Curriculum & Schedule

Timeline:

Applications due by November 15th, 2020, application decisions made by December 1st, 2020.

Fees: $3000 for up to 2 farm partners, scholarships available.

 

Timeline Year One (2020-2021) Year Two (2021-2022)
November Applications due (November 15th, 2020)

Technical Assistance

Mentoring

December Acceptance / Denial (December 1st, 2020)

Technical Assistance

Mentoring

December Virtual (or In-Person) Cohort Meet-up (December 9th) Farmer Retreat  2-day
January

Farmer Retreat (2 days)

Mentor Match (January 15th) 

Farmer Retreat (2 days)
February  Farmer Retreat (2 days) Final Technical Assistance
February (Year 1) – March (Year 2)

Mentoring, CRAFT participation, every-other-month virtual cohort meetings, quarterly reporting to Journeyperson Coordinator.

Connecting with technical assistance/ providers. 

Graduation

 

Components of the Program: 

  • Components spread out over 15-months (December 2020 – March 2022)
  • 4 Weekend Retreats: January & February 2021, 2022 (2 day retreats/ webinar trainings)

 

Topics include:

  • Holistic Financial Planning
  • Farm Communication
  • Advanced Enterprise Development
  • Marketing

Other topics may be selected based on cohort interests.

 

Benefits of Program:

  • Work with an Experienced Farmer Mentor one-on-one
  • CRAFT Farmer Network Membership
  • Identify & connect with Regional resource providers (lenders, small business centers)
  • Every-other-month virtual cohort meetings

 

Weekend Retreat 1

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Weekend Retreat 2

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Weekend Retreat 3

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Weekend Retreat 4

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April–October—CRAFT Farm Tours

Schedule TBD – 1-2 Tours per Month, April – October

Participants can attend 10 farm tours hosted by CRAFT farm members. Topics change each year and cover practices like cover crops, vegetable production, livestock, marketing, production planning, and more.

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

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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. .