TOPP Discussion Group & In Person Events

Are you ready to elevate your farming experience and embrace the principles of organic agriculture? The Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP), a USDA initiative, is your gateway to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to farming. We aim to empower producers like you with the education, technical assistance, and support necessary to make the transition to organic farming a seamless and rewarding journey.

Discover the world of organic agriculture and unlock the potential for healthier crops, soil, and ecosystems. TOPP is designed to introduce you to the principles and practices that define organic farming, fostering a deeper connection to the land and promoting sustainable farming methods. Our monthly discussion groups provide a platform to learn more about a wide range of organic topics while having the opportunity to ask questions and give input in real time. The monthly discussion groups will be led by Katie Brownell and Mike Herbst and feature a 45-minute presentation followed by open discussion.

Our in-person events provide a two-hour overview of the transition to organic production, followed by a Q&A session. Our goal is for these short in person sessions to get you started on your organic journey.

TOPP isn’t just for those ready to commit to organic certification. If you’re interested in learning about organic practices and exploring the benefits, this discussion group is for you. All producers, regardless of their certification plans, are welcome and encouraged to attend. Together, we can build a community that fosters knowledge-sharing and growth.

Whether you’re already committed to transitioning to organic farming or just curious about the benefits, TOPP is your partner on this exciting journey. Embrace the change, connect with like-minded producers, and let’s cultivate a sustainable future together.

Did you happen to miss our TOPP Webinar Series? No need to fret – you can catch up on all the sessions on our YouTube Channel at The six-part webinar series delved into topics such as reasons for transitioning, soils, integrated pest management, the certification process, marketing your organic products, and organic farm planning.

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2024 Virtual Discussion Groups

Presented by Katie Brownell and Mike Herbst of Red Hawk Rise Organics| Second Tuesdays at 7pm.

3/5/2024- Transitioning to Organic Crop Production

  • 3/12/2024- Soils4/9/2024- Field-Based Organic Production5/14/2024- Taking The Worry Out of Inspection

    6/11/2024- Organic Production Long Term

    7/9/2024- Organic Livestock Production

    8/13/2024- NRCS How Conservation Can Help

    9/10/2024- Round Table and Final Q&A

    In-Person Events

    April 6 – Elkins – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Boxed lunch is served)

    Robert C Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism Room B

    Davis and Elkins College 100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV


    April 27 – Morgantown – 11:00 a.m. (Box lunch is served)

    Mon County Conservation District 201 Scott Avenue, Morgantown WV

    June 1 – Charles Town – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Refreshments served). Shepherd University- The room number will be announced soon.


    Please click the link below to register for the TOPP Monthly Virtual Discussion Group or our IN-PERSON events. All events are free. If you sign up for the virtual meetings, you will receive an email with the Zoom link for the virtual meeting on the day of the meeting. Details about in-person events will be emailed during the week of the event.