Events

Jul
28
Sat
Market Like a Chef @ Columbus Farmers' Market
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – Nov 3 @ 9:15 am

 

Join GRO one Saturday a month from July – November at the Columbus Farmers Market for a free Market Like a Chef series. Learn how to shop for & cook the freshest produce and meat the market has to offer, eat seasonally, and get to know your food and wine producers.

Starting at 9 am, a featured local chef will lead 10 pre-registered guest* through the market to source the seasons freshest ingredients to create a simple, delicious dish. Beginning at 9:45 am, the chef will do a cooking demonstration showcasing local ingredients and products from the farmers market, while offering preparation techniques and tips. Free samples & recipe cards will be offered, and a quick Q & A with the chef will conclude the demonstration by 11 am.

To go along with the food tasting, a winemaker from a local Polk County winery will also be on-hand to offer samples of some of their hand-crafted wine varietals, selecting one to perfectly pair with the chef’s dish at market.

The Market Like a Chef series is free and available to everyone. All chef demonstrations take place in front of the veggie box truck, under the market managers’ white canopy at 9:45 am. *10 pre-registered guest will have the up-close & personal opportunity to shop with the chef. Registration (for the shopping portion only) is on a first-come-first-serve basis and a confirmation email will be sent.

MARKET LIKE A CHEF SCHEDULE:

JULY 28th: 9 am shopping / 9:45 – 11 am demo
Chef Sarah McClure, Southside Smokehouse & Grill
Winemaker, Sofia Lilly, Overmountain Vineyards

AUGUST 11th: 9 am shopping / 9:45 – 11 am demo
Executive Chef, The Rural Seed
Parker-Binns Vineyard
email erika@growrural.org if you want to shop with the chef

Mark Your Calendars… September 1st, October 6th and November 3rd  – winemakers & chef announcements coming soon!

Aug
11
Sat
Market Like a Chef @ Columbus Farmers' Market
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – Nov 17 @ 8:15 am

 

Join GRO one Saturday a month from July – November at the Columbus Farmers Market for a free Market Like a Chef series. Learn how to shop for & cook the freshest produce and meat the market has to offer, eat seasonally, and get to know your food and wine producers.

Starting at 9 am, a featured local chef will lead 10 pre-registered guest* through the market to source the seasons freshest ingredients to create a simple, delicious dish. Beginning at 9:45 am, the chef will do a cooking demonstration showcasing local ingredients and products from the farmers market, while offering preparation techniques and tips. Free samples & recipe cards will be offered, and a quick Q & A with the chef will conclude the demonstration by 11 am.

To go along with the food tasting, a winemaker from a local Polk County winery will also be on-hand to offer samples of some of their hand-crafted wine varietals, selecting one to perfectly pair with the chef’s dish at market.

The Market Like a Chef series is free and available to everyone. All chef demonstrations take place in front of the veggie box truck, under the market managers’ white canopy at 9:45 am. *10 pre-registered guest will have the up-close & personal opportunity to shop with the chef. Registration (for the shopping portion only) is on a first-come-first-serve basis and a confirmation email will be sent.

MARKET LIKE A CHEF SCHEDULE:

JULY 28th: 9 am shopping / 9:45 – 11 am demo
Chef Sarah McClure, Southside Smokehouse & Grill
Winemaker, Sofia Lilly, Overmountain Vineyards

AUGUST 11th: 9 am shopping / 9:45 – 11 am demo
Executive Chef, The Rural Seed
Parker-Binns Vineyard
email erika@growrural.org if you want to shop with the chef

Mark Your Calendars… September 1st, October 6th and November 3rd  – winemakers & chef announcements coming soon!

Sep
6
Thu
Polk Cattleman & Livestock Assoc Meeting @ Southern Manners Restaurant
Sep 6 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Oct
6
Sat
Farm Beginnings Series @ Mill Spring Agricultural Center
Oct 6 all-day

12-Month, Farmer-Led Training Program

Many skills are required to start and expand a successful farm business: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. Farm Beginnings® will help you build these skills through one year of farmer-led training, mentoring, and networking. The program includes farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, and an extensive farmer network to help you clarify your goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan, and start building your profitable and sustainable operation. Students do not need to own land, but some farming or production experience is required to get the most out of the program.

The connections that we have created at New Roots through Farm Beginnings is what we cherish the most. Many different farmers took the time to share their stories, mistakes, successes and business models with us. These stories helped us in making many of our own first-time decisions. We now have a network of dear friends whom we can call on if we ever have a problem, need assistance, or just simply to talk, vent, and relate.

New Roots Market Garden, Krista Wesch and Stephen Rosenthal

Farm Beginnings Graduate

2018–19 Curriculum & Schedule
COMING SOON. In the meantime, check out the 2017–18 Curriculum & Schedule.

 

210+ Hours of Training


Location of Winter Whole-Farm Business Planning Courses
Growing Rural Opportunities
Mill Spring Agricultural Center
156 School Road
Mill Spring, NC 28756 (Polk County)
45 minutes from Asheville
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Partnership with GRO

Organic Growers School is proud to partner with Growing Rural Opportunities to host the 2018–2019 Farm Beginnings® classroom sessions in Mill Spring, NC. The mission of GRO is crafting and creating opportunities for local farms and communities by facilitating public education about, and advancement of, agriculture.

Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training is approved by the US Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) as an Education Vendor. As a Farm Beginnings® Graduate, your training counts as a year of farm management experience when you apply for a farmland loan through the Farm Service Agency.

What I got from Farm Beginnings is a real understanding of what it actually takes to have a farm. Before going into the program I had a lot of lofty dreams about living a bucolic life. This class really taught me what it takes and the hard work that goes into farming by introducing us to real farmers and getting real numbers. It was also a really great way to connect to other local farmers and people who are just starting out, in order to create a network of folks who have the same passion and vision.

Quinn Asteak

Farm Beginnings Graduate

For questions, please contact Farmer Programs Coodinator, Nicole DelCogliano at nicole@organicgrowersschool.org

Thanks to our Media Sponsors for 2018!

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and funding in part by Carolina Farm Credit, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, French Broad Food Co-op, New Belgium Brewing, Organic Valley – Farmers Advocating for Organic Farming, Simply Organic 1%, and by the USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant #2016-70017-25341. Read more about Farmer Programs’ Funding Partners here.