Growing the OGS FamilyEric Auers Cloke was born to OGS Communications Coordinator, Jenn Miyakawa Cloke, and her husband Alex Cloke on December 19, 2014.Congratulations & Welcome Eric.

 

 

USDA Grant Awarded to Organic Growers School

Organic Growers School is a recipient of the USDA’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture, NIFA, which recently announced more than $18 million in grants to educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers, through the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program.

OGS is partnering with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to develop a region-wide farmer training program.

Spring Conference Assistant

For anyone who has registered for OGS events recently, you may have interacted with Vaidila Satvika, our Spring Conference Assistant. Vaidila is in charge of volunteers, registration, and supporting Meredith Leigh, our Conference Coordinator in many aspects of Spring Conference planning.

Welcome Vaidila.

Farmer Programs gets Full Time Attention

Cameron Farlow, the OGS Farmer Programs Coordinator goes full time thanks to the above mentioned USDA grant. She will be coordinating CRAFT in 2015 as well as developing a whole-farm Farmer Training Program to serve area farmers.

We are thrilled to have Cameron as a full-time staff member.

 

Home Grown Revolution with Peter Bane a Big Success

Forty-five beginner to advanced home-grown revolutionaries gathered in a day-long workshop with author, teacher, permaculturalist, Peter Bane on February 8th. Attendees called it outstanding and excellent, and asked that Peter return for a two-day workshop sometime soon.

Lee Warren

Lee Warren

Lee Warren has been homesteading and farming in cooperative community for more than 20 years. She is the Executive Director of Organic Growers School, which has been offering organic education to Southern Appalachia since 1993. She is the co-founder of Village Terraces CoHousing Community, a collaborative, off-grid neighborhood at Earthaven Ecovillage, and the manager of Imani Farm, a pasture-based cooperative farm. Lee is also an herbalist, writer, teacher, and food activist, with an avid interest in rural wisdom, sustainable economics, and social justice issues.