Farmer Franny’s Purpose

by Jenna Baily Franny Tacy started Franny’s Farm in 2012 after leaving a high-powered, corporate-America job in Pharmaceutical sales. While her hands and heart seems to have always been in the dirt, her mind was focused on purpose and it is purpose that has driven all...

OGS Collaborating With the Home Garden and Green Living Show

Organic Growers School is excited to be collaborating with The 2017 Home, Garden and Green Living Show (HGGLS)! The HGGLS has so many exciting vendors, products, DIY workshops, and seminars that will be of special interest to the OGS family. Mark your calendars for March 17-19 and plan to be at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville!

Earth Day Film

Earth Day Film & Panel Discussion What: Seed, The Untold Story Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 Earth Day Time:  Doors open at 5:30 for refreshments. Panel discussion to follow the movie. Location: The Boardroom (2nd floor) at Lenoir Rhyne, Asheville Campus, 36...

Top Ten Best Pollinator Plants

Whether you’re a small-scale gardener or a large-scale farmer, there are steps you can take to support the lives of pollinators and increase the number of pollinators in your area. You can do this by making the decision to plant pollinator plants– plants that provide essential needs like habitat or nourishment to pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and others.

CRAFT Farmer Round Table – How to Not Spend Money

We asked CRAFT members to bring their percentage of expenses to gross income, then a further breakdown of expense categories as a percent of gross. Some useful categories we asked them to include were be labor, utilities, supplies, repairs, and any new projects or improvements. We also discussed how folks deal with large purchases (such as new equipment) when looking at their numbers. And lastly, how folks approach budgeting for the year.

Ben & Cedar of Goldfinch Gardens, our facilitators for the evening, shared with us a technique for thinking about expenses: If all of your expenses are a circle or “pie”, the whole pie represents the farm “gross income”, where as (ideally) half of the pie represents your expenses and profit (or “net income”). There was much discussion on on-farm income that is reflected in taxes, vs. the reality of on-farm income. The general theme of the night was that there’s a lot of ways to look at numbers, and the answer is to simplify. It was interesting to see how similar percentage of expenses vs. percentage of profit was for each of the farmers involved in the discussion. Read below for highlights. Some of the farmers present attended our Holistic Financial Planning Workshop earlier in the year, which very much added to our discussion.