Event Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Several upcoming events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Events listed on this page may be outdated, so please visit the event website or contact the event organizer for the latest information.
Event organizers can contact us to update their event’s information.

Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Holistic Crop Management
Apr 15 – Apr 27 all-day

This is a 6 Week Series from 3/23/21 through 4/27/21.

Organic Growers School is excited to offer this curriculum and training opportunity to Southern Appalachia for a second year in partnership with Certified Naturally Grown.

Manage for Your Farm’s Future:
Growing a viable farm business is sustained by continuous learning of the land and your products. In this workshop series, growers across Southern Appalachia and beyond will gain tools to manage their crop production for whole-farm success.

Regionally Specific Tools:
The Holistic Crop Management series focuses on the growing regions of Northern Georgia, Eastern Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Southwestern Virginia. Webinar sessions will feature farmers and agricultural experts from these areas. Through curated group activities in the virtual setting, participants will be able to build a network with experienced growers who know farming and the land.

Workshop Structure:
In response to the need for virtual learning opportunities during the pandemic, we have restructured this workshop series from in-person workshops to a six-part webinar series, which includes a mixture of videos, resources, and live virtual meetings. The curriculum uses Certified Naturally Grown standards as the guidelines for holistic principles, and each session will consist of discussion-based exploration of soil health, pest management, disease control, and weed maintenance, along with several components of the Holistic Management framework.

Participants are not required to be Certified Naturally Grown or Certified Organic to join the webinar; however, the skills gained in these sessions will equip farmers to take on certification confidently should they choose. While this webinar series focuses on farming in the Southern Appalachians, farmers from any region will gain valuable knowledge and are invited to join.

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Stream Monitoring Information Exchange (SMIE) Training
Apr 17 all-day
Big Ivy Community Center - Hosted by the Environmental Quality Institute

Looking for a safe way to get out of the house, spend some time outdoors and help the fresh water systems in WNC?

Well look no further! The Environmental Quality Institute will be hosting a training workshop for new volunteers interested in joining the Stream Information Exchange Project (SMIE). You will learn to sample streams for water quality, tell the difference between aquatic insects and why they are important for healthy rivers and creeks. Get trained in water quality monitoring methods and assessment for collaborative projects in Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Yancey and Mitchell Counties. No previous experience is necessary. RSVP is required!

Volunteer Expectations: Help sample a minimum of 2 sites (only 2-3 hours per site), 2 times a year (spring & fall). Training is for ages 16+

Here’s the details: April 17th, 9am-5pm, the first half will be completed virtually over zoom and the second half takes place at the Big Ivy Community Center in Barnardsville, NC
No experience necessary. Donations accepted to defray materials cost (not required for participation)
For more info or to RSVP contact: [email protected] or 828-333-0392

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Red Cross AED/CPR/First-aid
Apr 24 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Exact Location Given Upon Registration For Student Safety

The foundation and first step to anyone’s first-aid knowledge. Learn life-saving knowledge with us this day.

-AED usage
-CPR for adults
-Severe bleeding first-aid including tourniquets

For The People Academy is an inclusive high level skills training company working out of Asheville. Our goal Is to create heroes in our own communities.

Sunday, April 25, 2021
Gun Ownership 101 Class
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Exact Location Given Upon Registration For Student Safety

Like getting a puppy for the first time, having a gun in the house comes with a lot of unexpected responsibilities.

Whether you bought a gun in the last year (or your partner did without telling you) learn how to be safe around them. An introductory course, this class will go over the basics of firearms ownership and safety.

We provide training guns for all of our students to practice with. This class has no range portion. You do not need gun or ammo to take it.

-Firearms safety
-How to handle a firearm
-How to make a firearm “safe”
-How to store a firearm
-Caring for a firearm
-Common safety mistakes
-Defensive considerations
-How to train
-Ownership legality

Monday, May 3, 2021
Summer Gardening Series
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We’ve expanded our Gardening Series to cover three seasons!

All classes will be fully ONLINE.

Our Gardening Series will feature 2 classes for each season: Spring, Summer & Fall.

You can purchase each season individually, or buy all three for a discounted rate.

Register here: https://organicgrowersschool.org/gardeners/gardening-series/

May 3rd and 10th, 2021
6:00-7:30pm EST
Topics: How to build Sensational Compost, Forging a new relationship with Weeds, Crops for Summer, Watering, Fertilizing, Pollinators and Companion Plants

Sunday, May 9, 2021
Traditional Archery
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Exact Location Given Upon Registration For Student Safety

Come on out for a day of fun. We’ll be hiking a bit and learning archery at the same time. Bring your own bow or use one of the ones we provide.

-Bow fundamentals
-Different aiming techniques
-Bow care and safety

For The People Academy is an inclusive high level skills training company based in Asheville. Our goal is to create heroes in our own communities.

Saturday, May 29, 2021
Vehicle Recovery Class
May 29 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Exact Location Given Upon Registration For Student Safety

We go over one of the most important skills to have up here in the mountains. How to tow a car or truck without another vehicle.

-How to set-up pulley drags
-Use a come-a-long
-Tie knots
-Use towing chains
-Build a car-rescue kit

This skill pays for itself.

For The People Academy is an inclusive high level skills company based in Asheville. Our goal is to create heroes in our own communities.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Cuba Agroecology Tour
Jun 22 – Jul 1 all-day

During this trip, you will participate in and observe how the Cuban agricultural community has embraced agroecology in all of its forms and learn why Cuba is considered one of the leading global experts in agroecological methods.
— Learn from farmers and food activists about Cuba’s transition to agroecological farming practices and its national policies that prioritize organic farming and hunger remediation.
— Connect with farmers, consumers, activists, NGOs, policymakers, and experts working to transform the global food system.
— Acquire the knowledge and strategies to create just, sustainable, local, and healthy food systems in your own communities.
Agroecology = Agriculture + Ecology
Agroecology is the study of ecological systems as they apply to agriculture. It is a science, a movement, and a practice. At OGS, we like to think of the farm as a system and observe nature as the ideal model of sustainable production.
Agroecological practices strive to incorporate all elements of an agricultural ecosystem—water, nutrients, soil, plants, and animals—to maximize production and minimize impact. Agroecological methods include the following:
— Silvopasture = animals in the woods
— Agroforestry = forest farming
— Permaculture = systems designed to be sustainable and self-sufficient
Of course, each of these methods has been practiced on every continent since humans have existed, though they are only recently being named and defined by the modern sustainable agriculture community.