirements for a PCQI.
Registration link: ncfsma.ces.ncsu.edu/find-a-training-course/
43nd Annual Conference of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section (ASEV-ES) Conference July 9-11, 2018 in King of Prussia, PA. Visit our website http://asev-es.org/ for more information.
The host hotel for the ASEV-ES Conference will be the Crown Plaza Hotel & Resorts, King of Prussia, PA ($129/night). Deadline for reduced hotel rates is June 14, 2018. To get the ASEV-ES block rate, contact the hotel at 610-265-7500 and mention American Society of Enology and Viticulture Eastern Section. Book online at by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you in Pennsylvania!
On Monday, July 9 there will be a preconference tour of Pennsylvania vineyards and wineries. The conference will begin with technical/research presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10-11 and include Tuesday’s Oenolympics with Wines of the East Reception and Wednesday’s Wine Reception and Grand Awards Banquet. The Industry Workshop on Wednesday, July 11 to feature invited speakers to discuss “Taming High pH Wines in the East”.
For more information, please see http://www.asev-es.org/
Tucked into the northwest corner of North Carolina between Banner Elk and Boone, the Valle Crucis Conference Center has been home to Wild Herb Weekend since the second conference. Here are some helpful tips from veteran attendees, as well as answers to our most frequently asked questions.
- The conference takes place in several buildings. Most buildings are fairly close together, but it is possible to drive. Parking is limited and some roads are one-way, so we ask that you only drive if you truly need to.
- The weather is usually delightfully cool, but if the forecast looks hot or you are sensitive to heat, you might want to bring an extra fan along. Buildings are not air conditioned.
- All lodgings include beds, linens, and towels.
- You may choose your roommate(s) with advanced notice!
- Room capacity ranges from two through dorm style. While we will do our best to accommodate room/building requests, we cannot guarantee these. Please keep in mind this is an old establishment. There may be "moldy" odor in some areas. If you have health sensitivity to moldy odors, please let us know this when you register to attend WHW, as we may not be able to switch rooms once the Conference starts.
- Cell phones generally work at the conference center - but you might wish they didn't!
- Remember to budget for the raffle and vendors!
This annual family oriented harvest festival is held at Jefferson's beautiful Monticello estate just outside of Charlottesville, VA. It is well worth the drive to spend the weekend sampling heirloom tomatoes, learning homesteading skills, meeting your favorite gardening authors, and sampling the bounty from the summer's harvests. If you plan on staying in the area, make your hotel reservations early, because this event helps fill all the rooms. More information can be found on the website at: www.heritageharvestfestival.com/
Annual Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Conference. carolinafarmstewards.org/sac/