Work Parties, Skills Shares and Land Tending gatherings

You're invited to join in the work, learning and ceremony we share with this land, in a variety of community offerings.
Work Parties, Sundays 11-2 pm
Get your hands dirty and build community through shared work. All sorts of land projects will be engaged during these work parties! Contact ian@tryonfarm.org for more information.
  • Sunday February 17th
  • Sunday March 10th 
  • Sunday April 7th
  • Sunday May 12th
Skillshares, Sundays 11-2 pm
Bring your own knowledge and your desires to learn more to these participatory gatherings; $5-15 sliding scale donations. Contact ian@tryonfarm.org for more information.
  • Sun February 24th: Mushroom Logs
  • Sun March 17th; Nettles! Harvesting, storing and various preparations
  • Sun April 14th: Mushroom cultivation in the Garden
  • Sun May 19th: Companion Planting
Landwork: handprayers, a seasonal cycle of landscape-as-ceremony,
fourth Saturday of each month, 1:30 pm to 5pm, February 23, March 23, and on . . .path work

We invite you to join us as we practice working with other earthdwellers to cultivate richness, beauty, and vitality at TLC Farm. We will do this by listening and acting on what we hear. Listening to birds and winds, listening as we move and change plants and soil, listening to our inner world as a participant in a particular web of life.

Each month, we will gather in gratitude for the beings around us and to recognize our unique gifts of relationship with them, followed by setting the day's focus and our regular practices. Small groups will find places around the land that will be consistent over the seasons to spend time paying attention to what has changed, physically and in other ways, and what is called for.

These groups will initiate or continue seasonally appropriate projects, in the context of the land’s overall plan, to make these places richer and more diverse for plants, animals, fungi, microbes – and humans. At the end of each session’s work, we will come back together to reflect on our experiences and share thoughts for how to bring these ways into our daily lives, where we live.

These gatherings are appropriate for participants of all ages, capacities, and experience levels. We invite people to come and build a connection with a particular place on the land by tending it over time, but one-time or short-term commitments will be accommodated by pairing you with someone else.

Specific activities may include the following, but are limited only by your inspiration: layering compost and compost tea; digging some roots and propagating others; making comfortable sit spots; singing new songs and old ones; tending pathways; acknowledging sacred space with altars; pruning trees and bushes; pressing prayers into seedballs and scattering them; making evanescent art with berries and feathers; growing “living rooms” made of plants and open areas; mulching; meditating; blessing.

Participants invited regardless of ability to pay. Donations welcomed. For more information, contact landwork@tryonfarm.org

Facilitators Vinnie and brush have been listening to the land both here at TLC Farm and in California for many years, and will offer their knowledge of the site and experience with specific practices to the group.

2019 Calendar of Events

Animal Husbandry Workshop, VBC May 2008

2019 Calendar of Events at TLC Farm:

Monthly Movie Night! 

Join us each month at 7 pm for a movie in the yurt, with homemade snacks & drinks.  Movie nights will be on December 19th, January 16th, February 20th, March 27th, April 17th, May 15th (check back for specific movies). Donations gladly accepted!

brush pruningSpring Workshops (February & March): 
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop, February 16, 1-4 pm
Fruit trees - especially apples and pears, and to a lesser extent, plums - thrive with yearly pruning to encourage fruit production and minimize bough breakage and disease.  Late winter is the perfect time to prune for structure and fruiting; we'll discuss and demonstrate examples of how to train and prune young trees, repair years of neglect in mature trees, and how to maintain a balance of fruiting wood and young growth. Bring your own sharp loppers or secateurs if you want to practice!

$25 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds). To register, or for more information, contact brush@tryonfarm.org

As TLC Farm's orchardist, brush has been tending fruit trees at TLC Farm for twelve years. He is especially infatuated with the heirloom cider apples trees, and can tell you about all 54 varieties of apples that grow on the land.
Herbal Worklshop: Spring Tonics, Sunday March 31st 11am-2pm  
Participants will have the opportunity to get acquainted with our wonderfully abundant spring tonic herbs growing all around us this time of year. Learn about the medicinal properties and wide range of uses of spring tonic herbs like Dandelion, Burdock, Cleavers, and Nettles and get hands on experience making medicinal preparations you can take home with you.
Do-it-Ourselves Mushroom Cultivation, Sunday April 28th 11am-3pm 
Participants will learn the basic steps and get hands on experience  cultivating species of edible and medicinal Mushrooms using low-tech, low cost techniques.  In this workshop we'll walk through the process of growing grain spawn and ways to expand it onto a variety of substrates for both  indoor and outdoor cultivation using readily available and repurposed materials.
Bloom Community Celebration - Late May
Apple Festival  - September, near the Fall Equinox

Willow Creek Forest School: now enrolling!


Willow Creek Forest School is TLC Farm's outdoor, place-based kindgarten for children 3-5 years old. Visit WillowCreekForestSchool.org for more information about enrolling in the 2018-2019 school year. 
Children enjoy a consistent daily rhythm in which they can allow their imaginations to blossom and be immersed in the magic of the forest, while learning to be good stewards to the land and each other. The flow of the day includes: crafts, homesteading skills, plant medicine-making, snack time provided by the school (including bread baked in the cob oven!), circle time, plenty of time in the forest and special festival days – all guided by songs and stories inspired by the changing seasons on the land. 
School runs for 9 months, Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30am-1:30pm, with an option to add aftercare each day until 3:00. Visit WillowCreekForestSchool.org for more information and to enroll. 
About Teacher Isobel: Isobel has been working with children in various settings for 12 years, and has been living on the land at TLC Farm for five years. For the past two years, she worked with Mother Earth School while dreaming about starting her own program. She loves sharing this magical land with children!
“Teacher Isobel is truly focused on your child(ren) in nature immersion. Isobel is a warm, generous teacher with a lot of stories, wild crafting, and nature immersion experience in Tryon. Your child deserves a nature immersion experience at least once in her/his life!” – Heather Saunders, parent

Ten Years of TLC Farm -- in photos!

work party

TLC Farm is so beautiful, and has changed so much over the past ten years.  We want to share more photos with you!  So, we made a new flikr page to post our photos from the last decade.   It is a work in progress, so check back every so often for more photos!
If you have photos to add, please do! Contact Jenny[at]tryonfarm.org for details.

Feedback and participation welcome! Please send bug reports to web@tryonfarm.org

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