Organic Growers School: Farm Beginnings

Tuition & Scholarships

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*Please be sure to submit your Farm Beginnings application before completing the scholarship application.

Tuition Cost

Cost: $3000 per farm for the 2021-2022 class, for up to 2 farm partners*

Early Bird Discount if application received by August 6th ($100 off tuition)

*There are scholarship & payment plans available.


Organic Growers School aims to create affordable, broadly accessible programs, while at the same time, providing fair wages to our farmer instructors and dedicated staff. Financial Aid for Farm Beginnings is limited and priority is given to Black, Indigenous and beginning farmers of color, LGBTQ+ and other socially disadvantaged individuals.


We encourage you to consider a Payment Plan as your first option towards financial support. Also, see our list of Other Financial Aid Resources below. If requesting funding from OGS is necessary, we ask you to consider what would be a stretch, but not a strain, for you to invest in your education. Applicant’s level of community involvement and engagement in work related to social justice and sustainable agriculture in Southern Appalachia will be considered.


Eligibility Guidelines

  • Financial need
  • Passion and capacity for farming
  • Ability and willingness to give back to program
  • Understanding of the value of this farmer training education


Submit a scholarship application at the same time as your Farm Beginnings application; if you submit your application online, be sure to follow the link at the end of your application to apply for a scholarship. You will then be prompted to submit the scholarship application questions. If farm partners reside together and share finances, both parties need to submit financial information.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available and allow for participants to pay the Farm Beginnings fee in 4 installments. The first payment is due by October 1, 2021, after your letter of acceptance is received to secure your spot in the class. Payment plans will be signed and managed by the finance coordinator.

Down payment due:  October 1st, 2021

Subsequent payments are due in November, December, and January, or as otherwise agreed upon.  Payments can be made by check, debit or credit card. There is a $15 fee for late or missed payments.

Please let us know if you are interested and we will make arrangements for you to pay via check or online automatic withdrawals. Contact for more information. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation of a Farm Beginnings registration prior to October 15th will result in a return of half of your deposit. No refunds are available after October 15th. If you are unable to attend for any reason you may reserve your spot in the next years’ Farm Beginnings course. Tuition credit is valid through November 1, 2022. If you have to withdraw for any reason during the course, refunds cannot be made. If you are unable to attend the 2021-2022 course, we are happy to send you documentation so that your tuition fee can be recorded as a tax-deductible contribution to the ongoing work of the Organic Growers School.

Please contact Nicole at for any cancellation and transfer requests.

For questions, please contact our Director of Programs & Human Resources, Nicole DelCogliano, at

Thanks to our Media Sponsors for 2020!

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: CLIF bar Family Foundation, Southern Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education UNFI Foundation, WNC Bridge Foundation, Harry Chapin Foundation, Walnut Cove, New Visions, and USDA Rural Development. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Earth Tools, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, Gaia Herbs and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and BPR. .