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Mother Earth News Fair swept into town with a splash, attracting 16,000 to the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center on the weekend of April 11, 12, & 13. Organic Growers School was a sponsor and exhibitor at the fair and our staff and board members were speakers.

In addition, we were delighted that Ford Motor Company awarded OGS, as well as five other organizations, a $2,000 Community Green Grant.

“Each of these organizations provides tremendous value to Western North Carolina and beyond, and we’re excited to help kick-start their sustainable programs and contribute to existing green projects,” says Stephanie Janczak, manager of global Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) technology and deployment for Ford Motor Company’s Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters. She presented the awards.

Ford provided grants to:

  • AdvantageWest, a regional economic development partnership serving the 23 counties of Western North Carolina. Job creation initiatives focus on agribusiness, the green economy, entrepreneurial development, advanced manufacturing and the film industry.
  • ASAP, which helps local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.
  • Ashevillage, which provides immersive educational leadership programs that accelerate community-based, whole systems on-the-ground projects with the aim of fostering a vibrant, just and resilient world.
  • Land-of-Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, a Clean Cities program of the Land of Sky Regional Council. Clean Cities is a U.S. Department of Energy program that works with states and communities across the country to promote the use of cleaner, alternative fuels and vehicles.
  • The Livestock Conservancy, a membership organization working to protect nearly 200 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. The group aims to ensure the future of agriculture through the genetic conservation and promotion of heritage breeds of livestock and poultry.
  • The Organic Growers School, which works to advance organic agriculture and sustainable living in the Southern Appalachian region by gathering people to teach, learn and celebrate together.

“When we researched community groups to partner with, these organizations came to the top of our list for their expertise and willingness to share it with others,” says Fair Director Andrew Perkins. “The fact that Ford chose to recognize them speaks volumes to how much sustainability means to the company.”

Sustainability factors heavily into Ford’s corporate mission. The Mother Earth News Fair provides a platform to share that message – and help others achieve their green goals.

About Ford Community Green Grants
Ford created the Ford Community Green Grant in 2011 to make a difference in local communities by helping fund nonprofits’ innovative, sustainable projects. The grants are intended to help launch sustainable programs as well as contribute to existing green and forward-thinking projects that better the environment. Past programs have ranged from community gardens to recycling centers and compost programs.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company
, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

About the Mother Earth News Fair
The Mother Earth News Fair is a family-friendly, sustainable living fair presented by Mother Earth News, the longest-running publication about sustainable living. The Fair features more than 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations including gardening, preparing and preserving food, renewable energy, small-scale farming, green building, natural health and more. Asheville, N.C., Puyallup, Wash., Seven Springs, Pa., and Topeka, Kan., host the event each year.


Shown at the presentation in photo above, from left: Stephanie Janczak, Manager of Global Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Technology and Deployment for Ford Motor Company’s Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters;Matt Raker, VP of Entrepreneurship & AdvantageGreen at AdvantageWest; Scott Hamilton, President & CEO of AdvantageWest; Chris Reedy, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Food Ventures; and Bryan Welch, Publisher of Mother Earth News.


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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