Georgia Farmers Market Association Hosts Food for Thought Conference at Gwinnett Technical College

Gwinnett Tech’s Environmental Horticulture department is proud to welcome the Food for Thought conference. Attendees will hear from keynote speakers Dr. Leni Sorenson and Ken Dawson, as well as a host of experts on farming, food advocacy and homesteading.


Thursday, November 30 – Friday, December 1, 2017
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville Campus
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville GA 30043
Building 700, Busbee Center Auditorium


Gwinnett Technical College opens its doors to the community to for producers, market managers and market enthusiasts. The Food for Thought Conference is an interactive two-day conference that will propel the vision for your agriculture business forward. The conference is designed to equip and empower those in the sustainable agriculture community through a host of workshops and demonstrations. To register please visit: Food for Thought Conference. Cost is $175 for members and $225 for non-members.


Dr. Leni Sorenson will deliver the keynote address on Friday, December 1, on her approach to sustainable living and how home provisioning is key to creating truly self-sustaining communities. Sorenson writes on her website (, lectures and teaches home provisioning and rural life skills. She hosts historical dinners and teaches a variety of classes from her home and farm, near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ken Dawson General Manager of Maple Spring Gardens, has been farming organically, selling through farmers’ markets for 35 years and through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for 14 years. Dawson will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, November 30, about his expertise with specific tips and examples of marketing techniques for selling at farmers’ markets.


Gwinnett Technical College’s Environmental Horticulture department offers tremendous support and opportunity to students and the community through Gwinnett Tech’s weekly CSA program and farmer’s market. The College also offers an associates degree and diploma in environmental horticulture and multiple certificates for the horticulture industry.