21st Annual Organic Growers School

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

DSC_0062Schedule

07:30 – 08:30   Registration / Trade Show / Silent Auction / Seed & Plant Exchange
08:30 – 09:00   Trade Show / Silent Auction / Seed & Plant Exchange
09:00 – 10:30   Session 1
10:30 – 11:00    Break / Trade Show / Silent Auction / Seed & Plant Exchange
11:00 – 12:30   Session 2
12:30 – 02:00   Lunch  / Trade Show / Silent Auction / Seed & Plant Exchange
02:00 – 03:30   Session 3
03:30 – 04:00   Break / Trade Show / Silent Auction / Seed & Plant Exchange
04:00 – 05:30   Session 4

CLASSROOM SESSIONS           

TRACK A: Digging In

Anyone Can Garden, Anywhere
• Plain and Simple: Organic Cleaning for the Home
• Genetically Engineered Foods:  Myth and Truth
• Rebuilding the Foodshed: What’s Cooking Across America?

 

TRACK B: Gardening

• Starting Your First Vegetable Garden
• Growing Fruits and Nuts in Your Home Garden
• Shifting Gears to Year-Round Gardening
• Perennial Plants for Health

 

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Soils 101
• Grow Healthy Soils with Cover Crops
• Vermicomposting for Fun and Profit
• The Charisma of Cardboard

 

TRACK D: Livestock

Dairy Goats for the Homestead and Beyond
• Pastured Swine Production Techniques
• Meat Rabbit Production
• Grazing Management for Forage-Livestock Systems

 

TRACK E: Alternative Energy

• Micro-Hydro Electricity (SATURDAY ONLY)
-Ram Pump Technology (SUNDAY ONLY)
• Greenhouse Heating (SATURDAY ONLY)
-Farm-Scale Energy Production (SUNDAY ONLY)
• Solar Electricity (Photovoltaics) (SATURDAY ONLY)
-Solar Hot Water Heating (SUNDAY ONLY)
• Greening your Home (SATURDAY ONLY)
-Blue Ridge Biofuels Canola Project (SUNDAY ONLY)

 

TRACK F: Commercial Farmers I

Organic Control of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
• Tools and Tips for Maximizing Soil Organic Matter
• Organic Baby Ginger Production
• On-Farm Composting

 

TRACK G: Commercial Farmers II

Growing Great Garlic and Perennial Onions
• Applying Biodynamics On Your Farm
• Commercial Organic Lettuce Production
• Broccoli

 

TRACK H: Primitive Skills

• Wrangling the Tangle: Kudzu Cuisine, Craft, and Cultivation
• Intro to Bird Language
• Foraging
• Paleo Nutrition

 

TRACK I: Pollinators

• Create a Pollinator Paradise (SATURDAY ONLY)
-How to Stay Away from Chemicals in the Garden (SUNDAY ONLY)
• Farming for Bees and other Beneficial Insects
• Meet the Bees (SATURDAY ONLY)
-Treatment-free Beekeeping for BEEginners, Part 1 (SUNDAY ONLY)
• Your Role in the Pollinator Crisis
-Treatment-free Beekeeping for BEEginners, Part 2 (SUNDAY ONLY)

 

TRACK J: Permaculture

Innovative Horticultural Strategies for a New Permaculture Century
• Permaculture: A Toolkit for Designing Our Gardens, Homes, and Lives (SATURDAY ONLY)
-Real Life Forest Gardening & Farming (SUNDAY ONLY)
• Urban Permaculture in Action: An Introduction (SATURDAY ONLY)
• Home Orchards: Creating a Garden of Eden
-Medicinal Polycultures in the Permaculture System (SUNDAY ONLY)

 

TRACK K: Herbs

Backyard Weeds

• The Herbal Medicine Cabinet
• Using Appalachian Herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine
• Herbal Elixirs, Wines, and Vinegars

 

TRACK L: Sustainable Forestry

• A Landowner’s Experience in Sustainable Forestry
• Growing & Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal, and other Woodland Medicinals
• Keeping Your Forest Healthy

 

TRACK M: Homesteading

• Doing What you Can with What you Got (SATURDAY ONLY)
-Homesteading: Our Story (SUNDAY ONLY)
• Woodland Growing: Wasabi and ‘Wild Mountain Vegetables’
• Simple Home & Farm Mycoremediation of Waste (SATURDAY ONLY)
• Exotic Invasives…Harvest for Use as One Means of Control
• Keeping a Family Dairy Cow (SUNDAY ONLY)

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TRACK N: Cooking

Easy Kimchi at Home

• Wonderful Winter Salads (SATURDAY ONLY)
-Easy, Delicious Appetizers (SUNDAY ONLY)
• DIY Mozzarella
• It’s a Wrap!

 

HALF-DAY HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS

FAMACHA Certification for Small Ruminant Producers
•  Raising & Shearing Sheep for Fiber Production
Catch a Fire
The Art of Making Miso
Drop Spindle Spinning
Intro to Natural Dyes
Spoon Carving
Primitive Pottery Technique
• Basket Making
• Do-It-Yourself Drystone Masonry
• Soap Making

10th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

A full day of learning for kids from 7-12, focusing on the importance of sustainability and the environment. Children will explore the world of renewal energy through numerous hands-on activities involving plants, animals, insects, and food.

Register NOW:

Find the full schedule online here.

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.

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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.