Educational Workshops

Friday, March 10, 2016

Educational Workshop I: Fresh from the Farm Field Trips

SEPC Farm Field Trips - logoFresh from the Farm Field Trips
Southern Hemisphere – Salon #1
Friday, March 10, 2017
8:00am – 9:15am

Our first educational session of the weekend kicks off with the Fresh from the Farm Field Trips, a video series that will bring the farm to Southern Exposure attendees by providing them with a fun and educational field trip-like experience to learn about the grower/supplier side of the produce industry.

This year’s Fresh from the Farm Field Trips will feature four SEPC member farms: 

We’ll be guided through the growing, packing and shipping practices that each farm employs, participate in a live stream Q&A, and end with an in-person visit from the growers.

The Fresh from the Farm Field Trips are unique to Southern Exposure and continue as an annual educational workshop at the conference featuring different SEPC member farms from across the country.

Educational Workshop II: The Commissioner’s Corner

The Commissioner’s Corner
Southern Hemisphere – Salon #2
Friday, March 10, 2017
9:30am – 10:45am

Join us for a forum of 5 States Commissioners of Agriculture speaking on the State of Produce in each of their states.


Adam Putnam
Commissioner of Agriculture

Meet Adam Putnam

Sandy Adams
Commissioner of Agriculture

Meet Sandy Adams

Hugh Weathers
South Carolina
Commissioner of Agriculture

Meet Hugh Weathers

Steve Troxler
North Carolina
Commissioner of Agriculture

Meet Steve Troxler

Gary Black 
Commissioner of Agriculture

Meet Gary Black

Educational Workshop III: David Sax

David Sax, Featured Author and James Beard Winner
Southern Hemisphere – Salon #3
Friday, March 10, 2017
11:00am – 12:15pm


Author of The Revenge of Analog, The Tastemakers, and Save the Deli

We work, sell, and live in the real world, argues David Sax—even amidst the so-called digital age. In his new book The Revenge of Analog (Nov. 2016), Sax explains how the return of tangible products and processes—think vinyl, Polaroids, moleskins, brick and mortar retailers, and more—are proving best for business by giving us exactly what digital cannot: tactility, authenticity, and soul.

Not yet released, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter has already been long-listed for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and garnered enthusiastic praise for its blend of psychology, business sense, and old-fashioned reportage. Publishers Weekly calls it a book with “a calming effect, telling readers, one analog page at a time, that tangible goods, in all their reassuring solidity, are back and are not going anywhere.” Dan Lyons calls it a “smart, funny, glorious book,” while Douglas Rushkoff argues that it “makes a compelling case for the reclamation of terra firma and all that comes with it.”

A sophisticated analyst of major consumer shifts, David Sax is also the author of two other fascinating accounts of pop culture and business. In The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue, Sax argues that food trends are not only a collection of photos on Instagram—they have an everlasting effect on our culture, workforce, economy, health, and day-to-day lives. The New York Times calls it “a romp” through the food industry that will “leave readers wondering about how susceptible we are to the charms of any new food.” His previous book, Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen, won the James Beard Award for Writing and Literature. Sax’s other writing appears regularly in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Yorker’s business blog, and LA Times, and he is a regular feature on CBC Radio and NPR.