Lee Warren’s Legacy

Eat Your View: Bob Turner’s LOA Column This article was written by Bob Turner and published by the Laurel of Asheville in June, 2020. It was prompted by Lee leaving Organic Growers School after 6+ years as the Executive Director. The original article can be found here.    Organic Growers School board and staff members, […]

The End of a Beautiful Chapter

I started as the Executive Director at Organic Growers School at the end of 2013. June 5, 2020 is my very last day. What a fabulous ride we’ve been on. What a great team. And what tremendous work we’ve done in the world of sustainability education. May the organization live long!   A Farewell Letter […]

Best of Lee’s Organic Growers School Blog Posts

After almost seven years of service (in the Executive Director role) to the fabulous non-profit Organic Growers School, here are some of my blog posts that I love the best… Late Spring Freeze: How to Protect your Summer Plants (for the backyard grower) Buying Chickens in the Fall Winter Planting Soil Building and Vineyard Weed […]

Why Grow (and eat, farm, live) Organically

  Thanks to Mountain True & Hendersonville Green Drinks for hosting this event. Industrial agriculture has resulted in a loss of biodiversity, environmental crises, reduced resilience, increased world hunger, and an over-reliance on a globalized food system. On top of that misinformation and manipulation by this corporate agenda leaves people sick and ill-informed. At Organic […]

Social Justice as a Strategic Priority

The Commitment and Challenges Lee Warren, Executive Director, Organic Growers School Article reprinted from NC Center for Nonprofits. Originally published here.  Organic Growers School (OGS) came into 2019 with some big questions. Our goal was to engage in a strategic planning process, not with the intention to reinvent our mission, vision, or values, but to […]

Farmers can fix WNC’s health and hunger crisis

Originally published in the Mountain Xpress, here. Posted on October 9, 2019 by Xpress Contributor   BY LEE WARREN Health & Hunger Crisis It’s no news that we have a health and hunger crisis in this country, and this area is right in the thick of it. According to the N.C. Justice Center, our state has the […]

How to Hire Great Nonprofit Leaders

by Lee Warren on September 16, 2019 Originally Published in Blue Avocado. under categories: HR and Employment Issues| Leadership and ManagementTopic Tags: Executive Director| Hiring We’re all familiar with great leaders. From popular culture to UN council meetings, to articles about CEO’s, images are emblazoned in our minds. They are great champions on the big screen, in the boardroom, and […]

Nine Doable Investments to Support Regeneration

Originally published in Capital at Play here.  Many of us working in agriculture and nonprofits don’t have extra money to invest outside of our baseline life-supporting endeavors. Yet others in our community are blessed with extra. My big question for these folks is: Do you have investments? And then subsequently… Are those investments supporting soil […]

Soil = Health

New Dogwood Health Trust board needs agricultural advocates   Originally published by the Mountain Xpress here and here, on September 9, 2018 by Xpress Contributor   BY LEE WARREN The recent announcement about the proposed sale of Mission Health to for-profit hospital empire HCA Healthcare has the community abuzz with questions and concerns. The focus of attention […]

Support Small Scale Animal Agriculture – II

This is part of the ongoing response to the ongoing debate featured in Part I. Supporting Small Scale Animal Agriculture   Hi Caitlin & Others, I too appreciate the ongoing dialog. I think it helps us all go deeper, form our thoughts more clearly, and articulate our perspectives. I believe if we are to have […]