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April 10, 2019
Elliot Rhodes, Marketing Director
(828) 214-7833,
For Immediate Release:

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day to Benefit Organic Growers School

Asheville, NC. Organic Growers School will receive 5% of net sales from all Whole Foods Market locations in the Asheville area on Thursday, April 18 as part of the company’s annual Community Giving Days. Both Whole Foods Market stores, on Merrimon Avenue and on Tunnel Road in Asheville will participate.

All funds raised during this Community Giving Day will support general operating expenses at Organic Growers School, which offers hands-on training, workshops, conferences and partnerships that inspire, educate, and support people to farm, garden, and live organically.

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity for a national grocery store to support local food and farming systems,” says Lee Warren, Executive Director of Organic Growers School. “It’s a rare opportunity to keep money in the community and have it contribute to place-based sustainability. We are very grateful.”

The April Community Giving Day initiative focuses on organizations, partnerships, projects and events that leverage food to strengthen communities through economic growth, sustainable sourcing, environmental stewardship, and powerful collaborations. More than 500 Whole Foods Market locations will participate in the Community Giving Day by donating to organizations, projects and programs that support the mission of strengthening communities through food.

WHAT: Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day to benefit Organic Growers School
WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: Both Locations in Asheville: 

  • Whole Foods Market at 70 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Whole Foods Market at 4 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805

About Organic Growers School:

Organic Growers School (OGS) is the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians. Since 1993 OGS has been building a vibrant food & farming community by boosting the success of organic growers.

About Whole Foods Market ®

For 39 years, Whole Foods Market has been the world’s leading natural and organic foods retailer. As the first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market has more than 500 stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. To learn more about Whole Foods Market, please visit


Lee Warren

Author: Lee Warren

Lee Warren has been homesteading and farming for more than 25 years. She is the former Executive Director of Organic Growers School and the manager of Imani Farm, a pasture-based cooperative farm in Rutherford County, NC. Lee is also an herbalist, writer, teacher, and food activist, with an avid interest in rural wisdom, sustainable economics, and social justice issues.

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