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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Your donations help fund scholarships and programs for farmers.

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Ask Tom: Flea Beetles and Lettuce

Ask Tom: Flea Beetles and Lettuce

Dear Tom, Help! Flea Beetles are eating my precious lettuces! -Barbara (NC) Barbara - The key to flea beetles is to outgrow them. I've never seen them on lettuce but they love cole crops and eggplant. The plants are usually most at risk when they are young. One...

Organic Pest Control

Organic Pest Control

Sometimes, it can feel like you spend as much time defending your garden as you do growing your garden. It can be exhausting and, at times, overwhelming, but there are ways to limit and even prevent pest damage that are both effective and organic. Click through the...

Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Homemade Deodorant Recipe

If you've done much research into some of the questionable yet commonplace chemicals found in everyday hygiene products, there is a good chance you've heard or read somewhere about the parabens and aluminum salts in deodorant, both a which have been associated with...

Understanding Soil pH

Understanding Soil pH

pH is a measure of the relative acidity or alkalinity. Soil pH is a big deal when gardening, as the relative pH affects the availability of ALL the plant nutrients. Good soil for vegetable and flower gardening has a pH between 6.5-7 (relatively neutral). Here is how...

Container Gardening

Container Gardening

If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own food but felt strapped for space and sunlight, container gardening could be a great option for you. In most aspects, it’s the same as gardening right in the ground, but you’ll need to think creatively, and consider a few extra...

Watering Your Garden

Watering Your Garden

Water is a constant on any gardener’s mind. If you’re ready to take your first stab at organic gardening, be thinking about how you’ll water your plants before that garden is even a twinkle in your eye. Vegetable gardens need about 1 inch of water each week.

Growing Soil

Growing Soil

Most people think about growing plants when starting a garden. Organic Growers School urges you to think about growing the soil. The soil in your garden will be the foundation of everything that happens, and the better you care for it, the better your garden will...

Feeding Your Garden Organically

Feeding Your Garden Organically

When it comes to adding nutrients to your garden soil, or coddling particular plants with special needs, there are many organic options. Cultural practices such as cover cropping, crop rotation, and composting will ensure balanced nutrition of your soil in the long...

Introduction to Organic Beekeeping

***Please Note: This information was originally provided in conjunction with a presentation at the Organic Growers School Spring Conference. If you have further questions, feel free to contact us.***   "Introduction to Organic BeeKeeping" by Eric Brown, Milk and...

Cover Cropping 101

Cover Cropping 101

A cover crop is a crop you grow for the soil, instead of for your plate. The practice of growing specific crops just for fertilizing and building the soil dates back to the Roman Empire. Cover crops add organic matter to the soil, and add nitrogen in a slow-release...

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