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22nd Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference

  • UNCA Asheville, North Carolina (map)

The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, Mushrooms and Food Resilience.

A sampling of classes includes: Starting Your First Vegetable Garden, Pickling in the Home Kitchen, Making Herbal Cocktails, Creative Watering for the Garden, Vermicomposting, Aquaculture, Passive Solar Design , Backyard BioChar, Organic Control of the Spotted Wing Drosophila, Useful Mushrooms of the Southern Appalachians, Food Waste, Real-life Forest Gardening and Farming, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, Raising Pawpaws, Farming with Draft Horses, Permaculture for kids, and more!

As the largest grassroots conferences of its kind in the region, The Organic Growers School has served to reinforce Western North Carolina’s role as a regional leader in sustainable food and farming. Attendees come from 18 states and Canada, and have described the event as a kick start to the growing season.

Cost: $60 for Saturday, $55 for Sunday 
For registration inquiries: or (828) 761-1776.
For all other inquiries: or (828) 668.2127.