Organic Living

“We do not inherit the planet from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

Native American Saying


Organic Living refers to making life choices that are healthy for people, communities, and the planet. If you’ve heard about climate change, soil erosion, the declining health of our nation’s people, toxins in the food supply, or any other alarming news stories that are making you think more critically about current events and your lifestyle, OGS can help!

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March 13-21, 2021  •  Online

The Spring Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that offers regionally specific workshops on organic growing and sustainable living. We will open registration and publish the 2021 schedule, class and workshop descriptions, and instructor bios in mid-December 2020.

Find Organic Food

Organic Growers School is dedicated to providing information on conscientiously grown food in the WNC region. To be included in this listing, Organic Growers School has vetted each farm to determine that they are 1) actively engaged in the local community and 2) using organic and/or sustainable production methods. Organic Certification is not required, but we ask that farms and farmers are “in-the-know” and conscientiously practicing organic standards.

Begin searching for fresh local food by entering a keyword or filtering by products produced!

Organic Growers School: Sustainability Consulting

Consulting Services

Available Year-Round

OGS offers a variety of consulting services with hourly follow-up support and reduced fees available, including 1) assessment of land that you own or want to purchase; 2) assessment of your farm, garden, or homestead; and 3) guidance for your land-based project.

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Stay Informed With Our Blog

CRAFT Tour- Forest Farming at Thatchmore Farm

CRAFT Tour- Forest Farming at Thatchmore Farm

Tom Elmore hosted the Forest Farming Tour on June 5th at Thatchmore Farm. A 10-acre, certified organic farm in Leicester, NC, with 2 acres in organic vegetables, 1 acre in container ornamentals and Christmas trees, and 2 acres in fruit, nut, and mushroom production....

CRAFT Tour at Our Friendly Allies Herb Farm

CRAFT Tour at Our Friendly Allies Herb Farm

CRAFT Farm Tour Recap with Herb Farm, Our Friendly Allies by Stephanie Vinat   Tucked away in the winding roads and mountains of Marshall is Our Friendly Allies - a certified organic herb farm run by the wonderful and warm Kelsey Green. Our CRAFT Tour members...