One-Day Workshop on Land-Based Living
Homestead 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.
$65 per person
All programming for OGS will be held digitally through the end of the calendar year. This workshop will be held via Zoom Livestream.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
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.
Homestead Dreams Panelists
Homestead 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.
Bob and his family are building an integrated permaculture homestead on 165 acres in Woodfin, NC complete with conservation planning, water system design, animal agriculture, and green building. Bob is a lawyer, mediator, and investment banker.
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.
Becki came to commercial gardening in a roundabout way. After a 25 year career in human services and nonprofit work, she left her career and began gardening under the mentorship of Dr. John Wilson and Diana McCall at the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden in Black Mountain. Her early life influences include her grandfather’s victory garden and my great aunt’s farm in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She grows using organic practices, Permaculture technologies and biodynamic principles. She firmly believes that everyone can grow their own food even if it’s just a pot of tomatoes on your patio or a garden big enough to feed your family. Growing your own food can be very empowering, especially in these times.
Homestead Dreams Instructors
Lee Warren is the Executive Director of Organic Growers School; the co-founder, designer, and builder, of an off-grid, sustainably-built CoHousing Neighborhood at Earthaven Ecovillage; founder and manager of Imani Farm, a 5-acre pasture-based cooperative farm; and co-founder and managing partner of the School of Integrated Living which teaches organic food production, regenerative systems, and community living. She’s been homesteading for more than 20 years.
Brandon Greenstein is the Home-Grower Program Director 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 Homestead 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.