Register now for March organic growers school

Jan 04, 2013

A weekend of workshops for beginning gardeners to advanced commercial growers, plus a trade show and seed exchange, silent auction, will be held March 9 to 10, at The Organic Growers School, at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. There will also be a children’s program, and an on-farm session Friday, March 8.

The event, which is open to the public, provides practical, region-appropriate organic growing and permaculture workshops, homesteading and rural living classes such cooking and food preservation, as well as a seed exchange, silent auction, and trade show.

This year’s school offers 70 sessions each day with topics ranging from beginning gardening to commercial farming to urban homesteading. The schedule of workshops is designed with all levels of growers in mind: the professional farmer, the beginning commercial grower, and the home gardener.

Also offered at this year’s school is the 9th annual Children’s

Program for kids ages 7 to 12, and a hands-on, on-the-farm session Friday, March 8.

Now in its twentieth year, The Organic Growers School has grown from a small gathering of 100 growing enthusiasts in 1994 to a regionally recognized conference drawing more than 1,700 attendees, exhibitors and speakers from 18 different states and Canada. One of the largest conferences of its type in the region, The Organic Growers School has served to reinforce Western North Carolina’s role as a regional leader in organic farming.

Participants may choose any four workshops from among the 70 offered in the themed tracks and hands-on, half-day workshops.

The cost is $45 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday, and an additional $15 for registration after Feb. 18 (early bird registration ends) and on day of school. Register online at or request a mailed registration form at or call 582-5039.