28th Annual Spring Conference // March 13-21, 2021

Scholarship Options

Scholarships for the 2021 Spring Conference are now closed.

We would like for everyone and anyone interested in attending the OGS 28th Annual Spring Conference to be able to come. Many thanks to our partners.


EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems

EmPOWERing Mountain Foods for Far West NC Counties

This year, EmPOWERing Mountain Foods is offering scholarships for residents in the Southwestern NC counties to attend the 28th Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference. This is for “producers, educators, nutrition educators, Cooperative Extension agents, business owners, and others” to “attend professional conferences or events that will help grow local food businesses in the region. If you are interested in applying for scholarship funds, please fill out this application and we will be in touch with additional details.” More information can be found at their website.

Their funding and programs focus on the seven counties of Western North Carolina (Jackson, Macon, Haywood, Swain, Cherokee, Clay, and Graham) and is based at the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Cooperative Extension Office in Cherokee through a partnership between the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Cooperative Extension.

Frontline to Farm

The Frontline to Farm project at ASU ( is providing two scholarships for military veterans to attend OGS. Use the application form below to apply, and be sure to mark your Veteran status on the form. 

Southern SAWG logo

Southern SAWG

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Southern SAWG) is providing three scholarships for people to attend OGS. Use the application form below to apply,

Buncombe County Soil & Water

Buncombe County Soil & Water Conservation

We have a limited amount of funds for new and beginning farmers (within first 10 years of farming journey) to attend the Spring Conference. Funds are limited to Buncombe County residents; one scholarship is available per farm operation.

To apply, please fill out an application form

Other Ways to Afford:

We try our best to keep our prices as affordable as possible. We are the lowest cost event of it’s kind in the Southeast. And please keep in mind that we are a 501c3 non-profit, so your dollars help fund the organic growing movement.

For creative ways to fund your learning journey, check out this page from an organization we love. There are some great ideas about crowdfunding and other kinds of broader support.