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 to 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…

Stay tuned for our 2018 schedule. In the meantime, check out our schedule from 2017…

CRAFT Farm Tour Schedule 2017

DATEFARM HOSTTOPIC
Saturday, April 8Thatchmore Farm, Leicester, NCExtending the Season
Sunday, April 30Grassroots Farm & Dairy, Marshall, NCApprentice Orientation: The Journey from Apprentice to Farmer
Thursday, May 4
No Taste Like Home, Location TBDTwilight Tour: Forest Farming & Forage Walk
Saturday, May 27Living Web Farms, Mills River, NCHands-on Tools & Equipment Field Day
Sunday, June 4Bluebird Farm,
Morganton, NC
Farrowing & Year-round Hog Production
Thursday, June 15Franny’s Farm,
Leicester, NC
Twilight Tour: Agritourism
Sunday, July 9
SAHC Incubator Farm, Alexander, NCSkills for Every Farmer’s Toolbelt
Sunday, August 6Green Toe Ground,
Burnsville, NC
Biodynamic Basics
Sunday, September 24Homemade in Marshall
Marshall, NC
Small-Scale Dairy
Friday, October 6Roots & Fruits MarketCRAFT Member End of Season Gathering
Sunday, October 15Goldfinch Gardens
Burnsville, NC
Production Planning & Greenhouses

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 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.