Curriculum & Schedule

Applications are due by October 31st, 2022, and decisions are made by November 5th, 2022.

Fees: Sliding Scale from $500$1200 for up to 2 farm partners; payment plans and scholarships are available too. The full cost of the program to OGS is at least $1500/ farm. 

 

DateTimeline
October 31st, 2022Applications due
November 5th, 2022Acceptance / Denial
November 6th and 20thFarm Communications Workshop
November 15th, 2022 Orientation of Cohort (Virtual or In-Person)
December 13th, 2022Cohort Meeting (Virtual or In-Person)
January 2023Holistic Financial Planning: Cee Bradley of Chelsea Morning Farm
February 2023Advanced Enterprise Development with Holly Whiteside of Against the Grain Farm
Second Tuesday of every monthMonthly Cohort meetings
Jan-October, 2022-2023Mentoring, CRAFT participation, monthly cohort meetings

*Applicants will be asked preferred dates and times for these events, so OGS may adjust dates.

Components of the Program: 

  • Components spread out over 12 months (November 2022 – October 2023)

  • 3 Workshops: November, January & February 2023 (1-2 day trainings TBD in person or virtual)

 

Topics include:

  • Holistic Financial Planning
  • Advanced Enterprise Development
  • Farm Communications

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

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

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: Blooming Prairie Foundation, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, Cornell Douglas Foundation, Harry Chapin Foundation, New Visions Foundation, Patagonia, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, UNFI Foundation, Walnut Cove Members Association, WNC Bridge Foundation, and USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Award #2021-70033-35717. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, and Gaia Herbs. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and Blue Ridge Public Radio.

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