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.
|October 31st, 2022||Applications due|
|November 5th, 2022||Acceptance / Denial|
|November 6th and 20th||Farm Communications Workshop|
|November 15th, 2022||Orientation of Cohort (Virtual or In-Person)|
|December 13th, 2022||Cohort Meeting (Virtual or In-Person)|
|January 2023||Holistic Financial Planning: Cee Bradley of Chelsea Morning Farm|
|February 2023||Advanced Enterprise Development with Holly Whiteside of Against the Grain Farm|
|Second Tuesday of every month||Monthly Cohort meetings|
|Jan-October, 2022-2023||Mentoring, 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)
- 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
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 email@example.com
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.