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

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...

Ask Ruth: Winter Cover Crops

Ask Ruth: Winter Cover Crops

Hello Ruth, I live in East TN and will be digging sweet potatoes in my home garden by the first frost which usually comes in the third week in October. The sweet potatoes are in a 500 square foot area. I am new to cover cropping and have experimented with oats,...

Ask Tom: Farmer Ergonomics

Ask Tom: Farmer Ergonomics

Dear Tom – With the late spring and incessant rain in June, this season was very stressful but making things worse was back pain on and off all season. Any suggestions? Aching Andy in Tuxedo Dear Andy – You are not alone. Farming is the occupation most associated with...

Ask Meredith: Horticultural Oils

Ask Meredith: Horticultural Oils

Dear Meredith, Here I sit browsing the June/July issue of The Appalachian Voice and came across an interview with two folks from the OGS. In it there is a recipe for garlic soap spray, supposedly the executive director's favorite. One of the ingredients is mineral...

CRAFT TOUR: Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Hickory Nut Gap Farm Tour summary July 6, 2013 “Apple Orchard Management” For our July CRAFT tour we gathered at Hickory Nut Gap Farm (HNGF) where we focused on apple orchard management. Walker Sides, the farm manager, and Mark Clarke, an employee and cousin to the...

Ask Tom: Solar Wood Drying

Ask Tom: Solar Wood Drying

Dear Tom: In the July OGS 'Notebook' you mentioned using clear plastic sheeting to dry firewood. Is there a 'greenhouse grade' clear plastic that is different from conventional clear plastic?  I would expect that covering a pile of wood with clear plastic sheeting...

Organic Disease Control

Organic Disease Control

Western North Carolina is classified as a temperate rainforest ecosystem. Most people are surprised to hear this, but not organic gardeners. With our fair share of diseases affecting every plant you can imagine, organic gardeners often feel like we’re in for total...