Explore Sustainable Farming
If you’re in the exploratory stages of starting your own farm, this entry-level workshop is designed just for you. You will receive practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward.
Learn about sustainable farming careers in Western North Carolina.
Discover and assess your resources, skills and farming intentions.
Begin to develop an educational plan toward farming.
Connect with regional training opportunities and support networks.
Prioritize your next steps toward your farming goals.
Hear from experienced farmers running successful farms in WNC.
All workshops are held on Saturdays, 10:00AM–4:00PM, with a potluck-style lunch where we encourage participants to bring a dish to share with the group during the 1-hr lunch break. We will send all registered participants workshop details and driving directions as their workshop date approaches.
Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Elma C. Lomax Research and Education Farm
3445 Atando Rd.
Concord, NC 28025
Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center
133 Livingston St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Please keep in mind that Farm Dreams is oriented towards those who would like to begin to market farm products. OGS also offers Homestead Dreams, a day-long workshop similar to the Farm Dreams, but geared toward homesteaders and folks interested in land-based living. The difference is that Farm Dreams focuses on an enterprise model where income generation is a significant part of the equation.
For more information on this program, please contact Sera Deva, Farmer Programs & Conference Coordinator 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 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.