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.
Update: October class is now canceled and will be held February 11, 2023!
Location: Creekside Farm and Education Center, Arden, NC
Homegrown Dreams Workshop Also Available
Please keep in mind that Farm Dreams is oriented towards those who would like to begin to market farm products. OGS also offers Homegrown Dreams, a day-long workshop similar to the Farm Dreams, but geared toward 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 questions, please contact our Director of Programs & Human Resources, Nicole DelCogliano, at firstname.lastname@example.org
OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: Blooming Prairie Foundation, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, Cornell Douglas Foundation, Harry Chapin Foundation, New Visions Foundation, Patagonia, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, UNFI Foundation, Walnut Cove Members Association, WNC Bridge Foundation, and USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Award #2021-70033-35717. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Buchi, Living Web Farms, and Gaia Herbs. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and Blue Ridge Public Radio.