Our Staff

Rod Bowling (he / him)

Director of Administration

In addition to his work at OGS, Rodney Bowling is the co-owner of Mudluscious Pottery & Gardens in Mars Hill, NC. In addition to his homestead and farm, he has committed himself to non-profit finance and management, and previously served as the executive director of the Madison County Arts Council. Rod is a former board member and joined the OGS staff in 2015.

Nicole DelCogliano

Nicole DelCogliano (she / her)

Director of Programs & Human Resources

Nicole teaches the year long Farm Beginnings program to new and beginning farmers. She and her husband have been farming at Green Toe Ground Farm in Yancey County since 2001.

Julie Douglas

Julie Douglas (she / they)

Marketing & Communications Associate

Julie is a medicinal herb grower, ethical wild crafter, photographer, writer, educator and medicine maker. They’ve worked on small scale, organic farms and community gardens throughout the US since 2013. Their focus is largely on empowering communities through social justice efforts within health care and food systems. Creating and bolstering mutual aid networks, making alternative healthcare accessible to marginalized people, and decolonizing herbal medicine is the primary focus of their work.

Cameron Farlow

Cameron Farlow (she / her)

Executive Director

Hailing from Greensboro, NC with dairy farming in her blood, she has made her home in WNC, and has been with OGS since 2012. With a Master’s Degree in Appalachian Studies & Sustainable Development, Cameron also brings experience in the realms of farmland conservation, food security, farm to university, and land access for farmers. Outside of OGS, Cameron is a mother, dancer, baker, gardener, and avid explorer.

Cameron Farlow

René Foster (she / her)

Director of Marketing & Communications

Her first loves were photography and writing, which took her to SCAD of Atlanta, initially, and finally to Georgia State University. There, she expanded her applicability by studying print journalism while minoring in cultural anthropology, predominantly researching things like food deserts, gender, and environmental inequalities. After college, René started in the professional world as a content writer, later expanding into marketing and graphic design. She has volunteered extensively with wildlife, animal rescue, and environmental nonprofits. At home, René is an avid home-grower/the micro farmer behind Five Dog Farms and working toward further expanding into permaculture. So far, she has four dogs, two cats, and too many chickens. She loves to learn continually and has become immersed in sustainability and bettering her impact on the environment.

Brandon Greenstein

Brandon Greenstein (any / all)

Director of Sustainability Coaching

Brandon Greenstein works with clients in the field to help forward their land based goals. His background is in Renewable Systems, Earth Works, Energy, Water, and Permaculture, specifically providing consulting, design and technical services for the creation of integrated systems. He has been living a land based lifestyle, including off-grid living and food production, in the western NC mountains for over 20 years.

Avi Li

Avi Li (she / they)

Program Coordinator

Avi earned a Bachelor’s of Arts and Science in Sustainability from McGill University, and has been exploring the overlapping worlds of activism, justice, and resilience since then. They spent the past two and a half years working at the Environmental Law Institute in DC conducting research on issues ranging from conflict sensitivity in environmental programming to incentivizing nature-based disaster mitigation, and serving in a coordination and facilitation for various educational programs. Outside of work, she has pursued local climate, racial and economic justice organizing and activism, and seeks to understand how farming and home growing can be employed as wedges in those struggles. Avi is enamored with fungi and enchanted by their powers to heal our bodies, our communities, and the land and water on which we depend.

Avi Li

Olivia Marenco (she / her)

Americorps Education Associate

Olivia is currently serving as our Americorps Member with Project Conserve in the role of Education Associate. She earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from East Tennessee State University in 2016. After completing a year of service in Glasgow, Scotland, through the Young Adult Volunteer program, Olivia returned to East Tennessee to help develop and lead programming for an inclusive college ministry. She has since held a variety of positions in the social work field.

Olivia was motivated to join the OGS team by her interest in the connection between human and environmental flourishing. She hopes to learn some of the practical aspects of non-profit leadership and organic gardening, so that she can apply these skills to her continued work with individuals and communities.

Outside of work, Olivia enjoys soaking up as much time in nature as possible, trying out new recipes, and occasionally bringing her cat, Harvey, along for the adventure.

Avi Li

Tracy Swanson (she / her)

Development Coordinator

Tracy, AKA Sunny, has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector developing and supporting programming, managing volunteers and training, and fundraising. She “walks the talk” and strives to model respect for the earth’s resources and compassion for all its creatures. Sunny is a home grower and lifelong learner whose household includes two rescue dogs–Woody and Maggie. She is excited to come to OGS where there is the opportunity to support and nurture closer human connections to the planet, and to work for an even playing field in the pursuit of healthy living.

Our Board

Hannah Bundy

Hannah Bundy

Mary Bulan

Mary Bulan

Treasurer

Eric Christianson

Eric Christianson

Cathy Cleary

Cathy Cleary

Co-Chair

Macon York Costlow

Macon York Costlow

Secretary

Jeanine Davis

Jeanine Davis

Kimberly Hunter

Kimberly Hunter

Ta'rin'ii Shanai

Ta'rin'ii Shanai

Co-Chair

Robert Turner

Robert Turner

Ellie Wigodsky

Ellie Wigodsky

Board members not pictured: Zo Mpofu

Our Growth Partners

Thank you to our dedicated Growth Partners—long-term supporters of Organic Growers School. These organizations have partnered with OGS to help build the local, sustainable food movement in Western North Carolina.

If you’re interested in Growth Partnership, view our 2021 Growth Partner Benefits Packet or contact rod@organicgrowersschool.org.

OGS Board & Executive Director – October, 2019

(missing from photo: Alison Czeczuga, Jeanine Davis, Ta’rin’ii Shanai)

Some Members of Organic Growers School Board & Staff – August, 2019