Regenerative farming methods that use cover crops and other techniques to build soil fertility and boost the resilience of crops to stresses like drought are taking root in North Carolina. Gabe Brown and Russell Hedrick are among the pioneers in these techniques who will be speaking in WNC in connection with the Organic Growers School’s spring conference and related events.
The Organic Growers School’s Spring Conference is hardly a new event: The annual gathering of farmers, gardeners, homesteaders and assorted sustainability seekers turns 24 this month. But organizers say those attending this year’s edition, whether they’re newbies or longtime conference regulars, will surely dig up some novel information.
Organic Growers School is hosting a Farm-to-Table Dinner fundraiser with chef John Fleer. Also, Meredith Leigh hosts a charcuterie workshop, Ole Shakey’s mixes bingo and brunch buffets, Knife & Fork join forces with Cucina 24 to explore the island of Sardinia and more.
Whether you’re in Asheville, Hendersonville, Marshall or Saluda, Western North Carolina is planning a host of tasty New Year’s Eve options.
Fermented foods have a variety of health benefits, including improved digestion and a stronger immune system . At a recent fermentation workshop at the Organic Growers Conference, Sandor Katz taught particpants how to make sauerkraut, his signature food for which he was nicknamed “Sandorkraut.”
On Sept. 4, hunt ginseng in the wild with medicinal plant authority Robert Eidus on his farm in Marshall. On Sept. 10, gather with farmers, gardeners and homesteaders for the third annual Harvest Conference, presented by the Organic Growers School on the campus of A-B Tech in Asheville.
Farming dreams can start big and end in disappointment. With its Farm Beginnings program, the Organic Growers School gives new farmers the business and practical tools to maximize their chances of success. And for those who already have a farm, whether as a business or a hobby, the Mountain State Fair offers myriad opportunities to show off the products of their labors.
Interest in biodynamic growing practices is strong both locally and across the nation. In a two-day workshop July 9-10, Barefoot Farmer Jeff Poppen will share practical and spiritual wisdom drawn from 30 years of biodynamic agriculture experience on his Tennessee farm.
Western North Carolina is home to a number of Earth Day-related festivities and programs. Here’s a rundown of some of the most notable events.
The Fine Arts Theatre hosts a Works in Progress screening, the Asheville Jewish Film Festival announces the titles for its spring film series and Transplanting gets its UK debut.
Whether you are an experienced or first-time gardener, the fifth annual “Get Growing” gardening series — offered by the Organic Growers School, Fifth Season Asheville Market and the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden — is here to help you step up your gardening skills. The four-part series will focus on the main aspects of organic gardening: […]
French food snob Pierre Geaux (an alter ego of local homesteading authority Bill Whipple) will host Organic Growers School’s upcoming farm-to-table benefit dinner, curated by Meredith Leigh. The event is at UNCA on Saturday, March 12.
This is the last week to donate to the Give!Local campaign! So far there have been over 290 donations made, with an average donation of $89. The largest donation so far has been for $2,100 and the campaign has made over $26,000 (as of Monday Dec. 21). Thanks to all those who have donated so […]
Thank you to all the Give!Local donors! The 60-day campaign is into its third week! The campaign provides a fun, fast and easy way to give online from $10 to $1000s. Donors can give to as many of the 30 participating nonprofits as they like and pay with one easy credit transaction. Plus, there are incentives […]
North Carolina is just one signature away from taking advantage of a 2014 Farm Bill provision that allows states to enact their own hemp-growing pilot programs.
Give!Local raised nearly $1,000 in its opening day and many of the nonprofits raised additional money at the kickoff event. Thirty nonprofits, their boards, two food vendors, three bands, a dinosaur and a ghost pepper all convened along with about 200 people from the public.
Free party at The Orange Peel to celebrate Asheville’s first Give!Local campaign THE MISSION: To raise funds and awareness for 30 worthy local nonprofits that make a big difference where we live. To make giving simple and fun, no matter how small or large the gift. THE METHOD: Offer contributors hundreds of fun and valuable incentives that […]
Foodie festivals continue in WNC with Taste of Sylva’s downtown restaurant crawl. Meanwhile, Organic Growers School is poised to train a new crop of farmers; Ambrozia will host a wine dinner with Metro Wines’ Andy Hale; and Taste of Asheville tickets are now on sale.
Making a living as a farmer is tough anywhere, but it’s particularly true in the North Carolina mountains. Western North Carolina lost 18 percent of its farms — more than 2,800 — in the 15 years between 1997 and 2012. And the majority of existing WNC farmers today are nearing retirement age — many of them without heirs who plan to keep the farm going.
The Organic Growers School’s second Harvest Conference on Saturday, Sept. 12, offered 26 workshops focused on fall and winter growing, cooking, fermentation and preservation, self-reliance, herbal medicine and homestead skills.
A new program from Organic Growers School, WNC FarmLink and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy called Farm Pathways will combine peer support and land access with a structured curriculum centered around farm production and business.