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 through October;
  • provide an overview of the farming operation, as well as a focused look at a topic of that farmer’s choosing; and
  • are always followed by a group potluck!

WNC CRAFT is a membership program, and its fees cover a whole year of learning and networking opportunities. More details will be provided on each tour upon joining CRAFT.

CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule 2019

DATEFARM HOSTTOPIC
Sunday, April 14thGoldfinch Gardens, Burnsville, NCLow Till Vegetables
Saturday, April 27thNew Roots Market Garden, Marshall, NCApprentice Orientation: Transition from Apprentice to Farmer
Thursday, May 9thGreen Toe Ground @ The Wedge Brewery, Asheville, NCTwilight Talk: Social Justice & Agriculture
Sunday, May 19th
Thatchmore Farm, Leicester, NCIntensive Vegetable Production & Renewable Energy
Sunday, June 2ndBluebird Farm, Morganton, NCIrrigation
Thursday, June 6thImladris Farm @ The Wedge Brewery, Asheville, NCTwilight Talk: Enterprise Development
Sunday, July 21stBellflower Farm, Bostic, NCIntensive Livestock Production
Sunday, August 18thFranny's Farm, Leicester, NCHemp Production
Sunday, September 8thGrassroots Farm & Dairy, Marshall, NCSmall-scale Dairy & Value Added Livestock Production
Saturday, October 19thFlying Cloud Farm, Fairview, NCMolasses Making

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Cameron, Farmer Programs Director, at cameron@organicgrowersschool.org.

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant #2016-70017-25341, USDA Rural Business Development Program, Community Foundation of WNC, Polk County Community Foundation, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, New Belgium Brewing, Simply Organic 1%. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, French Broad Food Coop, Mountain Rose Herbs, Earth Tools, Biltmore Company, Red Moon Herbs, Living Web Farms, and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are Hendersonville Community Co-op, and WNCW.