Holistic Crop Management Instructors

Lead Facilitators

Nicole DelCogliano

Nicole DelCogliano

Nicole DelCogliano, MA,  has been the OGS Farmer Programs Coordinator since 2015, and 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 17 years, she manages a 16-acre diversified organic and biodynamic farm operation. She has MA degree in Appalachian Studies.

Cameron Farlow

Cameron Farlow

Cameron Farlow is the Farmer Programs Director at the Organic Growers School. 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.

Georgia Presenters

Coming soon.

North Carolina Presenters

Mark Dempsey 

Mark 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 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.

Tennessee Presenters

Rachel Slaughter & Dylan Disque

Rain Crow Farm is a urban farm located in Johnson City, TN owned and operated by Dylan Disque and Rachel Slaughter. Together they grow vegetables and cut flowers using many no-till methods without the use of any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. While only cultivating 1/3 of an acre in two full growing seasons, they’ve been able to grow a diverse mix of produce for farmers markets, local restaurants, and a small CSA program. Prior to starting Rain Crow Farm both Dylan and Rachel have spent years gaining experience at a variety of farms and have learned the many ways to grow heathy and diverse produce and flowers. They are both excited to be a part of growing the local food scene in the Tri-Cities area. 

Virginia Presenters

Tamara McNaughton 

Tamara McNaughton has been operating TNT Farm N Greenhouse, a Certified Organic diversified transplant and vegetable farm, since the 2012 season. Tamara grew up in the suburbs of DC, always in love with the outdoors, and found her passion for local and sustainable systems during her college years in the early-nineties. Prior to starting TNT, Tamara spent twenty years gathering expertise, and the necessary tools and capital, to realize her small farm dream. Her work included managing greenhouse, nursery, aquaponic, field production and operations; establishing agriculturally focused non-profit organizations; and consulting for greenhouse and nursery management; and construction work to flip a couple houses. She has a Master of Arts from Appalachian State University in Appalachian Studies/Sustainable Development, with concentrations in agroecology and community food system.
 

 

Kelli Scott 

Kelli Scott’s experience with agriculture started at a very young age in the tobacco fields of southeastern North Carolina.  As a fourth generation farmer, soil, sweat, and sacrifice are an inherent part of her make-up. Kelli always had an interest in vegetable and flower production, and followed her dreams to the Dept of Horticulture at Virginia Tech, receiving a B.S. in Horticulture in 2003.  While in Blacksburg, she continued her education receiving a M.S. in AG Education & Extension in 2004. After college, Kelli worked in the greenhouse industry for seven years in her native North Carolina, before returning to Floyd County, VA in 2011. From there she has served as a statewide coordinator for the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program, which led her to her position as a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent serving agriculture and natural resources for Montgomery County, VA since 2013.  Kelli works hard to serve all the agriculture request of the county, but her key focuses are Horticulture, Specialty Crop Production, Hemp, Local Food Systems, Increased Healthy Food Access & Distribution, Master Gardening, Community Gardens, Produce Food Safety, and Agritourism.

Please contact farmer-coordinator@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, Biltmore Company, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and BPR. . 

Thanks to our Media Sponsors for 2019!