Meet the Instructors

Nicole DelCogliano

Nicole DelCogliano

Nicole DelCogliano is the OGS Farmer Programs Coordinator. She and her husband Gaelan began their farm Green Toe Ground, a diversified organic farm in Celo, NC in 2001 . They’ve grown the farm over the years, and now manage 16 acres of diversified organic and biodynamic produce and livestock, train farm apprentices each year, and raise their two girls. Originally from NY, she has farmed and worked in education in NC for the last 20 years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from State University at New Paltz in New York, and has a Masters in Sustainability from the Center for Appalachian Studies in Boone, NC.

Cameron Farlow

Cameron Farlow

Cameron Farlow is the Farmer Programs Director. 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.

Meet the Farmer Panelists – Farm Dreams February 3, 2018

Tom Elmore is co-owner and operator of Thatchmore Farm, an organic family farm in Leicester NC. Thatchmore Farm is a ten-acre farm growing certified organic produce, (about 30 varieties with early season tomatoes and greens being a specialty) as well as ornamentals, mushrooms, and Christmas trees. Tom has run successful apprentice programs on the farm for decades. He has grown certified organic fruits and vegetables for 25 years and serves on the Boards of the NC Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association and the Organic Growers School.

Krista Fayette

Krista Fayette

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.

Lauren Rayburn

Lauren Rayburn

Lauren and her husband Michael run Rayburn Farm, a small herb, spice, berry, and specialty produce farm in Barnardsville, NC. They grow on 1.5 acres with seasonal help on a combination of owned and leased land. The Rayburns primarily market products directly to craft beverage makers, bakers, ice-cream makers, chocolatiers, and several restaurants. Although not certified, they generally follow the Food Alliance’s standards for sustainable crop production. Michael is a horticulturist with 10+ years’ experience and now works full-time on the farm.  He is responsible for crop planning, all field operations, deliveries, and sales. Lauren has full-time off-farm employment and handles the farm’s numbers and general farm administration.