Organic farming, or farming without chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, is a growing trend in North Carolina. With the decline of the tobacco economy, there is a movement toward producing a wide range of foods locally and organically. The Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock held its first Organic Growers School in 1994. Over the next few years one or two hundred people attended the one-day event. In 2006, the event drew 1,100 people from North Carolina and fourteen other states. The school featured fifty-six class sessions in fourteen tracks from soil science to marketing, nine half-day workshops, a full-day children's program, and three vendor talks.