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OGS has partnered with the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farming Coalition (ABFFC) to host a forest farming intensive on September 30 & October 1. Forest farming is an important aspect of the Western Appalachian commercial market, an opportunity for WNC farmers to explore alternative and sustainable income streams while utilizing and preserving crops in our natural environment.

The intensive will cater to the interests of beginning and intermediate/advanced forest farmers alike, offering classes by experts in the field covering topics such as production, marketing, certification, and processing techniques. The event will be hosted at Warren Wilson, a site that provides the perfect environment to show established forest farming in action. Sunday Morning Demonstrations will provide hands-on instruction on various established plots around the campus.

Topics covered will include seed handling and vegetative propagation methods, building a multi-crop budget, an advanced forest farmer roundtable, washing, drying, and storing methods of woodland medicinals, forest crop certification options, and animals in the woods. The $100 registration fee covers lunch and catered dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday.

We have so many amazing speakers coming to join us from all over the Southern Appalachian Region. Read more about them!

See our facebook event page here

For a full description of the intensive and to register, please visit the Organic Growers School website at

Sera Deva

Author: Sera Deva

Sera Deva has a B.S. in Microbiology & Agroecology from The Evergreen State College. She works with OGS as the Director of Programs & Systems Design, is the President of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Board of Directors, and is the Administrative Director for The Firefly Gathering. When she’s not geeking out over genetics, systems theory or soil hydrology, she spends her time growing and eating food in the South Toe Valley in Burnsville, NC.

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