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Visioning for a Land Based Life: One-Day Workshop

Homegrown Dreams is an entry-level workshop designed to help you incorporate small-scale sustainability and self-sufficiency into your life. Whether you own or rent a home, or live in a rural or urban setting, you can move towards self-reliance now.

Workshop Details

$65 per person
10:00am–4:00pm (EST)

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, July 24th, 2021 – CANCELED

Saturday, October 9th, 2021 – Register Now
This workshop will be held in person at Creekside Farm.
339 Avery Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704 (map it)

Build Observation Skills & Land Literacy

Learn about the typical farm and homestead in Western NC. This workshop is excellent if you’re in the beginning and exploratory stages of land-based living, particularly is you are incorporating agriculture, renewable energy, green building, land planning, hand-made products, and land-based living of all kinds into your lifestyle.

We cover common-sense, relevant information to help maximize your independence; increase your connection to community, place, and self; and plan out your dreams for the next 1–5 years.

Homegrown Dreams 2021 Panelists

Homegrown Dreams includes a panel of local homesteaders and a regional expert on soil, climate, rainfall, typography, vegetation, wind, and how that affects and determines life, farming, and building in our region.

Cindy Trisler

Cindy Trisler

Cindy raised three children on a homestead in the Midwest without running water or plumbing. She now resides in Madison County, NC on a small homestead called Mudluscious Pottery and Farm. There she runs an Air BnB, cooks everything from scratch, tends the gardens including chickens and mushrooms, and provides wonderful products weekly to customers.

Julie Douglas

Julie Douglas

Julie is a medicinal herb grower, ethical wild crafter, photographer, writer, educator and medicine maker. They’ve worked on small scale, organic farms and community gardens throughout the US since 2013. Their focus is largely on empowering communities through social justice efforts within health care and food systems. Creating and bolstering mutual aid networks, making alternative healthcare accessible to marginalized people, and decolonizing herbal medicine is the primary focus of their work. Julie currently grows medicinal herbs which are used for local mutual aid efforts and community care in the Asheville area.

Mari Jyväsjärvi Stuart

Mari Jyväsjärvi Stuart

Mari Jyväsjärvi Stuart (PhD) is a regenerative landscape designer, freelance writer, and project coordinator at Carbon Harvest, a regional agroforestry-based carbon credit initiative. She stewards an urban homestead in Asheville, NC and writes about modern homesteading, local food, gardening and foraging. Find Mari @makegathergrow and

Homegrown Dreams Instructor

Brandon Greenstein

Brandon Greenstein

Brandon Greenstein is the Director of Sustainability Consulting for Organic Growers School, developing new initiatives to provide services to home-growers. His background is in renewable systems, earth works, energy, water, and permaculture. He provides consulting, design and technical services for the creation of integrated systems. Brandon has been homesteading, including off-grid living and food production, in the western NC mountains for 20 years.

Organic Growers School also offers Farm Dreams, a day-long program similar to the Homegrown Dreams, but geared towards those wanting to be commercial farmers. The difference is that Farm Dreams is focused on an enterprise model, where income generation is a significant part of the equation.
wheelbarrow in front of a barn

Renaming Homestead Dreams

In light of the need for a long-overdue acknowledgment that our nation is built on unceded land stolen from Indigenous peoples, we changed the name of our Homestead Dreams class to Homegrown Dreams.

It is important to note that the term ‘homesteading’ itself provides a problematic reference, as the term was coined during the Homestead Act of 1862, which led to the displacement and murder of thousands of Indigenous peoples. Given our commitment to Social Justice, we no longer feel this is an appropriate name for us to utilize.

See more on our blog.