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Friday Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions

These workshops will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017.  All classes run from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM with a one-hour lunch break midday. Click here for logistics and directions. All three workshops cost $55 if you register before August 6th and $70 after.

Healing with the 5 Elements

Explore the Power of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Patricia Kyritsi Howell

at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

Shoulder-up portrait of Patricia Kyritsi Howell who has short, gray hair and wears both a multi-color scarf around her neck and a smileAt the center of all healing traditions is this understanding: the essential energy and rhythm of the Earth elements manifest in and profoundly affect our health and well-being. Our task is to sharpen our ability to recognize these patterns that affect every living thing. Whether a healer by profession or for self and family, this day-long workshop will provide insight into the practical and poetic ways that elemental energies create symptoms of health and disease in the body, mind and spirit. Explore and understand this simple framework and you will begin to not only recognize patterns in radically new ways but also how to support changes that bring balance.


Wild Foods Foraging Adventure

with Alan Muskat

at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

WheClose-up of a tall, beige mushroom growing on a forest floor with Alan Muskat lying on the ground, resting his head on his hand, and smiling at the mushroom from the background of the image.n you think of going “out to eat” what are the first places that come to mind? Woods, forests, rivers? Perhaps at the foot of decaying tree bark? Let America’s leading philosoforager guide you on a woodland shopping spree to gather edible wild plants, wild herbs, and mushrooms as you learn about wild cooking, ecology, folklore, and the meaning of life. “Wild foods,” says Alan, “are a way of feeling at home in the world — we are continually provided for and never alone.” The walk will be easy and all age appropriate. A mouth-watering cooking demo and tasting follows. Enjoy this unforgettable lesson in “find dining.”

Fall & Winter Gardening

Yes, You Can! with Diana Schmitt McCall

at Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, 99 White Pine Dr. in Black Mountain, NC

Diana McCall rest her arm on her knee while sitting on a brown garden bed and wearing a large-brim hat and headphones-with-mic set as she teaches the Organic Gardening Series.Western NC plant hardiness zones range from 6 to 8 which means that no matter where you live in our region, a wide range of vegetables can overwinter without much fuss. Discover when to seed and transplant, which vegetables to plant, site location based on the hours of sunlight, and simple techniques for winter protection. Additionally, we’ll discuss raised beds, fertilization and water, mulching systems, three-season cover cropping, harvesting tips and timelines, fall and winter pest pressure, increasing plant heartiness, pros and cons of coldframes and hoop houses, as well as proper storage for roots and greens. And let’s not forget to use the winter months for planning your spring garden.


Author: OGS

Organic Growers School is a non-profit organization providing organic education since 1993. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and support people in our region to farm, garden, and live organically.

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