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Organic Growers School hosts 4th Annual Harvest Conference September 8 & 9

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ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL (OGS) will host the upcoming 4th annual Harvest Conference, for backyard gardeners, urban farmers, and homesteaders of all skill levels on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.

The event focuses on fall & winter growing, food preservation & storage, fermentation, cooking from scratch, and sustainability skills. The learning continues on Sunday with a Root Crop Production workshop at LIving Web Farms in Mills River, NC.

The Harvest Conference is a fall event featuring all the popularity of the Spring Conference with a focus on the fall and winter growing, home cooking, fermentation, preservation, homestead skills, self-reliance, backyard wonders, and more—all with an organic perspective, of course.


We pride ourselves on bringing you down-to-earth advice on organic growing and sustainable living while remaining affordable and accessible.

  • Dates—Friday and Saturday, September 8 & 9, 2017
  • FridayAll-Day Workshops
  • Saturday—Choose from 21 classes in 7 tracks, much like the Spring Conference format
  • Sunday Bonus Event—Our education partner Living Web Farms is extending the weekend by offering a Root Crop Production Intensive on Sunday, September 10.
  • Location—Friday & Saturday classes will be at Warren Wilson College. Sunday will be at Living Web Farms.
  • Cost—Saturday is $50. Friday All-day Workshops are $70.

Organic Growers School has been educating commercial farmers, urban farmers, homesteaders, permaculturalists, and rural growers in all aspects of organic production since 1993. “We see a strong need in the home and community growing populations for support, skill and confidence building, and social motivation,” says Lee Warren, Executive Director of the Asheville-based nonprofit. “We’d like to see every person in our community growing,” says Warren, who envisions gardens, orchards, and chickens in every yard, “because regional food security and a sustainable food movement are dependant on an engaged population of organic growers.”

Learning together is what the Harvest Conference is all about, and conference participants will have the opportunity to take part in day-long workshops on Friday, September 8, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Friday workshops include Healing with the 5 Elements: Explore the Power of
Traditional Chinese Medicine with Patricia Kyritsi Howell, Wild Food Forage Adventure with Alan Muskat, and Fall & Winter Gardening: Yes, You Can! with Diana Schmitt McCall.

The Saturday, September 9, Harvest Conference schedule, also at Warren Wilson College, features more than twenty sessions with 3-hour morning sessions covering Whole Hog Butchery & Charcuterie, Hemp in the 21st Century, Beyond Diversity: A Racial Equity Path to Food Justice, an Introduction to Permaculture, and so much more.

A bonus Sunday, September 10, event takes place with the Organic Growers School’s education partner, Living Web Farms in Mills River, NC. The workshops teaches about the best varieties, planting times, expected harvest schedules, nutritional requirements, and disease and
insect protection for a diversity of root vegetable crops and covers common crops such as beets, carrots, parsnips, and rutabagas as well as less common crops like salsify, jerusalem artichokes, and yacon.

The teachers and topics for all three days of the 4th Annual Harvest Conference represent a wide array of regional wisdom on all aspects of health, wellness, and sustainable living. The Saturday event also hosts a trade show with exhibitors such as local farms, gardening suppliers,
and cottage industries that specialize in organic products, books and resources for organic growers and Permaculture practitioners, and several non-profit organizations with information on related topics. Lunch will be available on-site at the Warren Wilson College Campus.
Cost for the Friday, day-long workshops are $55 if purchased by August 6, 2017 and $70 after. Cost for the Saturday event is $45 by August 6 and $50 after. OGS offers down-to-earth advice on growing and sustainable living, while remaining affordable and accessible.


More information and registration can be found online at or by emailing  

About Organic Growers School
The Harvest Conference is organized annually by Organic Growers School, a 501(c)3 non-profit. OGS is the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food & farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. Since 1993, the OGS hands-on training, workshops, conferences and partnerships strengthen and celebrate each grower’s move towards self-reliance. Organic Growers School has served to reinforce Western North Carolina’s role as a regional leader in organic growing.

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