Our hands-on training, workshops, conferences, and partnerships inspire, educate, and support people to farm, garden, and live organically.
Mondays July 27 & August 3, 2020 • Black Mountain, NC
Join Diana McCall, garden manager at the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, for two evenings in her Black Mountain garden. Discover when to seed and transplant, which vegetables to plant, site location based on the hours of sunlight, and simple techniques for winter protection.
September 11th & 12th, 2020 • Livestream via Zoom Webinar
An educational event that offers affordable classes on organic growing and sustainable living. The September 2020 conference (now with a full online schedule!) features dix stand-alone 1-day workshops taught by outstanding guest speakers. Topics include Cherokee Foods, Farm Business, and Herbal Tonics.
October 3, 2020
Whether you own or rent a home or live in a rural or urban setting, you can learn to incorporate small-scale, self-sufficiency and sustainability into your life through this entry-level, one-day exploratory workshop.
October 2020 – September 2021 • Now Offered Virtually
Farm Beginnings® Year-Long Farmer Training is a 200+ hour comprehensive training, networking, and mentoring program led by farmers in around the Southern Appalachian community. The program will help you build the skills to start and expand your own successful farm business through coursework, conferences, farm tours, and one-on-one mentorship.
2020 and 2021 Dates Coming Soon!
If you’re in the exploratory stages of starting your own farm, this entry-level workshop is designed just for you. You will receive practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and hear from experienced farmers running successful farms in WNC.
Tuesday, Jan. 5 – Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 • Cuba
Join OGS for a tour of Cuba’s sustainable farms. Learn from farmers and food activists about Cuba’s transition to agroecological farming practices. Acquire the knowledge and strategies to create just, sustainable, local, and healthy food systems in your own communities.
March 2021 • Online and at Various Locations
The Spring Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that offers regionally specific workshops on organic growing and sustainable living. We will open registration and publish the 2021 schedule, class and workshop descriptions, and instructor bios in mid-December 2020.
Six Mondays in Spring 2020 • Black Mountain and Asheville, NC
This six-class series will teach you everything you need to know about growing and expanding your garden—from planning and planting to production and pests. Every other class takes place at the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden for hands-on instruction.