ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Organic Growers School of Asheville and national media brand MOTHER EARTH NEWS announce a collaborative effort for the regional Organic Growers School Spring Conference held at Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC March 18-20, 2022. This synergistic partnership creates a hybrid intersection of mission and values leveraging regional farm and gardening connections with powerful branding and an expanded market to cultivate food equity and diversity initiatives, self-sufficiency, health and well-being, and environmental sustainability in local communities.
“We’re incredibly excited to join forces with Organic Growers School for this event,” said Andrew Perkins, Director of Events and Business Development at Ogden Publications, which publishes MOTHER EARTH NEWS. “The magazine began in western North Carolina, so our roots are strong in the region. That, coupled with our joint mission to empower individuals with knowledge and resources to cultivate the land responsibly and productively, is sure to make this event a truly unique experience for all participants.”
Cameron Farlow, Organic Growers School’s Executive Director echoed Perkin’s, saying, “ We’re particularly excited about the opportunities this collaboration opens up for participants to learn and share innovative farming, gardening, and living techniques. We’re delighted to build connections nationally and regionally.”
The first Organic Growers School Spring Conference was held in 1993, with just over 100 participants. Since then, the event has grown exponentially to serve more than 2,000 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. Our partnership with MOTHER EARTH NEWS will expand the reach of the OGS mission to their audience of more than 300,000 subscribers. In return, this will establish a local presence and opportunities for the MOTHER EARTH NEWS brand, products, and offerings. The MOTHER EARTH NEWS exhibit hall will feature presentations with hands-on workshops, as well as a vast Marketplace abounding with innovative resources and products for farmers and home-growers of all scales.
About Organic Growers School and MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Organic Growers School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that grew out of the volunteer efforts of a group of farmers and extension specialists. In 1993, they established the organization to transform the food system into one that serves the needs of all communities by creating social and environmental ecosystems that thrive by empowering people to farm, garden, and live organically through educational learning experiences.
For more than 50 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has provided wide-ranging, expert editorial coverage of organic foods, country living, green transportation, renewable energy, natural health, and green building. Since 2010, they have hosted their MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRs at various locations around the country, including the Asheville area 2014 through 2019. Their collaboration with Organic Growers School marks the return of the FAIR ethos to the region.
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