Holistic Crop Management Instructors
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.
Mark Dempsey is the Farm Services Manager at CFSA, helping farmers implement conservation practices and transition to organic production, and is also helping to run field trials throughout the Carolinas geared toward small-scale producers. His background is in soil microbiology, and he has worked for many years as a researcher studying soil, weed science and cover crop management.
Craig Mauney has worked as an Extension agent for the NC Cooperative Extension for over 25 years. He is presently the Extension Area Specialized Agent in commercial vegetable and fruit production in the 39 Western most counties of North Carolina. He graduated from Berea College, Berea, Kentucky with a BS Degree in Agriculture and has a lot of experience in all aspects of commercial vegetable and fruit production, home gardening and landscape design. He now has a small forest farm in Zirconia, NC – Shady Hollow Farm.
Gareth Stacke is the Certification Specialist at Certified Naturally Grown. Prior to moving to New York City, Gareth lived in Oregon where he co-managed a CSA farm and beginning farmer training program. At CNG, his role is to review the hundreds of new applications we receive each year and to help create new educational material for farmers. When not at CNG, you can find Gareth teaching New Yorkers about vegetable gardening, reading a book, or biking around
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Funding for this workshop series was made possible by thanks to our farmer networks, regional partners, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant #AM180100XXXXG067. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.
OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: CLIF bar Family Foundation, Southern Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education UNFI Foundation, WNC Bridge Foundation, Harry Chapin Foundation, Walnut Cove, New Visions, and USDA Rural Development. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Earth Tools, Buchi, Living Web Farms, Gaia Herbs and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and BPR. .
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