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Want to grow for CAFE?

Monday Update 2/4/13

Want to Grow for CAFÉ?

If you want to learn to grow food fit to feed yourself and others but have little experience, you can learn a great deal about it at the Organic Growers School Annual Spring Conference, a weekend conference at UNC Asheville March 9 and 10, 2013.

“The first Organic Growers School Spring Conference was held in 1993, with just over 100 participants. Since then, the event has grown exponentially. In 2012, 1906 farmers, gardeners, educators, students, consumers, and chefs gathered from over 18 states and Canada, making the OGS Spring Conference the largest event of its type in the Southeast.”

This year the conference offers over 100 workshops, including a special track for beginners called “DIGGING IN,” which begins with:

1A: Anyone Can Garden, Anywhere Joel Tippens, Fair Share Urban Growers

Henry Kissinger once said, “Who controls the food supply controls the people.” Are you ready to gain control of yourself and your family, but not sure where to start? Not enough space? No yard? Joel will cover the basics of getting started on the extremely small scale, and growing what you need with limited resources to begin building your own food supply. Urban dwellers and owners of small spaces will benefit from this class, as we will cover unlikely and unique options for getting things going.

If you register before 2/18 the conference is only $45/day with Children’s programs for $30/day (best value you will find for this quality of engagement). The workshops are short but good introductions to the topics ranging from very beginning (above) to the cutting edge (Making Biochar on the Farm). The instructors, who include Shawn Jadrnicek from the Student Organic Farm, and Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain, come with the best of qualifications.

There are also interesting vendors, a seed-swap table, great food, and mainly lots of energetic people willing to share. I always come home from the Organic Growers School with a head full of ideas and a heart full of enthusiasm for the new growing season.

Once you get your thumb greened and learn some sanitation practices, go to our Growers Page and fill out an application.

Grow well, eat well, stay well. Lance

CAFÉ Market closes at noon today.