“Healing the Human-Earth Relationship through Earth Literacy and Local Economy.”
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Or Mail your check to:Pickards Mountain c/o The Abundance Foundation
220 Lorax Lane Box #5
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Pickards Mountain Eco Institute is a 68-acre Educational Farm in central North Carolina dedicated to finding ways of living more harmoniously with the planet.
Our work is rooted in the belief that the fate of future generations will depend on their connections with the land. When the fossil fuels are gone, they will have to find ways to supply their food and energy in renewable and sustainable ways. By teaching the children to respect natural cycles and utilize renewable resources, we offer them keys to survival in a cooperative local and global community.
Don’t miss the Community Kitchen Fundraising Dinner June 2nd!
Pickards Mountain Eco Institute is creating a Community Kitchen where groups can learn how to prepare the garden’s bounty, preserve the abundance of the seasons, and share meals together! You don’t want to miss their Farm Dinner Fundraising Event with a Silent Auction and delicious dishes from some of the best local chefs. To Reserve a spot, please click here.
2012 Workshop Schedule (more being added all the time!)
Click here to register or for more information!
Composting: Reclaiming Nutrients for your Garden
March 10th – 9 am-12 noon
November 3rd – 9 am-12 noon
The World Beneath our Feet – Compost Playshop for Kids
(same dates and times)
Shiitake Mushroom Inoculation Workshop
March 17th and 24th – 9 am-12 noon
April 14 – 10 am-2 pm
Catch the Rain Workshop
April 21st – 9 am-12 noon
Understanding Bird Language
April 28 – 10 am-12 noon
Sparkling Waters Yoga Series
Sundays in May and June – 10-11:30 am
Beekeeping for Life
May 5th – 9 am-12 noon
Elderberries – Bringing America’s Super Fruit into the Modern Age
May 12 – 10 am-2 pm
Back to Basics- Primitive Permaculture Weekend
May 19th and 20th
Intensive in The Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy
May 25th – June 3rd
Living Earth Ecology Plant Walk
June 9th – 9am-noon
Tracking: The Art of Reading Stories
June 23 – 10 am-4 pm
Preparing the Summer Harvest: Cooking the Garden’s Bounty
July 7th – 9 am-12 noon
Forage & Feast
July 14th – 2pm-7pm
Fermentation for Life
Miso Making – September 15th – 9 am-12 noon
Kim Chi Making – October 6th – 9 am-12 noon
Mushrooms: Nature’s Treats!
September 8th – 10 am-12 noon
Water into Wine
Wild Foods Weekend
September 29th and 30th
Living Earth Ecology Plant Walk
October 20th – 9 am-12 noon
Preschool Programs offer authentic farm experiences. Children feed goats and pigs, find warm eggs in the chicken coop, and taste fresh garden produce.
Elementary Programs tour the farm, harvest produce, play with the goats, feed the pigs, hold chickens, explore the water cycle and the origins of our food.
Middle School Programs explore the idea of sustainability in agriculture and energy production while touring the farm, living village, and renewable energy system.
High School Programs explore the idea of sustainability and human responsibility while touring the farm, living village, renewable energy system, and biodiesel refinery. The environmental crisis is placed in an historical context, and students are empowered with the knowledge that their choices shape the future.
Brothers of the Forest Camp
July 23-27 9am-3pm Ages 6-9
Sisters of the Forest Camp
Session 1: July 30-Aug. 3
Session 2: August 6-10
9am-3pm daily Ages 6-9
Deep Forest Wilderness Skills Camp
Session 1: July 9-13
Session 2: July 16-20
Session 3: August 20-24
9am-3pm daily Ages 8-15
Earth Yoga Camp
A story from Pickards Mountain: I just have to share with you this story about a little boy named Andrew who visited the farm last week on a field trip with his class.
He was 8 years old, and completely intrigued by the photovoltaic array. He had lots of questions about where the energy went in and where it came out. Then he sat for a long moment just gazing at the sky. I could see the wheels turning in his head. When he finally spoke, he said with a grin “Plants get energy from the sun… so a solar panel works like a PLANT!”
I love watching these realizations happen… this renewable technology makes so much sense. It provides a whole new level of hope to a generation who knows they are being handed a major planetary crisis.