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Sponsors and Exhibitors

We love our sponsors and exhibitors!

At OGS, we strive to keep organic education accessible and affordable for all. This is only possible with the generous support of our sponsors. By purchasing from our sponsors and vendors, you help honor the folks that make Organic Growers School possible. Click on the links below to learn more about sponsoring and exhibiting at Spring Conference.

Please get in touch with Allison Stapleton at allison@organicgrowersschool.org to discuss the opportunities available to you. 

2023 Spring Conference Sponsors

Title Sponsor:

Madison County is a gem in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina — just 20 minutes from Asheville. Home to over 55,000 acres of National Forest, it provides a majestic backdrop to the French Broad River. The county boasts a timeless tradition of musical history that accompanies the majesty of nature and its small-town heritage. There are outdoor sports for all — rafting, cycling, horseback riding or hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Anchor Sponsors:

WNC magazine is a bimonthly publication that captures the grandeur of the North Carolina mountains and the lifestyle of its residents through stunning photography and captivating storytelling. Every issue is a celebration of the people, culture, arts, architecture, history, and foodways of all 24 counties of Western North Carolina.

At Living Web Farms, We Build LIFE! Proudly growing & donating organic food for 11 years while building a learning library via our YouTube channel. Join us for our new live streaming workshops online, ask questions and participate from anywhere in the world. We are happy to be an anchor OGS sponsor!

Contributing Sponsors:

Mountain Rose Herbs offers high-quality organically grown herbs, spices, teas, essential oils, and botanical goods. Since 1987, they have been known for their uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture, fair trade standards, and sustainable business practices. The company’s core belief that people, plants, and planet are more important than profit guides everything they do. Learn more about Mountain Rose Herbs at www.mountainroseherbs.com.

The Buncombe County Soil & Water Conservation District strives to conserve agricultural lands and make farming viable through educational programming, cost-share technical assistance, and water quality. Our programs range from streambank stabilization to conservation easements, equipment rentals, and much more! As Buncombe County continues to grow, our staff is committed to innovative programming that supports our agriculture community and environmental
needs. Please visit www.buncombecounty.org/soil for more information.

As a working farm, Juneberry Ridge is developing methods that mimic natural ways of growing across our 750+ acres. As an event destination, education center, and nature retreat, they’re creating processes that respect and restore the biodiversity of the land, right here in Norwood, North Carolina.

Here at Mushroom Mountain, our role is to steward the natural world. Mushrooms are a very important part of the natural cycle. They connect us all in ways we can’t even imagine. Our company offers high quality spawn, fruiting kits, mushroom related gifts and books, workshops, and farm tours for our visitors and growers to expand their knowledge of fungi. Our goal is to spread the spores wherever and whenever we can. Please enjoy our website, and let us know how we can help you join us in stewarding our planet.

The Southern SARE program supports a more sustainable and just farm system nationwide providing ag research and education grants, professional development opportunities, event sponsorships and educational materials developed from decades of SARE-funded research. A grassroots functioning team centered around farmers’ needs, we focus on profitability, stewardship and quality of life.

New Society Publishers has been a leader in sustainable publishing for over 40 years. We are an activism and solutions-oriented publisher focused on bringing you tools for a world of change. Find out more at www.newsociety.com.

NCBiotech leads life science economic development for North Carolina. We help advance ideas from research to marketplace, overcoming all of the challenges in between. We are transforming businesses, technologies, professionals and whole sectors related to life science. Our continued mission to support innovation, commercialization, education and business growth has made North Carolina a global life science leader.

Fifth Season Gardening specializes in organic gardening, indoor growing, homesteading, houseplants and unique products for the home and garden. We promote joyful living, healthy ecosystems and more connected communities by sharing our passion for better making and growing. Fifth Season Gardening has locations in North Carolina and Virginia, including Asheville.

Associate Sponsors:

The Barnes-Berry Family Trust was established to primarily support environmental advocates, land and farm preservation and broad levels of conservation, and regenerative agriculture research and educational outreach. Our intent is to honor all our ancestors who passed on life to each of us from their small rural family farms.

Since 1984, Chelsea Green has been the leading publisher of books about organic farming, gardening, homesteading, integrative health, natural building, sustainable living, socially responsible business, and more. Chelsea Green is proudly independent and 100% employee-owned. Visit ChelseaGreen.com for more information on our latest titles, ebooks, and audiobooks.

Earth Tools

Earth Tools is the Nation’s leading supplier of Walk-Behind Tractors & compatible implements, and a major supplier of professional-quality hand-held gardening tools. We stock over $2 million in inventory (including over $250,000 in spare parts) and we provide free tech support for all products purchased here. We ship Nationwide!

Fedco Seeds is a member-owned Cooperative specializing in garden seeds, seed potatoes, flower bulbs, perennial plants, cold-hardy trees and organic growing supplies. We offer fair prices on quality products while maintaining an inclusive and equitable workplace. We support social and food justice, ecology, and the democratic and cooperative process.

Reedy Fork Organic Farm, Feed Mill and Farm Store. We know that organic feed is an important part to having healthy, happy animals. That’s why we use the finest quality local organic grains, never sourced outside of North America. As a certified organic farm we use no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides and none of our grains are genetically modified. We take the best and make the best feed for your animals.

Reems Creek Nursery is an award-winning retail Garden Center offering trees & shrubs, perennials, pollinator plants, native plants, fruit trees & small fruits, vegetables & herbs, annuals, houseplants, and more. Visit our Garden Shop for unique gifts and organic gardening supplies. Just 10 minutes north of downtown Asheville – in Weaverville.

SESE’s mission is to promote and preserve heirloom seed varieties. We support small, regional farmers who grow many of our varieties. Our primarily Certified Organic selection comprises unusual Southern heirlooms, including peanuts, southern peas, collards, naturally colored cotton, okra, roselle, turnip greens, corns for roasting and meal, and butterbeans.

Sow True Seed specializes in non-GMO, non-hybrid, open-pollinated, heirloom and organic vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for home gardeners and small market farmers. We also offer garden supplies, seasonal crops, resource books and seed saving equipment. We work to ensure seed and food sovereignty thereby creating truly sustainable communities.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is a member-driven nonprofit of 2,500 farmers, consumers, and advocates working together to ensure a just, healthy, and sustainable food system—now and for future generations.

Since 2019 EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems worked with hundreds of farmers and food businesses leveraging nearly two million dollars in food and farming business development through small grants, loans, education, and advisement. We are continuing our work supporting the Local Food Procurement program, providing locally sourced food and nutrition education to our partners through Vecinos.

At Manna Pro®, we believe in Nurturing Life™. Since 1985 with roots dating back to 1842, Manna Pro® has been committed to providing high-quality, nutritionally wholesome feeds, supplements and treats to your flock at every stage of their lives. As a company comprised of animal lovers we understand the desire to provide your flock with the very best. Our passion is happy, healthy pets and we are your trusted partner to provide just that.

Mother Earth Food is a family-owned, home delivery service featuring local, organic food from farmers and food artisans from Asheville and across Western North Carolina. We carefully curate over 1,000 items from over 300 local farmers and food artisans and deliver them to folks in Western North Carolina. Order online and we’ll take it from there. Eating local has never been easier!

At Premier, we’ve been providing electric fencing and netting, sheep and goat supplies, clippers and shearers, ear tags, poultry products and expert advice for over 40 years. Our farms and those of our employees serve as testing grounds for our products in order to share direct experience with our customers.

Self-Help Credit Union creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for all. We do this by providing responsible financial services, lending to small businesses and nonprofits, developing real estate and promoting fair financial practices. We also work to build healthier and more sustainable food system through lending and advocacy with our partners.

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