Meet the Instructors!
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
Meghan Baker is the Small Farms Extension Agent working for the NC Cooperative Extension Service in Buncombe County. Prior to her position In Buncombe County, Meghan worked for 7 years at the Watauga County Extension Service with both commercial and backyard growers. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University, and holds an M.S. in Plant & Environmental Science from Clemson University. A native of Western North Carolina, Meghan is deeply committed to sustaining the agricultural heritage and farmscapes in the region
Meet the Farmer Panelists – Farm Dreams December 2, 2017
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.
Frances Tacy is co-owner/operator of Franny’s Farm, a 38-acre diverse, organic, agri-tourism farm in Leicester NC. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry & Masters of Education & has been involved in the heritage poultry movement 5+ years teaching dozens of workshops on & off her farm. She has skills in construction, gardening, cooking, processing/preserving harvest, livestock & poultry management. Her passion is Farm Camp where they inspire the youth to learn these homesteading skills. You can find her video blogs on Homestead Hustle and Mother Earth News.
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.