Harvest Conference & COVID-19 -- are we still on?

Yes! The Harvest Conference is ON for 2020! We’re busy planning for social distancing requirements, whatever they may be come September, and have a digital contingency plan!

For the 2020 Harvest Conference event, we will be offering a digital version of conference workshops, including live stream and recordings for purchase. Attend from anywhere! If CDC recommendations permit in-person gathering, in-person workshops will be held at varying locations around Western North Carolina. Please note the event will not be at Warren Wilson College this year. Registration (posted by mid-June) will allow for registering for the in-person class and/or the live stream and recordings, with the opportunity to transfer your registration to your preferred attendance mode at any time.

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 offering a small selection of  1-day workshops taught by outstanding guest speakers. Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

All events will be at Warren Wilson College, in Swannanoa, NC on Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7, 2019. 

What is the schedule?

Each workshop is FULL day on either Friday or Saturday, September 6 & 7, 2019, 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 (Friday only or Saturday only) or two days (with the same or different teachers). Each day-long workshop is independent. Take a workshop with any instructor on Friday and/or Saturday; receive a discount for registering for both days.

Where can I read workshop descriptions and speaker bios?

What are my lunch options?

You can pre-purchase lunch from Warren Wilson through the registration form, for the day(s) you are registered, for $10/day. We will not be selling lunch vouchers on-site, so if you’re planning on eating lunch, please plan on pre-purchasing it. Gladfelter Student Center at Warren Wilson College 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 in Cannon Lounge across from the dining hall. Feel free to also bring your own lunch or dine off campus at a local restaurant.

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 a seat. However, there will be an option to register on-site with our staff if the class has not met capacity. 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 6th 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. Likewise, we can 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?

The OGS Harvest Conference is geared towards adults. The workshops are adult led and adult focused. There are some exceptions:
  1. Parents with infants are welcome in class as long as disturbance is minimized.
  2. Sometimes a parent will register their mature teenager to attend classes as an adult. This requires a separate registration for the teenager to attend the conference as an adult. We do have a requirement that the behavior mirror adult behavior in the classrooms and on site.

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. Once you get to campus, use this Campus Map for details on how to get to your particular workshop. Plan to arrive early. Classrooms are spread out across campus and the walk can be sometimes long. On the upside, it is truly the most beautiful college campus in Western NC.

Where can I stay in the area?

Coming from out of town? Here are accommodation options in Swannanoa, NC (close to Warren Wilson).


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 Campground www.mamagerties.com 877-686-4258   East Asheville KOA Campground www.ashevilleeastkoa.com 828-686-3121

Are there Scholarships Available?

NC Rural Center’s Rural Food Business Assistance Project, is offering full scholarships to attend the 6th Annual Organic Growers School Harvest Conference for anyone engaged in a rural small business (or planning such a business) related to food or farming AND who live in certain counties in NC. You must also register with the NC Rural Center to qualify (click here for details). Scholarships cover the full two day conference (in whatever combination of workshops you take). Scholarship does not cover lunch. Check them out. If you qualify, they will register you directly on our site and pay for it! 

For more information on this program, please contact Sera Deva, Farmer Programs & Conference Coordinator at farmer-programs@organicgrowersschool.org