What is the Harvest Conference and where will it be held?

The Harvest Conference is an educational event that offers affordable classes on organic growing and sustainable living. This year, we’re changing things up—instead of one day of many short classes, we’re offering a small selection of 2-day workshops taught by outstanding guest speakers. You may register for the first day (Friday only) of any workshop—or—both days (Friday and Saturday) for a more in-depth experience.

The Sustainable Poultry Flock: Breeding, Growing, and Marketing at Any Scale
Taught by Jim Adkins
Friday to Saturday, Sept. 7–8, 2018
9:30AM–4:30PM both days
Garden Cabin, Warren Wilson College

Tending Your Inner Garden: Tools for Cultivating a Healthy Gut
Taught by Monica Corrado
Friday to Saturday, Sept. 7–8, 2018
9:30AM–4:30PM both days
Lower Fellowship Hall, Warren Wilson College

Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae: Infinite Possibilities for Innovation
Taught by Tradd Cotter
Friday to Saturday, Sept. 7–8, 2018
9:30AM–4:30PM both days
Morris’ Pavilion, Warren Wilson College

Bonus Event
Reclaim Nutrition to Reclaim Your Health with Monica Corrado
FREE and open to the public
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
Lenoir Rhyne University, Asheville, NC

When are classes offered?

Each 2-day workshop runs Friday to Saturday, September 7–8, 2018, starting at 9:30AM and ending at 4:30PM on both days (with a one-hour lunch break). You have the option to register for one day of the workshop of your choice (Friday only) —or— both days of the workshop of your choice (Friday and Saturday) for a more in-depth experience.

Should I sign up for one or both days?

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both days. The workshops build on themselves to create a holistic and in-depth understanding of the topic. You also have the option to register for Friday only—unfortunately, we don’t offer Saturday-only registrations.

Where can I read workshop descriptions and speaker bios?

What are my lunch options?

Gladfelter Student Center features two dining halls that will be available to workshop participants for lunch:

  • The cafeteria on the main floor offers a wide selection of vegetarian and meat entrees, fresh-made salads and dressings, homemade soups, and desserts.
  • The Cowpie Café, located on the lower level, offers ONLY vegan and vegetarian options.

Both facilities source their food from the college garden and farm and offer gluten-free and diary-free options. All attendees are encouraged to network, exchange knowledge, and eat together on the third floor of Gladfelter where each of the Harvest Conference Speakers will have a booth set up to sell their goods. Feel free to bring your own lunch or dine off campus at a local restaurant.


Hours: 11:15AM–1:00PM
Price: $8.97 at both locations

How do I register?

You may register online—if you’re having problems with the online form, give us a call at (828) 214-7833 during regular business hours. Our staff will be happy to assist you!

Can I register at the conference?

We strongly encourage pre-registration to ensure that we have enough supplies on-site. However, there will be an option to register on-site with the workshop moderator on Friday morning ONLY (Sept. 7, 2018). Check-in begins at 8:45AM.

Something’s come up. Can I get a refund?

Registration fees for all Organic Growers School events are non-refundable. The 5th Annual Harvest Conference will be held rain, snow, or shine. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to pass your registration on to the person of your choice. Please let us know so we can change it in our system. We can also send you documentation so that your registration fee can be recorded as a tax-deductible contribution to the on-going work of Organic Growers School.

What is your policy on kids?

Children between the ages of 10 and 14 are welcome to attend without registration. Given the all-day, immersive nature of these workshops—and the lack of childcare facilities/caretakers at the conference—please do not bring children under 10.

I'm not familiar with Warren Wilson College. How do I get to the workshops?

Warren Wilson College—701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NC 28778—is about 15 minutes from downtown Asheville. Click here for Google map and driving directions.

Where can I stay in the area?

Coming from out of town? Here are accommodation options in Swannanoa, NC (close to Warren Wilson). If you’re interested in accommodations on campus, please email smccracken@warren-wilson.edu directly.



Nearby hotels are located at Exit 55 off of I-40. Here are some options:


Holiday Inn Biltmore East
1450 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 298-5611


Days Inn Biltmore East
1435 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 298-4000


Motel 6 Asheville
1415 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 299-3040


Quality Inn and Suites
Biltmore East
1430 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 298-5519


Nearby Campgrounds

Mama Gertie’s Hideaway


East Asheville KOA

If you have any questions, please email Sera at farmer-programs@organicgrowersschool.org.