Meet Farm Beginnings® Graduates

Krista Wesch & Stephen Rosenthal

Krista Wesch & Stephen Rosenthal

Class of 2016–2017

Stephen and 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.

Lorri Bura & Rich Steinhoff

Lorri Bura & Rich Steinhoff

Class of 2015–2016

Lorri Bura and Rich Steinhoff are the co-owners of Green Heart Gardens, the first certified organic hemp farm in NC. Hemp plus medicinal herbs are the focus of their farm 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.

Headwaters Market Garden

Class of 2017–2018

Will and Savannah Salley owners and operators of Headwaters Market Garden located just north of Asheville, NC. The farm is located on the Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy’s Community Farm. We are a small, low-till, biointensive, mixed vegetable farm focusing on “quality over qanutity.” Farm Beginnings helped us focus on the fundamental aspects of operating a successful farm business like budgeting, accounting, record keeping, marketing and sales. Heading into our third growing season we are excited to build on the knowledge gained from Farm Beginnings.

 

Black Trumpet Farm

Class of 2017-2018

Gwen and Jay started Black Trumpet Farm in 2017 after many years of dreaming and planning.Black Trumpet Farm offers reliable, year round production of fresh herbs and mushrooms. Farm Beginnings helped solidify our grand schemes and provided structure as we took the plunge into small business ownership.  We also gained an invaluable friend and contact within the WNC farm community through the mentorship opportunity.  As Farm Beginnings graduates, we feel better prepared to face the challenges of combining entrepreneurship with organic farming .

Gabe Noard

Gabe Noard

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 medicinal herb 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

Class of 2015–2016

Mary Carol and Griffin Dodd own and operate Red Scout Farm in Black Mountain, NC. “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.”

For questions, please contact Farmer Programs Coodinator, Nicole DelCogliano at nicole@organicgrowersschool.org

Thanks to our Media Sponsors for 2018!

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 Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Earth Tools, Biltmore Company, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are Hendersonville Community Co-op, and WNCW.