Improving Farm Communications

Date: Sundays, January 12th & 19th, 2020
Time: 10AM – 4PM
Location: Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy  Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Rd. Alexander, NC
$80 for a two day workshop, includes lunch both days.

Effective communication is essential, and can be transformative for your farm operation. In this two day long interactive workshop, Improving Farm Communication, participants will address real life situations to learn about communication styles, ways to have better conversations, and have a chance to practice new skills. In this workshop we will cover the basics of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), aka, Compassionate Communication, and how it can be applied to your personal as well as your farm life and business. On-farm communication is critical for farm viability, and is one of the most common sources of conflict and frustration for farmers, family members, business partners, employees, and customers.

NVC has been used around the world for decades in all areas of people’s lives and has one of the most proven track records for reducing conflict and creating teamwork, increasing efficiency, and boosting morale.

By using examples from participants’ lives we will create a highly interactive learning environment and learn skills that can be immediately applied to your home and work life.


Come if you:

  1. Are part of a farm family or farm team
  2. See the benefit of improved communication skills
  3. Would like to have conversations that aren’t so awkward
  4. Are ready to tackle difficult conversations
  5. Find the stress of farm life difficult to express to others

Participants will learn how to…

  • Use the four steps of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process.
  • Ask for what you want with clarity and confidence
  • Navigate conflict with ease and confidence even with those who have different world views.
  • Translate judgment and blame into understanding and connection.
  • Transform painful self judgment and create emotional resilience and inner peace.
  • Remain calm and centered even when others are expressing strong emotions.

Meet the Instructor

Steve Torma

Steve Torma

The REAL Center

For over thirty years, Steve Torma has gently guided our culture toward cooperation and regeneration. He is the former President of Earthaven Ecovillage, where he continues to live his passion for community and sustainability. Trained in Nonviolent Communication, and other healing modalities, Steve co-founded The REAL Center in 2007. Through his compassionate presence and guidance, Steve has helped countless people to find healing, direction, and meaning in their lives.

This workshop is funded by:

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: 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. .