Meet Our Farm Beginnings® Graduates

Lorri Burra & Rich Steinhoff

Lorri Burra & Rich Steinhoff

Farm Beginnings® Class of 2015-2016

Lorri Burra and Rich Steinhoff are the co-owners of Green Heart Gardens, a medicinal herb farm and business in Candler. According to Lorri, “I learned more of the business end and how to plan for profit [with Farm Beginnings]. Organic Growers School and their Farm Beginnings® Program has helped me become a profitable, sustainable, organic farmer.” During the class, they were interested in learning how to make their medicinal herb growing a more viable business that provides them with some income and serves the public through education.

Krista Wesch & Stephen Rosenthal

Krista Wesch & Stephen Rosenthal

Farm Beginnings® Class of 2016-2017

Stephen & Krista started New Roots Market Garden after their year in Farm Beginnings® and a year apprenticing with Goldfinch Gardens. They manage a Certified Naturally Grown CSA and sell their fresh vegetables, mushrooms, herbs and flowers at farmers markets and a few restaurants, staying small, personal and local. New Roots started their first CSA season in 2018, their second growing season. They continue to be involved with OGS by helping panel the Farm Dreams workshops and remaining involved in the CRAFT Network.

Gabe Noard

Gabe Noard

Farm Beginnings® Class of 2015-2016

Gabe Noard is the owner/operator of a medicinal herb farm called Pangaea Plants in lush Lake Lure, NC. Pangaea is the only farm in WNC to be certified Biodynamic® by the Demeter Association. Pangea Plants won the 2018 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge for Best Farm Startup.

Mary Carol & Griffin Dodd

Mary Carol & Griffin Dodd

Farm Beginnings® Class of 2015-2016

Mary Carol & Griffin Dodd own and operate Red Scout Farm in Black Mountain, NC. They joined Farm Beginnings® with no prior farming experience. “We relied heavily on the farmer mentors we established relationships with during Farm Beginnings, asking them for equipment recommendations when we were first starting out, as well as using their experience as a framework for understanding the realistic side of what starting our own farm would look like.”

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Nicole, Farmer Programs Coordinator, at nicole@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.