Tour Homesteads in Western NC

Organic Growers School’s new series of Homestead Tours showcases how home-growers in Western North Carolina (WNC) are transforming their land into thriving, productive, and resilient ecosystems. Our goal is to inspire you to embark on your own homesteading journey by providing an opportunity to tour a working homestead. We also hope to keep expanding the supportive network of growers in WNC.

February Tour at Full Circle Family Farm in Black Mountain


Where: Full Circle Family Farm, run by Leon Birstein and family in Black Mountain, NC.


Cost: $5

Attendance limited to 18 people.


Leon Birstein has been growing for over 20 years on Full Circle Family Farm. Located on 20 acres near Black Mountain, NC, the farmstead features high tunnels, extensive cover-cropping, large-scale composting systems, grey water ponds, and other non-intensive and creative methods. Leon also produces shitake mushrooms, baby ginger, turmeric, sweet potatoes, and brassicas for market sale, and his home and garden function entirely via off-grid power.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Katie, Program and Outreach Coordinator, at