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Asheville, NC: Organic Growers School is launching a new curriculum and training opportunity to Southern Appalachia in partnership with Certified Naturally Grown with funding support from the USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service. Holistic Crop Management is a four-part workshop series led by local farmers and agricultural experts. Growers will gain the tools to manage soil health, weeds, pests and diseases for whole-farm success. Workshops will be held across Northern Georgia, Eastern Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Southwestern Virginia. 

“We are excited to offer a sustainable crop management training geared towards commercial growers in the Southern Appalachians!” says Cameron Farlow, Organic Growers School’s Farmer Programs Director. “With this curriculum, we wanted to provide technical training about managing soils, weeds, pests, and diseases, and pair it with expertise and hands-on learning led by our local farmers. They are the ones best equipped to translate how the science plays out in the fields and how to put it into practice as they work to grow high-quality crops, efficiently and sustainably,” she continued. 

The purpose of this workshop series is to equip farmers with tools that will improve their crop production and management and apply a holistic framework for decision-making. Workshops include classroom discussion learning, hands-on learning, and a farm visit.

  

Holistic Crop Management Workshop Dates & Locations

A Holistic Approach to Soil Health: Learn and apply whole-farm management methods, basics of soil science and soil monitoring to increase your farm’s soil health and productivity.  

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 – Jonesborough, TN
  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday, December 10th, 2010 – Burnsville, NC
  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Thursday, January 9th, 2019 – Abingdon, VA
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm Friday, January 31st, 2020 – Cumming, GA

Managing Weeds Holistically: Understand common weed biology, ecology, and identification, as well as preventative practices to reduce weed pressure.

  • 9:00am – 4:00pm Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 – Jonesborough, TN
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 –  Burnsville, NC
  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday, January 10th, 2019 – Abingdon, VA
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, February 1st, 2020 – Cumming, GA

Managing Disease Holistically: Discover ecologically-based preventive, and integrated practices to reduce the impact of disease on your farm.

  • 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday, February 17th, Alexander, NC

Managing Pests Holistically: Gain an ecological understanding of pest biology, and management strategies commonly used to prevent pest damage.

  • 9:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday, February 18th, Alexander, NC

The cost for each work day-long is $30 and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. 

More information and registration can be found here at https://organicgrowersschool.org/farmers/holistic-crop-management/ or by emailing farmer-coordinator@organicgrowersschool.org

About Organic Growers School

Organic Growers School, a 501(c)3 non-profit. OGS is the premier provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food & farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. Since 1993, the OGS hands-on training, workshops, conferences and partnerships strengthen and celebrate each grower’s move towards self-reliance. Organic Growers School has served to reinforce Western North Carolina’s role as a regional leader in organic growing. ####

Cameron Farlow

Author: Cameron Farlow

Cameron Farlow is the Farmer Programs Director. Hailing from Greensboro, NC with dairy farming in her blood, she has now made her home in Western NC. After earning her undergraduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, Cameron dove headfirst into the realm of sustainable agriculture and local food systems, and later completed her Master’s Degree in Appalachian Studies and Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University. She also brings experience in the realms of farmland preservation, food security, farm to university, and land access for farmers. She came on board with OGS in April 2012. In addition to her work with OGS, Cameron is a beekeeper, dancer, baker and avid adventurer.

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