Meet the Instructors


Gina - 2023 Farm Dreams Instructor

Gina Raicovich
Sparrow Hill Farm and Consulting Sparrow Hill Farm Candler, NC

Gina has worked in agriculture for over 15 years and has spent 7 years as an experiential educator for North Carolina Outward Bound and other schools.  Along the way, she earned a master’s in environmental studies with a focus in sustainable agriculture and has Master Gardener, Permaculture Design, and Master Meat Goat Producer certifications.  Combining her knowledge in experiential education and sustainable agriculture, she found a niche working with colleges wishing to create educational farms and curricula in sustainable agriculture.  She has a depth of experience raising grass-fed cattle, sheep, goats, and laying hens for the institutions she has worked for and her own farm.  Gina has owned and operated Sparrow Hill Farm since 2016 in Candler, where she lives with her daughter and raises heritage breed sheep. She also offers coaching services for beginning farmers.

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Sponsored by…

Lenoir-Rhyne University

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: Blooming Prairie Foundation, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, Cornell Douglas Foundation, Harry Chapin Foundation, New Visions Foundation, Patagonia, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, UNFI Foundation, Walnut Cove Members Association, WNC Bridge Foundation, and USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Award #2021-70033-35717. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, and Gaia Herbs. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and Blue Ridge Public Radio.

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