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 will:

  • occur once a month from April – August 2021 (5 tours) & be a mix of in person and virtual
  • provide an overview of the farming operation, as well as a focused look at a topic of that farmer’s choosing;
  • at this time, we will not be hosting potlucks, but will notify you about food and beverage protocol for each specific tour.

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 2021

DATEFARM HOSTTOPIC
Thursday, April 8IN PERSON: Thatchmore FarmGreenhouse Crop Production In Wood-Heated Greenhouses
Thursday, May 20IN PERSON: Grassroots Farm & DairySmall Scale Sheep Dairy
June date TBDIN PERSON: Full Sun FarmTopic TBD
Sunday, July 25IN PERSON: A Way of Life FarmNo Till Techniques on a Vegetable Farm
Sunday, August 22VIRTUAL: Black Trumpet FarmSpecialty Mushroom Production

2020 CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule

CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule 2020

DATEFARM HOSTTOPIC
April 19thVIRTUAL FARM TOUR: The Culinary Gardener, Weaverville NCVegetable Production
April 23rdVIRTUAL TWILIGHT TALK: Black Trumpet Farm & New Roots Market GardenTwilight Talk: Apprentice Orientation - Transitioning from Apprentice to Farmer
May 17thMountain Gardens, Burnsville, NCGrowing Herbs
May 28thVIRTUAL TWILIGHT TALK: Grassroots Farm & Dairy, Acornucopia Project, & TBDVertical Integration
June 7thSAHC Community Farm,
Alexander, NC
Pasture Walk
June 25thBeacon Village & Balsam Gardens,
Old Ford, NC
Twilight Talk:
Food Safety
July 12thBlack Thorn Farm, Leicester, NCShepherding in the Mountains
August 16thLane in the Woods, Marshall, NCFarmstead Cheesemaking
October 11thFull Sun FarmCut Flowers
2019 CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule

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 21stBelflower 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
2018 CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule

CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule 2018

DATEFARM HOSTTOPIC
Sunday, April 15thFlying Cloud Farm, Fairview, NCPlant Propagation
Thursday, April 26thFull Sun Farm & Goldfinch Gardens
@ New Belgium Brewery
Twilight Talk: Crop Planning
Saturday, May 5th
New Roots Market Garden, Marshall, NCApprentice Gathering: 1st Year Growing for Market
Sunday, May 27Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Fairview, NCGrassfed Beef & Rotational Grazing
Saturday, June 9Open Ridge Farm, Burnsville, NCValue-Added Farm Products
Thursday, June 28thRayburn Farm @ New Belgium BreweryTwilight Talk: Diversified Marketing Strategies
Sunday, July 29thGaia Herbs, Brevard NCMedicinal Herbs & Soil Health
Sunday, August 12thSAHC Incubator Farm, Alexander, NCEquipment Repair & Maintenance
Sunday, September 9thA Way of Life Farm, Bostic, NCPlanting a Fruit & Nut Orchard
Sunday, September 23rdGlorious Forest Farm in partnership with The Appalachian Beginning Forest Farming CoalitionSilvopasture - Animals in the Woods!
Sunday, October 14thFranny's Farm, Leicester, NCRaising Poultry

For more information on this program, please contact Avi Li, Programs Coordinator at avi@organicgrowersschool.org

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: CLIF bar Family Foundation, Southern Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education UNFI Foundation, WNC Bridge Foundation, Harry Chapin Foundation, Walnut Cove, New Visions, and USDA Rural Development. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Earth Tools, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, Gaia Herbs and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and BPR. .