Instructors

Nicole DelCogliano

Nicole DelCogliano

Green Toe Ground Farm

Nicole DelCogliano is the OGS Farmer Programs Coordinator. She and her husband, Gaelan, began their farm Green Toe Ground, a diversified organic farm in Celo, NC, more than 16 years ago. They’ve grown the farm over the years, and now manage 16 acres of diversified organic and biodynamic produce and livestock, train farm apprentices each year, and raise their two girls. Originally from NY, she has farmed and worked in education in NC for the last 20 years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from State University at New Paltz in New York, and has a Masters in Sustainability from the Center for Appalachian Studies in Boone, NC.

Kimberly Hunter

Kimberly Hunter

Prolific Consulting

Kimberly is a writer, speaker, and small business owner dedicated to developing the next four generations of entrepreneurs. She brings 25 years of business acumen and multiple sector experience and is a well-respected educator, strategist, and consultant to hundreds of leaders in WNC and the US.  Kimberly enjoys various aspects of agriculture, including: field crops, livestock, weaving, sewing and writing.

William Lyons & Marie Williamson

William Lyons & Marie Williamson

Bluebird Farm

William Lyons and his wife, Marie Williamson own and operate Bluebird Farm in Morganton, NC. Bluebird Farm produces vegetables using organic methods. Pork, chicken, beef and lamb are all rotationally grazed and fed certified organic feed. Their passion is feeding folks wholesome foods and managing a healthy farm ecosystem. Marie and William have been using holistic goals and financial planning to make Bluebird Farm provide full-time compensation for both of them for their full-time work. They continue to refine record keeping processes, management styles, and decision making tools to work toward a farm that is truly economically sustainable, properly compensating labor, paying for land, and providing long term stability. They met at Warren Wilson College where William worked in the organic garden and Marie worked with pastured sows and hogs. After studying biology, ecology, and sustainable agriculture and gaining experience on farms around the United States and Europe, Marie and William returned home to Western NC in 2009 and started Bluebird Farm.

For questions, please contact our Farmer Programs Coordinator, Nicole Delcogliano, at nicole@organicgrowersschool.org

Thanks to our Media Sponsors for 2019!

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.