Instructors

Farmer Panelists

Duron Chavis

Duron Chavis

Duron Chavis is the founder of Happily Natural Day; a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to holistic health, culture and social change. For over a decade, Chavis has utilized urban agriculture as a strategy for building community agency and ownership in marginalized communities. Whether the transformation of vacant lots or the revitalization of unused municipal buildings; Chavis uses local food as a tool to build racial equity, climate & food justice and community resiliency.

Facilitators

Nicole DelCogliano

Nicole DelCogliano

Nicole DelCogliano, MA, is the Director of Farmer Programs for the Organic Growers School. She been with OGS since 2015, and is 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 20 years, she manages a 16-acre diversified organic and biodynamic farm operation. She has MA degree in Appalachian Studies.

Meghan Baker

Meghan Baker

Meghan Baker is a horticultural professional based in Asheville.  She currently serves as the Small Farms Extension Agent in Buncombe County for the NC Cooperative Extension Service. As an outreach educator and technical consultant, she helps farmers navigate  production and business challenges with crops ranging from vegetables to herbs to forest products.  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 productive lands in the region.

For questions, please contact our Director of Programs & Human Resources, Nicole DelCogliano, at nicole@organicgrowersschool.org