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:

  • continue to operate VIRTUALLY during COVID-19 (beginning April 2020);
  • 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;
  • are always followed by a group potluck (to commence once in-person tours begin again).

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 2020

DATEFARM HOSTTOPIC
Sunday, April 19VIRTUAL FARM TOUR: The Culinary Gardener, Weaverville NCVegetable Production
Thursday, April 23VIRTUAL TWILIGHT TALK: Black Trumpet Farm & New Roots Market GardenTwilight Talk: Apprentice Orientation - Transitioning from Apprentice to Farmer
Sunday, May 17Mountain Gardens, Burnsville, NCGrowing Herbs
Thursday, May 28VIRTUAL TWILIGHT TALK: Grassroots Farm & Dairy, Acornucopia Project, & TBDVertical Integration
Sunday, June 7thSAHC Community Farm,
Alexander, NC
Pasture Walk
Thursday, June 25Beacon Village & Balsam Gardens,
Old Ford, NC
Twilight Talk:
Food Safety
Sunday, July 12Black Thorn Farm, Leicester, NCShepherding in the Mountains
Sunday, August 16Lane in the Woods, Marshall, NCFarmstead Cheesemaking
Sunday, October 11
Full 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

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: 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. .