15-Month Virtual Program

The Journeyperson program helps farmers expand and improve their farm business, planning smartly and going in deeper to analyze their individual  business needs. The program is designed for beginning farmers who have been independently farming for 3 or more years and are serious about operating farm business. This program includes a dive into holistic financial planning, revising goals and values, and more detailed enterprise analysis, all based on a solid foundation of their own farm numbers. Design a responsive, adaptable business plan to achieve long-term farm viability and resilience.

In response to the need for virtual learning opportunities during the pandemic, we have restructured this program from in-person retreats to a webinar series.

 This 15-month program starts in December 2020 and ends in March 2022. 

What is unique about this program?

As farmers push into years 4 and 5 in their farming journey, they have a sense of what their business is, what marketing channels they have, and what kinds of income and expenses they experience. In addition, they have a solid foundation of production experience. Participation will be limited to a small number, to not only allow you to learn from experienced farmers, but also to develop deeper relationships with farmers in a similar business phase. Mentorship, another key element of this program, can address your very specific farm and business needs.

Program Details: December 2020 – March 2022

  • 4  Webinars: January & February 2021, 2022
  • Work with an Experienced Farmer Mentor one-on-one
  • WNC CRAFT Farmer Network: Membership and mentoring in a regional farmer network
  • Identify & connect with Regional resource providers (lenders, small business centers)
  • Every-other-month virtual cohort meetings*
  • Discount Offers to OGS Services: 
    • 15% off of Sustainability Coaching & Consulting program for farm design and systems development
    • 15% off attendance at OGS Spring Conference & Harvest Conference
    • 15% off of any other OGS workshops

 

Curriculum & Schedule

Journeyperson Course Schedule Coming Soon!

If we can safely meet up in person, we will do so as an optional gathering for participants.

 

For questions, please contact our Director of Programming, Nicole Delcogliano, at nicole@organicgrowersschool.org

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. .