Who's it for?
CRAFT can serve farmers at any experience level in Western North Carolina.
What problem does it solve?
There is a need for a networking and educational forum for local organic growers and their workers, as well as a way to gain a deeper understanding of how to generate and train future growers.
How does it help?
CRAFT is a farmer-led effort to bring established farmers, farm apprentices, and aspiring farmers together for year-long training in the art and science of sustainable agriculture.
Why join CRAFT? Network with beginning and experienced farmers to exchange your ideas and knowledge and build community in the region. Expand your training opportunities beyond your farm to bolster the robustness of your apprenticeship offerings. Attract aspiring farmers to your apprenticeship positions to cultivate success and improve the future of our region’s agriculture. What are the benefits of CRAFT? Farm tours = held monthly from April through October and focus on a specific aspect of sustainable farming. Check out the 2018 tour schedule and read blog posts about past tours. CRAFT farming handbook = farmer-generated, regionally specific information on all aspects of farming. Round-table discussions = a place for farmers to come together to discuss advanced farming topics. Farmer network = includes both farmers and farm workers and is built on a farmer-to-farmer exchange of ideas.