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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CRAFT TOUR: Goldfinch Gardens

CRAFT TOUR: Goldfinch Gardens

For our October and last CRAFT tour of the 2013 season we visited Goldfinch Gardens, where Ben McCann and Cedar Johnson shared their efforts at season extension and greenhouse management. The cooler weather set the stage for lots of discussion about the pros, cons and...

Ask Tom: Metals in Granulated Poultry Litter

Ask Tom: Metals in Granulated Poultry Litter

Dear Tom – We use a granulated poultry litter product that is OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) listed for organic production. I read that those products may have high levels of metals that can accumulate over time and damage our soil. Should we be concerned?...

Ask Ruth: Soil Solarization

Ask Ruth: Soil Solarization

Dear Ruth, Greetings from SW North Dakota. I had some problem with blight the past few years. I was told to place clear plastic in the latter part of the summer in the area where you plan to grow tomatoes the following year. l staked down the plastic and checked the...

Ask Tom: Poison Ivy

Ask Tom: Poison Ivy

Dear Tom-- Do you have suggestions for managing poison ivy? -- Holly in Grapevine Dear Holly – Initially I should mention that people vary greatly in their sensitivity to poison ivy. Some people should just stay away from it because no level of caution or post...

Ask Ruth: Scouting for Microclimates

Ask Ruth: Scouting for Microclimates

Dear Ruth, My fall garden has not done well. The lettuce is under row cover but it already looks awful at the end of November and the real winter has not even started yet. Thoughts? Michael J. Asheville, NC Dear Michael, Winter is an awesome time to take visual note...

CRAFT Tour: Full Sun Farm

CRAFT Tour: Full Sun Farm

WNC CRAFT Full Sun Farm Cut Flower Production August 11th In August, CRAFT met for a great tour on cut flower production led by Vanessa Campbell and Alex Brown at Full Sun Farm. We are lucky to have these long-time CRAFT members willing to share their growing prowess...

Ask Meredith: Apple Cider Vinegar

Ask Meredith: Apple Cider Vinegar

This month's Organic Living article comes from guest writer Jennifer Miyakawa Cloke, the Organic Growers School's Communications Coordinator and Spring Conference Assistant. Enjoy! Hi All! When I think "organic living," the first thing that comes to my mind is, of...

Ask Tom: Farm Gadgets 2013

Ask Tom: Farm Gadgets 2013

This month we offer several products and ideas that may be useful on the farm and elsewhere. If readers have others that we should spread around, please let us know. At our last CRAFT tour of the year Ben and Cedar at Goldfinch Gardens in Celo introduced us to a...

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