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Food, Farm & Market

Here’s a more literally “juicy” section that contains information especially about foods produced in our region, foods with enhanced freshness and nutritional value. You’ll find offerings about what’s going on with the local food industry in the WNC mountains.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project     Slow Food Asheville     Asheville Independent Restaurants     Foodtopia Asheville   

ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL Hosts New Holistic Crop Management Workshop Series

Asheville, NC: Organic Growers School is launching a new curriculum and training opportunity to Southern Appalachia in partnership with Certified Naturally Grown with funding support from the USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service. Holistic Crop Management is a four-part workshop series led by local farmers and agricultural experts. Growers will gain the tools to manage soil health, weeds, pests and diseases for whole-farm success. Workshops will be held across Northern Georgia, Eastern Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Southwestern Virginia. 


ORGANIC GROWERS SCHOOL’s Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training in Western NC: Early Bird Application August 1st

Student Profile: Warren Lee
When Warren Lee applied to the Organic Growers School’s year long farmer training, Farm Beginnings®, they spoke about the pull and draw of their family land in Roswell, Georgia as a motivating factor. It was their great grandfather’s land and had been passed down in the family. Farm Beginnings® is a 12-month training that uses a mix of farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, mentorship, and field days. Warren had been pursuing their farm dream in the Northeast, including work on a farm in VT, a permaculture design course certificate, and a Masters in Ecological Design.


Food Connection and Flori Pate, WNC Person of the Year 2018

Food Connection – Making a Difference in Western North Carolina

Sarah Nowicki Nicholson in WNC Woman Magazine

I think we can all agree that no fresh food should ever end up in the trash while people are going hungry. I hadn’t been at my current job for more than one week as the Marketing Manager for UNC Asheville’s dining program before I heard about Food Connection and Flori Pate, the co-founder and creative director of Dig Local and co-founder and executive director of Food Connection. My limited understanding, at that time, can be summed up as, “okay – so, we wrap up any unused extra food from back of house, call this lady, and she’ll just come get it and donate it?” It sounded a little too good to be true. Click here to continue reading

Click here for the Food Connection and Flori Pate website

 

 

 


Create a Garden Anywhere with Straw Bales

Create a Garden Anywhere with Straw Bales
By Melinda Myers

Add productive garden space and raise your planting bed with straw bale gardening. This technique allows gardeners to create raised bed gardens on a patio, lawn or any area with poor compacted soil. Straw bale gardening has been around for centuries, but thanks to Joel Karsten’s book “Straw Bale Gardens” it has gained new popularity.


Welcome to the Organic Growers School Conference Library

 
Each year, we host over 70 classes and hands on workshops for anyone and everyone with a stake in the local food movement. There are so many classes to choose from that you rarely get to see everything you want. Many of our speakers are kind enough to provide their powerpoints or handouts to be included in our Spring Conference Library. Scroll down to find topics, and click on the class title to download items from that class. Click here for the OGS Library

5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Health in Check

Not only will making the shift towards living an environmentally-friendly life help improve the planet we live in, but it can also positively assist with your health.

If you’re aware of the current state of our climate and world issues at present, you’ll understand the urge to ditch unnecessary chemicals, unfavorable Earth practices, and anything that creates waste.

While being aware of these bad habits and routines and doing something about it, you can also create a healthier you.


Crop Performance in Farming Systems Trial at Rodale Institute

In its 35th year of existence, the Farming Systems Trial (FST) at Rodale Institute continues to demonstrate, through scientific research data, that organic farming is superior to conventional systems with regard to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. This is the key to regenerative agriculture as it provides the foundation for its present and future growth.
 
FST is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. It was established in 1981 to study what happens to soil health and agricultural productivity when transitioning from conventional to organic agriculture. Organic agriculture practices result in higher soil organic matter (SOM) contents and, in turn, higher nutrient- and water-supplying potential to crops. Read full report!

Elevated gardens allow gardeners to easily plant herbs, vegetables and flowers anywhere.

Extend the Harvest this Season

Didn’t get enough gardening in this season? Don’t worry there is still time to grow garden-fresh vegetables and herbs this fall and winter.

Purchase transplants and seeds that will grow and flourish in the cooler fall and winter temperatures. Lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, root vegetables, edible pansies and calendula as well as cole crops, like broccoli, are a few to consider.


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