Curriculum & Schedule

Applications are due by September 18, 2021, application decisions made by November 1st, 2021.

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


October 5, 2021Applications due
November 1st, 2021Acceptance / Denial (by November 1, 2021)
November 16th, 2021Orientation (Virtual or In-Person)
December 14th, 2021Cohort Meeting (Virtual or In-Person)
January 9/10, 2022Holistic Financial Planning: Online with Cree Bradley of Chelsea Morning Farm
February 6/7, 2022Advanced Enterprise Development: Online or in person TBD with Holly Whiteside of Against the Grain Farm
First Tuesday of every monthMonthly Cohort meetings
Jan-October, 2022Mentoring, CRAFT participation, every-other-month virtual cohort meetings, quarterly reporting to Journeyperson Coordinator.

*Applicants will be asked preferred dates and times for these events and such, dates may be adjusted.

Components of the Program: 

  • Components spread out over 12 months (November 2021 – October 2022)

  • 2 Webinars: January & February 2022 (2 day trainings)


Topics include:

  • Holistic Financial Planning
  • Advanced Enterprise Development

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

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 Foundation. 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.