January 18th Workshop, Concord, NC – Farmer Panelists
Lomax Incubator Farm
Seven Sisters Farm
Janice was born and raised on a multi-generational commercial vegetable farm in Southern Maryland. While studying Natural Resource management at NC State University, she met her husband and farm partner Michael. They began growing vegetables for market in 2012. They currently operate Seven Sisters Farm, specializing in product diversity and extended season production for direct to market sales.
They have produced on as much as 10 acres, and explored a myriad of sales avenues, but are currently scaled to 3 acres of intensive production, with high tunnels and a propagation greenhouse. They have begun expanding to perennial crops (berries, asparagus, herbs) and pastured livestock. Their goal is to maintain a healthy, sustainable farmstead to provide for their family, and to develop relationships and deliver quality goods to their community.
February 8th Workshop, Asheville, NC – Farmer Panelists
Marie Williamson owns and operates Bluebird Farm with her husband, William Lyons, in Morganton, NC. Bluebird Farm produces vegetables using organic methods. Pork, chicken, beef and lamb are all rotationally grazed and fed certified organic feed. Their passion is feeding folks wholesome foods and managing a healthy farm ecosystem. Marie and William have been using holistic goals and financial planning to make Bluebird Farm provide full-time compensation for both of them for their full-time work. They continue to refine record keeping processes, management styles, and decision making tools to work toward a farm that is truly economically sustainable, properly compensating labor, paying for land, and providing long term stability.
Patchwork Urban Farms
Farmer, permaculturalist, and food thought-leader, Sunil Patel has studied natural farming methods throughout the U.S. including 4-season biodynamic vegetables, managing a grass-fed dairy, making artisanal raw milk cheese, natural building, and helping maintain permaculture sites. He lives in Asheville where he launched Patchwork Urban Farms in 2014.
New Roots Market Garden
Krista Fayette is co-owner and operator of New Roots Market Garden, a one-acre intensive garden tucked away in the beautiful wilderness of Madison County. Krista is a graduate of Farm Beginnings® and has a background in art, nutrition, gardening, and yoga. She has always had a passion for the preservation of the natural world that surrounds her. Her talents and compassion make-up New Roots, where she thrives to nurture the land by committing to minimal to no-till practices as well as using zero sprays whether organic or not. She is committed to creating a healthy, well-balanced ecosystem where all creatures can thrive. Krista is excited to share her creativity, ideas and bountiful harvests with her community.
Meghan Baker is a horticultural professional working to support sustainable agriculture in the Asheville area. After completing her Masters of Science degree at Clemson University, she began working for the NC Cooperative Extension Service and has developed a broad foundation of agricultural and natural resource expertise. An avid naturalist and outdoor enthusiast, Meghan also holds certifications as a North Carolina Environmental Educator, a Southern Appalachian Naturalist and an Interpretive Guide. A native of Western North Carolina, Meghan is deeply committed to sustaining the agricultural heritage and farmscapes in the region.
Nicole DelCogliano, MA, has been the OGS Farmer Programs Coordinator since 2015, and the lead facilitator and instructor for the Farm Beginnings Farmer Training. She is trained in a variety of curriculum research, development, facilitation, and teaching techniques. As a farmer for 17 years, she manages a 16-acre diversified organic and biodynamic farm operation. She has MA degree in Appalachian Studies.
Cameron Farlow is the Farmer Programs Director at the Organic Growers School. Hailing from Greensboro, NC with dairy farming in her blood, she has now made her home in Western NC. After earning her undergraduate degrees from UNC - Chapel Hill, Cameron dove headfirst into the realm of sustainable agriculture and local food systems, and later completed her Master’s Degree in Appalachian Studies and Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University. She also brings experience in the realms of farmland preservation, food security, farm to university, and land access for farmers. She came on board with OGS in April 2012. In addition to her work with OGS, Cameron is a beekeeper, dancer, baker and avid adventurer.
For more information on this program, please contact Sera Deva, Director of Programs & Systems Design at firstname.lastname@example.org