Saturday Social

Brew & Chew: A Free Party!

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Lipinsky Auditorium
UNC Asheville

Kick back and relax with your fellow farmers and gardeners over brews and snacks! Keep the conversation flowing and farm inspiration growing. Win great raffle prizes and enjoy the sweet sounds of live, local music by the Mudd Blossoms. Conference attendees will receive a free Hi-Wire beer.



  • 2018 Organic Educator Award
  • 25th birthday celebration—with cake!—for Organic Growers School
  • Tasty empanadas available for sale from Cecilia’s Food Truck
  • Raffle prizes
  • Socializing and networking with fellow growers


2018 Organic Educator Award

We’ll announce the 2018 Organic Educator of the Year at the Brew & Chew to honor one among us who has gone above and beyond for our organic and sustainable farming community. This year’s recipient is Chuck Marsh (1951–2017)—a teacher, mentor, nurseryman, and sower of seeds of inspiration. Read Ask Ruth’s tribute to Chuck.


Raffle Drawing

Tickets can be purchased throughout the day on Saturday at the information booth in Lipinsky Lobby—where all the fine prizes will be displayed—or at the OGS booth in the exhibit tent. We’ll announce the winners at 7:15PM. Winners need not be present, but of course we’d love to see you there! Cost: $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets.


Raffle Prizes

  • Piggie print; photo session from Amelia Fletcher Photography
  • Ready to grow Deep Water Culture Bucket System from Asheville Hydroponics & Organics
  • Sprouter and Sprout collection from Botanical Interests
  • Free registration to online Medicine Making Course from Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
  • Three yards of compost, delivered, from Danny’s Dumpsters
  • Standard broad fork from Earth Tools
  • Blue Oyster Mushroom Growing Kit + Goodies Collection from FarmFreshWeb.Com
  • Bokashi Bucket from Fedco Seeds
  • Super Sprouter from Fifth Season Garden Company
  • 70 pounds of Organic compost from Frog Holler
  • Spice rack from Frontier Co-Op
  • 50% off Women’s Wilderness Workshops event registration; gift basket from Fun Frolic Farm
  • $36 natural cleaning gift basket; $150 two-hour cleaning from Green Bee Cleaning Co
  • Assortment of packets for adults from Happy Family Brands
  • Gift basket from Hendersonville Community Co-op
  • Crate of jams from Imladris Farms
  • $50 gift certificate from Jesse Israel
  • Mountain skills class; grape growers class from Jewel of the Blue Ridge
  • Five tote bags from Mountain Rose Herbs
  • 2 glass vases from Nest Organics
  • 10 pounds of certified organic and disease-free seed potatoes (mixed variety) from New Sprout Organic Farms
  • Annual membership from NC Arboretum
  • Gift certificate for a tour from No Taste Like Home
  • Free product coupons from Organic Valley
  • Sustainability consultation from Organic Growers School
  • 2 bags of organic feed from Reedy Fork Organic Farm
  • 7-gallon Liberty apple tree from Reems Creek Nursery
  • Sign from Signarama
  • Chicken food from Silver Mill Feed and Seed
  • Service-Learning Week tuition from School of Integrated Living
  • Medicinal Herb Collection from Sow True Seed
  • 3-gallon Rabbiteye Blueberry bush from Useful Plants Nursery
  • Machete with leather sheath from Villagers
  • Cook book from West End Bakery
  • Hat with veil from Wild Mountain Bees
  • Gift Package from WNCW
  • Organic site preparation for wildflower establishment; conserving bumble bees kits from Xerces Society