21st Annual Organic Growers School

Spring Conference for Gardeners and Farmers
Saturday & Sunday, March 8 & 9, 2014.
The University of NC at Asheville, in Asheville, NC

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The Organic Growers School, Saturday & Sunday, March 8 & 9, 2014 at the University of North Carolina-Asheville in Asheville, NC. A weekend of workshops for beginning gardeners to advanced commercial growers plus a trade show and seed exchange, silent auction, Children’s Program, and Friday March 7th on-farm session. Cost: $45 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday (Early Bird Registration by February 17th at midnight). Additional $15 for registration after February 17th and on day of school.

Register online at www.organicgrowersschool.org, register by phone at (828) 342-1849, or request a mailed registration form: meredith@organicgrowersschool.org or (828) 582-5039.

A weekend of workshops for beginning gardeners to advanced commercial growers, the 21st Annual Organic Growers School takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 8 & 9, 2014 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) in Asheville, NC. The event, which is open to the public, provides practical, region-appropriate organic growing and permaculture workshops, homesteading and rural living classes such as cooking and stonescaping, as well as a seed exchange, silent auction, and trade show. This year’s school offers 70 sessions each day with topics ranging from beginning gardening to commercial farming to urban homesteading.  The schedule of workshops is designed with all levels of growers in mind: the professional farmer, the beginning commercial grower, and the home gardener. Also offered at this years school is our 10th annual Children’s Program for kids ages 7 to 12, and a hands-on, on-the-farm session on Friday March 7th.

Now in its twenty-first year, The Organic Growers School has grown from a small gathering of 100 growing WIS_0099enthusiasts in 1994 to a regionally recognized conference drawing over 1700 attendees, exhibitors and speakers from 18 different states and Canada. One of the largest conferences of its type in the region, The Organic Growers School has served to reinforce Western North Carolina’s role as a regional leader in organic farming.

The major sponsors of the 21st Annual Organic Growers School are Carolina Farm Credit, Greenlife Grocery, Biltmore, and Mountain Rose Herbs with additional sponsorship support from Fifth Season Gardening, Blue Ridge Naturally, Earth Tools, Banner Greenhouses, Blue Ridge BioFuels, Early Girl Eatery, Nature’s NOG, Red Moon Herbs, Reem’s Creek Nursery, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

The Organic Growers School is organized annually by the Organic Growers School INC, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The cost for the all-day conference is $45 on Saturday and $40 on Sunday for those who pre-register by February 17th by midnight. Registration for the Children’s Program is $30. An additional $15 is charged for registration after February 17th or the day of the school (between 7:30 and 8:30am) totaling $60 for Saturday and $55 for Sunday. Registration for the half-day hands-on workshops and cooking classes is an additional $5 per workshop and requires pre-registration.

DSC_0018Interested participants may register on-line at www.organicgrowersschool.org, register by phone at (828) 342-1849, or request a mailed registration form from meredith@organicgrowersschool.org or (828) 668-2127.  Registration forms are also available at area outlets such as Earth Fare, Greenlife Grocery, other sponsor’s retail stores, and area Cooperative Extension offices.

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Organic Growers School is a non-profit organization providing organic education since 1993. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and support people in our region to farm, garden, and live organically.