Farmers learn best from other farmers, and aspiring farmers learn best from hearing how successful farmers in the region are running their farms. Farm Tours form the core of the WNC CRAFT training program. Tours occur 1-2 times monthly from April-October, sometimes on Saturdays and sometimes on Sundays. Tours provide an overview of the farming operation, as well as a focused look at a topic of that farmer’s choosing. Core checklist topics will always be covered, as the group has agreed these are areas of farm management that need particular attention.Topics include greenhouse management, irrigation, soils, production planning, livestock, etc. More specialized topics may also be included, such as forest products, biodynamic growing methods, or value-added. Tours are always followed by a group potluck! WNC CRAFT is a membership program. Sign-up now!
CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule 2017
|April 8th – Saturday||Thatchmore Farm, Leicester, NC||Extending the Season|
|April 30th – Sunday||Grassroots Farm & Dairy, Marshall, NC||Apprentice Orientation: The Journey from Apprentice to Farmer|
|May 4th – Thursday||No Taste Like Home, Location TBD||Twilight Tour: Forest Farming & Forage Walk|
|May 27th – Saturday||Living Web Farms, Mills River, NC||Hands-on Tools & Equipment Field Day|
|June 4th – Sunday||Bluebird Farm, |
|Farrowing & Year-round Hog Production|
|June 15th – Thursday||Franny’s Farm,|
|Twilight Tour: Agritourism|
|July 9th – Sunday||SAHC Incubator Farm, Alexander, NC||Skills for Every Farmer’s Toolbelt|
|August 6th – Sunday||Green Toe Ground,|
|Sept. 24th – Sunday||Homemade in Marshall |
|Oct. 6th - Friday||Roots & Fruits Market||CRAFT Member End of Season Gathering|
|Oct. 15th – Sunday||Goldfinch Gardens|
|Production Planning & Greenhouses|
It’s not too late to sign up for the 2017 WNC CRAFT season. Sign-up now!
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Cameron, Farmer Programs Director, at email@example.com.
OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and funding in part by the Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, Organic Valley, Simply 1%, New Belgium Brewing, Carolina Farm Credit, French Broad Food Co-op, and by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of USDA-NIFA, Grant #2016-70017-25341. Read more about Farmer Programs' Funding Partners here.