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.

Meet your instructors.


Upcoming Workshops

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 Incubator Farm
3445 Atando Rd.
Concord, NC 28025
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Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center
133 Livingston St.
Asheville, NC 28801
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Homesteading Workshop

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.

2020 Farm Dreams Registration Form

  • Note: If you are registering for more than one person, please fill out the form separately for each individual.

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  • Workshop Policies

  • Refund Policy: Registration for the Organic Growers School classes and workshops is non-refundable. This event will be held rain, snow, or shine. If you are unable to attend for any other reason, we will be happy to send you documentation so that your registration fee can be recorded as a tax-deductible contribution to the ongoing work of the Organic Growers School.

    Photo Policy: By registering for any session in the Organic Growers School Spring Conference, I grant to the Organic Growers School the right to use my photograph, video and voice recordings or likeness, with or without my name, for publicity and educational purposes for Organic Growers School. I hereby release any claims of copyright, libel, slander, violation of privacy or similar rights that I may have.

  • Donate to OGS

  • Organic Growers School is a 501c3 non-profit. Our program fees do not cover our expenses. Please consider a tax-deductable donation. We strive to keep this education affordable and accessible. Even still, some folks cannot afford to attend. Please donate any amount to the scholarship fund so that others may receive this education.

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For more information on this program, please contact Sera Deva, Farmer Programs Associate & Conference Coordinator at farmer-programs@organicgrowersschool.org

Sponsored by…

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.