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If you are a WNC CRAFT member, a full list of members & their contact information can be found here.

  • Apprentice Link: A free farm work listing that works to highlight CRAFT farms.
  • CRAFT WNC Farming Handbook: A 600-pg handbook chock full of growing information written by our very own CRAFT farmers from years of experience with farming in the mountains. This is only available via private login for CRAFT members.
  • Farmer Mentor FAQ: Interested in establishing an apprenticeship program on your farm? This is where to start!
  • Farming Resources: Additional regional and local resources for WNC farmers, from sourcing feed to insurance agencies.
  • Labor Resources: Resources pertaining directly to labor management in WNC.

The WNC CRAFT Handbook is a 600-page resource written and developed by farmers in our area pertaining to farming in WNC.

Topics include…
— Organic Vegetable Production
— Livestock Production
— Alternative Production Models
— Farm Business
— Beginning Farmers

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In order to access the WNC CRAFT Handbook online, you must become a WNC CRAFT Member. Thumb drives with the handbook content will also be available for 2017 CRAFT Members.

How did CRAFT begin and what is its purpose?

In 2008, the Organic Growers School (OGS) staff met with several farmers in Western North Carolina to gain a deeper understanding for how to generate and train future growers. Overwhelmingly, we heard the need for a networking and educational forum for local organic growers and their workers. Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), a farmer led casual farm-touring program that originated in the northeastern US, was a perfect model.

Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a…

  • coordinated effort to bring established farmers, farm apprentices, and students of agriculture together for a comprehensive training program in the art and science of sustainable agriculture.
  • program to mentor and teach the next generation of farmers while also building a stronger network for current farmers here in the Southern Appalachians.

What sorts of CRAFT events will I have the opportunity to attend as a member?

  • Farm Tours: CRAFT training occurs through a series of on-farm tours led by experienced growers in the region. These tours are held monthly from April – October and are focused on a specific aspect of sustainable farming. A general overview of each farm will give you chance to see the differences between each farm and to understand why each of the farmers chooses their particular production methods. Each tour is followed by an abundant and festive potluck!
  • Farmer Round Tables: Held during the winter months, round table discussions on farmer chosen topics are designed to prep your mind for spring.

What other sorts of resources are available to me as a CRAFT member?

  • The CRAFT Handbook: A 600+ page resource, rich with farmer generated, regionally specific information on all aspects of farming rooted in the valuable wisdom of CRAFT farmer members gained from many years of farming in the Southern Appalachians.
  • The CRAFT listserve: A network at your fingertips! The listserve is designed as an open forum to ask one another farming questions, post farm-related events of interest, post farm work days (if you’re a farmer and want extra help on big projects) and discuss!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Cameron, Farmer Programs Director, at cameron@organicgrowersschool.org.

 

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%, 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.