Holistic Crop Management Instructors

Lead 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.

Mark Dempsey

Mark Dempsey

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

Craig Mauney

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

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

Peter Brezny

Peter Brezny

An Asheville Native, Peter Brezny has a passion, bordering on obsession, for growing within an ecological framework. Trained in Environmental Science/Chemistry (BS/BA 1992 UNCA) and Biochemistry/Biophysics (MS 1995 WSU), his education didn’t match the Asheville job market, so after another round of on-the-job training and self education he founded a small web-hosting business in 1998 (www.purplecat.net).  More than two decades on, Network/Systems administration provided enough flexibility and revenue to finally start the slow transition to full time farmer and in 2013, the Psycho Chicken Eco Farm (www.pce.farm) hatched from a lucky find of some broken down land in West Asheville.  Since then, He’s been primarily focused on healing seriously degraded pastures and learning to work with nature in the context of small vegetable farming.  After many struggles, false starts, and unlearning a great deal of ‘conventional wisdom’, no-till, regenerative, organic practices have come to the fore, resulting in incredible productivity from land that previously wouldn’t grow grass.

Please contact nicole@organicgrowersschool.org if you want to learn more about this workshop series, or have any questions.

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. . 

Thanks to our Media Sponsors for 2020!