If you’re starting or expanding your farm business, we offer a path to success through training, networking, and support.

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We provide you with quality gardening education, ideas for inspiration, and connections to other growers in Western NC.

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Honestly, Farm Beginnings has changed my life for the better. I am leaving the course with functional knowledge of farm business, a wealth of resources, and direction for my life. I can’t thank you all enough.
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I can’t fully express my appreciation for the passion conveyed in the [Spring] Gardening series. Especially regarding the creation of a healthy, vibrant earth through gardening and by redefining our relationship with nature/soil. Thank you, thank you.

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I love the OGS Spring Conference. Thank you all for your hard work to make it happen. I look forward to it every year and always come away inspired and ready to keep working!

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What I love most about CRAFT is the networking with other farmers and visiting working farms. The sharing of information between farmers is like in no other industry. In farming, it seems, competitiveness turns into collaboration and cooperation.

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Recent Blog Posts

CRAFT TOUR: Goldfinch Gardens

CRAFT TOUR: Goldfinch Gardens

The 2012 CRAFT season has begun! We had our first tour at Goldfinch Gardens in Celo, NC with a great turnout and a beautiful day. The topic for this first tour was “Production Planning and Greenhouse Management” and our host farmers Ben and Cedar shared so much wisdom...

Ask Tom: New Organic Sprays

Ask Tom: New Organic Sprays

Dear Tom – I have heard talk about new organic sprays for flea beetle and downy mildew. Can you tell me more about those products? - Anxious in Asheville     Dear Anxious – Downy mildew is a problem on our farm most years in squash and cucumbers. It is not...

Featured CRAFT Farmer: Megan McGowan

Featured CRAFT Farmer: Megan McGowan

Megan McGowan is starting her own farm this year with the help of the Organic Growers School’s CRAFT farmer training initiative. In her first year farming, Megan is growing more than 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and sunflowers for market on an acre of leased...

Ask Tom: Greenhouse Plant Racks

Ask Tom: Greenhouse Plant Racks

Dear Tom – When we toured your farm last year I recall thinking that the supports you use for seed flats in your propagation house looked affordable and effective. Will you remind me how they are assembled? - Jean in Clyde Dear Jean – The basic idea is to use stock...

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