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.

Gabi White

Gabi White

Gabi White is a grower for the Patchwork Urban Farms cooperative and member of the Buncombe Fruit and Nut Club. With just a one-tenth acre of land and a 700-square-foot home, Gabi proves that the size of your property is not a limiting factor. On her small yet bountiful homestead, she cultivates unique fruit and nut trees, annuals, perennials, and medicinal herbs. Gabi’s tiny home uses earthen plaster and rainwater recycling to maximize energy and water efficiency. One exciting feature of her homestead is a rocket mass feeder, a clean burning heating element that also produces charcoal.

Cailen Campbell

Cailen Campbell

Cailen Campbell is a homesteader extraordinaire, having raised goats and cows for milk for the past 20 years and now cultivating a multitude of species both animal and vegetable with his family on his Barnardsville, NC homestead.

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.

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.