WNC CRAFT Farm Tours
Farmers learn best from other farmers, and aspiring farmers learn best from hearing how successful farmers in the region are running their farms. Farm Tours form the core of the WNC CRAFT training program. Tours occur 1–2 times monthly from April to October, sometimes on Saturdays and sometimes on Sundays. Tours provide an overview of the farming operation, as well as a focused look at a topic of that farmer’s choosing. Core checklist topics will always be covered, as the group has agreed these are areas of farm management that need particular attention.Topics include greenhouse management, irrigation, soils, production planning, livestock, etc. More specialized topics may also be included, such as forest products, biodynamic growing methods, or value-added. Tours are always followed by a group potluck!
WNC CRAFT is a membership program…
Stay tuned for our 2018 schedule. In the meantime, check out our schedule from 2017…
CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule 2017
|Saturday, April 8||Thatchmore Farm, Leicester, NC||Extending the Season|
|Sunday, April 30||Grassroots Farm & Dairy, Marshall, NC||Apprentice Orientation: The Journey from Apprentice to Farmer|
|Thursday, May 4||No Taste Like Home, Location TBD||Twilight Tour: Forest Farming & Forage Walk|
|Saturday, May 27||Living Web Farms, Mills River, NC||Hands-on Tools & Equipment Field Day|
|Sunday, June 4||Bluebird Farm, |
|Farrowing & Year-round Hog Production|
|Thursday, June 15||Franny’s Farm,|
|Twilight Tour: Agritourism|
|Sunday, July 9||SAHC Incubator Farm, Alexander, NC||Skills for Every Farmer’s Toolbelt|
|Sunday, August 6||Green Toe Ground,|
|Sunday, September 24||Homemade in Marshall |
|Friday, October 6||Roots & Fruits Market||CRAFT Member End of Season Gathering|
|Sunday, October 15||Goldfinch Gardens|
|Production Planning & Greenhouses|
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Cameron, Farmer Programs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and funding in part by Carolina Farm Credit, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, French Broad Food Co-op, New Belgium Brewing, Organic Valley - Farmers Advocating for Organic Farming, Simply Organic 1%, and by the USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant #2016-70017-25341. Read more about Farmer Programs' Funding Partners here.