CRAFT: Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training

Debbie talks to groupWhat are 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-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. Sign-up now!


CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule 2017

April 8th – SaturdayThatchmore Farm, Leicester, NCExtending the Season
April 30th – SundayGrassroots Farm & Dairy, Marshall, NCApprentice Orientation: The Journey from Apprentice to Farmer
May 4th – Thursday
No Taste Like Home, Location TBDTwilight Tour: Forest Farming & Forage Walk
May 27th – SaturdayLiving Web Farms, Mills River, NCHands-on Tools & Equipment Field Day
June 4th – SundayBluebird Farm,
Morganton, NC
Farrowing & Year-round Hog Production
June 15th – ThursdayFranny’s Farm,
Leicester, NC
Twilight Tour: Agritourism
July 9th – Sunday
SAHC Incubator Farm, Alexander, NCSkills for Every Farmer’s Toolbelt
August 6th – SundayGreen Toe Ground,
Burnsville, NC
Biodynamic Basics
Sept. 24th – SundayHomemade in Marshall
Marshall, NC
Small-Scale Dairy
Oct. 6th - FridayRoots & Fruits MarketCRAFT Member End of Season Gathering
Oct. 15th – SundayGoldfinch Gardens
Burnsville, NC
Production Planning & Greenhouses

It’s not too late to sign up for the 2017 WNC CRAFT season. Sign-up now!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Cameron, Farmer Programs Director, at


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.