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Announcing the Pre-Conference Workshops

These workshops will be held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.  All classes will be from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM with a 1 hour lunch break midday.

Sandor KatzSandor Katz

The Art of Fermentation

Friday, September 9th, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
$75 by 8/5, $80 after.

Come learn how simple it is to preserve vegetables by making your own kraut, kimchi, and other fermented delicacies. Learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Empower yourself with simple techniques for fermenting these healthful foods in your home. Be part of the fermentation revival!
Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation (2003) and the Art of Fermentation (2012), along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world, have helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, the New York Times calls him “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene.” The Art of Fermentation received a James Beard award, and Sandor was honored with the Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Foodways Alliance. For more information, check out Sandor’s website
Home Growing--Simple Approaches to Food Abundance

Home Growing–Simple Approaches to Food Abundance

With Chuck Marsh

Friday, September 9th, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
$60 by 8/5, $65 after

Join Permaculture teacher, designer and elder, Chuck Marsh for this dynamic ‘how to’ workshop. Learn practical and effective approaches to understanding, developing, and maintaining your land for productivity, regeneration, and restoration.

You will learn skills in:

  • Reading the landscape through applied site observation and analysis
  • The art of placement: Simple land design strategies for properly placing the elements needed for an integrated food producing, life supporting home system
  • Home systems establishment: Earthworks for garden and orchard building, managing water in the landscape, garden and orchard building
  • Systems Maintenance: Caring for your creation

Whether you’re designing for full-on production systems, starting a homestead, or growing in your urban yard, these skills will help you learn to become as self-reliant as you want to be.


DIY Herbal Apothecary--Making Medicines at Home

DIY Herbal Apothecary–Making Medicines at Home

With Melissa Fryar

Friday, September 9th, 2016, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
$60 by 8/5, $65 after

Create your Own Home Apothecary. Learn to prepare teas, tinctures, oils, salves, herbal honeys, and bath products in your own kitchen!

This hands-on, full-day workshop will have you making herbal home remedies in no time!

Melissa will provide step by step instructions including harvesting, extraction, indications, and best use methods. Discover the top herbs to have on hand and details about how to  grow, forage, or buy your own, which saves money and enhances your family’s vitality, health, and wellbeing.


Author: OGS

Organic Growers School is a non-profit organization providing organic education since 1993. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and support people in our region to farm, garden, and live organically.

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