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.

Workshop Details

$65 per person
10:00–5:00
Creekside Farms Education Center
339 Avery Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704

Bring your lunch for a group gathering and conversation

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, February 16, 2019
or
Saturday, October 12, 2019

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.

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.

Byron Ballard

Byron Ballard

Byron Ballard is a WNC native, folklorist, urban homesteader, and writer. Her most recent book Earth Works: Ceremonies in Tower Time explores cultural collapse. She is now writing The Ragged Wound: Salving the Soul of Appalachia.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Chris Smith is an enthusiastic grower and permaculturalist from a green-thumbed family. He has immersed himself into the world of seed and southern growing. On his urban homestead, Chris is experimenting with landraces, selective seed saving, crop trials, grow outs and edible seed oils. Chris works for Sow True Seed.

Homestead Dreams Instructors

Lee Warren

Lee Warren

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

Brandon Greenstein

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.