In this episode, we interview Cameron Farlow of Organic Growers School. Cameron started with OGS in 2012 and after providing service in a variety of roles has moved to Executive Director. She is a proponent of lateral leadership within their organization and shares what it looks like to reframe and work towards providing education and tools within agriculture as a whole. Food is the great connector, friends.
Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Episode:
- How OGS and agriculture as a whole is working away from commercial and capitalist definitions to include a wider view of people including Indigenous cultures and communities
- How Cameron is creating a supportive structure and organizational culture that supports life in and outside of work
- The long history of racism within farming and the steps OGS is taking for racial equity and social justice
- The romanticized vision of farming and the loving (but necessary) bubble bursting that comes with education
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About Cameron Farlow
Hailing from Greensboro, NC with dairy farming in her blood, she has made her home in WNC, and has been with OGS since 2012. With a Master’s Degree in Appalachian Studies & Sustainable Development, Cameron also brings experience in the realms of farmland conservation, food security, farm to university, and land access for farmers. Outside of OGS, Cameron is a mother, dancer, baker, gardener, and avid explorer.
About Organic Growers School: From the Website
“Organic Growers School provides year-round opportunities for farmers and home-growers of all levels. Whether your interest is in farming, gardening, homesteading, healthy food, or organic community, our classes, workshops, and services will inspire you, build your confidence, and support you in creating your sustainable life.”
To learn more about OGS, sign up for classes, donate, and more, check out the links below:
- Lee Warren was the previous director of OGS and set a great foundation to move toward lateral hierarchy within the organization
- Dianna McCall is a great teacher and gardener in Black Mountain that Cameron mentions in this episode
- Frances Hesselbein is a renowned leader that Tony mentions who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins
- Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today’s Leaders
- Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture (recommended by the folks Perma Pastures Farm)
Music by Commonwealth Choir
Photograph by Julie Douglas