Programs & Resources for Farmers

Organic Growers School’s programs provide a forum for farmers to build strong peer-to-peer networks for skill sharing, problem solving, and mentoring for success.

Advanced Enterprise Development

Thursday, February 6th, 2020 •  3:00-7:00PM  •  Marshall, NC

This 4-hour training will dig deep into  enterprise development and adaptive management for beginning and experienced small farmers. 

Apprentice Link

Free Database of WNC Farms • Available Year-Round

Apprentice Link connects people who are serious about learning sustainable farming with farmers who are willing to teach them in an apprenticeship setting. Apprentice Link focuses on farms in Western North Carolina that participate in the CRAFT program.

Consulting Services

Available Year-Round

OGS offers a variety of consulting services with hourly follow-up support and reduced fees available, including 1) assessment of land that you own or want to purchase; 2) assessment of your farm, garden, or homestead; and 3) guidance for your land-based project.

CRAFT Farmer Network

April 2020 - October 2020 •  Times & Locations Vary

WNC Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a farmer-led effort to bring established farmers, farm apprentices, and aspiring farmers together for year-long training in the art and science of sustainable agriculture.

Farm Beginnings® Year-Long Farmer Training

October 2019 – September 2020  •  Times & Locations Vary

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.

Farm Dreams

January 18, 2020 •  10:00–4:00  •  Concord, NC

February 8, 2020 •  10:00–4:00  •  Asheville, NC

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.

Holistic Crop Management

December 2019 - January 2020 • Times & Locations Vary

 

Growing a viable farm business is sustained by continuous learning of the land and your products. In this workshop series, growers across Southern Appalachia will gain tools to manage their crop production for whole-farm success. Workshops in each location will feature farmers and agricultural experts from the area. Participants will be able to build a network with experienced growers who know farming and the land.

Improving Farm Communications

Sundays, January 12th & 19th, 2020 •  10:00–4:00  •  Alexander, NC

Effective communication is essential, and can be transformative for your farm operation. In this two day long interactive workshop, Improving Farm Communication, participants will address real life situations to learn about communication styles, ways to have better conversations, and have a chance to practice new skills.

Farming Resources

Online Library • Available Year-Round

A free repository of useful information, resources, tools, and support organizations for organic and sustainable farmers in the Southern Appalachians.

Spring Conference

Friday–Sunday, Mar. 6-8 2020  •  Mars Hill University

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 2019 schedule, class and workshop descriptions, and instructor bios in mid-December 2018.

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: USDA Rural Business Development Program, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, UNFI Foundation, Harry Chapen Foundation, WNC Bridge Foundation, USDA Southern Extension Risk Management, and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Earth Tools, Biltmore Company, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are Hendersonville Community Co-op, and WNCW.