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.

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

2023 CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule - still in progress, check back for more...
Date Farm Host Topic
March 19th Black Thorn Farm & Kitchen  Lambing
March 30th Creekside Farm & Education Center Mental Health First Aid Training with NC Agromedicine Institute
April 2nd Olivette Farm Farmer Social
April 16th Gaining Ground Farm Mechanical Weed Control and Tractor Implements for Cultivation
July 30th Wild East Farm Silvopasture
October 29th Olivette Farm Land Access Model and Winter Growing


2022 CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule
April 10thOur Friendly AlliesPlant Propagation and Greenhouse Tour
May 15thA Way Of Life FarmCover Crops for No-Till Vegetables and Orchard
June 26thThe Wild Way FarmQuail and Pasture Raised Poultry
July 10th Lunar Whale HerbsMedicinal Herbs and Fresh Herb CSA
July 24thClem's Organic GardensWholesale Vegetable Production
September 11thUtopian Seed Project Seed Crops
September 25thSpice Holler FarmClosed Loop Systems
2021 CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule

CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule 2021

Thursday, April 8IN PERSON: Thatchmore FarmGreenhouse Crop Production In Wood-Heated Greenhouses
Thursday, May 20IN PERSON: Grassroots Farm & DairySmall Scale Sheep Dairy
Thursday, June 10IN PERSON: Full Sun FarmFarm Systems & Equipment
Sunday, July 25IN PERSON: A Way of Life FarmNo Till Techniques on a Vegetable Farm
Sunday, August 22IN PERSON: Green Toe Ground FarmCRAFT/Farm Beginnings Social
January/February 2022VIRTUAL: Black Trumpet FarmSpecialty Mushroom Production
2020 CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule

CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule 2020

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

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

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

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: Blooming Prairie Foundation, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, Cornell Douglas Foundation, Harry Chapin Foundation, New Visions Foundation, Patagonia, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, UNFI Foundation, Walnut Cove Members Association, WNC Bridge Foundation, and USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Award #2021-70033-35717. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, and Gaia Herbs. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and Blue Ridge Public Radio.

For more information on this program, please contact Stephanie Vinat, Programs Coordinator at