A free database of WNC farms—with a particular focus on CRAFT farms—that connects people who are serious about learning sustainable farming with farmers who are willing to teach them in an apprenticeship setting.
A 600-page handbook chock full of growing information written by our very own CRAFT farmers who have years of experience with farming in the mountains. The handbook includes a full list of CRAFT members and their contact information and is only available via private login for CRAFT members.
Farmer Round Tables
Held during the winter months, round-table discussions on farmer-chosen topics are designed to prep your mind for spring.
A listing of regional and local resources for WNC farmers, from sourcing feed to insurance agencies.
Find out what’s in store for the season of farm tours. Missed a CRAFT tour? Or do you want to read about all the wisdom our CRAFT farmers have to offer? We post summaries of past tours so you don’t miss out. If you’re getting ready to host a CRAFT tour, check out Presenter Tips for Giving Great CRAFT Tours.
Use these FAQs as a starting point for establishing an apprenticeship program on your farm, as well as these helpful tools:
- Best practices for managing apprentices
- Tips for being a mentor from experienced CRAFT farmers
- How to structure labor on a small farm
- Legal glossary for on-farm labor
A listing of labor management resources pertaining specifically to WNC.
A network at your fingertips! The listserv is designed as an open forum to pose and discuss farming questions, post farm-related events of interest, or post farm work days (if you’re a farmer and want extra help on big projects).
Locate CRAFT Farms
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Cameron, Farmer Programs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant #2016-70017-25341, USDA Rural Business Development Program, Community Foundation of WNC, Polk County Community Foundation, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, New Belgium Brewing, Simply Organic 1%. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, French Broad Food Coop, Mountain Rose Herbs, Earth Tools, Biltmore Company, Red Moon Herbs, Living Web Farms, and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are Hendersonville Community Co-op, and WNCW.